Top 5 Books I Want for Christmas

Top Ten Tuesday topic is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me. Even though there are certainly more than five books I’d like for Santa to bring me, I decided to just mention the top 5. I only asked for the first two so that’s probably all I’ll get, but you know, just in case Santa is reading this. 🙂

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1. These Broken Stars/2. Across a Star-Swept Sea/3. All Our Yesterdays/4. The Screwtape Letters/5. Les Miserables

Also: I went to all this trouble to make a video to share with you all, but it has proven more difficult to upload onto here than I thought it would be. Hopefully I’ll get it up tomorrow in time for Christmas, but just in case I don’t, I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and enjoys the holiday season!

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Favorite Christmas Scenes in Non-Christmas Movies

Recently I talked about my struggle with Christmas movies, but how there are some “Christmas” movies I enjoy that take place during the holidays, but aren’t really Christmas movies, since they really take place over a much larger portion of time. Here are four movies with Christmas scenes I really enjoy…

While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping is, for me, the standard for all chick flicks, which means I’m not generally a fan of chick flicks, because this one is just so much better! For the uninitiated, due to a misunderstanding, Lucy (played by Sandra Bullock) finds herself being accepted into the family as the fiance of the man whose life she saved but is asleep in a coma. This happens on Christmas and she ends up spending the holidays with them. I love this scene especially where the family has this funny conversation at dinner that is quirky, yet also feels like it could happen around a number of dinner tables.

Little Women

You all know my love for Little Women, and Christmas comes up a few times throughout the movie. I particularly like the Christmas scene when the girls’ father comes home from the war, but this is also a nice scene where Beth gets a piano for Christmas. Times have been tough for the March family during the war, as we see from the first few minutes of the movie, but Beth is not one to complain. She’s been sick and so when the March family’s next door neighbor, Mr. Lawrence, gives her this piano, it’s just a sweet moment.

Catch Me If You Can

Christmas also plays a fairly significant role in the movie Catch Me If You Can, as Frank Abagnale always seems to talking Hanratty, the FBI agent pursuing him, on Christmas day. (Side note: this is just a motif for the movie and not part of the real life story, but it’s one I enjoy.) This scene in particular is a stand-out for me because every time I hear this song, I think of Frank in the snow, outside his mother’s house.

Emma

Out of all these movies, Christmas plays the least significant role in Emma, but I enjoy the scene of Emma and her friends and family at a Christmas party. She tries to listen in on a story about the mysterious Frank Churchill, but is constantly being interrupted by Mr. Elton. Then after the party, we have this fateful scene of Mr. Elton confessing his love for Emma and her rejecting him. By the way, do you think Senator Elton on Emma Approved will make known his feelings towards Emma during a Christmas party?

What’s your favorite Christmas scene from a non-Christmas movie?

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Let’s Talk About Christmas Movies

Let me say up front: I love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday, my favorite time of year even, which considering my idea of a perfect life involves a beach and constant 70-80 degree weather with not a snowflake in the sky, is a pretty big deal. It means it makes me THAT happy. I like most Christmas music, I like the trees and decorations and all that jazz.

But I find when it comes  to talking about Christmas movies, I feel more like Scrooge.

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Side note before I continue: To be fair, there are also a lot of classic Christmas movies I still have yet to see, or have not seen in a long time, and who knows, maybe I’d like them! If a movie isn’t mentioned, it probably falls into that category.

Classic Christmas movies that I either dislike or think are just meh:

– It’s A Wonderful Life

– Holiday Inn

– Every iteration of A Christmas Carol (that I have seen and remembered, at least), except one (which will be mentioned later)

– How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Here’s the list of Christmas movies I like pretty well and am happy if I happen to catch them:

– A Christmas Story

– Elf

– Home Alone

– White Christmas

– The Santa Clause

– The Holiday

Now here are the ones I like enough to merit annual viewings:

– The Polar Express

– A Charlie Brown Christmas/ It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown

– Santa Clause 2

– A Muppet Christmas Carol

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That’s right folks, my favorite Christmas movies involve obnoxious kids going to the North Pole, obnoxious kids bossing around poor Charlie Brown, a sequel with big plot holes, and a classic that I generally dislike but I apparently like when done with puppets. And I like all these movies MUCH MORE than It’s A Wonderful Life.

(Does George Bailey really have to be so whiny? Does he really have to yell at his kids? Really?!)

I’m not sure what this says about me… I’m not sure if I want to know.

Or maybe it just means I want to keep my Christmas light-hearted.

I’ll go with  that… I mean, I don’t like all the drama in Holiday Inn. You saw my aforementioned problems with ol’ George. The Grinch makes me sad, and I just have a hard time believing Scrooge would change so drastically so quickly just because of the ghosts, not to mention that the past and future ghosts are WAY CREEPY.

Just give me some music and good times.

Now, non-Christmas movies where Christmas is part of the movie and/or plays a large role is a whole other story. Maybe I’ll blog about those before the month is up.

What are your favorite Christmas movies? Are you a lover of all the classics and are totally offended by my Christmas movie preferences? Or are you a fan of more unconventional choices?