2. There are lots of sentimental songs about being a parent. I'm not sure this is very sentimental but I think it's lovely.
3.If you are looking for Xmas presents for the scientist/philosopher/academic in your life, you can do worse than browse what's available here. The goodies include, for instance, a set of Rorschasch ink-blot test coasters.
4. Winter's evenings are good for ghost stories. The BBC's Remember Me is unsettling but I'm not sure why. It's got Robert Baratheon out of off of GoT/Hercules out of off of Atlantis in it as a slightly rubbish police detective.