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Okay, I admit it, I've been listening to holiday - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
Okay, I admit it, I've been listening to holiday
music (meaning Christmas) since before Thanksgiving, thanks to Cox Cable which, along with regular channels, has music stations, including one called, "Seasonal Music". *G* As a result, my journal now reflects my holiday mood so check it out! *G*

And yes, I realize many people hate how early the holidays seem to come every year; how quickly it's commercialized - but I'm one of the exceptions who (*hangs head*) loves it as early as she can get it. I'm gorging myself on Eggnog already, watching every Lifetime Holiday movie (that I've already seen or sounds good) and every Hallmark holiday movie (that I've already seen or sounds good), and of course, watching old favorites and new (I've even created links out of the titles in case you missed them *g*.  Amazon should pay me for this! LOL!). Movies like:

The Bishop's Wife, The Holiday, Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Holiday Affair (including the remake with David James Elliot) and even Meet Me In St. Louis (Hey, it has Christmas in it!), and yes, Sex and the City, the Movie (which has both Christmas and New Year's and okay, those may be its only redeeming qualities, but really, Carrie running around NYC on NYE to keep poor Miranda company? And giving Louise her first real Louis Vuitton purse for Christmas? *sniffs and blows nose*). Oh, and then there's The Last Holiday which is beautiful just for the location and food alone! And do I really have to mention Miracle on 34th Street (including the version with Dylan McDermott *g*) or A Christmas Carol (my personal favorite version is the Gene Lockhart one with Reginald Owen as Scrooge, but you know, I also love the remake starring...are you sitting down? Starring Susan Lucci and called "Ebbie")? I also now thoroughly enjoy the Jim Carrey/Disney animated version of Scrooge.

Then there are the Home Alone movies - although only number 1 and 2 are faves. Oh, and from television (like the above-mention, Ebbie), there's Borrowed Hearts (with Roma Downey, Eric McCormack and Hector Elizondo in the old "rent a wife for the holidays' plot *G*), The Christmas List (not available yet on dvd, but it always pops up on Lifetime), Comfort and Joy (which I just watched twice in one week - but don't see the HORRIBLE sequel, which I refuse to acknowledge!), The Christmas Wish (the older one with Neil Patrick Harris) and finally, what could be better than a Bruce Greenwood Christmas movie, namely, A Dog Named Christmas?

Yes, I know - I'd be killed if I left out A Christmas Story (when those dogs get the turkey? Yeah, I cry every time), but I also can't miss all three Tim Allen Santa Clause movies (although, the second one - where he has to get a Mrs. Claus and does all that magic - is oddly my favorite of the trio). Nor can I go through the month without at least one viewing of - don't laugh or rather,  do - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. *bg*

And if I want to cry, as in really cry, well, first there's Polar Express (no, I don't know why I cry, but I do) and a wee movie called Noel (with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams to mention just a few of the stars), and come on, Christmas is just not Christmas without It's a Wonderful Life and Meet John Doe (with Gary Cooper *thud*), both of which can still reduce me to puddle of tears surrounded by a mound of Kleenex. I know there are many more and I plan to watch everything as often as possible (not to mention favorite series that feature Christmas episodes) until my eyes bleed green and red (and andeincascade? Don't worry, you know where I stand on Love Actually, right?) and I bet I've left off a few, so feel free to add your favorite/s in the comment section! :) The more the merrier!

Anyway, back to reality *g*, I know there's stress and much piggish behavior this time of year - and we all have someone - or many someone's - whom we miss the most now (my mother passed on December 1st, 2004 and it's hard to believe it's been that long) - but can't this also be a great time to remember the best about those we've lost? And isn't it a perfect time to tell the people still with us, just how much we love them? *nods* So no matter what this season seems to bring regarding shopping/economic stress, work stress, the dreaded flu - and the horrible weather we might experience *listens to hurricane force gusts outside apartment building* - December still, somehow, manages to bring out the best in us. Folks really do act kinder, more loving and even more cheerful. The music is uplifting and fun, whether secular or religious; the movies delightful (especially with popcorn and hot chocolate - and don't forget the marshmallows), and what's better than listening to singers, both past and present, bringing back fond memories and promises of better days to add to all the joy December can offer? Nothing, that's what. :) Okay, maybe a cuddle with Abby right after she topples the tree over....

So, I'm decorated (thanks to a wonderful woman, BJ), I'm ready, I'm listening - and of course - I'll be reading holiday-themed fan fic too! :) I'm also refusing to think of politics again until January 2nd, 2012 *G* and plan on writing only joyful things - when I can write again - posting holiday art (or at least sexy art *smirks*) and maybe even a favorite holiday recipe or two for anyone who might like them (although I accept no blame for how the recipe turns out for you, so don't bother suing me. How's that for the holiday spirit? *G*). Each day, I'll turn on the lights for the tree and window trim; light deliciously scented candles (while making sure my little fire-lover, Abby, doesn't burn off her whiskers - I swear, in another life, she was an arsonist *shakes head at currently cute and innocent looking kitty); and when able, make a few goodies throughout the month. :) I'll pray nightly that every single one of you - and yours - make it through the holidays happy, stuffed, and with the perfect gift (even if you buy it yourself - you deserve it), no matter how, what, and where you celebrate; no matter what we all believe or practise - because joy and peace  are two things worth having this month (okay, there are two other things: presents and food, lots of food! Oink-oink) *g*

Current Music: White Christmas

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nerthus From: nerthus Date: December 2nd, 2011 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely, just lovely; I am glad you are an enthusiastic holiday season person and not ashamed to admit it! I fear/confess I am more of an emotional curmudgeon where Christmas is concerned,though I wasn't always that way. Anyway, there really are a lot of holiday movies out now, aren't there?! You've listed some good ones and some I've never seen. One of my personal favorite holiday movies is still "While You Were Sleeping," I never get tired of that one! And I wish you a lovely holiday season and hope that the month of December will see many blessings coming your way.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 3rd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Oooh, I did forget

While You Were Sleeping! And it has the added bonus of including NYE!!!! One of Sandra's best movies. :) And I hope this month brings you nothing but the best! *hugs*
mostcrazylady From: mostcrazylady Date: December 2nd, 2011 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
There is only one "Christmas Carol" for me and that is the one starring Alaster Sims. No other version will do.
"It's a Wonderful Life" - Gag Gag. Hate that movie, sorry.
"Miracle on 34th Street" - Love the original version with little Natalie Wood.
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Yeah, it's a cartoon, but I think it's neat, the way it explains all the different legends of Santa, like how he got his reindeer and why he comes down the chimney.

Happy Holidays!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 3rd, 2011 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)

I hated It's a Wonderful Life for a long time

(probably too many showings), but somehow, this year, it seems to fit my mood (who knows why?). And don't you just love that moment in the film when Natalie yells, "Stop!" when she sees the house she wanted? Man, I SO wanted that exact same house. Oh, and the doctor's look when he walks into the room and sees the medical equipment? Wonderful!
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 2nd, 2011 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
We love A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart and All I Want for Christmas
Oh yeah! and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
There are a lot of others including many of the ones you mentioned, but I have to go to sleep now...
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 3rd, 2011 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)

How could I forget "All I Want for Christmas"???

mom and I both loved it - and Jamey Sheridan? Hubba-hubba. But man, have both those kids grown up or what? Amazing. AND still working! As for Emmet Otter - I've got to check that one out, gf!!!! LOL!
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 3rd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: How could I forget "All I Want for Christmas"???

Emmet Otter and The Muppet Christmas Carol are standards here at the holidays. Gotta have the Muppet fix *lol* and the music is always wonderful.
Have to agree with you about JS whoa
Any and all versions of The Christmas Carol, Ebby, The Diva CC with Vanessa Williams, even the one with Henry Winkler!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 4th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: How could I forget "All I Want for Christmas"???

So would I be correct to assume you'll be one of the first in line for the new Muppet Movie? *G* It looks great! And they keep showing a snippet with NPH, so that makes it a winner no matter what! :)
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 4th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: How could I forget "All I Want for Christmas"???

Probably not. I love all things Christmas not necessarily Muppet. The last Muppet Christmas thing I watched, Kermit's singing voice just didn't sound right *sigh* The movie sounds fun, but I can wait till it hits Walmart lol.
We watched The Most Wonderful Time of the Year last night. How did I miss that one?! Sappy and cliche but most of the best seasonal movies are right? and Henry Winkler!
For some reason lj won't let me add the address url and link the title...weird.
gershwhen From: gershwhen Date: December 4th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
You have great taste, I LOVE Emmet Otter!! It's such a touching version of the classic story.

And the Muppet's version of the 12 Days of Christmas is one of my favorites -- it always sounds like Miss Piggy is drinking throughout the song and is three sheets to the wind by about the 10th day!
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 4th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I was never so happy as when I found Emmet Otter and The Lady in White in dvd!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 4th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

The Lady in White?

OMG, I LOVE that movie!!!! So utterly sad, beautiful, spooky and hopeful all at the same time.

*off to see if Otter is on one of the freebies with my On Demand!*
cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: December 2nd, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favorite movie is Scrooge, the musical, with Albert Finney.

Love the music and even did a production of it when I taught music.

The dearest day of all the year, December the 25th! ;-)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 3rd, 2011 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes, the musical version

was terrific - and I loved that they went far deeper into Scrooge's past with his girlfriend than previous versions (most of which never touched it). Can't beat Albert young - or old. Sexy man. :) *tries to decide whether to forgo a Christmas movie for "Two for the Road" or not....* *BG*
From: ma_aaaa Date: December 3rd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Scrooged Not sure what that says about me. I do like to watch It's a Wonderful Life once every winter with a glass of Bailey's.

My mom passed away on December 2, 2003. I know exactly how you feel - it's hard to believe it's been that long.

Love ya, woman. Peace and Joy.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 4th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

I know - I remember

our mothers passed one day and one year apart. :( And I forgot all about Scrooged, which I loved too. Bill Murray suggesting stapling the reindeer ears on the...were they mice? I can't remember, but anyway, yes, I laughed my head off. :)

And how can we not watch the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the Bailey family and business without a glass of Baileys in our hand? Here in SoCal, if it's hot, the Bailey's will be with my own made-up drink (which I now understand you can actually get at bars, etc), namely a Baileys and Pepsi on ice - YUM (like a root beer float, only with -- you know -- cola and liquor *g*) and if it's cold - it goes right into the hot chocolate. :)

*clinks Blaileys-filled glasses with ma_aaaa while watching "It's a Wonderful Life"*
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 4th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I know - I remember

Baily's in hot chocolate or coffee! or both at the same time yuumm
although it's warmed up to 34F and the snow is melting and it's raining and the streets are like skating rinks yadayadayada
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 5th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I know - I remember

I can't top your cold, but for California, yeah, it's brrrrrr here too! I actually have the heat on AGAIN - it was 60* INSIDE my apartment (which holds heat like nobody's business) at 2pm!!!! And yes, I realize that 60 is balmy to you, but for it to be that cold *inside* a small apt? Had to be very very cold outside! LOL! Too weird. Maybe 2011 will be the year of the miracle - snow in Southern California - URBAN SoCal! LOL!
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 5th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I know - I remember

Oh I know that's cold there. When we were in Las Vegas in May I was freezing at 65f. My husband was teasing me because my teeth were chattering while we were loading the car one night. Mostly because I've lived here longer than he has. lol
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: December 6th, 2011 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the holiday banner.

There's no shame in so unabashedly enjoying the season. I don't like how it is treated in the stores etc, but I look forward to the holiday movies rolling out every year. I stop recording all sorts of stuff so I can make sure I have room for the Christmas movies on my Tivo. And I can't tell you how much cursing there has been because even though I'm supposed to receive it, the Hallmark channel never works on either of my TVs. All the movies I'm missing makes me so sad -- A Dog Named Christmas, and the new one with the girl from Merlin, A Princess for Christmas I think is the name.

I almost missed Its a Wonderful Life, which would have been horrible, and I'm sad I missed the very beginning when he's a boy. But I caught it about the time of the 'Buffalo Gals' section. And it isn't Christmas until you've watched the animated & original Grinch and Rudolph, both of which I caught this year.

A new fave is Ion's A Golden Christmas because it has a cute dog and Nicholas Brendan. Eve's Christmas is also a fave because I love Sebastian Spence & I love the second chance idea.

The Christmas Cottage, the Thomas Kinkaid movie always gets me misty eyed. And Holiday Wishes with Amber Benson has lost sisters reunited, mysterious events, and the classic spoiled/disadvantaged girls switching places idea. Its available for free viewing on my Comcast on-demand, so it might be on yours.

I love The Christmas List, and have been waiting somewhat patiently for it to pop up. And I like a lot of the different takes on Scrooge movies, especially the Patrick Stewart version. Oh! And Whoopi's Call me Claus is on next weekend on TNT.

I like the newer Miracle on 34th Street a tiny bit better than the original, sacrilege I know. And All I want for Christmas is charming in a modern way.

I always watch Home Alone, the original holds up so well and still entertains. While you Were Sleeping is centered so much around the holidays, and any excuse to watch it is good.

Yep, I love the holiday movies. On the other hand, I haven't done any decorating yet because I have to clean first. And cleaning, sigh, I'm such a pack rat.

Happy Holidays!! ((hugs))
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 7th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)

*hugs back*

Don't let cleaning stop you from decorating! Even if you only hang a wreath for now! :) I find decorations fit perfectly around my rat-packed stuff! :)

I have to admit, it's easier getting into the spirit knowing that I can't go into a mall, thus don't have to deal with all those people (cyber-shopping is my friend!), otoh, I kind of miss the decorations and my yearly trip to South Coast Plaza and their neighbor mini-version mall, the Crystal Court, which has a three story Christmas tree. On level one, there's a Christmas village with an electric train circling through it. On the second floor, you see the giant Santa's (I think there are three of them) and they're holding up the top of the 'tree', which you can see close up on the third floor. They even have a real train for the kiddies on the second floor that circulates around the glass partition. The whole thing is a real showstopper and I miss seeing that and then eating at the Italian Trattoria within view of the tree. *happy sigh at memories*

kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: December 7th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs back*

Oh, I can work around pack-rat clutter. This is full out clutter as I tend to just drop stuff on the dining table in the corner of my living room. I have stuff thats been there since August.

I've had my two nature Santa statues out since *last* Christmas. They're not overly Christmasy & I love them, so last year I figured why not leave them out.

I cleared a spot for the minor number of Christmas cards I might get. As I said to someone the other day, I miss the days of the AlphaGate Christmas card exchange. It was so much fun to get cards, some of them truly extraordinary, for days on end.
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: December 7th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs back*

I'm glad you posted the pictures from that memory over on the other post. The model train, and the child size train look so fun. And that tree . . . . Eating & enjoying that wonder must *have* been so great.
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