Rewatch a Christmas classic- Ways to savor the season 5/16

JMJ  *Slow-paced and sweet, and such a contrast to contemporary fast-paced movies, the old black and white classics, help me to slow down for the season. Two old classics I always watch are It’s a Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn.  They are so kooky in some ways, but endearing and timeless.

Every day for 16 days, you will find little things which are inexpensive, involve little to no preparation, for family and close friends to enjoy together.  Although a few ideas might be added to your Christmas bucket list, these are mostly traditional ideas that have a timeless quality to them.

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Ways to Savor the Season 5/16

A great way to slow down and savor the season is to rewatch favorite movies from years past, even after seeing them multiple times over the years. Some of my favorites: The recent Nativity Story, Christmas with the Kranks, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

I perused throught the internet to find reference lists of movies.  Here is what I came up with:

According to Goodhousekeeping, here are the best 55 Christmas movies of all time.  (a slideshow)

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g1315/best-christmas-movies/?slide=17

I don’t think I will be watching 55 movies!  But maybe I will add a movie or two from the list this year.  For now, I think we will watch Christmas with the Kranks.  Every year, Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis always have me in stitches within the first 10 minutes of the movie.  Good, clean humor.  Seriously, I kind of have to pick and choose, since these are busy days ahead.  Everyone does love it when mom (me) actually sits down to watch a movie, so I will definitely indulge myself a few times.  If the clean-up fairy and cook show up, maybe I can watch a movie a day!

Christmas with the Kranks

Slow-paced and sweet, such a contrast to contemporary fast-paced movies, the old black and white classics, help me to slow down for the season. Two old classics I always watch, are It’s a Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn.  They are so kooky in some ways, but endearing and timeless.

It's a Wonderful Life

A list of black and white movie classics here:

http://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/g3855/best-black-and-white-classic-christmas-movies/?slide=15

Here is a link with upcoming movies to watch on television, (might be local) as well as other lists, such as Hallmark films.

http://www.countryliving.com/life/a40749/christmas-movies-schedule/

Relax and enjoy!  Maybe make some popcorn.

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On the homefront… Ring the School Bell 66/180 Days

I can now add a skill to my resume- yard sculptor.  Crazy winds and downright chilly weather reigned today, with wind chill in the 40 degree range.  We are loving it.  Not too many days around here where I can wear my brown, down-filled puffy coat (the kids say I look like a giant chocolate-dipped marshmallow) and thick sweaters.  I found it to be absolutely invigorating.  I took the shovel to the dirt, and resumed my efforts on sculpting the backyard alongside the girls, who were helping out after the promise of a reduced academic load today.  Pretty soon  I will be laying down the landscape fabric, otherwise known as weed block, on the dry creek bed.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

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May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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