Sunday, 12 December 2021

Blogmas - Advent Day 12


It's been a modern Christmas with sock and beauty filled advent calendars to open each day, so here's a little step back in time to my little stack of Christmas DVDs.  I do have a couple more ... Last Christmas, The Holiday and Love Actually are just three I can think of off the top of my head but they are minus their covers and stored safely in one of my DVD folders.  I try and watch each film over the holiday period at some point, but any that miss a year get watched first the following one.  I was going to give Love Actually a miss this year, but for some reason I have a sudden urge to see it again ... that final montage of greetings, hugs and kisses just lifts the heart.

It's amazing isn't it that DVDs are even starting to feel like a step into the past.  I remember holding on to my VHS tapes for far too long and resisting the urge to buy new films on DVD because it seemed so strange.  Now most films can be watched on streaming services like Sky, Netflix or BritBox, and all our terrestrial television can be found on various catch up services, and suddenly having a DVD collection seems slightly dated.  But they come in useful when the internet goes off and you just want to sink into a much watched and much loved film or boxset, whether it be at Christmas or any other time.


Day Twelve of the sock calendar and my final pair of new socks ... sporting loved up hedgehogs and little hearts ... along with a little tube of Pineapple Micro-Dermabrasion Scrub. 


Now my sock collection is complete as this was a 12 day calendar, so I have decided for the next twelve days I will be wearing a pair of my lovely new socks each day.  Alans suggestion of hanging them all on the washing line garland fashion to decorate the back garden is being forcefully ignored.  With all the rain we have been having they would be hanging limply and soggily for the next twelve days.  

Far better for them to be on my feet.  🧦


Sue xx  🎄

14 comments:

  1. Love Actually is one of my absolute favourite films! We'll be having - and hanging onto - DVDs in this house for a very long time....no streaming or catch-up for us! Our WiFi/Broadband is so ridiculously slow here (one of the disadvantages of being so rural) that we simply cannot do any streaming, etc - trying to download a film takes 2 or 3 DAYS (and I'm not joking!). Honestly, ridiculous as it seems in this age of technology, we really do live in the Dark Ages here. But the pluses outweigh the minuses, so I'm not complaining. What a lovely collection of colourful socks.....are you sure you don't want to take up Alan's suggestion?! (oh that did make me laugh! Only a man would think of that!).

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about slow Wifi/Broadband we were just the same in our last three rural properties, hence us forking out for satellite broadband for the Welsh house. There was no way we could run our business from there without good access. The socks are staying firmly in the house and on my feet ... well I think so, it would be a good joke for him to wake up to on Christmas Day wouldn't it ;-)

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  2. I find it hard to believe that the day of the DVD is falling by the wayside. We used to hire Betamax and then VHS tapes when the kids were small. It only seems like yesterday. We can't be bothered to pay for a streaming service as we'd rather spend our money on staying warm! although we do use catch-up on TV sometimes. I find it bothersome to try to keep up with technology. G keeps saying that our TV is outdated but with the cost of a new TV comes an upgraded aerial because we don't want tp pay for Sky.

    Great socks again, Sue, and gorgeous seasonal header :)

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    1. There are still some DVDs available to buy new from the supermarkets but the sections have shrunk so much, so it is usually just the new releases that are there. They are so cheap to buy from charity shops that my collection grew instead of shrinking while I lived at the flat. We've not had Sky television for years, in Wales we had Freesat and here we both have Freeview boxes, so if I stopped paying for Netflix and Prime I would still have quite a lot of extra channels to watch.

      The blue sky of the last header was jarring on me a bit, it's so grey here most days, so I thought why not go seasonal for a while.

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  3. I took my kid friendly DVDs into school only to discover that my brand new desk computer (connects to the Smartboard) doesn't even have a DVD or CD player on it :-( My younger colleagues just use their passwords for their streaming platforms but I don't have any of these at home. How quickly technology moves on!!

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    1. That reminds me of when I went to collect my current car back in 2017, I put my CDs into the glove box ... only to discover that there wasn't a CD player!!

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  4. You now have a lovely Christmas sock collection. I love them all.

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    1. I do, they are definitely going to end up being mismatched as I usually only wear black socks so I don't have to worry about pairing them up 😀🤣

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  5. Those socks are lovely! I bought Jon a sock subscription for his birthday one year and he found it so exciting to get presents for twelve months.
    Unless you count Dickens' A Christmas Carol I've never seen a Xmas film. We ditched all the DVDs & Videos years ago and it's streaming all the way. We've still got every piece of vinyl we ever bought, though. Music sounds much better! xxx

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    1. I watch at least two versions of A Christmas Carol every year. I love them all with the exception of the Muppet version.

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    2. I've never seen anything with a muppet in it - unless you count BoJo's televised press conferences!

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  6. Just arrived in Scotland so a bit late commenting today. The robins and orange fir trees still my favourite though I must admit it is a close thing now I have seen the hedgehogs! Perhaps you could hang them up in a line and put a chocolate in each one for the remaining 12 days!🎄

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  7. I've loved seeing all your new socks:) My favourite pair has to be the Robins♥ Scrooge A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim is my favourite Christmas Carol film and I never miss a year watching this:)

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