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My Christmas Movie favorites have been pretty solidified over the years, with a new one sneaking in rarely. These are my top 5, and they are laden with nostalgia that pairs well with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and holiday treats.
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in my Reference Library Christmas Heaven. This is my favorite for so many reasons, but mostly for how much I want to be Katharine in this movie. #goals
Ginger Rogers is a department store holiday worker who comes across a random baby on a doorstep and can convince no one that she is not actually the mother. Since she is unmarried in the 1930s, their reactions of being helpful and doing everything they can to support her with the baby add even more heart to this Christmas Romantic Comedy pick.
This is my favorite Muppet movie, bar none. Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat are the perfect narrators and Michael Caine is THE ultimate scrooge. It’s adorable and scary and is even a freaking musical. Love. It.
P.S. The When Love is Gone song has been removed from newer American versions of this movie, and that is totally unacceptable.
It’s funny when every year articles come out defending Die Hard’s status as a Christmas film. I have never seen anyone argue that it is not one, so ya’ll are just arguing with something non-existent. Unless a lot of people have a stuffy grandma that’s like “No, we can’t be having that kind of 80s badass naughtiness as a holiday classic!” If so, please tape that conversation and share cause that would be super adorable. However, I feel that most grandmas are like mine, totally up for wine and Die Hard. Old ladies are awesome.
A newer addition to my must list of the season, and almost too hilarious. Like, I tried to re-watch this on a plane and had to stop cause I could not control my laugh volume. The tale is relatively simple, but the characters and their bond are super freaking sweet. My absolute favorite bits are with Seth Rogan and Jillian Bell as husband and pregnant wife. They play them very real and loving, and I would love to see more with those two.
My husband and I are still basically newlyweds, so all of our traditions are fairly new. This Christmas will be our second time taking our literal piggy bank to the nearest Coinstar and then buying each others stocking stuffers with half the piggy proceeds each. It was like a fun treasure hunt to have a random amount to stick to while trying to keep our respective baskets out of each others sight.
Skiing is one of the sillier winter activities ever, or at least the one that I least understand. I’m with comedian Dylan Moran on this, which makes it the right side of the issue! However, the ski lodge is a place that I absolutely get. Wine, hot chocolate, and comfy chairs in front of the fireplace make up paradise. Yeah, go ahead and ski, I’m going to sit right here with my sav blanc and watch the snow fall through the well placed windows.
Double meaning in that. A meaning that I am just going to let speak for itself and not contradict, cause any curiosity about Offerman’s yule log is completely understandable.
River is totes going to throw down with 13, and it will be glorious. This one may even dethrone The Snowmen as my favorite Whoville Christmas special so far. Adorably grumpy Matt Smith has a lot to fear from Capaldi’s cute grump powers, and you just know that he’s going to sizzle with Kingston. The lush back and forth intellectual sizzle of Nick and Nora Charles hopped up on Doctor Who. *Rubs hands together* *Evil happy cackle*
These have been available in America for at least the past three years ( when I first noticed them in a Safeway market ), and I have been seeing them more and more lately everywhere. This is another tradition that I have happily stolen from Britain, and I have no shame whatsoever about it.
After a long and unsatisfying pre-winters’ nap, I have returned to the warm fuzzy embrace that is 5 Fandom Friday. Holiday cocktail in hand, writing a Christmas blog entry, and wanting to spray everything in sight with that decorative snow spray stuff has me feeling right with the season. Bring it on, Christmas-time.
For real, this four part list of gift suggestions has helped me find the perfect things for family and friends that I had been drawing an idea blank on.
This is a magic maker and problem solver:
Out of vanilla? Use S’mores Vodka.
Family coming over last minute or are driving you nuts? S’mores Vodka.
Ran unexpectedly out of chocolate chips for cookies/fudge/anything? Put that S’mores Vodka in.
Yes, I have actually done these, as well as put it in whipped cream, frosting, etc and it absolutely works.
The Amtrak trains are a beacon of sanity for holiday travelers. Is it more crowded than normal at this time? Absolutely, but it still beats all other options to bits and pieces. Being able to bring my grandmother to visit the rest of our family and not have to deal with her backseat driving and/or random craziness while battling Christmas traffic: Priceless. Plus, there are observation cars to sit in comfort and silence at a nice seat while reading a book and drinking some wine. Plus plus, they have a dining car, where you can visit with fellow humans and a nice lady in all pink will pay for your whole table right before she gets off at her stop, expecting no thanks whatsoever, so every table member then decides to pass it forward by leaving a huge tip. True story. Love, love trains:)
In any shape or size, the Christmas Movie Marathons are the best. These three make up my favorite one, no big deal.
This is a must make recipe every year, and is the best gingerbread anything that I have come across. Spoiler alert: there are a looot of disgusting gingerbread recipes out there.
Nora Ephron writes a relationship that builds throughout the ages with some of the best dialog ever between two human beings.
Do you want some stylish gorgeousness in your Christmas thriller?