It’s the middle of January, and what’s happening with me? I’m already thinking of next Christmas.
The temperature is 5 degrees today with a windchill of -14. The sun is the brightest it’s been this month and the reflection from the new snow is almost daring me to come outside. Sorry, Mr. Sol; I’m content to look. Continue reading
Every year, I look forward to Christmas. Once it’s over, I’m excited by the “clean slate” of the New Year. What will I accomplish with my resolutions this year?
During almost 27 years together, my husband and I have developed our tradition of spending New Year’s Day preparing the customary foods to ensure Health, Wealth, and Happiness, which include:
Collard greens for dollar bills.
Hoppin’ John, black-eyed peas, rice, and bacon for luck, health, and good fortune.
Cornbread symbolizing gold. We like the spicy version.
You get the picture. We also continue with the last of the soft Christmas music as we take down the tree, pack away the ornaments, and drink a bit of champagne to toast the New Year as we write our resolutions and open a new calendar. Continue reading
Drum roll please. Merry Christmas! I’ve saved the best for last, and though you may have already guessed, the Day 25 selection for my Christmas Movie Review on Christmas Day is It’s A Wonderful Life – 1946, Liberty Films.
I choose this movie for one reason.
It’s my favorite. (The fact that we named our dog ZuZu might tip my hand.)
George and Zuzu
ZuZu’s first Christmas
Why it is my favorite? Continue reading
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and the Day 24 selection for my Christmas Movie Review is… yes, A Christmas Story – 1983, MGM. Those who know me well will wonder what took me so long to review this movie.
The answer is simple. I want to end my 25 day Countdown to Christmas with positive reviews – no big surprises – but movies you can count on to bring a smile and a little “believing to see” the miracles around. Continue reading
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 1989, Warner Bros., has been on my mind, so it’s my Day 23 selection of my Christmas Movie Review.
In the essence of time, I’m going to cut to the chase (no pun intended). Continue reading
Though I thought twice about reviewing a movie that no doubt has been reviewed too many times to count, I couldn’t help myself. Elf – 2003, New Line Cinema, is my selection for Day 22 of my Christmas Movie Review.
In fact, I resisted watching Elf until last summer (I know, crazy.) when a friend loaned me her DVD. It is one those movies that make you wonder why you held out so long. You may think my review is a foregone conclusion, but I do have a caveat. Continue reading
I finally watched Snow – 2004, ABC Family, my selection for Day 21 of My Christmas Movie Review.
I’d been looking forward to seeing Snow, excited that one of my favorite actors, Tom Cavanagh (please see my Day 13 review for Trading Christmas), plays Santa. And the story pivots around a reindeer – I love reindeer. Continue reading
If you like your Christmas movies romantic, mysterious, and intense, my selection for Day 20 of my Christmas Movie Review is The Spirit of Christmas aka Hollygrove – 2015, Lifetime.
Kate, a woman who initially scoffs at the possibility of ghosts, finds herself helping Daniel (a ghost) discover the reason he becomes a real person for twelve days before Christmas every year since he died 95 years earlier at the Hollygrove Inn. Continue reading
Aha. I’m going a little off script on the Day 16 selection for my Christmas Movie Review (in case you’re pre-screening for minors) with Holiday in Handcuffs – 2007, ABC Family.
This movie skips the traditional decorating the tree and baking Christmas cookies scenes in favor of spiking the eggnog for Grandma, ironically played by June Lockhart – everyone’s favorite TV mom from Lassie. Combine the language and creepy old man at the gas station, and I don’t see watching this selection with wee ones who soak up every word. You won’t find a real Santa in sight. Continue reading
Ice Sculpture Christmas – 2015, Hallmark, is my Day 15 selection for my Christmas Movie Review. Though it might seem predictable (and it ultimately is), there are a few moments that break the mold (ha) along the way.
Break out (I’m on a roll.) moments include:
- Ice sculpting facts and techniques that made the movie more real, and piqued my interest in the art. It actually gave me a new respect for the skill involved, and no, I’m not jumping into a new hobby.