It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Posted By on Nov 8, 2012 in The Life I Live | 25 comments


Well, I’m in Phoenix this week and it’s not actually beginning to look a lot like Christmas AT ALL. My Food for the Hungry colleagues that call Arizona home keep commenting on the ‘cool’ weather but I keep shedding layers and searching for any signs of the quickly approaching holidays. Starbucks red cups – check. Rogue Christmas trees – check check. Trader Joes Peppermint Joe-Joes – unfortunately, the jury is still out. {When I finally find them you will know. Yes, I will. You won’t miss me shouting from the mountaintops, over the hills and everywhere. I love them that much. And you, of course.}

But at home in Nashville, the home of the tender Tennessee Christmas, signs of the holidays abound. Last weekend before I nestled all snug in my bed and visions of sugarplums danced in my head, I cuddled up with the pup and watched Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas.” {I know. I know. I have issues. But I can’t stay away. It sucks me in every time. Don’t make me tell you about the time I had to call my cable provider and complain to a technician that I wasn’t getting Lifetime or Hallmark. Can you say embarrassing? Truly it might have been a low point for me. But I didn’t regret for it a minute because I enjoyed hours of holiday entertainment on FaLaLaLifetime and ABCFamily’s 25 Days of Christmas.} Hallmark Christmas movies, actually all Christmas movies, are one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.

Christmas movies are so full of joy and hope. And the messages are as crystal clear as after school specials. Love others. Embrace the magic of the holidays. Focus on what is really important. See your life for what it really is.

I love Christmas movies. LOTS. It would be really hard to pick a favorite so here are my top 5:

1. White Christmas

2. Love Actually

3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

4. Miracle on 34th Street

5. The Holiday {there was some discussion on whether this was holiday enough but the general consensus was that it is so alas it’s number 5}

Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite holiday flick? You know you have one!

And thanks to my friends at Different Drummer, I’m going to pick 10 commenters and send them a free DVD of Santa Paws 2 {watch the trailer here}. I watched the original Santa Paws with my nieces last year and those golden retriever puppies are ridiculously cute and sure manage to find a bunch of mischief to get into. 

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  • http://twitter.com/herschelfrench Herschel French

    My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story. It is timeless, heart felt, and hilarious. Next would be Scrooged. Bill Murray in Dickens’ classic story is gold.

    Next up would be Love Actually. It’s the only rom-com I truly like. 4th would be Elf. Will Ferrel’s second best movie behind Anchorman.

    Finally, my 5th favorite is one we watched as a family every year until our VHS finally gave out. A Muppet Family Christmas. Such a good tv special. Sadly its very hard to get on dvd.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      Some great movies here!

      • http://twitter.com/herschelfrench Herschel French

        Obviously. I have impeccable taste.

  • http://www.runwiththebiggirls.com/ Julie Shreve

    I turned off Hallmark channel this summer with full intentions of turning it on for the Christmas season, but haven’t done so yet. I’m totally with ya there.

    Favorite would probably have to be Elf.
    I just first watched White Christmas about two years ago, but I do love it.
    Holiday Inn is a fun one, too.
    Love Actually is probably in top 10, but I can’t think of many more right now.
    But I have never actually seen A Christmas Story all the way through. Does that make me a bad Christmas person? :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      Go get the Hallmark Channel right now! :)

      • http://www.runwiththebiggirls.com/ Julie Shreve

        Done ;)

  • https://turnerbethany.wordpress.com/ turner_bethany

    White Christmas is definitely my favorite. Watch it at least twice every year – to bring in the holiday and to exit the holiday. And I definitely agree The Holiday can be considered a Christmas movie.
    For my list I would add Both Home Alones, Elf, and The Santa Clause.

  • Kristy

    I love the old-school “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street” – made back when Mr Hooper was still tending store. Cookie Monster eats a typewriter, Oscar is up to his old tricks, and Bert & Ernie learn a valuable lesson about giving. Classic!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      I’ve never seen that one!

  • http://www.notperfectonlyforgiven.blogspot.com/ Tara

    My favorite Christmas movie has to be Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I’ve watched it so many times I know nearly every line by heart. (Don’t judge ;) ) Elf is a quick runner up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      It’s a good one!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Okay, I’ve got to find Love Actually. Enough folks have mentioned it. I love watching good movies (and usually a movie mentioned by so many fits the bill).

    Our family tradition is to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol. We started that tradition while serving in Russia. Always makes me laugh and get teary eyed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      TNeal – Some parts are a little racy but the rest of the movie makes up for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ansoneugenesexton Anson Sexton

    Elf. I’ve watched the movie 25+ times with my daughters. They love it. I love it. The film is a major win in the Sexton residence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      My favorite part of that movie is the escalator scene. So funny!

  • http://daughtersheart.wordpress.com AymieJoi

    I love, love, LOVE Muppet Christmas Carol!!! However, I can only watch it on Christmas Eve because there’s a song containing the lyrics, “There’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas” and if there’s more than one sleep between hearing that song and Christmas morning, well, let’s just say it’s not pretty. ; )

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      That’s awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.greendavis Laura Green Davis

    Jingle All The Way. My kids loved that movie when they were little. Even though they are all married with kids of their own now we still get together to watch it on Christmas eve.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      I don’t know if I’ve seen that one. I’ll have to check it out!

  • http://twitter.com/leecoate Lee Coate

    Most underrated Christmas movie? The Family Stone. Check it. You won’t be disappointed

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      You are so right. I LOVE The Family Stone and it would have made this list. I just forgot about it.

  • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    For me, it’s a toss-up between Lethal Weapon and A Christmas Story.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      Haha. Lethal Weapon. I totally forgot about that one!

  • Bethany paget

    I have a really hard time with the super cheesy Christmas movies so naturally our Christmas favorites are:
    Elf
    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
    Home Alone (all 3)
    The Santa Claus
    Die Hard

  • Margaret

    ooo–I’d have to think about mine. But my friend was just saying the other day her favorite were all the claymation classics