I moved to space and connection has been slow, you know how it is!
But seriously, between school, strep throat and Christmas it's been hard to find time for blogging (and I may have also been putting it off and procrastinating doing things I couldn't during a normal school week, mainly nothing.)
But my conscience has been nagging so you can thank my little Jiminy Cricket for this post. I thought I'd start with something fun and easy, so I have some Christmas themed lists about movies, music and all that, you may find it interesting and/or it might give you some ideas on what to watch or check out (I know i'm always down for a new Christmas movie:)
Short Christmas movie reviews:
Home Alone 1
Home alone is a seriously funny Christmas comedy about a boy left home alone when his family accidentally leave for vacation without him. Kevin soon discovers that he can do whatever he wants (so of course he does). But things get serious when a pair of bandits decide to break into his house, Kevin takes it upon himself to defend his house (this is where it gets good) he sets traps, and watching the bandits fall into them is as painful as it is fun. The movie also has its warm moments as Kevin makes an unexpected friend and his Mother tries frantically to return to him.
Home Alone 2
Kevin is lost again, this time in the big Apple! In Kevin-style he makes the best of the situation and uses his Dad's credit card to check into the best Hotel in the City, watching him fool the staff is the most hilarious thing you'll ever watch! Of course the bandits come back into play, they have escaped prison and have set their sights on robbing a toy store. The money from the store is pledged to go towards the Children's Hospital so Kevin knows he has to intervene, with a trap-filled house causing twice the pain it did in the last movie. Kevin makes another unexpected friend and is reunited with his family at the end of the movie. You HAVE to watch Home Alone, go, do it!
How the Grinch stole Christmas (Live action)
I haven't seen the animated (original) Grinch, but this one starring Jim Carrey is a must see! Hilarious, witty and yet dear to one's heart (Well it is starring Jim carrey). I can't say too much with dishin out spoilers but it's a great Christmas movie.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
This movie is one of the few that my family watches year after year. It's about a family enjoying just another Christmas, except things seem to go wrong at every turn. Between driving your neighbors insane, causing a blackout, electrocuting the cat, and having your brothers family pop in with the intention of staying until spring, what else could possibly go wrong? Well your brother kidnapping you boss might pose a slight problem as well... but in the end its a Merry Christmas all around! This is one comedy-filled movie to put on your "To-watch" list this christmas.
A Christmas Carol (Disney)
Starring Jim carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge, this movie sticks true to the book, just as Charles Dickens had written it, (and it's not really something for little kids) watch out for the doorknob scene in this one! (Made me jump two feet into the air). The movie is easier to understand if you have read the original novel, but still a great movie (and movies based on books that are true to the original story are hard to find!) Definitely a must-see!
The Polar Express
The Polar express is based on a book by that same title and as I recall is about a train that picks up children that don't believe in santa and brings them up to the North Pole so that they may believe he exists. It focuses mainly on one boy who has an adventure on his way up the pole. It is really a kids movie, and I haven't seen it in years but it seemed a movie worth watching.
Mickey's Christmas Carol
You're never too old for Disney (that's one of my mottos so don't argue). This was my first "A Christmas Carol" version, and is of course more kid-friendly than the last. My first sentence basically sums this one up.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
There are several versions of this classic tale, and I've watched most of them, every year since I can remember. So find a version near you! Mostly geared towards kids, but we kids-at-heart-teenagers (or adults) can still watch, I'd say for me it's more of a tradition and nostalgia thing so you might not enjoy it very much, but a shout out to you if you do!
Jingle all the way
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (you know, the guy with the heavy german accent). He plays a father who is going to stop at nothing to find the one and only toy his son wants this Christmas. The problem? Christmas is almost here and everybody's kid wants the hottest toy of the year, finding one will mean, allies, double crossing and exposing an underground community of fake santas. This movie has it's cheesy points but also endearing and comedic moments, up to you I'd say 50-50.
Christmas with the Kranks
I found christmas with the Kranks a mostly nah... maybe kind of movie. It might generate some laughs but I found some parts rather boring, silly or over-the-top. But it also had some endearing and funny moments. It's a couple that decide to skip out on Christmas for that year, but the neighbors are protesting... (that part I didn't get, it's not really their business, is it?)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Yet another Christmas Carol version, it is a nice one (even funny) It's a very family-type movie for all ages, you already know the plot so I will just say, it's one to put on your list!
Ok enough about movies, let's move on to... music! I am going to compile a list of christmas songs that I love, and one of songs that I hate (or dislike... a lot) for different reasons that are all my own, so I hope your favorite Christmas song does not end up on my "Hate" list, if so I do apologize. And my "Love" list is longer, because, there is no other way.
My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Songs
It came upon a midnight clear
O Holy Night
The Christmas song (a.k.a Chestnuts roasting on an open fire)
Sums up all the nostalgia so perfectly.
All I want for Christmas is you
Might seem odd, but I do love this catchy get-up-and-sing song
Little Drummer Boy
I like the German version best, but I think it's a nice song
I want a hippopotamus for christmas
A lot of people find this song annoying, I like it (it's cute) and I want a piano for Christmas this year so...
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Love this song on the piano!
Again a lot of people find it annoying, I love it. I song along to it. And I don't care what anybody says about that.
Mary did you know?
Hark! The herald angels sing
Love this song!
Go tell it on the mountain
Catchy and joyous!
I'll be home for christmas
Not quite sad, but very hopeful. I always imagine a WWI soldier singing this
Somewhat sad, but I like it. Besides, Elvis. (what can I say?)
Rockin around the christmas tree
So old fashioned, I just imagine a cozy 50s style Christmas
The Grinch song
What can I say? I'm a kid forever.
It's the most wonderful time of the year
Yes it is.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
A little sad, but such a part of my Christmas playlist.
Okay so I do like some sad-ish Christmas songs (Christmas Shoes was too much though)
Where are you Christmas?
I love both the "Grinch" version and Carrie Underwood. It's simply a nice song.
Top Ten Worst Christmas Songs
A woman with a high pitched voice trying to seduce santa... sick
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa is a creepy stalker who has spies everywhere
Baby it's cold outside
Overplayed and annoying
You gave away your heart you naive-heartbroken-... oh I'm being insensitive?
Grandma got run over by a Reindeer
Who comes up with these songs?
Run, Run, Rudolph!
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is a classic, this isn't. End of story.
You know those happy Christmas times? Yes? Well listen to the lyrics of this song and a gloomy outlook is guaranteed.
I'm just not good at finding songs I don't like, there may be versions I don't like but overall I don't dislike a lot of Music in General... well heavy metal is definitely a "NO!" but other than that..
Here is a list words and things that I associate with Christmas
Red and Green
Peace on Earth
I shall try to post again soon, even if only briefly, so
Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! & Frohe Weihnachten till then!