11 Sleeps TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

11 Sleeps TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 14th December 2019

 1.   DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PICTURE

 A Land Rover is bound to Get You Home For Christmas

  1. A CHRISTMAS LIST

 30 CHRISTMAS QUOTES

1              God bless us Every one – Tiny Tim – Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

2              Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more. – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

3              One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

4              A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.- Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home

5              Always winter but never Christmas. – C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

6              Everyone wants a Christmas tree. If you had a Christmas tree Santa would bring you stuff! Like hair curlers and slut shoes.- Janet Evanovich, Visions of Sugar Plums

7              Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. – G.K. Chesterton, Brave New Family

8              It struck him that how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were in life. – Nick Hornby, About a Boy

9              The real Santa Claus is at the mall. – Lemony Snicket, The Lump of Coal

10           I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

11           There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.  Erma Bombeck in I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression (1970)

12           Christmas is an awfulness that compares favorably with the great London plague and fire of 1665-66. No one escapes the feelings of mortal dejection, inadequacy, frustration, loneliness, guilt and pity. No one escapes feeling used by society, by religion, by friends and relatives, by the utterly artifical responsiblities of extending false greetings, sending banal cards, reciprocating unsolicated gifts, going to dull parties, putting up with acquaintances and family one avoids all the rest of the year…in short, of being brutalized by a ‘holiday’ that has lost virtually all of its original meanings and has become a merchandising ploy for color tv set manufacturers and ravagers of the woodlands. – Harlan Ellison in “No Offense Intended, But F*** Xmas!” (1972), The Harlan Ellison Hornbook

13           … and now Christmas is for shoppin’ and the shoppin’ god is everything …Matthew Good – ‘The Future Is X-Rated’, from his 1999 album, ‘Beautiful Midnight’

14           A very Merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let’s hope it’s a good one Without any fear. War is over, if you want it War is over now. John Lennon and Yoko Ono in “Happy Xmas (War is over)” (1971)

15           I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens

16           The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round — kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves. Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens

17           T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Clement Clarke Moore

18           Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip. ~ Gary Allan

19           Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas. ~ Kin Hubbard

20           Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. ~ Lenore Hershey

21           May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas eve.- Unknown

22           If my Valentine you won’t be, I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree. ? Ernest Hemingway, 88 Poems

23           Money’s scarce Times are hard Here’s your f***ing Xmas card ? Phyllis Diller

24           It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement. ? Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

25           “Happy Christmas, Clara. Xx. Yes, I know. I know that text doesn’t look like much. But… actually. First note the comma. I feel proud of his comma, and of being his comma’s recipient.” ― India Knight, Comfort & Joy

26           Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale

27           Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired – Mark Twain

28           “The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood.” – Richard Paul Evans

29           I hate the radio this time of year because they play All I Want For Christmas Is You” like, every other song. And that’s just not enough.”- Bridger Winegar

30           Adults can take a simple holiday for Children and screw it up. What began as a presentation of simple gifts to delight and surprise children around the Christmas tree has culminated in a woman unwrapping six shrimp forks from her dog, who drew her name.- Erma Bombeck

BONUS:                At Christmas, all roads lead home. – Marjorie Holmes

 

  1. CHRISTMAS WORDS

Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.

In Victorian times, in a reversal of modern UK tradition, turkey was seen as an expensive meat to eat on Christmas day, and goose was often eaten by poorer families. In A Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchitt was planning to have goose before Ebenezer Scrooge surprised him with the prize turkey.

Goose used to be the poor man’s Christmas dinner

  1. A LINE OR TWO FROM THE SONG “I’M DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

                Just the same

Top to toe in tailbacks     

  1. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

66           In the UK we plate up 4 pigs in blankets per person, which totals 260,400,000 cooked nationwide

67           And, after all that there’s still room left for pudding, with an average 3 Christmas puddings eaten per person, over the Christmas period amounting to 195,300,000 consumed nationwide

68           The average Brit will spend 5 hours on the sofa on Christmas Day, that’s a whopping 258,000 hours across the UK. Whilst on the sofa people will be tuning into some festive favourites this year with soaps dominating the programmes on people’s must-watch list:

69           Coronation Street – 34%

70           EastEnders – 31% And more tomorrow…

  1. CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
  1. 13 - Santa Baby Kylie Minogue 3:19
  1. A MERRY CHRISTMAS SHORT FILM OR VIDEO

 John Lewis’s Christmas advert has become as regular a part of the Yuletide season as turkey, aggro in Albert Square and disappointing knitwear. We bring you a look at the evolution of this annual institution, from the retailer’s first TV ad in 2007 with ‘Shadows’ to 2013’s ‘The Bear and the Hare’

  1. CHRISTMAS COMPILATION ALBUM

Classic Country Christmas

Tracklist

1.Little Drummer Boy – Lonestar

2.Thank God for Kids – Kenny Chesney

3.Merry Christmas from the Family – Montgomery Gentry

4.Christmas Time’s a Comin’ – Patty Loveless

5.Pretty Paper – Willie Nelson

6.O Holy Night – Kenny Rogers

7.A Different Kind of Christmas – Leann Rimes

8.Here Comes Santa Claus – Elvis Presley

9.Jesus Help Me to Stand – Alison Krauss

10.I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Brooks & Dunn

9. HISTORY OF RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS

 

  1. HISTORY OF TV TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS
  1. IT’S A CRACKER

What did Santa say to Mrs Claus when he looked out the window? Looks like rain, dear

  1. CHRISTMAS CARD OF THE DAY

 

BONUS CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW

Nativity by Nick Butterworth & Mick Inkpen

 

2019 Phil M Robinson