Buy extra kitchen utensils and cookware.
Create a gift-wrapping box.
Buy tissue paper, cellophane and ribbon for wrapping.
Plan a potential weekend away.
(Scroll down for the day in detail)
“A Bad Moms Christmas”(2017): starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. Humorous Friday night fayre…but not for the kids. Please note. As if the pressures of providing a perfect Christmas for their families wasn’t already stressful and demanding enough for three American mums, this festive season they will have to face their own particular challenges delivered by the visits of their respective mothers. Kunis, Bell and Hahn play the three “moms” and their mothers are portrayed superbly by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. The most wonderful time of the year? Not exactly for this bunch, but it comes with adult laughs aplenty for the audience. This sequel follows the huge success of the 2016 “Bad Moms” movie that made around 180 million dollars worldwide. (Movie Magic: The male waxing scene. The dialogue and situation make for hilarity.”)
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
“The Lamb” by the Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford, Owen Rees;
“Gesu Bambino” by Luciano Pavarotti and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Did you know…The world’s largest Christmas gift is the Statue of Liberty? The French gave it to the United States in 1886 to commemorate the alliance of France and the USA during the American Revolution. The statue in New York is 46.5 metres high and weighs 225 tons. We’d like to have seen someone wrap that.
PLEASING PAGES TO PERUSE: Candles & Home Fragrance – CLICK HERE; Popular Carols & Collection – CLICK HERE; Christmas Fiction – CLICK HERE; Phasing in Christmas Decor – CLICK HERE; Hello From Ed Elf – CLICK HERE; Gifting Thoughts – CLICK HERE
The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C says: The festive season is often the busiest time for baking homemade goods. Having made your grocery lists on day one of the calendar, you may have realised you are short of certain kitchen utensils and cookware if you are to tackle some home-cooked treats. It can simply be that old thing: ‘I’ve been planning to buy new scales and a plastic spatula for ages but…’ – and life gets in the way. So why not make today the day to boost your kitchen collection? While surfing and buying, you might also turn your attention to a gift-wrapping solution. Do you have a box or bag yet for your gift-wrapping items (scissors, sticky tape, tags, ribbons and bows etc)? We’ve been suggesting this for a few years now, so if you haven’t already, consider investing in one. There are various plastic containers and bags made out of suitably strong material, custom-made for wrapping paper and accessories. You can even create one from a brown cardboard box, which you can cover in festive paper. Having everything in one place when it comes to wrapping gifts will make life so much easier. Whatever your choice, you’ll have a mobile “wrapping room”. Chaotic wrapping – a thing of the past.
Ed Elf: We actually have our very own gigantic wrapping room here. But I don’t like to boast.
Mrs. C: I like to stock up my wrapping box at this point with lots of ribbon, tissue paper and cellophane wrap. Again, the web is awash with sellers of such products. Here’s a taster. You will be able to buy a 20-metre roll of patterned cellophane wrap (sometimes listed as floristry wrap), adorned with white dots or snowflakes, for around £10. This is ideal for gift-wrapping bottles, hampers, flowers, plants and awkwardly shaped gifts. Use tissue paper and cellophane together for the best effect. And don’t waste money on expensive one-metre pieces of ribbon or bags of bows when you can order a 25m roll of 25mm double-sided satin ribbon in many colours for a little more than a fiver, including postage. You can buy 250 sheets of coloured tissue paper from wholesalers online for as little as £12.00 – even cheaper if you buy plain white. Better this than five sheets per pack at a pound a pop in most stores. The bonus here: you might not need to buy another sheet of tissue paper for years. We have more ideas on our Wrapping Advice page.
Ed Elf: Don’t use tissue paper for blowing your nose, though: too flimsy for that. I learnt the hard way.
Mrs. C: It has been known for me to join a group of friends on a weekend away in the run-up to Christmas. It has often been rather impromptu. One year, we booked a cottage in the Lake District and did some shopping in Windermere and Ambleside. Another time, around this very date in November, we decided to book a trip to Germany to see an authentic Christmas market. Nuremburg has the biggest and, to my mind, the best. Flights were inexpensive enough and hotel space available. There are package deals you can buy for these weekends away, too. Country hotels might have deals if you like the idea of a calming, pampering weekend away from the city bustle. So why not consider it – even book something today if the mood takes you. I have been to New York in early December as well. It is a magical time there. But hotel space over the US holiday season can be difficult to come by so you might have to plan that kind of trip many months in advance. But it is something to consider for next year perhaps? We have just the page to help you – our Christmas in New York page in the Traditions section.
Ed Elf: You’ve still not taken me…and I’ve always wanted to go skating at Rockerfeller Center…and to re-trace the steps of Buddy Elf from my number one film favourite. That’s “Elf”…of course. One day, Mrs. C. I live in eternal hope. Mrs C: Hope is the greatest of gifts I can give you.
- Buy pieces of cookware and kitchen utensils you feel are missing from your baking armoury.
- Create or buy a gift-wrapping box or bag to keep all your paper, scissors, tags, tape and bows together.
- Go online to purchase ample amounts of tissue paper, cellophane wrap and ribbon for gift wrapping.
- Plan a potential weekend away with family or friends.