Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

My Christmas Tree for 2010!
'Tis the season for an abundance of Christmas loveliness.

One of the (many) things I love about this holiday is the number of books, tv specials, and movies that are available. It's amazing. Right now, for example, I am watching The Holiday, an excellent movie to start the Christmas season. I've had some crazy Decembers in the last five years, which meant that I never had much time to read a lot of Christmas-themed books before the actual holiday. Christmas movies, on the other hand, were one of the only things to help my roommates and I through finals. We had a tradition, the girls and I. Every year we would order the festive special from Swiss Chalet, make a gingerbread house, exchange our Secret Santa gifts, and watch Love Actually. Of course, sometimes we would drag this out over the few weeks of exams to make things more festive around the house. (In full disclosure, we kept our tree up one year until about March or April. Part was laziness, part was that it was amusing as hell). I really miss you girls!

I'm not sure when my mom and I became particularly obsessed with reading Christmas books but we most definitely are. Since I was away at school she would be the one to go to the library and borrow at least five Christmas books (again, in full disclosure, most of them romances) for the two of us to read. I haven't been able to get any yet this year (since I've just moved I haven't gotten around to checking out the library here. Shocking, I know) but my plan is to find some soon!

In the meantime, however, I will watch a multitude of Christmas movies and tv shows. Like I said, I'm watching The Holiday right now. I just watched a movie on the W Network on Monday while I was holed up in a (very nice) hotel room. I'm not ashamed to say that watching that movie pretty much made my night! I love that there are so many different things to watch on tv, classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Miracle on 34th Street, as well as newer movies like Santa Baby and Love Actually. Just like Christmas books, I like my holiday movies with a focus on romance. What can I say? I'm a girl and am a sucker for a (slightly cheesy) love story.

It's fun to watch some of the movies that focus on Santa and the North Pole. I think I like those ones because, for an hour or so, I can pretend that Santa still exists and can feel like I did when I was a kid. Ridiculous? Maybe. But I'm sure that was what they intended when they made some of these movies.

I think the thing I love about all the movies and books with a Christmas theme is that they remind me of what the holiday is really all about. It's not about buying a ton of gifts and spending lots of money, or having a massive wish list. It's about family, traditions, and spending time with the people you love. I think those ideas kind of get lost in the crowds, sometimes quite literally. I love getting gifts for people and finding the perfect gift for someone. What I hate is having to fight with all the crowds at the malls trying to get that perfect gift. But, sometimes it's worth it, when that person opens that gift and absolutely loves it. Right?

I don't think I'm the only one who is totally obsessed with Christmas and all the fun to be had around this holiday. Anyone want to weigh in on this? I'd love to hear other people's thoughts. :) It must get boring, reading about my ideas all the time!

I'm sure this won't be the last Christmas post I write this year, so stay tuned for more holiday goodness! Night!


  1. Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year! No matter how many times I see Christmas movies I still want to see them again every year, often times more than once (the same sadly cannot be said of Christmas music given that I work in retail and it is used to destroy my soul a little bit every day during the Christmas season by repeating on an endless loop)
    I remember when I was a kid I could literally never manage to sleep for more than a few minutes at a time Christmas Eve, I'd keep waking up and looking at the clock and waiting desperately until it was late enough (and by this I mean like 7am or so, my parents weren't cruel) to wake up my parents and start with the presents! In fact my parents always left one present in my room overnight, so that I could open it and entertain myself in the morning to stave off the incipent madness from having to wait.
    Now that I'm older I really understand something that my parents always use to tell me though...they used to say that the best part about Christmas was the anticipation. And they are right actually, the day itself goes by so fast that while it may be fun and enjoyable, the best part are the weeks leading up to it, making plans, and decorating, and getting ready for those few short moments of holiday bliss.
    As for Christmas movies, oh wow I could go on forever, there are so many favorites. Top of my list, in no particular order are It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story ("you'll shoot your eye out!") and (okay possibly my favorite) White Christmas. I know every word to every song in White Christmas, and I usually end up singing along (possibly to the chagrin of anyone watching with me). It's funny though, I remember that I first started to catch bits and pieces of that movie as a kid (I have no idea how old I was when I finally saw it straight through in one sitting) and at first I had no idea what was happening. But now it's a "must see" on my list, and it's not really Christmas until I've caught it at least once in the season.
    And since you've said you may post more Christmas posts, I should save some more of my Christmas comments for next time, so I'll leave it at that. ;-)

  2. I love Christmas, especially the movies (and gifts of course). My favourite Christmas movies are A Christmas Story, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I don't think I have ever read a Christmas book before. I think I am going to start with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

  3. You know, Amanda, that's a great idea. I've never actually read A Christmas Carol. I'm not too crazy about the movies, but it'd be nice to read I think.
    Thomas, I'm totally with you (and your parents) about Christmas being about the anticipation.
    I have realized that I tagged Polar Express but actually took out the part about it, haha. But I think that is definitely in my top 3 favourite movies. Maybe after I've watched a few more I'll make up a list on here! :)


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