Favorite Christmas Songs (tho in no particular order!) - and I'm not including the artist because, well, it's 7:24 a.m. & I've had NOT enough coffee yet to even remember!
- White Christmas
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting . . .)
- O Holy Night
- Winter Wonderland
- Mary, Did You Know
- Silent Night
- The First Noel
- Jingle Bell Rock
Yeah, I'm sure there's more but again - NOT enough coffee yet!
Movies I like to watch during the Holiday Season:
- Miracle on 34th Street - The original with Natalie Wood
- It's a Wonderful Life - I still get teary at the end!
- White Christmas
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
- Home Alone - although this is probably the only time of year I can stand to watch it (for the umpteenth gazillion time!)
- The Grinch (I'm NOT a big Jim Carrey fan - so this is fine for me because he's completely hidden behind make-up & prosthetics - although he is still WAY over the top) - again, I can watch it ONCE during the Christmas season & that is almost too much.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas - loved it annually growing up but since I have a 1st grader in the house, he likes to watch this in July which is so not my thing!
- The Santa Clause - haven't seen the 3rd one but I do like to watch the first 2 during Christmas
Again, I know I've forgotten some "classics" or those which are not so classic, but I haven't had enough coffee yet to process what I've seen in the (no number given) years I've been on this earth!
Other stuff I really enjoy at Christmas:
- Snow - as long as it starts Christmas Eve after we are back from church services & the rest of my family gets home safely & it melts the day after Christmas. Here in Texas - we don't see very many White Christmases.
- Homes that are decorated - I really have a pet peeve about people throwing net lights on bushes or wrapping it around tree trunks or throwing lights up in the branches of trees. I grew up with evergreen trees in my front yard so you could say I'm a little spoiled - if you decorate your front yard trees - they better look like Christmas trees.
- Reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and the Nativity Story on Christmas Eve. This was a tradition I started when my own children were just wee little ones & it has continued through 3 grandsons. I hope that someday (far into the future) when I'm gone, that when Christmas rolls around, that the kids & grandkids all get sentimental about Mom/Nana reading these stories.
- Listening to Christmas Music 24/7.
- Taking children to see Santa Claus (but not at the mall I previously blogged about!)
- Baking - for some reason the spirit of the season sets my Betty Crocker Homemaker personality into overdrive. Baking pies, cookies, whatever I can put flour, milk and eggs in!
- Drinking Egg Nog - although trying to go "low cholesterol" has completely taken the fun out of drinking egg nog. In other words I've had 2 glasses of egg nog in one year!
- Attending Christmas Parties - although the darling husband & I rarely do that now. In the past we always went to his office Christmas party. The type that they rented the entire floor or two of some swanky hotel for and stockpiled every room with food from different countries, different music playing in all the ballrooms, and getting dressed to the nines - ok, maybe the sevens - to go party with the grown-ups! We also had a good friend who had an annual Christmas party which she'd been throwing for at least 10 years. She started cooking early in the year for the party & hired a younger gal from church to do the serving & taking care of the food as it came out of the oven. But, she and her family moved up north, and we sure do miss her. Not just because of her parties (ok, that's partially it) - but she was a wonderful person with great common sense and a true friend.
- Feeding people on Christmas. Seems like for so long we've always had extra people at Christmas dinner - boyfriends of my daughters, friends of my kids and now we have grandkids. For so many years I had to cook for 6 people + every day so as the kids started moving out and moving away, I've had to learn to cook less. I really enjoy cooking for an army - so I'm glad that on Christmas I can cook beaucoup food and say "you better eat that up, I don't want any leftovers" to those around the table.
- Sending and receiving Christmas cards. Years ago, I used to wonder why folks would send those computer printed family letters each year but now I really look forward to them. What they've been doing, etc.
So what are your favorite things at Christmas time?