cards 20416420A Day To:

Write the rest of your Christmas cards.

Get across the late-night shopping times.

Give thanks this Thanksgiving Day.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1994): starring Sir Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins and Dylan McDermott. This is perfect for Thanksgiving Day. And here’s why. Elizabeth Perkins plays Dorey Walker, organiser-in-chief of the Cole’s department store Thanksgiving Day parade. Her Santa Claus is drunk, so she asks a white-bearded old man to replace him in her desperation. He claims his name is Kris Kringle and believes he is the real Santa Claus. After being framed for assault and locked up, Kris faces a trial in which his lawyer friend Bryan Bedford must prove Kris is the one and only Santa. Dorey’s six-year-old daughter, played by Mara Wilson, has been taught not to believe in him by her overly pragmatic Mum. If Kris can convince mother and daughter, he might just make believers of us all. (Movie Magic: A twinkling of light darting across a Christmas tree turns a little girl’s Christmas morning misery into hope and belief.)

And another piece of delicious festive fun for this Thanksgiving Day…

“Home Alone” (1990): Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Macaulay Culkin plays eight-year-old Kevin McCallister, who is mistakenly left to fend for himself and fight off burglars when his family fly to Paris for a Christmas holiday. It’s a festive comedy classic in which the hapless robbers, Harry and Marv, learn the harsh way: you don’t cross kids at Christmas. This is one of the highest grossing comedy films of all-time. (Movie Magic: John Candy tries to reassure Kevin’s mother that her son will be fine by telling the story of the young son he left alone all day with a corpse in a funeral home. “After six-seven weeks, he came around, started talking again….kids are resilient like that.” Apparently, Candy improvised the scene.)

Ponder:

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence….O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”

 Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author & abolitionist

Listen:

The album “Jingle Wells: Christmas Music from Wells Cathedral”;

 “Jingle Bells” by Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse.

Learn:

Did you know…James Lord Pierpont’s song “Jingle Bells” was published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857 and was written not for Christmas, but for the American holiday of Thanksgiving?

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C: Thanksgiving is a special time in the United States – a non-denominational holiday of gathering and feasting, without the need for gifts. Today is that day. Giving thanks for life’s blessings, that’s what it’s all about. It would be nice to have that kind of holiday in the UK. For now we simply say “Happy Thanksgiving” to all of you celebrating the occasion today. And for us all, maybe we can share some Thanksgiving joy by showing those loved ones around us just how much we appreciate them.

Four weeks tomorrow it’s Christmas, everyone. Is the excitement building in your house? It certainly is here. It’s about a week since we suggested you start writing your Christmas cards, if you’ve gone by our How to Christmas calendar. Today’s the day to complete the job – remembering always to pen unique and sincere messages of love and goodwill.

Ed Elf: I might need to dig out the Thesauraus, Mrs. C. I’m finding there are only so many alternatives in my small head for “Merry Christmas!”

Mrs. C: No. You can keep that bit the same – just the “best wishes”,  “hope you are well”, “lots of love” bits you can change and embellish. (Ed looks clueless). I give up. Anyway, we will be making a note today of the late-night Christmas opening and closing times for local supermarkets, high street shops and shopping malls. We’re down to just four weeks and counting!

Conifer and berries 64686097So today’s the day to:

  • If you haven’t already, complete writing your Christmas cards with considered, thoughtful messages.
  • Note late-night opening times for your local shops and malls.
  • Give thanks where it is due this Thanksgiving Day.