Monday, December 22, 2014

Family Favorites

Christmas cards are done. Christmas candy and cookies are made. Team breakfast tomorrow. Presents wrapped. Yeah, you read correctly- the presents are wrapped and under the tree. That means all of the shopping is complete as well. I'm not sure when that's every happened. Seems like Coach and I are wrapping on Christmas Eve more years than not. Those have been some fun times. Like when the boys were really small and we got them the first set of Nerf dart guns. We decided to get all the toys out of the packages and wrap them so they could just open and play. We ended up in the biggest dart fight. When we moved out of the house we found darts behind most pieces of furniture upstairs. Good times. 

J was making a comment today that high school has really cramped his Christmas movie watching. We used to watch several of the Christmas classics and ABC Family specials as a family. At least until bedtime anyway. He's always been my big Christmas kid. He loves the prelude and traditions before the day. His expressions have always been priceless when opening packages too. What a kid. T-man is my music kid. He loves the cookies, the carols, the decorations. He's much quieter. Never a fan of visiting Santa, but always sure to write a letter. This year he hasn't written it yet. He's wavering in his belief. This may be the last year we get to have Santa gifts. {Sigh}

Christmas would not be complete until the following movies have been viewed. It doesn't matter that we have seen them a gazillion times before. They seem to get better every time. Coach and I have made a tradition of seeing A Christmas Carol in live theater. It's really spectacular.  Here are the Top 10 Movies and TV specials we enjoy every year. 

Family Faves:
1. Elf
2. White Christmas
3. SNL Christmas Special
4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
5. Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas
6. Peanuts A Charlie Brown Christmas
7. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
8. Frosty The Snowman
9. The Polar Express (also a favorite book)
10. Home Alone

Some of My Other Favorites/Honorable Mention:
1. The Bishop's Wife (With Carey Grant)
2. Holiday Inn
3. Miracle on 34th St (Black and White)
4. Boys Town (Mickey Rooney, black and white)
5. Christmas in Connecticut
6. Sleepless in Seattle
7. An Affair to Remember
8. Harry Potter series
9. Narnia series

I super puffy heart love the old black and white and 1940's-50's movies the best. They can remake whatever they want to. I'll always love the original. Sleepless in Seattle and An Affair to Remember are more of Valentine's Day movies, but hey, I love them. I usually manage to watch them over the holiday break.

Do you have holiday movie traditions? What are your favorites? 

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