So we are in almost full on Christmas mode. Even Head of House has begun to join in a little. Fruit of Womb One is back from York – although we have haven’t seen that much of him so far. Places to go, people to see etc. Strictly has finished and with it – It Takes Two so I have no excuse now not to drag my bottom off the settee and actually get on with some work in the evenings.
I continue to harp on and on about Christmas being another time to make memories with family and friends. If you are arty farty and organised you can scrapbook or embroider scenes from your hearth. I am none of these things unfortunately so we had to look at other ways to build memories. For us it happened by accident. When our kids were little, we bought them a copy of the DVD of Father Christmas. We all loved it, we sang together at the end. We all debated the controversy because you got to see Father Christmas’ lovely, biteable cartoon bottom. Then, when Christmas was over – we packed it away with the decorations so no one could watch it until next Christmas. Over the years we have added other films. There’s Scrooged. It’s just nasty enough to be funny, Karen Allen was never more beautiful and there is a brilliant frying pan smack in the face moment. However, the best version of A Christmas Carol is without doubt the Muppet Version. It has lines that rival the best of Dickens – “Light the Lamp: Not the Rat!” and it is undoubtedly Michael Caine’s finest cinematic hour. Forget Hannah and her Sisters and Cider House Rules. This was the role that should have delivered the Oscar. We have been known to sing along to this as well which frightens guests who haven’t seen it coming but there you are. There’s also The Bishop’s Wife. Cary Grant as an ice skating angel and David Niven as a downtrodden vicar. Perfect. Very difficult to get hold of. Ours is a Korean version. We have to take the sub-titles off. (They are Korean by the way not English) There’s also Miracle on 34th Street. Unusually, we prefer the new version because the little girl is lovely and I personally DO believe that Richard Attenborough is Kris Kringle. Still – you pays your money and you takes your choice. So you get the idea. All the DVDs go back into the decoration box after Christmas so there is no cheating until next year. Then, every Christmas, we sit and watch them together. Not all in one go you understand.
So this way we create memories and I don’t have to crochet or anything. Obviously, the offspring are a bit bigger now than when we first started doing this and it can get a bit more difficult to fit everything in but it works for us.
On a completely different note , for lots of complicated reasons, Head of House and myself did an Anglican Carol Service this year. They certainly give good choir – that’s a fact but I prefer things a little more raucous myself – just a bit.
So, on that note, that’s it for a couple of weeks.Next Sunday will be Christmas Day and I’ll be up to my pants in gravy, custard and Nana so you are on your own.
Have a brilliant Christmas. Indeed a super-duper Christmas.