A Day To:

Search out, order and buy your Christmas cards.

Watch:

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993): featuring the voice talents of Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara and Chris Sarandon – from an original poem by Tim Burton. Stop-motion animation at its best as Jack Skellington, the Halloween king, stumbles into Christmas Town and discovers delighting children rather than scaring them might prove a self-satisfying change of direction. Will Christmas as we know it be lost forever? (Movie magic: Uber-baddie Oogie Boogie does his best to steal the show. But he’s forgotten the golden rule: never interfere with Santa’s big plan.)

Part two of our double bill is this…

“The Bear” (1998): This animated short film, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, first aired in the UK at Christmas 1999. Like Briggs’s “The Snowman”, the film is accompanied only by music (although Dame Judi Dench narrates an American version). And like its predecessor, this is a seasonal delight. Tilly is parted from her teddy bear on a visit to London Zoo then receives an unexpected visit of her own…from a polar bear. Surely there can’t be room in her bed for a gigantic polar bear? But where there’s a will, there’s a way. There’s a rather large clean-up for Tilly before they embark on a Christmassy London adventure and Tilly is introduced to the Star Bear. Charlotte Church sings the beautifully starry theme song. This is perfect for all the family and not so long that it might interfere with children’s bedtime. (Movie Magic: Friendship blossoms on a wonderfully festive tour of London landmarks – and the accompanying music is superb.)

Ponder:

“A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;

He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season’s here;

Then he’s thinking more of others than he’s thought the months before,

And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.

He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;

When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime.”

Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959), English-born American poet

Listen:

Favourites from the album “Carols from Queen’s” by Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford;

“2000 Miles” by The Pretenders.

Learn:

Did you know…Sticking on a Christmas stamp when the cards are written is a final festive flourish, but it was not until Christmas 1966 that seasonal stamps were issued in Britain? The Post Office issued commemorative stamps for special events and occasions as early as 1924, but specific Christmas stamps were only available from December 1st, 1966. Both designs, a snowman and Good King Wenceslas, were designed by six-year-old viewers of BBC television children’s programme “Blue Peter”.

PLEASING PAGES TO PERUSE: Christmas Flowers & Plants – CLICK HERE; Snowmen – CLICK HERE; Top 25 Songs & Lyrics – CLICK HERE; Movie Gift Boxes – CLICK HERE; Presents for Adults – CLICK HERE; Christmas Puddings – CLICK HERE

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: Card time. If you are going to pick out the perfect cards, with ideal words or humorous slant, for those special people in your life, it is a good day to get surfing the web and scouring the shelves. You can really take your time over this. Enjoy the process; read many cards; think how you feel when you receive a card that makes you laugh or open one which has sentiment that best captures the essence of you. Now try to do unto others as you would have done unto you. Maybe even consider having some bespoke cards made online using your family photographs or favourite poems & images. These could be the most special cards of all.

A few questions for you to consider as you make your selection. How many cards do you require in total? How many do you need specifically for children? Are you planning to stick to one theme? Is buying charity cards of importance to you? How much money are you prepared to spend? Could you have special cards made just for you? Would you like to personalise your cards with a family photograph? Do you feel creative enough to make your own cards?

Ed Elf: Will you ever stop asking questions?

Mrs. C: There are so many cards and greetings options open to you. Arrange delivery of your cards. This is prompt and the service most courteous at Paper Isle – a family-run concern with splendid bespoke offerings, especially for bulk orders for you and your family, your office, company or workplace.

Ed Elf: We’ve got a separate Cards & Greetings section, so please visit that for more ideas.

Mrs. C: Very helpful of you, Ed.     Ed Elf: I try to be helpful at least once every few days, if I can.

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

  • Select and perhaps order your Christmas cards, having given each purchase due consideration.