Going back to Msg. 1 and the Christmas Day schedule and having read the RT:
The Nine Lessons would have already been on R4 and BBC2 on Christmas Eve.
The Evening schedule 7.45 is the Sunday Feature about St. Vitus Dance and people dancing themselves to death followed at 8.30 by Drama on 3 which is a repeat about a German banker interrogated by the Gestapo.
Neither of which is particularly festive fare. They would have done better to repeat one of the Bach or Mozart total immersions I think from 6pm onwards.
Another SNAP Anna!
Phones are off the hook from 3pm to 4.40pm on Christmas Eve. We try and get the prep done, with visiting family all arrived, in time to collapse around the illuminated tree with tea/sherry/mincepie by 2.59pm and then listen as the light outside turns to dark. The set pieces at the end (Hark the Herald... etc) may be the cue for more fettling in the kitchen, but otherwise it's a 90 minute haven from the bustle. My dad has done likewise since the days of Boris Ord. The only exceptions were the two occasions in the 80s when we actually went and queued from before dawn. We were at the première of Taverner's 'The Lamb' for instance.
It's a precious tradition, the heart of Christmas, everyone gathered together again, in our 'ouse.
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
I will open my two presents. Both will be calendars.
If that's an attempt at pathos, SA, then it's failed. You're a lucky, lucky guy.