I’m starting to feel like Christmas (or the entire month of December) is a final exam I forgot to study for. Everyone is busy, so I know my schedule isn’t really special. But I’m in the middle of scheduling my birthday, my son’s birthday and a going away party I’m not ready to talk about yet. I haven’t mentioned two cookie baking extravaganzas, three other birthdays within my husband’s loving family, the SEC championship, a half-marathon I’m not ready to talk about yet and maybe, hopefully, possibly a date night with my loving husband.
So, I’ll be taking a break from this blog. I know you’ve been inundated with my daily postings on life, love and the secret of happiness (not). So you probably won’t even notice I’m gone, but I feel like it’s common courtesy to give a formal notice that I’ll see ya next year.
I’m honestly really grateful to have so many friends and family who check in here to see how I’m doing. I’d love to hug each of you and chat it up while our children play together harmoniously. Or maybe we can hide away in a coffee shop and laugh until our abs have had a complete workout.
Until then, I will leave you with this list of my favorite Christmas movies and a few musings to keep you busy until January. Merry Christmas. Love to you all.
I used to be really strict with myself on when I can listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies. But the past few years, it has felt as though Christmas snuck up on me and zoomed past like a really obnoxious driver in traffic. I don’t know if it’s because having kids has made me refocus my Christmas energy or it’s because I have a little boy whose birthday is five days before Christmas.
Regardless, Netflix is now streaming Christmas movies and I may have already switched on Pandora’s Christmas station. So, here are a few of my favorite Christmas movies in no particular order.
- Home Alone: It may just be the nostalgia of watching this over and over as a kid, but this is definitely one of my favorites. I especially love the music, the house and his naievete. My mom does not like this movie and until I became a mother I couldn’t understand why. He’s a total brat in the beginning…but the end always makes me tear up when she comes home to find him.
- Home Alone 2: Ok, so technically this is one of Ty’s favorites. I really don’t understand why he’s such a brat to start again or why they don’t use a leash with him, but I love the scenes with the homeless woman and the man at the toy store. Gets me every time.
- Charlie Brown Christmas: A classic. I bought the CD on a whim at Starbucks 10 years ago and the story of how it came to be and what made it stick out from other Christmas cartoons at the time stays with me still. The idea of a 5-year-old feeling depressed at Christmastime is more relatable than most people realize. And Linus’ monologue at the end from the Bible is so simple yet moving.
- Love Actually: This is like 12 movies in one and a lot more about love than Christmas.
- Christmas Vacation: I didn’t appreciate this movie the first time I watched it and now I love it. My sister’s brother-in-law shares his favorite quotes from the movie on Facebook during the month of December and it’s really one of my favorite things.
- 12 Dates of Christmas: And here come the movies I’m a little embarrassed about. This is an ABC Family movie I found on Netflix. Why do I like this movie? I don’t know.
- Christmas Kiss: Another made-for-tv movie. Why do I keep watching this? It’s cheesy and predictable…and I keep coming back!
- The Family Stone: Diane Keaton is uh-mazing. Let’s just get that out of the way. There’s some really authentic scenes in this movie and I love it. I cry nearly every time.
- A Muppet Christmas Carol: Don’t knock it till you watch it. The muppet playing Charles Dickens is awesome. And Kermit sings and he is still married to Miss Piggy (and another thing WHY would two muppets every break up? that was ridiculous and completely belittled the two actual breakups of that week)
- The Holiday: Ok, the fact that this movie is at the bottom is a clear indication that this was in no particular order. This is one Christmas movie I allow myself to watch year-round. It’s not really about Christmas anyway. I wish there was more Jack Black/Kate Winslet and less perfect-looking-girl/perfect-looking-boy. But other than that, it’s a wonderful happy story (which you’ll need after watching The Family Stone).
Merry Christmas y’all. Get holly, get jolly, and I’ll see you next year. 🙂