‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by….John Cleese

Much like watching It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or Tuna Christmas, one of my annual Christmas traditions is to listen to John Cleese’s adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Never mind that there have been endless readings over the years by the likes of Art Carney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Perry Como, Dick Van Dyke and […]

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Who will become the Abbey’s Father Christmas?

At Downton Abbey, it’s Mr. Carson’s dream to become the Abbey’s Santa Claus. This year will be difficult as he will have to fight off stiff competition from some unlikely individuals. Unfortunately, for Carson, there’s no Mr. Molesley, no Nanny West or, for obvious reasons, no Mr. Green. Lord Grantham definitely has a tough decision […]

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Not a good day at Downton when DCI Vera Stanhope shows up…

It’s December so it must be Text Santa time! At Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham and Isobel Crawley are looking for just the right Father Christmas for the Abbey. While it’s a highly sought after part, the auditions seemingly come to a standstill when DCI Vera Stanhope of the Northumberland and City police shows up to investigate […]

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Downton Abbey's Carson as Father Christmas?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Or is it? To further showcase the incredible versatility of British actors, I bring you this. Jim Carter. a.k.a. Carson from Downton Abbey, appears in this special Greenpeace advert as a dishevelled Father Christmas threatening to cancel Xmas due to global warming and to raise awareness of […]

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A Python's twist to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

Published anonymously in 1823 under the title ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas‘, the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American”. It is said to have largely been responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. While there […]

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The holidays – Hyacinth style

Fortunately, the Chinese take-away, the Green Lotus, is closed for the day, so the Family Boxing Day candlelight supper can be enjoyed by all in attendance. But, what would the holidays be without Hyacinth? Who amongst us can beat Hyacinth’s record of 112 Christmas cards? Popularity does have its penalties, however, as Richard has run […]

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