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.
On Day 11 of my Christmas Movie Review, the calendar shows that it is exactly two weeks before Christmas, which means shopping opportunities are growing limited. So, in keeping with that… here are my thoughts on 12 Gifts of Christmas, 2015, Hallmark.
I thought about saving this for Day 12, but it didn’t go with my two week shopping theme.
Cute guy, Marc, is so busy with his career that he doesn’t do well at Christmastime (or any other family time for that matter), so under a frantic corporate deadline, he hires a personal shopper who turns out to be none other than the cute girl, Anna, who took pity on him when she overheard him struggling to pick out a cookie at the local bakery for his secretary’s birthday. Continue reading
Yes, I’m feeling a little Scroog-ey. I watched these two movies almost back-to-back. They are so similar, I couldn’t help but lump (no pun intended) them together, especially as they are both 2015 offerings. Here they are:
The Flight Before Christmas, 2015 – Lifetime (Not to be confused with The Flight Before Christmas, 2008 – with animated reindeer that now I want to watch!)
A Christmas Detour, 2015 – Hallmark
This is pretty much the show.
There’s that vision board…
I’ll be as brief as I can without spoiling anyone’s holiday spirit. Continue reading
I’m on a magic sleigh ride! For Day 8 of my Christmas Movie Review, the fun continues with Northpole: Open For Christmas, 2015 – Hallmark, which is a sequel to Northpole, 2014 (seen, but not reviewed).
Warning: Again, I will be using the word “magic” repetitively.
Some of the devices are familiar: Snow globes with special powers, quirky elves, a really cool workshop where toys are made, and Santa’s magical sleigh. Oh, and magic snow. Continue reading
Hitched for the Holidays, 2012, Hallmark, is a surprisingly refreshing movie. This is the selection for Day 6 of my Christmas Movie Review.
Two people, pressured by their parents to “have” someone by New Year’s Eve, find themselves backed into proverbial corners. Continue reading
My pick for Day 4 of my Christmas Movie Review is Angels Sing (2013 – Hallmark) with Harry Connick, Jr., Connie Britton (think Friday Night Lights and Nashville), Kris Kristoferson, Lyle Lovett, and Willie Nelson.
With such a star-studded cast, what could go wrong, right? Continue reading
I can’t help it.
For Day 3 of my Christmas Movie Countdown, it’s back to the The Holiday Yule Log – with Happy the cat and Happy the dog. Hallmark, of course, 2007. The original version dates back to 1966.
Warning: It’s three (3!) hours of nothing but a burning Yule log, Christmas music, and watching the dog and cat bliss out by the fire, or maneuver with each other for the best spot (the cat always wins). Continue reading
I got a little sidetracked, but didn’t forget about Day 2 in my Christmas Movie Countdown. Here we go.
Okay… this is still on the sappy happy meter, but I love A Bride For Christmas, 2012 TV Movie – romantic comedy. In fact, I’ve watched it twice so far. Continue reading
Countdown to Christmas Movies – Day 1.
Since I’m specializing in writing Christmas family movies, I’m thrilled the calendar has flipped over to December so I can unabashedly watch all the Christmas movies I want, grinning as I go from one to the next. My husband is willing (and I think secretly happy) to go along for the ride, unless he realizes he’s watching one he already saw.
I’m simply going to share my impressions. Continue reading
What does “Yule” really mean?
From the BlogDictionary.com:
The lyric from “Deck the Halls” goes “Troll the ancient yuletide carol.” Amidst all the fa-la-la-ing, did you ever ask yourself exactly what yuletide is?
Yule is the ancient name in the Germanic lunar calendar for a winter festival corresponding to December and January. Later, yule referred to the twelve-day holiday associated with the Feast of the Nativity after the widespread adoption of Christianity through Northern Europe. The word has Gothic origins, but English speakers are most familiar with yule through associations dating to its original use. For example, the yule log, as in the lyric “See the blazing yule before us,” was originally a real tree limb or trunk, but now makes an appearance at Christmastime as a cake shaped like a log.
Yule also carries associations with a farm animal. The Yule Goat carried Father Christmas on his back and is a symbol of Christmas throughout Scandinavian countries. The Yule Goat may have associations tracing back to Norse mythology. The now-famous comic book god Thor rode in a chariot pulled by two goats that could also be eaten and magically regenerate into living creatures again.
Most Americans associate yuletide with singing carols, a tradition in Northern Europe, also known as wassailing.