Friday, 20 July 2018

Christmas in July 2018 day 20 / Noël en juillet 2018 jour 20

CIJ day 20 / jour 20

Friday Night at the movies – The Bishop’s wife

It is a story about an angel (Cary Grant) who helps a bishop (David Niven) with his problems.

Some film quotes:

Dudley (angel): Sometimes angels rush in where fools fear to tread. 
Matilda: Nobody expects him be normal; he's a bishop.
Prof. Wutheridge: For some time now, every time I pass the cemetery, I feel as though I'm apartment hunting.
Henry Brougham: Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry. A blazing star hung over a stable and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries; we celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, the sound of bells and with gifts. But especially with gifts. You give me a book; I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe. We forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled... all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It's his birthday we are celebrating. Don't ever let us forget that. Let us ask ourselves what he would wish for most... and then let each put in his share. Loving kindness, warm hearts and the stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.

Another film to add to my to-see list

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Christmas in July 2018 day 19 / Noël en juillet 2018 jour 19

CIJ day 19 / jour 19

Worst gift you ever received

Well, I do have a few options for this one…. Hahaha… my husband is not so good at buying gifts, which is why I by my own gifts now J
Let’s see:
·         Jumper cables for the car
·         2 vaccums (1 portable and 1 central) the same year
·         2 butter dishes (1/2 lb and 1 lb) the same year
·         …  J

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Christmas in July 2018 day 18 / Noël en juillet 2018 jour 18

CIJ day 18 / jour 18

Mail or email Christmas cards?

I prefer by far mail cards.  It is just so much fun receiving cards in December!  I send out about 20 every year but the mailing costs make this almost prohibitive.  I would love to send handmade gifts but it’s just not worth the shipping cost.

I do send an email to work friends and to some family members.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Christmas in July 2018 day 17 / Noël en juillet 2018 jour 17

CIJ day 17 / jour 17

Favorite gift received as a child

I have almost no memory of things in the past so I can’t say what my favorite was.  I do remember having a doll that eats, drinks and for which you had to change the diapers.  I loved that one.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Christmas in July 2018 day 16 / Noël en juillet 2018 jour 16

CIJ day 16 / jour 16

When do you put up the tree? When do you take it down?

I put it up by mid-november.  Our Thanksgiving here is in October so I don’t overstep on another holiday.  I love to have it up with the lights in the long, dreary, boring days of November when the natural light outside is at its lowest.

However after New Year’s Eve (I host) it comes down quickly – January 2nd – down it goes.  I enjoy it for 1 ½ months and that is quite enough.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Christmas in July 2018 day 15 / Noël en juillet 2018 jour 15

CIJ day 15 / jour 15

Do you buy presents because you enjoy giving or because you feel obligated?

I’d say it’s a mix of both.  I enjoy giving for some but I don’t really like when I “have to” and I think it adss a lot to the Christmas pressure and that’s the part people don’t like – going around and finding last minute gifts in crowds.
I like to give because I “want to” beacause I found the perfect gift. I don’t enjoy giving money except to teenagers because that’s what they want to buy “big” gifts.

What is the point of giving money to an adult who gives you money back?  I never understood this and never will – I prefer not to give than do this.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Christmas in July 2018 day 14 / Noël en juillet 2018 jour 14

CIJ day 14 / jour 14

Shop early for presents or procrastinate?

If you know me you know I have a gift list in my purse with the names of the people I give to, suggestions, etc…
I also like to make a few gifts myself so I cannot procrastinate about these.  Even with all ghis preparation I usually have a few last minute gifts but I am getting better at this every year.

My goal is to have all the gifts bought by November 1st (except perishables)