Welcome to the next instalment of ‘The most wonderful time of the year!’ and my twelve top tips for Christmas. Just a month to go, so here goes….
Fifth and Sixth Day of Christmas – The Reason for the Season.
Celebrating Christmas with friends and family – If you are after a traditional feel for Christmas, and want to be reminded of what Christmas really means, there are plenty of carol concerts and nativity plays in London.
To support a local traditional carol concert, see www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/whats-on/events/carols_for_christmas. More information about this and other local events can be found in Enfield Winter Festival magazine. Pick up a copy from any Enfield Library.
Want to travel into Central London?
Time Out London have an good list of Carol services ranging from the unusual, Carols for Animals- in aid of International Animal Rescue through to traditional/Candlelight Services all fundraising for good causes. For the full list of these and other events, see http://www.timeout.com/london/…/the-ten-best-classical-christmas-concerts-in.
Want to worship in spectacular settings in London? See http://www.londontown.com › London Features › Christmas in London 2015, with listings for St Pauls, The Royal Albert Hall and Southwark Cathedral.
You don’t have to be a visitor to London to use the official guide to all things London. Visit London lists all musical genres as well as traditional/classical. See ww.visitlondon.com/tag/Christmas-carols-and-concerts.
Premier Christian Radio hosts their own traditional Carol concert at Methodist Central Hall see, http://www.premier.org.uk/Events.
Can’t get enough of the carol singing then see, http://www.londontown.com › London Features › Christmas in London 2015
You simply cannot have Christmas without a nativity play. If you are the parent of school-age children, you will already be looking forward to seeing your little darlings in their costumes. Well, if you miss out on the school plays, there are always church nativities. Check individual churches in Enfield for special services and times. To get you started here are a few:
St Andrews, Silver Street, Enfield, have a communion service followed by their nativity on the 20th of December 2015. See, www.standrewsenfield.com, for a full list of their Christmas services.
Christ Church United Reformed Church, Chase Side, Enfield have their Christmas Nativity as part of the morning family service on the 13th of December 2015.
Seventh and Eighth Day of Christmas – Rest
You’ve taken part in concerts, you’ve shopped and you’ve eaten out, now take time out of all that busy-ness and chill out. So how can you relax? Watch some Christmas movies, of course.
Now I personally think that the old ones are the best, so, It’s a wonderful life, made in 1946 with James Stewart and Donna Reed, would be at the top spot.
I do however appreciate that my choices are not going to be everyone else’s cup of tea, so I need some help.
As well as It’s a Wonderful Life, the following movies seem to be popular on at least three lists on the internet. So the nominations for the best Christmas movies are:
The Bishops Wife, made in 1947, and stars Cary Grant and Loretta Young.
A Christmas Carol, both the 1951 and the 2009 version.
A miracle on 34th Street, the 1947 and 1994 versions.
Trading Places made in 1983 with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
Holiday Inn made in 1942 and the follow up movie White Christmas (1951) with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.
A Muppets Christmas Carol made in 1992 with of course Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang.
For more nostalgia, see editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-Christmas-movies/ or www.nerve.com/…/ranked-the-100-best-christmas-movies-of-all-time or www.amc.com/movie-guide/christmas-movies.
I hope you have enjoyed these ‘days’ and I look forward to you joining me again for the last of the special blogs on Christmas.