CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ADVENT BLOG Thursday 3rd December 2020
12 RAMBLINGS OF CHRISTMAS
ONLY 22 SLEEPS TO CHRISTMAS
PREAMBLE THE BEST CHRISTMAS FIRST
Yesterday it was announced that the UK are the first country in the world to get a COVID-19 Vacine, and that should be next week. What a Christmas Present. One of the best ever! Thanks to all who have managed to pull that one off., in record time. Pfizer is the company.
Our batches are being produced at their Belguim plant which is also noted for making beer. Let’s hope they don’t get them mixed up. I don’t know though, might be fun.
The photo on the front page of the Mirror of the truck filled with vaccination shots looks like the Coca Cola truck in the ‘Holiday’s a-coming’ Christmas TV advert.
But don’t get over excited you could have a long wait dependent where you are in the pecking order. Take a look:
The JCVI’s priority list for the first phase of the vaccine rollout is as follows:
1 – Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 – All those aged 80 and over. Frontline health and social care workers
3 – All those aged 75 and over
4 – All those aged 70 and over. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 – All those aged 65 and over
6 – All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7 – All those aged 60 and over
8 – All those aged 55 and over
9 – All those aged 50 and over
Two groups will not receive the vaccine:
1 – Pregnant women
2 – Most children under 16
We do NHS staff and care workers fit in. They need to be first surely.
Anyway excellent news! Great Christmas tidings to all.
- A CHRISTMAS QUOTE
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. – Shirley Temple
2. CHRISTMAS FEATURE – SELF ISOLATION OF THE ELF ON THE SHELF
A VERY 2020 Christmas! Parents are cleverly putting their children’s Elf on the Shelf dolls in QUARANTINE for 14 days to avoid the stress of having to move the toy every night.
Mum Hilary Soria took to Facebook earlier this month to share a photo of a mask-wearing elf sitting in a jar equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray,
The caption explained the ‘Elf and the Shelf will need to quarantine for 14 days after his trip from the North Pole,’ and the post has been shared 444,000 times.
Online retailers are also selling Elf on the Shelf quarantine houses as well as pandemic-approves accessories such as mini masks and disinfectant
Parents have found a creative new way to avoid moving their children’s Elf on the Shelf dolls every night thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The holidays will undoubtedly look different this year, and some children may be surprised to find their elves quarantining in glass jars for two weeks — because even Santa’s helpers aren’t exempt from the current COVID-19 travel guidelines.
Mom Hilary Soria took to Facebook to share a photo of a mask-wearing elf sitting in a jar equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray, and the clever idea has spread across social media.
‘ELF ON THE SHELF will need to quarantine for 14 days after his trip from the North Pole!’ the caption reads. ‘This should help you mamas!!’
The image has been shared more than 444,000 times, and fans took to the comments to say they’ll be doing something similar with their elves.
‘This will save me 14 days of elf chores,’ one mom said, while another shared: ‘Ours have been in quarantine since the weekend.’
As many parents can attest, the pressure to find new and exciting places to move the Elf on the Shelf doll in their homes has become an added stressor ahead of the holidays.
For parents who aren’t that crafty, online retailers are selling Elf on the Shelf quarantine jars as well as pandemic-approves accessories such as mini masks, toilet paper rolls, and containers of Lysol wipes and Purrel.
The HillsideCustomsShop on Etsy has already sold out of its elf quarantine houses, which come with a note from the elf.
‘Hello friends! Oh how I have missed you! I can’t wait to play, but before we do, I need to make sure we’re all safe by quarantining for 14 days in this jar!’ the message reads. ‘Until then, you can take me wherever you go!’
Samantha Sladich Reich, the mom behind the NuthouseGifts Etsy shop, has sold 179 versions of her quarantine house, which comes with tear-away tags to keep track of how many days are left.
Moonlight Creations by JamJam is selling elf isolation houses for residents of Newfoundland, Canada, but, unfortunately for fans in the U.S., they don’t ship.
Meanwhile, Jessica Lauren Dawson, who has an eponymous Etsy shop, sells tiny elf masks that have proven to be quite popular.
She recently told Today that she sold 80 elf masks in just 48 hours, noting: ‘This is our new normal, so it makes sense.’
In years past, parents have done everything from putting their family’s elves in casts to having them formally retire to get out of having to move them.
A mandated quarantine seems like the perfect option for frustrated parents, but Santa Claus doesn’t approve, at least according to the creators of Elf on the Shelf.
The company released a statement from St. Nick himself saying the elves do not need to quarantine because they aren’t human.
‘All Scout Elves are 100% healthy and remain well at the North Pole,’ the statement reads. ‘They are excited to return to the human world for a season of excitement and giggles. Since Scout Elves are magical beings from the North Pole, they do not get human sicknesses and do not need to quarantine!’
By Erica Tempesta Daily Mail.com,
Tomorrow read all about the history of The Elf On The Shelf!
3. CHRISTMAS MOVIE
4. CHRISTMAS SONG
Put A Little Love In Your Heart – Considered a Christmas Track because it was used lots in the ‘Scrooged’ Movie
- Put A Little Love In Your Heart Al Green & Annie Lennox 3:50
5. CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK
Code Name Bananas: by David Walliams (Author), Tony Ross (Illustrator)
Hardcover : 480 pages
Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
Reading level : 8 – 12 years
Be warned this is not a book about Christmas but a book newly published in time to be a TOP CHRISTMAS PRESENT for CHRISTMAS 2020 to make it the best Christmas ever.
Go back in time with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams for a whizz-bang epic adventure of action, laughter and secret plots – and the extraordinary friendship between a little boy and a huge gorilla that just might save the day…
- Britain is at war with Nazi Germany.
Eleven-year-old Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo. And there’s one animal in particular he loves: Gertrude the gorilla.
With bombs falling all over London, Eric must rescue Gertrude.
Together with his Uncle Sid, a keeper at the zoo, the three go on the run. But while hiding out at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot…
Join David Walliams on this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure for all the family!
6. CHRISTMAS CAROL
7. IT’S A CRACKER (CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE)
What type of key do you need for a Nativity play? A don-key!
8. EVERY CHRISTMAS TV TIMES COVER
9. A FAMOUS SCROOGE
10. SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT – A TOP TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM THE PAST
Ally McBeal – Silver Bells
USA/Season 1/ Episode 11 Christmas 1997Aired on Fox
Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997, to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in the title role as a lawyer working in the Boston law firm Cage and Fish, with other lawyers whose lives and loves were eccentric, humorous, and dramatic. The series received critical acclaim in its early seasons, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 1997 and 1998
11. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER
21 4 – The number Beatles Christmas number 1’s. The band achieved top spot in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967
22 £10.4 Million – The amount spent decorating the Christmas tree at the Tsunamachi Misui Club, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan in 2002
23 30,000 – The number of participants in the largest ever Secret Santa, organised by Reddit in 2012
24 10 Million – The number of Turkeys cooked in the UK every Xmas
25 32.56 Metres – The length of the longest ever Christmas Stocking. It was also 14.97 meters wide
26 600,000 – The number of letters sent to Santa every year
27 3 – The number of Christmas trees planted to replace each one harvested
28 16 – The average number of Christmas presents a UK child receives
29 6 Million – The number of rolls of sellotape be sold in the UK in the run up to Christmas
30 £330 – The average amount a UK adult spends buying Christmas presents
12. CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT