It's 15 days until Christmas and I have so much I should be doing. Traveling back from Vegas, I got voluntarily snowed in at my parents' house. They generously watched the peanut for me and somehow we've been sucked into a few extra days of mom's cooking before making the final trip home. So, I've gotten essentially nowhere on any of the Christmas projects I'd love to be showing you some progress on.
So what better timing to discuss some snowed-in movie watching recommendations?! My Christmas loving pal Heather and I made our best attempt to host a Christmas movie marathon when we lived together years ago. We had a schedule for one Christmas movie every night leading up to the big day. We still fondly remember our marathon and so in tribute to those funny days, I thought I'd list my top 10 all time favorite Christmas movies. I'm pretty sure I won't get to all of them this year, but maybe I should start stocking up our movie rental queue on a few of them that it just won't be the holiday without.
1. Christmas in Connecticut: For any Martha Stewart fan out there, this movie will have you in fits of laughter.
2. Holiday Inn: Even though this movie touches on all the holidays of the years, I still count it amongst my favorite Christmas movies.
3. It's a Wonderful Life: I overdosed on this movie years ago when they showed it nonstop during the holidays. After a very long break from it, I watched it last year and bawled my eyes out. Definitely going to make a point to watch it, just once, this year. If you haven't seen it in a while, I highly recommend re-watching it now.
4. A Christmas Story: This is Handyman Tim's all time favorite Christmas movie. The only one he more than willingly watches with me every year. Never fails to make us laugh.
5. Elf: I love Will Farrell in this movie. I'm a fan of Buddy the Elf on Facebook. Apparently Dec. 18 is "Answer the phone like Buddy the Elf" day. Better start prepping my: "Buddy the Elf, What's your favorite color?"
6. Love Actually: I love love love this movie. Two words: Colin Firth. One more word: Yum!
7. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: I've heard so many friends referring to their outside holiday decor as "Griswalding up the house". Were we swimming in money, we'd buy so many Christmas lights we'd give our power company a run for their money.
8. Miracle on 34th Street: I adore the classic version of this movie but my good friend Zina has pressed me to watch the 1994 version of it. I have it rented but haven't gotten to it yet. I trust her judgement enough to list both versions on this list even though I haven't seen the one.
9. White Christmas: Oh Bing Crosby, how I adore thee. I can't think of one song from this movie that I don't like.
10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The cartoon classic version, not the Jim Carrey version.): I love this Christmas cartoon classic so much that it inspired last year's Christmas card–a story for another post. We'll definitely be putting this on our playlist come Christmas Eve.
So, that's my list. What Christmas movie makes your must-see list? I'm always open to new faves!