The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I come bearing good tidings of great joy which shall be for all the people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ The Lord.”
Somehow, no matter how well you plan everything out, there are last-minute errands to run, stocking stuffers to pick up, and grocery shopping to do for the upcoming festivities. Here’s what our day looked like:
And because the world didn’t end and the zombie apocalypse didn’t begin yesterday like the Mayans never said but everyone else interpreted, we’re going to a party to watch zombie movies. I made a veggie tray to fit the theme:
I love Christmas movies and the debates that come with them. Which one is the best? How many times can you watch it before it gets to be too much? Which ones just drive you bananas? Are the ones you loved as a kid the same ones you love an adult?
So many questions to consider.
I’ll get right down to it: my favorite Christmas move is “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Sadly, I have not been able to watch it this year because our faithful VCR finally
sold the farm gave up the crapped out. That’s right– until last year, I watched Muppet Christmas Carol on VHS. I had to rescue it from the yard sale pile when my parents sold their house! Totally averted a major disaster.
My second-favorite is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” because it’s a classic and infinitely quotable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “I’m cuuuuuuuute!” or smacked my lips and said “Nuthin'” or “Eat, Papa! Eat!” or making references to the Island of Misfit Toys. There’s just something comforting about watching a movie your parents watched growing up.
As far as the new movies are concerned, my guilty pleasure is “Bad Santa” with Billy Bob Thornton. It’s one of the most vulgar films about Christmas out there (IMDb says the unrated version sets the record with no fewer than 170 instances of the f-bomb), but it cracks me up every time. We’ll watch it during the summer sometime just for giggles.
I hadn’t seen “Miracle on 34th Street” until last year, I still haven’t seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” even though it’s Mum’s favorite, it took 3 or 4 tries for me to like “Elf” but I love Will Ferrell, and I can only watch 15 minutes of “A Christmas Story” before getting sick of it.
The Great Debate
Every year, Dan and I get into a big debate about one particular Christmas move franchise: Home Alone. Any kid from the early ’90s knows the only ones worth watching are with Macaulay Culkin (I mean, can you really forget/lose your kid more than twice and not be thrown in jail?) so the debate falls to which one is better: “Home Alone” or “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” Dan stands by the first being the better of the two, whereas I’m a fan of the second. It’s probably because we had a copy of the second movie and not the first, so I learned all those lines (correctly or otherwise… I thought the line in the movie-within-a-movie went “I could smell you getting off the elephant,” which is a constant source of teasing) and knew the pace of the movie so much better than the first. I think Dan had the first, so there’s that.
What do you think? Is the first Home Alone or the second one better? What’s your favorite Christmas movie of all?
I’ll leave you with a few parting words of wisdom: “She’s a beaut, Clark.” from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “I’ll give you to the count of three to get your lousy, lyin’, low-down, four-flushin’ carcass out my door!” Actually, I’ll give you til the count of three to leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Thankfully, we got married in the digital age and have our address list still saved from sending invitations. In the last couple of years, we decided to send out Christmas cards to family and friends with photos from our travels over the year.
We started displaying our cards from friends and family clothespinned to a short-ish piece of garland. Right now, it’s tied to the curtain rod with the gold ribbon in the middle. Every day, we add more and more cards to the display, and it makes me smile every time I walk by. We’ve saved all the Christmas cards we’ve ever received, and thumbing through them each year is a touching review of our friends’ and families’ memories over the years.
I’ll update here with this year’s card from us once everyone’s had a chance to get it in the mail– if you want one, leave your address in the comments or send me a direct message on Twitter (@missleah26)!