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*
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