CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 13 BLOG POST

CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 13 BLOG POST

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 13th December 2021

 ADVENT DOOR 13 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMMA!!!

12 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS CARD.

  1. THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS.

 10 Facts About The Grinch That May Surprise You!

Written by: Lizzie Robinson

Jim Carrey spent total of 92 days wearing The Grinch costume. It took 3 hours before each filming session to get into the suit.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the most-loved Christmas movies of all time.

Regardless of whether you’ve seen it or not, and whether you hate Christmas or love it, you’ll recognize the green character who always manages to make his way onto our screens over the holiday season.

Here are ten things you probably didn’t know about the Grinch!

  1. The costume took a lot of dedication.

It’s one of Jim Carrey’s most famous and recognizable roles, but it definitely wasn’t easy to pull off the Grinch.

The costume was made predominantly from yak hairs which had been dyed green and then individually sewn onto the suit.

Carrey spent a grand total of 92 days wearing the costume, and it took him three hours before each filming session to get into the suit.

  1. The Grinch didn’t originally look like that.

Can you imagine the Grinch being anything other than the loveable green monster we’ve grown used to seeing on the TV every December?

In the original story, the Grinch was actually black and white with bits of red and had pink eyes.

When Chuck Jones became director of the animated movie, he decided that the main character was going to be entirely green.

  1. Anthony Hopkins’ narration was recorded in just one day.

Hollywood actor Anthony Hopkins was the narrator of the story, and while it might have taken Jim Carrey several hours to get in and out of his difficult costume, Hopkins had a comparatively easy job.

However, he certainly made it look easier than it really was, and recorded the entire narration in a day.

  1. Director Ron Howard pulled a prank on Jim Carrey while filming.

One day, Jim Carrey came into the studio to start a long day of filming, and was surprised to find somebody else dressed as the Grinch.

He became annoyed, thinking it was a stunt double who appeared to look absolutely nothing like the character he was playing.

However, he soon discovered that it was director Ron Howard who had been up since 3:30am getting into full costume.

He then went on to direct in full costume for the day!

  1. The song has become a famous part of Christmas.

The song “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch” is recognizable every year when How the Grinch Stole Christmas makes its usual appearances.

Thurl Ravenscroft was the person who recorded it for the movie, but many people don’t know that he is also the voice of Tony the Tiger, much-loved cartoon character and mascot of Frosted Flakes cereal.

Jim Carrey also showed off his vocals and recorded a version of the song himself.

  1. Jim Carrey nearly wasn’t the Grinch!

During the audition process, two other famous actors were nearly given the part of the Grinch.

These were Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson.

While both actors have proven themselves to be highly comedic, lovable and great on the screen, it wouldn’t be quite like having Jim Carrey as the Grinch we know and love.

  1. “Fahoo Foraze” wasn’t real Latin.

The nonsense song which is sang during the movie was created to imitate Latin words.

When people watched the movie, they thought it was being sung in real Latin, and started looking around for a translation.

Even when people involved in the movie were asked for translations, they were obviously unable to provide an answer and fans of the movie were forced to accept that it was fake Latin.

  1. Highly-trained professional acrobats were used in the making of the movie.

Acrobats were used for filming

For many of the stunts in the movies, the producers had to search far and wide to find trained professionals capable of pulling it off.

As a result, they ended up hiring several acrobats and performers from world-famous traveling circus show Cirque du Soleil.

  1. The movie almost didn’t happen…

Making a Christmas movie requires a certain level of sponsorship.

When Chuck Jones got permission from Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) to make the movie using his story, he struggle to find businesses to support it.

The Foundation for Commercial Banks was the organization which made the movie a reality in terms of finances, and endorsed it throughout the process.

  1. The budget for the animated version was huge.

Considering it was a 26-minute animated movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas had a massive budget.

In today’s money, it cost around $2.5 million, which was totally unheard of for a production so small.

  1. A Christmas Track.
  1. Fairytale of New York Pogues & Kirsty MacColl 4:33
  1. A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

  1. AN ANNUAL.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.

  1. CHRISTMAS FILMS.

  1. CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.

  1. A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

  1. ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. A CHRISTMAS TREE.

  1. CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.

  1. CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.
CHRISTMAS 1968
  1. CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
CHRISTMAS 1990
  1. A PANTOMIME.
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NOTTINGHAM
Venue: Playhouse
Title: Beauty and the Beast

Production company: In House

Dates: 3rd December 2021 – 15th January 2022

Cast: John Elkington, Lisa Ambalavanar, Megan Cerys-Holland, Tom Hopcroft, Bradley Judge, Clarice Juliandra, Myles Miller

Written by Kenneth Alan Taylor

Directed by Bill Buckhurst

Musical Direction by John Morton

Choreographed by Alistair David

 

  1. ELF ON THE SHELF.

  1. CHRISTMAS TOP TWELVE & TOP FIFTEEN.

How many calories in a Christmas Dinner?

Obviously everyone’s ‘usual’ Christmas dinner is different – yes, I’m looking at you, people who add a few yorkshire puds! The calories in your Christmas dinner will depend on what you have, how big your portions are and how each element was cooked. But below is a breakdown of calories in an ‘average’ Christmas dinner*.

 

  1. Roast turkey (149 calories)
  2. Roast potatoes (127 calories)
  3. Stuffing (231 calories)
  4. Bread sauce (42 calories)
  5. Roast parsnips (102 calories)
  6. Boiled carrots (14 calories)
  7. Boiled Brussels sprouts (32 calories)
  8. Gravy (17 calories)
  9. Cranberry sauce (45 calories)
  10. Pork sausage (62 calories)
  11. Bacon (135 calories)
  12. That’s a grand total of around 956 calories for the main course alone – even before you add a starter, booze and desserts. For reference, here’s the calories in some festive favourites.

 

  1. One slice of Christmas cake (249 calories)
  2. One portion of chocolate log (101 calories)
  3. One portion of cheese and biscuits (394 calories)
  4. Christmas pudding with cream (587 calories)
  5. Mince pie and cream (368 calories)
  6. Three Quality Street (133 calories)
  7. Average selection box (1111 calories)
  8. One pint of premium lager (330 calories)
  9. One pint of cider (200 calories)
  10. Large glass (250ml) of average strength red wine (214 calories)
  11. Large glass of medium dry white wine (190 calories)
  12. A bottle of average strength red wine (644 calories)
  13. A bottle of medium dry white wine (570 calories)
  14. One Large (100ml) Bailey’s (320 calories)
  15. One shot (25ml) of vodka or gin (55 calories)
  1. SCROOGE.

  1. SANTA & RUDOLF.

  1. A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE.
  1. An artificial Christmas tree would have to be reused for more than 20 years to be “greener” than buying a fresh-cut tree annually.

 

  1. 13th century saw the birth of the Christmas carol singing custom in churches. It was St. Francis of Assisi who started this tradition.

 

  1. In UK, Christmas tree became popular only from 1841 when Prince Albert, following a German tradition, erected a tree in the famed Windsor Castle.

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.

 

  1. CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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