Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Top Ten Things to get me in the the Holiday Spirit

Okay, so I know I just posted about how I wouldn't be posting a whole lot these next few weeks, but I just had to take part in this week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) since it's pretty much my favorite stuff ever. After you read my top ten, mosey on over to The Broke and the Bookish to link to your own. What gets me into the holiday spirit? Well, let me tell you!

1. A Christmas Story: This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. I've been known to watch it in February. We put on the TBS marathon while we open presents Christmas morning and leave it going while we're home—I can't wait to watch it again! And I know it's a book. I haven't read all of it, but I definitely will this year. Once my special Christmastime discount rolls around, I'm totally buying this and reading it and loving it.

2. The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry: Best quick Christmas book ever. It's short, has pictures, and is absolutely hilarious (would you expect any less from Dave Barry?). Plus it will still give you that warm fuzzy feeling. I mean come on. It has a dog.

3. White Christmas: You know, the one with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. It's a family favorite. We always go to see it on the big screen when they do that at the Showcase Cinema each year.

4. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle: Haven't read this one yet, but I'm told it's a great book to get you all Christmasy and excited. So I took it out from the library, and it's waiting for me and more time.

5. All the Hallmark Original Christmas movies: I know, what? Yeah, I love these. They're often poorly acted with plenty of plot holes, but that's part of their appeal to me. Plus they're all heartwarming and have romance and are about being with your family and realizing the importance of love. (Gosh I'm so schmaltzy. I love it.)

6. Nonstop Christmas music on the radio: We have at least three stations here in the Boston area that do nonstop Christmas music from this time until Christmas, and though it can get incredibly annoying to hear the same song 50 times (ahem, Feliz Navidad) it's nice to just switch on the radio and have the Christmas tunes (and the option to change to another station). Plus, WROR has Santa on the radio from 7-8 taking calls from kids and it's absolutely adorable.

7. Elf: Yep, this is a new classic for sure. I love this movie and will watch it as often as it's on, or put in the DVD myself. "I'm singinngggg! I'm in a stooore and I'm siinngiiiiing! I'm in a STORE AND I'M SIIINGING!" And that scene where they're singing but Joely doesn't know he's in there? Priceless.

8. Peppermint schnapps in my hot chocolate. Do I need to say more? If can legally drink, I would highly recommend you try it. Or if you don't like chocolate or mint, try hot apple cider with butterscotch schnapps for a Thanksgiving-y drink.

9. Barenaked for the Holidays: This is the Barenaked Ladies' holiday album, and it's fantastic. There are a handful of original songs, a bunch of quick synthesizer-type songs that last about a minute, and of course some traditional ones they jazzed up a bit. They don't forget about Hannukah either—there are a few of those on there. A heartbreakingly beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne caps it off.

10. Anything Rankin-Bass: You know those claymation movies that are always on each year? Those are the best. It's not Christmas without them, as far as I'm concerned.


Okay, I thought of another one and I want to include it, so I'm calling it a bonus.

Charlie Brown! What is Christmas without Charlie Brown, or the Vince Guaraldi Trio? If you don't know what I'm talking about, I encourage you to acquaint yourself with this stuff immediately.

That's all, folks! I'm sure I'll be thinking of more as the holiday gets closer, this is just a start. What about you?


  1. Let it Snow is amazing. I'm sure you'll love it.

    I don't even celebrate Christmas, but I'm a sucker for all the cheesy Christmas movies, too. Especially It's a Wonderful Life.

  2. That's one I can never get through, but my brother is playing George Bailey this year in his high school's production of it so I guess I will soon.

  3. Yes to all of these! For serious, I LOVE CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS as well as Rankin Bass and 24 Hour Christmas music (well, I just ran out of my XM trial subscription in my car and the radio stations here blow, so my ipod will be pumping those jams). AND omg A Christmas Story, I love that movie, but we never get to watch it on Christmas because my mom hates it, lol.

  4. Mmmm peppermint schnapps! I prefer Baileys but way to find a way to add booze to this list. Hehe Here's my Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. Yes! I'm so glad someone shares my love for these Christmas things! :) So great.

    I remember when I was in Ithaca how sad I was that there was no Christmas music on the radio. At least you have an iPod!

  6. And that last comment was directed at you April.

    Carmel, Bailey's is also delicious. I've done that many a time, especially when I was in London for a semester. But for Christmas, gotta have my peppermint!

  7. Nice list! LOVE Charlie Brown. I really couldn't think of 10 books either so I decided when I was making my list last night that I'd share all my holiday spirit inducers! :) I'm getting all warm and fuzzy for Christmas now!

  8. Every year, I watch Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's a Wonderful Life.

    And I read holiday books. Here is my list of 10 Books to Read During the Holidays.

  9. I have the Dave Barry book on my list, too. In fact, I need to buy a new copy of the book because my spine has broken. Take a look at my list.

  10. I love the Rankin & Bass stuff, especially The Year Without Santa Claus.

  11. What a great list. I so love Elf. I watch that over and over.

  12. Let It Snow is a really fun read and so perfect for getting into the holiday spirit - enjoy!

  13. I love The Barenaked Ladies but I have never heard the Christmas album! Will have to see if I can get a hold of that one.

  14. ooooh, I love the sound of the Dave Barry book, I've not heard of it before, will have to check it out, it sounds just my style

  15. What a great list, Im a new follower


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