Unpack your artificial Christmas tree and untangle/check the tree lights.
Set out your Nativity set.
Put up your Christmas card holder.
(Scroll down for the day in detail)
“Charles Dickens’ Scrooge” (1951): starring Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns and Hermione Baddeley. This is our favourite version of mean old Scrooge’s story for this festive season and there are many more film versions to enjoy in the Christmas build-up. For us, this is the definitive movie creation of the magnificent Charles Dickens book “A Christmas Carol”, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. Alastair Sim is Scrooge. Alastair Sim is genius. The younger Scrooge is played by George Cole – he of “Minder” TV fame. Other treasured British actors Michael Hordern and Jack Warner also make glorious cameos. (Movie Magic: Ebenezer Scrooge’s realisation, after his encounter with the Ghost of Christmas Future, that he is still alive and has the chance to change his fate. No one captures it better than Alastair Sim.)
And a cartoon for all time…
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965): with the voice talents of Peter Robbins, Chris Shea and Bill Melendez. This was the first primetime animated television special from the comic strip “Peanuts” and debuted on American network CBS in 1965. It has been shown on US television every year since. Charlie Brown is struggling with the over-commercialisation of Christmas and wants to discover the true meaning of the season. First his pal Linus and then all the Peanuts gang help him do just that. This is truly joyous. (Cartoon Magic: The way Linus informs Charlie Brown of what it’s really all about.)
“Children are God’s own angels, sent by him to brighten our world, and what we do for these messengers from the sky, especially at that time of year that belongs to them, will come back to us threefold, like unto bread cast upon the waters.”
Ladies Home Journal, December 1893.
“Candlelight Carol” by The Cambridge Singers, The City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter;
“Unto Us A Son is Born” by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge;
“‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” by Louis Armstrong & The Commanders.
Did you know…more than six million rolls of Sellotape are sold in the run-up to Christmas? That’s about 370,000 kilometres in length – enough to stretch round the circumference of the earth more than nine times.
The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C: We’re about to roll into December and the excitement is palpable. This is a perfect day for laying out your Nativity set. If you don’t yet own one, then search out a set online today and make the investment. It will bring you joy year after year and remind you, in this ever-increasing commercial world, how Christmas came to be. We have much more on Advent & Nativity on our page in the ‘traditions’ section.
For those of you who own artificial trees, take them out of their boxes or tree bags – another worthwhile investment if you don’t already own one – and start the task of connecting and/or unfolding the branches. Untangle the lights at the same time and make certain they still work. We did suggest you check the lights in the first week of our calendar, but I know some of you would have found the lights hard to get to until they come out with the rest of the decorations. By unfolding and untangling the tree and lights, you are taking care of two irritating pieces of crucial Christmas business, leaving tomorrow free for the pure, unadulterated thrill of dressing the tree. If the lights don’t work, you still have time to purchase a new set. If you are planning to buy a real tree, please visit our Christmas Trees page for lots of helpful tips on the different varieties, tree holders, care and more. We won’t be putting up our real tree for a few days yet as we will start with our artificial tree, but don’t let that stop you. Most Christmas trees are felled at roughly the same time, so buying one early won’t affect how long it looks fresh. That’s more to do with how you care for it.
Ed Elf: Is it greedy to want one of each? You know, have a fake and a fir? Oh well…think I’ll put two in my bedroom anyway. Nice.
Mrs. C: Very nice, dear. Finally for today, think of how you’re going to display your Christmas cards. If you have a cardholder or card-tree you use annually, then you can put that in place today as well. I’ve always received at least three cards by the end of November. If you put your cards on red ribbons or strings – vertically or horizontally – you will have to wait until you receive more cards to display. I also have an ornate sleigh ornament by the fireplace in which I put a collection of treasured cards.
Ed Elf: That’s a good idea, especially when you’re so popular that you run out of space to put all your cards. And Mrs. C is very popular.
- Set out your Nativity set and if you don’t own one consider purchasing a set that can be treasured.
- If you own an artificial tree, take it out of its bag or box, connect/unfold the branches and put it in its stand.
- Unravel your Christmas tree lights and make sure they work.
- Decide on your Christmas card display – erect a card-holder if you have one.