Saturday, December 31, 2011

I Resolve

I NOT make a New Year's Resolution! Since I can't keep them, why make them? What I do intend on doing is simple...putting my best effort forth in several different areas. If I give it my best effort, that is what is important. 

I do want to be healthier. I do want to be more organized. I do want to spend more time with hobbies. I do want to do my Bible study everyday. I do want to be a nice, positive and encouraging person. I do want to laugh everyday and live life to it's fullest. I do want to spend quality time with family and friends. I do want to appreciate the many blessings I have in my life.

The thing is I don't need to resolve to do these things...I need to make these part of my life and who I am. The New Year is always a good reminder and a time to evaluate and prioritize, but we can do that anytime. 

Imagine we have a "reset button". If we fall off track on a diet or exercise plan, if things get rough, if we don't make time for our devotional, if we have a bad day...we don't need to stay on that path or wait until the next New Year...we can press the "reset button" and start over now no matter what the date is.

Friday, December 30, 2011


Photo By Nick Lakey

Home. What does it mean to be home? When we talk about our son in college coming home, he is coming here to our house. He is here for a visit. Then a few short weeks later, we talk about him going home to his house in Nebraska.

They say home is where the heart is...I find that to be so true. Home is that place where you can be yourself, you are comfortable, where you are understood and where feel at home. Home is safe, warm and loving. Home is more than the walls around you. Home is what fills your heart, nurtures your dreams and bears your burdens.

Home can be more than one place. Home can be where you grew up, home can be where you are now. Home is more a feeling than a place. Home is a comfort. Home is a blessing. 

Home accepts you as you are and loves you unconditionally. Home is family. Home is friends. Home is the people you need to make your life complete. Home is filled with material and abstract things. Home is the place your heart feels full. 

“He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home”

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Family's Traditions

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 29

We have established a lot of routine and tradition as a family. It is comfortable and familiar. Sadly, I sense the time when those traditions will change.

This is the third year our son has been home from college for the holidays. We have a routine when it is time for him to go back to school. As a family, we go to Reno, the kids shop with their Christmas money, we have a nice dinner and we stay the night.

We get up the next morning and go to
The airport. Then he is off to school again.

One more year of this routine...and things will most likely change. Our daughter will be leaving for college next year and a new routine and tradition will start.

These traditions have provided us with many memories. We have a lot to laugh about, some great family jokes and moments we will never forget.

I have a hard time when things change, but I look forward to the things to come.

I will be wrapping up my month of "A Holiday Filled with Joy." I hope your holiday has been filled with tradition, memories and an abundance of Joy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Enjoying the Joy!

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 28

Today, I take a break to enjoy the JOY! It is time for our son to go back to a little family time is is order. I am taking my own advice!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Babies...

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 27

My holiday was complete because of my "babies".  They aren't babies anymore, but to me, they will always be. 

What is is about being a mom? I had a conversation yesterday with a young person about motherhood and the "role" of a woman. It seems that some young people are recognizing the change in a traditional "mother" role.

It used to be moms stayed home, period. No question. In today's world, more mothers work outside of the home. Some out of necessity, some out of desire for a career and a variety of other reasons.

I love having a skill and being able to work if I want or need to...but I love being a wife and mother. I have always felt lucky and blessed to have a family to take care of. My family is the pride and joy of my life and I thank God everyday for blessing me with these gifts. 

As a mom, I will always hope my children need me. I know they grow up...but they will always be my babies!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Memories

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 26

Another Christmas has come and gone. It happens too fast. We were talking on Christmas Eve about how the kids used to try to stay up all night. They would watch movies and count down the hours until the morning. They would debate when they could come and wake us up.

We had a fun conversation about all of the things we used to do. We couldn't exactly remember what all of our gifts were or what we had for dinner, but we could remember a lot of little things that meant a lot.

I wonder if our children will carry on some of these traditions when they have their own families? The memories are so clear and fill my heart. It seems like it was yesterday. I am thankful for the gift of making memories. I am thankful to know that we have many more memories to make in the future. 

I hope your Christmas was filled with many precious memories!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Christmas Prayer

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 25

I woke up this morning filled with an overwhelming sense of peace and joy. I was very aware of the many blessings I have in my life. I was filled with thankfulness and knew that I have every gift I could ever need. 

My prayer for each and everyone today is to be filled with peace, happiness and joy...May you all receive the many blessings God has for you. May we all see past our not so perfect circumstances and be thankful and joyful for the blessings we have. May we all strive to love one another and live as Christ would have us...

This is a song I really like and expresses a beautiful Christmas prayer...

This Is My Christmas Prayer 
BeBe Winan

I pray for peace

Blessings and honor

Heaven right earth's despair

This is my Christmas prayer

For those that grieve

God will bring comfort

Laughter will rapture there

This is my Christams prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign

And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world

As we learn to trust and care

This is my Christmas prayer

I pray for you (Yes I know you do)

That your triupmh and conquer

Poses the strength you need to bare

This is my Christmas prayer

For those in need

There would be plenty

And each other's burdens share

Oh, this is my Christmas prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign

And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world

As we learn to trust and care

This is my Christmas prayer, Oh

So let hope fill our hearts (Let's let hope fill our hearts)

Shine the light through the dark

All around the world

And everywhere

I will pray 

This Christmas prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign

And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world

As we learn to trust and care

This is my Christmas 

This is my Christmas prayer

See I pray that love will rule and reign

And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world

As we learn to trust and care

This is my Christmas prayer

This is my Christmas prayer

Merry Christmas!  

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 24

Hot cocoa, cookies, a warm fire and a perfect story to read with the family...

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Christmas Story

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 23

The reason for the season is all told in this story...there is nothing more to add or nothing more to could not be put more beautifully.

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus
 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Favorite Gift

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 22

The basketball and backboard I got in high school? The very large snowman the kids got me? The jacket that I am still using? The boots, gloves or slippers? They were all great presents and definitely favorites. What was my favorite gift of all time? Relationships.

Relationship...A particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other. 

The many relationships I have been blessed with in my life are by far the biggest and best gifts. My husband and children...there are no words to describe. Without them, I can't imagine what life would be like. They fill my each day with joy and happiness. They fill my heart, mind and soul. They are true gifts.

My friends and family are relationships that complete my life. With these special people, I get to share sorrow and joy, laughter and tears and I know that they are always there. A true gift.

The ultimate my relationship with without this, I would have no other relationships. This relationship is what makes me who I am. This relationship is the center of my joy, my hope and my salvation. 

As we celebrate Christmas, I am reminded that the greatest gift of all time was the birth, death and Resurrection of Christ and through his grace I am given the gift of salvation.

My favorite gift has blessed me with many other gifts and a joy that lives inside no matter what the circumstances. 

"For by grace are you saved, through faith; and this not of your own, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast."  - Ephesians 2:8-9

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Candy...Real Quick

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 21

There are not many days left...what happens when you forget to buy something or you need a quick gift to take to a friend, neighbor or someone that drops by.

I have the perfect, easy recipe for you to have that perfect, yummy gift on hand.  I have to give credit to my friend Kelly who made the candy for us. I had to get the recipe. It is Rocky Road...and it is great!

All you need is some colored paper plate, some cellophane or clear cookie bags and some festive put together a pretty gift from the heart.

Rocky Road

1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag butterscotch chips
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 tablespoon butter
1 package mini marshmallows

Grease a 9x 13 pan or line with plastic wrap. Combine butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a saucepan. Melt slowly over low heat. Stir constantly. When melted, remove from heat and add marshmallows. Pour into pan and spread evenly. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Invert onto cutting board and cut into desired size.

That is all there is to it. I usually make several batches at a time. It always goes over really well and people ask for the recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Daily Gifts

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 20

Gifts can be given each day of the year...not just on Christmas. Gifts don't have to be tangible or wrapped. We can make Christmas one long, extended gift of ourselves to others. We can give without obligation, announcement, selfishness or reservation. We can simply give with love and joy.

Here are a few ideas...

Mend a quarrel, forgive someone
Find a long lost friend
Write a love note
Forgive an enemy and make peace
Be patient and gentle even when you don't want to
Express appreciation daily
Laugh with a friend
Keep a promise
Bake for a neighbor 
Speak kindly to a stranger
Spend distracted time with a child or teen
Smile, laugh and smile more
Talk a walk with a friend
Call someone just to say other reason
Write a letter on paper...instead of email
Have ice cream with someone you love
Do the dishes or a household chore without being asked
Encourage one another
Offer to babysit for a young mother
Be cooperative

We have been given the greatest gift of all time, that is why we celebrate Christmas. We can make a difference and spread joy by giving in return...just as Christ would do.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Here Comes Santa Claus

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 19

You better watch out...Santa Claus is coming to town! He knows if you've been good or bad. He's making his list and checking it twice. Santa is a busy guy!

Here's a few fun facts related to Santa:

Santa Stats
  • U.S. has 78 people registered under S. Claus and one under Kriss Kringle
  • December is the most popular month for nose jobs.
  • Weight of Santa's sleigh loaded with one Beanie Baby for every kid on earth: 333,333 tons.
  • Number of reindeers required to pull a 333,333-ton sleigh: 214,206 plus Rudolph.
  • Average wage of a mall Santa: $11 an hour. With real beard: $20.
  • To deliver all his gifts in one night, Santa would have to make 822.6 visits per second (at 3,000 times the speed of sound).
  • At that speed, Santa and his reindeers would instantaneously burst into flames in Earth's atmosphere just like meteors.
How about these...would a man or woman make a better Santa?

Santa Claus is a woman because:
  • The vast majorities of men don't even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve and only go for a last-minute shopping spree.
  • Even if the male Santa did have reindeer, he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions.
  • For a Santa man, there would be unavoidable delays in the chimney, where the Bob Vila-like Santa would stop to inspect and repaint bricks in the flue.
  • He would also need to check for carbon monoxide fumes in every gas fireplace, and get under every Christmas tree that is crooked to straighten it to a perfectly upright 90-degree angle.
  • Men can't pack a bag.
  • Men wouldn't be caught wearing red velvet.
  • Men don't answer their mail.
  • Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in jest as anything remotely resembling a "bowlful of jelly."
Santa Claus is undoubtedly a man because:
  • Santa doesn't deliver his presents on The Friday after Thanksgiving when the malls are open for 20 hours. Christmas Eve deliveries prove Mr. Claus to be a man.
  • Only a male Santa can ignore 'fashion' and wear the same suit for 500 years.
  • Santa has never been known to answer a letter.
  • Only men have the ability to stay up for 24 hours straight in the cold with a bunch of mangy deer and going up and down soot-infested chimneys.
  • A woman would never even think of going down a chimney and risk staining that red velvet.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fun and Festivities

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 18

Friends, fun, festivities, laughter and plenty of Christmas spirit! That's what you get when you have 20 people together all wearing ugly sweaters! 

One of my favorite parts of the Holidays is getting together with friends. What better way than to sit around and make fun of each other's outfit! 

This was the first time I had ever gone to an "Ugly Sweater" party. It was fun and the guests were all very clever with their sweater choices. 

I used to have Christmas sweaters ans appliqued sweatshirts. Somewhere along the way I have lost or gotten rid of them. So I had to search out a perfect sweater. There were none to be found in the stores. So we had to do the next best thing...make our own. It was a time to let our creativeness flow. 

At the party there were some of the best sweaters I have seen. Where did they find them?

Lots of laughs, great food and memories made with great friends! A perfect way to bring more joy and happiness into the holidays. I just wish I would have taken more pictures!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Christmas Prayer

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 17

Sometimes I must just be still and listen to other words. As Christmas approaches and I pray for Joy for each and everyone of you, I want to share this beautiful poem...

A Christmas Prayer

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Loving Father,
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning
make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus' sake.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Why do We Do What We Do?

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 16

There are many things at Christmas we do. Do we know why or what the story is behind these traditions? I found a great website that explains legends and traditions. The stories are wonderful and I wanted to share just a couple.

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Along with candles, wreaths, stars, bells and mistletoes, another ubiquitous decorative item for Christmas, which is also a favorite with children, is the candy cane. In fact, the candy cane is so popular that it is one of the most visible items in any decoration, for Christmas or not. The candy cane is simple, eye-catching, and what's more, it's tasty. Though candy canes come in many flavors, the most popular and common flavor is peppermint and cinnamon. Candy canes can be hung with colorful ribbons and can be used to decorate almost anything, from an entire room to a cake or a Christmas tree; they add a very playful touch to everything. And like all other facets of Christmas, this J-shaped, red and white candy also has an interesting story, legend if you may call it, behind it. As so, the origin and symbolism of candy cane is steeped in myth.

The Legend
It is widely believed that the candy, which earlier was straight as a stick, was given its distinctive J-shape by a German choirmaster. It is said that during service one evening, the children were being very loud and noisy, creating quite a ruckus and not paying any attention to the choirmaster. To keep them quiet and still for the nativity ceremony, he gave them a long, white, sugar candy stick. Since giving chocolates and candies at church was considered sacrilegious, he bent these sticks at one end to make them look like a shepherd's cane and thus, attached a religious significance to them. In Christianity, Jesus is regarded as the Good Shepherd and so, the staff is considered to be a sacred symbol. The Staff also represents the shepherds who came to visit the infant Jesus.

The candy cane became popular when, in 1847, a German-Swedish immigrant in Wooster, Ohio, who liked candy canes a lot, decided to string them on his Christmas tree as decorations. The idea soon caught up became quite a fashion in no time. By 1900, candy canes, which were earlier only white, came in red stripes, and with peppermint and cinnamon flavoring. Of course, now it's a popular tradition everywhere.

The candy canes became a much sought-after Christmas-decoration item as the 'hook' in the candy made it easier to hang them on the Yule trees, and the unique shape made it an eye-catching attraction.

Traditionally, the only symbolism that was associated with the candy was that of the shepherd's staff. But now, there is a modern allegorical interpretation of the candy cane. It is said that since the candy cane, when inverted, becomes J-shaped, it is a direct representation of Jesus Christ. The white color of the candy denotes the purity of Christ while the stripes represent His sacrifice and the whipping he received at the hands of the Romans, the color red symbolizing his blood. It is believed that even the peppermint flavor of the candy is so because it is similar to hyssop which, according to the Old Testament, symbolizes purification and sacrifice.

The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

In yet another version of the story of Saint Nicholas lies the origin of the tradition of washing the stockings on the night before Christmas and hanging them up on the window sill or near the hearth, in readiness to receive gifts from Santa. It is said to happen 17 centuries ago in Turkey. Here the Bishop of Myra, Nicholas was known all over for his benevolence and love for children. He used to distribute gifts secretly to children on Christmas Eve as a surprise for them. While he was passing a house he heard a father and his daughters lamenting their poverty and how they were unable to be married because they could not provide dowry that was prevalent in those days.

Overcome with pity and sympathy, Nicholas observed the woolen stockings of the girls that they had put on the windowsill to dry and secretly placed enough gold pieces in each to provide dowry for the girls. Another variations of the custom of hanging out stockings for Santa Claus (popular name for Saint Nicholas) are putting hay and carrots in their shoes by Dutch children for the horse of their dear Sinterklass who is their patron saint and brings them presents. Swedish children wait for a kindly gnome called the Tomte instead of Santa on Christmas. This gnome is believed to live under the floorboards. In some parts of France, Mexico and Spain, children wait for the Three Kings to fill their shoes with presents.

However, children of north French pray that Pere Fouettard or Father Spanker would not visit them as he is reputed to punish and spank children, if they are naughty and bad. La Befana is another version of Santa that visits the Italian children and gives them gifts albeit on Epiphany or 6th of January. Agios Vasilis, the Saint of Letters visit the Greek children living in plains but those living in the mountains are taken care of by the tiny elves who bring the desired gifts to the good little children. The tradition of giving gifts reminds us that Jesus himself was a gift to the world and the gifts that he received when he was born.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shopping List

A Holiday Filled with Joy...Day 15

Uncle Tom, Aunt Sue, Cousin Sally, Grandpa Joe...the lists go on! Sound familiar? Is your Christmas shopping overwhelming you? Are you done with your shopping? Is it all wrapped? Did you remember everyone? Whoa! Time out!

Christmas is the season of giving, but sometimes we get so overwhelmed with our list and the things we have to buy and the people we have to remember on our list, that we forget about the spirit of giving.

Our list doesn't have to include the latest and greatest...or the most expensive item...or that thing we settle for because we don't know what else to buy. What our list should include are things that come from the heart.

We need to give our gifts of love, compassion, caring, patience and even forgiveness. Some of the gifts we give can't be wrapped up neatly and put under the tree and opened on Christmas morning. They are gifts we give with our heart and share each day forward.

During this holiday, take a good look at your list. Make a special note to yourself about each person on it and think about what you can give that person in the coming year. What piece of yourself can you share and how can you bring more joy to that person's life. 

That is the kind of shopping list that will produce the gifts that will keep giving.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Holiday Movie List

A Holiday Filled With Joy...Day 14

I love Christmas movies. What a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. If you need a movie suggestion list, try this one. Enjoy!

A Christmas Story (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) (1983)

The best movie ever! This is hands down the funniest Christmas movie ever and it’s my #1 pick. I’ve watched this move so many times and still makes me laugh every time. We keep it on almost 24/7 during Christmas time. Warning, be careful watching it because you might just “Shoot your eye out.”

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 

This is another hilarious Christmas movie. It’s about the Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. This is also my favorite of the National Lampoon’s series. The best part of this movie is watching Clark Griswold decorate his house and watching him trying to get the lights to work. However, there were a bunch more hilarious scenes including electrocuted cat, dog/squirrel chase, saucer sled incident, and more. Too funny!

It’s a Wonderful Life

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the movie is about angel who helps a frustrated
businessman, George Bailey, by showing what life would had been like if he never existed. This is 
probably the best Christmas movie ever made, but it’s just not that funny so it’s 3rd on my list.
However, it’s a great movie and really makes you think about what you’re doing with your life 
and how much what you do affects the people around you. It’s an amazing and uplifting story and 
a must watch movie during Christmas time.

Miracle on 34th Street

This move is about a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus. Everyone of course thinks he’s 
insane and they want to institutionalize him, but a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing 
in court that he is the real thing. Another classic Christmas movie that will have make you feel all
warm inside.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Grinch hatches a plan to wipe out Christmas for the Whos of Whoville only to learns a 
valuable lesson about what’s important in life. This is a great short film and had some hilarious
sequences in it. My favorite parts of it are the conflicts between the tiny little dog, Max, and the

Home Alone

It’s a hilarious movie about an eight year-old, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies
to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against moronic burglars. This movie was 
hilarious from beginning to end. Some of the funniest scenes in the movie were with Uncle Frank,
who would steal everything in sight and called Kevin “a little jerk.”

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

One of the best Christmas movies ever. How can you forget the story about “Rudolph the Red-
Nosed Reindeer. Teased about his red-nose as a child, Rudolph runs away from Santa’s village and 
makes new friends along the way but also encounters the frightening Bumble snow-beast! Then
when a fog comes up to threaten Santa’s Christmas Eve flight, it’s only Rudolph’s nose that can
save the day! Who doesn’t love this movie? This is a classic movie with a great message and 
tunes that will get you in the Christmas spirit.

Frosty the Snowman

One of my favorite classic TV movies, where a living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a 
greedy magician who is after the snowman’s magic hat. This is a great little show and a real tear 
jerker for a little kid. You can skip Frosty Returns as it’s just not nearly on the same level as this

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

This a a great little classic TV movie about a mailman who reveals the origin of Santa Claus. The
young Santa becomes the hero by breaking the Burgermeister Meisterburger’s law against toys and giving them out for free. It’s a little strange, but this TV movie still holds the test of time and 
will still make you laugh.

One Magic Christmas

One of the most under rated Christmas movies. This is a real tear jerker. It’s about an angel who
must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not just presents and materialistic things
but the people she cares about. I love this movie, but it can be hard to watch as there are some 
depressing scenes in it. However, the overall message is uplifting message and there are some truly great performances in it.


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