Tuesday Randomness

I have been teased by Mother Nature quite a bit lately and I am close to channeling Stace’s little one’s terrible two tantrums if I don’t get snow soon. I am also quite proud of the little guy for really giving it his all! Having observed countless two year old behaviour in my friends’ kids I have to admit I am kind of thankful that Wook’s outbursts can be dealt with by simply giving him catnip. That noise you hear? That is the lynch mob courtesy of my friends for me laughing while this happens.

  •  I learned Sunday that Wook has a huge aversion to hot pockets. . . as in the snack food. Or at least the word. Stu set him off while talking about meeting up with some people heating one up in the middle of the night at a hotel. Wook’s rage was only calmed by some catnip and his safe space away from Stu.
  • Stu can cause interesting reactions in my cat as well as women. . .
  • I enjoyed the tweets about the Super Dome losing power as much as I enjoyed the actual game
  • In what has to be one of the best surprises, I ended up getting my birthday wish. Allan is back and while I still have moments of fear when it comes to what happened before I am taking a leap of faith.
  • Being friends first is probably one of the best ways to build a relationship
  • I finally watched Ted last week, I think we need to have more vulgar teddy bears in the world
  • I am getting a firm grasp on the game of hockey, while it isn’t football, it will work
  • I am still counting down until preseason though
  • Besides a horrible obsession with Candy Crush, I have find another time suck courtesy of myVegas. . .this might end up being intervention worthy

Short and sweet this week, I have a million and one thoughts unfortunately I am spent and my really comfy bed is calling my name.

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25 Days of Christmas

Alternate title. . .a great excuse to snuggle up on the couch and watch the boob tube 24 hours a day for 25 days.

Back in my retail days I detested the holidays, by the time we closed Christmas Eve any shred of holiday spirit I might have clung too was gone as last minute shoppers blamed me for not getting their shopping done. I have always thought that Christmas came, like clockwork, on December 25th; sadly that wasn’t the case for those special snowflakes who scrambled every year at 7:45pm December 24th shouting they hadn’t finished their shopping.

Luckily a couple of years out of retail and I am more or less like my eight year old self, watching anything that referenced Christmas as well as listening to all the songs. Some years I started several months out and others I limped into December reminding myself that I needed to watch this special or that movie.

I have a running list in my head of movies and specials that I have to see each year; thankfully between ABC Family, Netflix and my DVD collection I can watch about 99% of those and about a million more. Some are easy to find on tv and DVD, such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, but others took many years to track down and purchase (John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together). Some classics like A Christmas Story didn’t make it into my rotation until a few short years ago and others like It’s a Wonderful Life have not been watched but they are on my list.

I also have certain movies that I associate with the holiday season, some were watched Christmas evening in the theater with mom and Bird. With each year, my list gets longer and longer and with all the cable channels churning out new movies each year, I may never get to see all of them.

I started scouring the internet last week in hopes of finding some kind of comprehensive list of Christmas movies and specials. I wanted to see exactly how many I have seen and what I needed to add to my must see list. The best I could come up with is from Wiki; take a look and see if there is anything you may want to add to your list during the next 25 days. . .

If you need me, I will be curled up in my chair with the cat overdosing on all the holiday goodness.

Animated

Title Description
A Very Merry Cricket 1973 We find Harry Cat, Tucker Mouse feeling down about all the commercial selling in the Big City of New York. People have forgotten the meaning of the Holiday, so off they go to Sunnyslope, Connecticut in search of Chester the musical cricket.
The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas 1973 The story focuses on Theodore Edward Bear (Ted E. Bear for short) who is curious about Christmas, and who decides to go searching for it while the other bears hibernate for winter..
The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree 1979 Papa Bear and the cubs search the woods for the perfect Christmas tree, but run afoul of the woodland animals who live in the trees they aim to cut down.
Annabelle’s Wish 1997 A young calf aspires to become one of Santa’s flying reindeer.
Arthur Christmas 2011 Santa’s clumsy son Arthur goes on a mission to save one child’s Christmas.
Babes in Toyland 1997 An animated adaptation of the Herbert operetta.
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas 2006 This animated parody of A Christmas Carol casts Daffy Duck in the Scrooge-like role, with the rest of the Looney Tunes characters offering support.
Barbie in a Christmas Carol 2008 An adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Barbie.
The Bears Who Saved Christmas 1994 A family gets stranded in a cabin on Christmas Eve, and two teddy bears – Christopher and Holly – venture into the woods to find a Christmas tree and save Christmas.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas 1997 A holiday-themed sequel to the animated Disney theatrical film.
Buster & Chauncey’s Silent Night 1998 An animated story about the creation of the song “Silent Night”.
Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Carol 1979 An animated television special featuring the various Looney Tunes characters, with the role of Scrooge going to Yosemite Sam.
Casper’s Haunted Christmas 2000 Casper the Friendly Ghost must scare someone before Christmas Day or be banished from the mortal realm.
A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 A 28-minute animated special in which Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas, by directing a Christmas play while shunning the hyper-commercialization of the holiday.
A Chipmunk Christmas 1981 A sick boy makes Alvin realize the true meaning of Christmas.
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol 1962 An animated and musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous book, A Christmas Carol, with Mr. Magoo as Scrooge.
Christmas Is Here Again 2007 A disabled orphan girl sets out to find Santa’s stolen toy sack.
A Cosmic Christmas 1977 Three aliens visit Earth to learn about the true meaning of Christmas.
The Fat Albert Christmas Special 1977
Frosty the Snowman 1969 Animated special. A Magic hat brings snowman to life.
Frosty Returns 1992 Animated special. A Summer Wheeze aersol spray threatens Frosty.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966 A mean and stingy green creature wants to ruin Christmas. (Animated; musical)
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 2000 A human orphan raised by the Faire Folke becomes the benefactor of all human children.
Olive, the Other Reindeer 1999 A dog called Olive wants to be a reindeer at Christmas time.
Shrek the Halls 2007 Animated special. An ogre prepares to celebrate Christmas with family.
Twas the Night Before Christmas 1974 A mouse and a clockmaker try to appease a disgruntled Santa after he has received an insulting letter.
The Wish that Changed Christmas 1998 Based on a 1958 children’s book named The Story of Holly and Ivy — A story about an orphan girl named Ivy who gets off a train at the wrong stop and ends up finding a family who adopts her and her Christmas doll, Holly.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus 1974 An animated account of young Virginia.
Ziggy’s Gift 1982 Ziggy and his faithful dog Fuzz take a job as a street Santa to raise money for the poor.

Stop Motion

Title Year Description
The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow 1975 Stop Motion special.
Jack Frost 1979 Stop Motion special.
The Little Drummer Boy 1968 Stop Motion special. An orphan drummer boy who hates humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
A Miser Brothers’ Christmas 2008 Stop Motion sequel to The Year Without a Santa Claus.
Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey 1977 Stop Motion special.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1964 Stop-motion adaptation of the popular song. Rudolph, and Hermey the Misfit Elf, overcome rejection for their differences and help Santa Claus make his Christmas Eve trip.
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year 1976
Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July 1979)
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town 1970 Stop Motion special.
The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974 (Stop Motion) Santa decides to take a holiday one year. So Mrs. Claus corrals Heat Miser and Snow Miser, along with children of the world, to show Santa that people still believe in him.
Will Vinton’s A Claymation Christmas Celebration 1987 A stop motion claymation featuring the California Raisins and many Christmas songs.

Puppets

Title Year Description
The Christmas Toy 1986 Jim Henson tale of toys who come to life on Christmas Eve.
A Classic Christmas From The Ed Sullivan Show 1993 This VHS compilation includes a Muppet segment with Santa Claus’ reindeer from 1968.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas 1977 Jim Henson’s telling of the true meaning of Christmas based around a struggling mother and son who each sacrifice an item of great importance in order to give the other the perfect gift for Christmas.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town 1970

The Muppets

Title Year Description
It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie 2002 Kermit is shown what life would be like for the rest of the Muppets without him, in this spoof of It’s a Wonderful Life.
John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together 1979
A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa 2008 After mistakenly intercepting three letters sent by children to Santa Claus, the Muppets must head for the North Pole to get them delivered before Christmas.
A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear’s mother’s farm. Muppets from both the Muppet Show and Sesame Street are featured, as are Fraggles. Includes a rare cameo appearance by Jim Henson himself.
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

Sesame Street / Elmo’s World

Title Year Description
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street 1978
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown 2007
Elmo Saves Christmas 1996
Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays 2002
A Sesame Street Christmas Carol 2006
A Special Sesame Street Christmas 1978

Live action

Title Year Description
An American Christmas Carol 1979 In this adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the “Scrooge” figure is a miserly businessman in Depression-era New England.
The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue 1996 A Family Channel TV production: Three children travel to Washington in the hope of convincing President Hoover to release their wrongly convicted father from jail in time for Christmas.
Bad Santa 2003 A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure 2011 A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa’s sleigh, crash lands in a small town, and loses the magic toy bag. Beethoven must rescue the elf, recover the bag from greedy crooks, and return the sleigh to Santa in time to save Christmas.
Benji’s Very Own Christmas Story 1978 Popular screen pooch meets Kris Kringle while preparing for a Christmas parade in Switzerland.
The Best Christmas Ever 1990 A Wee Sing production where a family helps an elf by traveling to the North Pole.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 1983 A church Christmas pageant touches the hearts of a family of juvenile delinquents.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2010
Borrowed Hearts 1997 A wealthy manufacturer pays an impoverished single mother who works in his factory, and her daughter, to pretend to be his “family” at Christmastime, in order to impress a visiting old-fashioned tycoon interested in buying his company.
A Boyfriend for Christmas 2004 Santa plays matchmaker and sets up a young couple for Christmas.
Call Me Claus 2001 Santa Claus is preparing to retire, and grooms an American businesswoman (Whoopi Goldberg) to be his replacement.
A Carol Christmas 2003 In a modern comic retelling of A Christmas Carol, Carol Cartman says “Bah, humbug” to the clichés of her fellow talk-show host, Dr. Bob, and especially to a live Christmas Eve show her producer has planned.
Carol for Another Christmas 1964 This modernization of A Christmas Carol was produced to promote American support for the United Nations.
A Chance of Snow 1998 A divorced couple get snowed in at Christmastime.
Chasing Christmas 2005 In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a “mission” and leave his “target” stranded in 1965.
Christmas at Water’s Edge 2004 An Angel teams with spoiled college coed to organize Christmas concert at community youth center.
The Christmas Box 1995 Based on the bestselling book of the same name, a couple and their daughter move in with a widow and discover a box containing the answer to the first gift of Christmas.
The Christmas Card 2006 A soldier serving in Afghanistan receives a Christmas card from a Californian woman he has never met.
Christmas Caper 2007 A Grinch-like thief retreats to her hometown for Christmas. Can the spirit of Christmas, combined with a stint babysitting her niece and nephew, rid her of her wicked ways?
The Christmas Cottage 2008 Tells the story of the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade‘s painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.
Christmas Cupid 2007 Sloan is beautiful, stylish, and on the fast track to success at her public relations firm. After her client Caitlin dies and becomes her own personal ghost of Christmas past, present, and future; she finds out first hand that her unethical ways needs to change and reuniting with a past jilted lover may be the answer.
A Christmas Carol 1984 Starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Carol 1999 A Hallmark Channel adaptation of the famous novel by Charles Dickens. Starring Patrick Stewart as Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge and Richard E. Grant as Bob Cratchit.
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek 1987 Two truck-driving brothers attempt to transport a load of Christmas gifts from California to an economically strapped Alaska town.
Christmas Do-Over 2006 In a remake of the plot from Groundhog Day, a man has to repeat Christmas Day over and over until he realizes how selfish he has become and has to change his ways.
Christmas Every Day 1996 In a juvenile reworking of Groundhog Day a self-centered teenager is forced to relive the same Christmas over and over again after his sister wishes it were Christmas every day.
The Christmas Gift 1986 A widowed architect and his daughter visit a town where everyone believes in Santa Claus.
Christmas in Boston 2005 Two pen pals who have never met, decide to meet up at one of their home towns in Boston during the Christmas holiday. Only one problem though, they have both sent pictures of their better looking friends to each other.
Christmas in Connecticut 1945 A homemaking magazine columnist, who is single and can’t cook, is forced to entertain her boss and a war hero at a Connecticut farm for Christmas.
A Christmas Kiss 2011 A romance movie.
Christmas Lilies of the Field 1979 Seasonal sequel to the theatrical film Lilies of the Field (1963) has its African-American protagonist returning to the chapel he had built in the Arizona desert for a group of German nuns.
The Christmas List 1997 A woman makes a list of things she wants for Christmas and learns the lesson, “Be careful what you wish for.”
Christmas Mail 2010 A Postal worker falls for a mysterious woman who answers letters to Santa.
A Christmas Memory 1966 Award-winning adaptation of Truman Capote’s poignant, nostalgic reminiscence about his childhood best friend — a childlike elderly relative with whom he makes fruitcakes and other gifts, in Depression-era Alabama.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey 2007 A bereaved boy and his widowed mother commission a grumpy woodcarver to carve a nativity set and thus form a relationship that enables them all to put their sadness behind them and move on.
Christmas on Division Street 1991 A young boy befriends a homeless man, against the wishes of his mother.
A Christmas Romance 1994 A bank vice president is forced to spend Christmas with a woman whose house he was about to repossess after a blizzard hits.
Christmas Rush 2002 Suspended Chicago cop battles hostage-taking shopping mall thieves on Christmas Eve.
The Christmas Secret
(aka Flight of the Reindeer)
2000 A scientist sets out to prove that reindeer can fly, and along the way discovers the true meaning of faith, family, and Christmas.
The Christmas Shoes 2002 Trio of interlocking stories, adopted from the hit song of the same name.
Christmas Snow 1986 A widowed mother struggles to prevent her candy shop from being put out of business by a hard-hearted businessman.
A Christmas Snow 2010 A woman must face the hurts of her past while trapped with two strangers in her house for Christmas.
Christmas Spirit 2011 A mystical Christmas Spirit visits a cynical boy whose mom is about to lose her job. The boy entrusts her to help his family find their holiday spirit and, along the way, learns how to revive the happiness within himself.
The Christmas Star 1986 Two kids befriend an escaped convict who they believe is Santa Claus.
A Christmas Story 1983 Nine-year-old Ralph “Ralphie” Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock, and “this thing which tells time” (a sundial).
A Christmas Too Many 2007 A Hollywood legend invites her not so normal family home for the holidays.
Christmas Town 2008 A single mom visits her estranged father for Christmas, and is surprised to discover his hometown oddly resembles the North Pole.
A Christmas Visitor 2002 A family decides not to celebrate Christmas for 11 years after their son dies, but when a stranger visits them for Christmas, they realize he is the miracle their family has been waiting for.
A Christmas Wedding 2006 2 people who meet on Christmas Day plan to marry on Christmas Day two years later.
The Christmas Wish 1998 A businessman tries to uncover a family secret for his grandmother after he returns to a small town to modernize his family’s real-estate company.
Christmas with a Capital C 2010 Small Alaska town erupts into conflict over public Nativity scene.
Christmas With The Kranks 2004 When their daughter is away for Christmas, a couple decide to invest the money they would normally spend ($6, 132) on a ten-day Caribbean cruise. As result, they decide to essentially boycott Christmas. Local businesses and various groups in the community are indignant that they have lost the Kranks’ custom. The Kranks are stubborn and stand their ground and are packing on Christmas Eve to leave for their vacation when their daughter calls and tells them she is at the airport and coming home with her new fiance. Comic chaos ensues as the couple finds themselves trying to decorate the house and coordinate a party with only twelve hours to spare before their daughter and future son-in-law arrive.
A Christmas Without Snow 1980 Church choir members try to balance personal issues with practice as the holiday approaches.
Christmas in Wonderland 2009 Two children find a bag full of counterfeit money and Santa too.
Comfort and Joy 2003 Single businesswoman wakes up married and a mother after a car accident.
Crazy for Christmas 2005 A female limousine driver takes an eccentric elderly rich man around town on Christmas Eve, and it turns out he’s her long lost biological father, that she didn’t know she had.
A Dad for Christmas 2006 When a young man discovers that his girlfriend intends to give their baby up for adoption, he brings the baby to his grandmother for the holidays.
Deck the Halls 1994 Two orphans decide which one of their two relatives they want to spend Christmas with, their mean aunt or kind uncle.
A Dennis the Menace Christmas 2007 Dennis tries to inject his grinchy neighbor Mr. Wilson with the holiday spirit, with the help of an Angel of Christmas Past Present and Future.
A Different Kind of Christmas 1996 After the death of his wife, a father starts to act like Santa Claus and turns his house into a year-round wonderland. Unfortunately his daughter is a big city attorney who has been given the job of making sure her father’s illegal all-year Christmas business is shut down.
A Diva’s Christmas Carol 2000 A TV movie that premiered on VH1, now on Lifetime, portraying Vanessa Williams in the Scrooge role as “Ebony” Scrooge, one third of a late-’80’s pop trio called “Desire” and now an egotistical, arrogant, grouchy solo diva.
A Dog’s Christmas Miracle 2011 A mischievous but lovable puppy, named Cinnamon, is determined to break-up her devoted “mummy’s” new relationship.
The Dog Who Saved Christmas 2009
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation 2010
Ebbie 1995 Made by Lifetime Television, this retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol features Susan Lucci in the title role of Elizabeth Scrooge, a hard-driven department store owner with no compassion and no time for Christmas joy until she receives a visit from three Christmas spirits. This is Dickens turned on its ear as all the major roles in this classic tale have been converted to female characters.
Elf 2003 Directed by Jon Favreau and staring Will Ferrell, this story is about one of Santa’s elves who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes.
Eve’s Christmas 2004 A wealthy and successful career woman gets a second chance in life when a magical wish transports her back in time eight years to when she walked away from her fiance to lead a business life in New York.
A Fairly Odd Christmas 2012 A Christmas-themed live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated series The Fairly OddParents.
The Family Holiday 2007 A conman must show the executor of his uncle’s will that he has changed his lifestyle, in order to receive his uncle’s fortune.
The Family Stone 2005 An uptight businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his family’s annual Christmas celebration.
Four Christmases 2008 An upscale San Francisco couple are happily unmarried and child-free, and both have divorced parents and warring siblings. In an effort to avoid these families at Christmas time, they pretend to be engaging in charitable work but instead escape to exotic sun-spots, such as Fiji. Unfortunately, this year they are trapped at San Francisco International Airport by a fogbank that cancels every outbound flight. They are caught on camera and then interviewed by a CBS 5 news crew, revealing their whereabouts to their families. With their lies foiled and no excuses to make, they find themselves unable to avoid a Christmas at home with their respective families; Brad’s father, Kate’s mother, Brad’s mother and finally Kate’s father and thereby celebrating four Christmases in one day.
The Fourth Wise Man 1985 The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.
Fred Claus 2007 Fred Claus, Santa’s bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole.
The Gathering 1977 A dying man attempts to reconcile with the family he had abandoned years earlier, by having them come to visit for Christmas.
The Gift of Love 1978 An orphaned heiress in 1900s New York falls in love with a poor but honest immigrant in this moving adaptation of O. Henry’s timeless Christmas story, “The Gift of the Magi.” Marie Osmond, Timothy Bottoms, David Wayne, June Lockhart star.
The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story 1983 A woman reeling from business and marital failure is visited in a Christmastime dream by her deceased mother, who takes her on a journey back through her childhood.
A Grandpa for Christmas 2007 During the Christmas season, an old-time film-star/singer/hoofer, who is estranged from his daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter, suddenly finds himself bonding with his granddaughter when her mom is hospitalized.
Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! 2011 Based on the Disney Channel Original Series Good Luck Charlie, the film follows the Duncan family, who get separated at Palm Springs on their way to visit Grandma and Grandpa Blankenhooper for Christmas.
The Greatest Store in the World 1999 A family lose their home at Christmas and in desperation, stay in a department store over the Christmas period.
His and Her Christmas 2005
A Hobo’s Christmas 1987 A hobo decides to return home after being away for 25 years.
Hogfather 2006 It’s Hogswatch on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.
Holiday in Handcuffs 2007 A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.
A Holiday to Remember 1995 Carolyn is leaving the big city with her daughter Jordi for her childhood village, deep in the forest.
Home Alone 4 2002 A made-for-TV sequel to theatrical original
Home Alone 5 2012 Another made-for-TV sequel.
Home for Christmas 1990 A thief befriends a young boy at Christmas.
Home for the Holidays 1972 Four sisters return home to visit their father for Christmas, only to discover that someone is trying to kill him.
Home for the Holidays 2008
A Home for the Holidays 2005 A woman struggles to adopt her orphaned relatives.
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story 1971 On Christmas Eve in 1933, the Walton family of rural West Virginia awaits the return of the father, who had gone to look for work in a distant city. This film served as a pilot for the series The Waltons.
The House Without a Christmas Tree 1972 A widower, still grieving from his wife’s death, refuses to allow a Christmas tree in the home, to the dismay of his young daughter.
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 1984 After suffering a fatal heart attack, a man (Mickey Rooney) is granted a brief return to life so that he can show his California-bred grandson his first white Christmas in New York.
It Happened One Christmas 1977 A young businesswoman, despondent over the circumstances of her life, contemplates suicide, but is shown the value of her life by a guardian angel, in this feminist remake of It’s a Wonderful Life starring the then recently liberated Marlo Thomas.
It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas 1989 A disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his bumbling chief elf, Philpot (Bruce Vilanch)), Santa and the child travel across America and Santa discovers that people really do need him and care about other people.
It’s A Wonderful Life 1946 Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. An angel convinces a disheartened businessman of his life’s importance by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born.
Jingle All The Way 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger. A harried father decides to dream the impossible dream, to get that year’s hot toy for his son just before Christmas Day.
John Grin’s Christmas Carol 1986 A miserly African-American businessman is shown the spirit of Christmas by three ghosts in this update of A Christmas Carol.
Joyeux Noël 2005 French, German and Scottish soldiers fighting in the First World War in December 1914 call a Christmas truce.
J.T. 1969 Troubled inner-city youngster adopts a stray cat for Christmas, and must hide it from his financially strapped mother.
Like Father, Like Santa 1998 A ruthless toy tycoon who is also secretly the son of Santa Claus travels to the North Pole to put an end to an attempted coup.
Love Actually 2003 Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit 1979 The lives of three different men are transformed by a magical Santa Claus costume rented to them by a mysterious shopkeeper.
The Man Who Saved Christmas 2002 Fact-based drama of toy inventor A.C. Gilbert, a pacifist toymaker who is forced by the U.S. government to turn his factory into a munitions plant during WWI, and is asked to convince consumers to buy bonds instead of toys.
Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas 2011 A girl stumbles upon the mystery of a long forgotten Christmas while visiting her school’s forbidden attic.
Mary Christmas 2002 Widower’s young daughter asks Santa for a new mother.
Miracle on 34th Street. 1994 A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle – Santa Claus…
Meet the Santas 2005 Sequel to Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus.
Moonlight and Mistletoe 2007 A man runs a year-round Santa Town.
A Mom for Christmas 1990 A young girl desires to have a mother in her life gets her wish at the department store.
The Monster’s Christmas 1981 A young girl helps the monsters from her storybook defeat an evil witch that has stolen their voices because they sang better at Christmas carols than she did.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2008 A Retired policeman attempts to kindle romance between his daughter and a visiting chef.
A Mouse, A Mystery and Me 1987 A world-class mystery-writing mouse spends Christmas Eve with his sleuthing partner tracking down a missing Santa.
Mr. Krueger’s Christmas 1980 A widowed apartment janitor daydreams to escape his lonely life.
Mr. St. Nick 2002 An aging Santa Claus is ready to retire but first he must convince his son to take over his job.
Mrs. Santa Claus 1996 Santa’s wife ends up in New York in the early 1900s near Christmastime.
Mrs. Miracle 2009 A widower gets a babysitter for his twin sons in the form of a woman called Mrs. Miracle, who quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend… and matchmaker!
Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan 2010 Sequel to Mrs. Miracle.
Must Be Santa 1999 Santa must pass his powers on to his chosen successor, but mistakenly passes them on to an ex con.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure 2004 Cousin Eddie and his family get stranded on what they think is a deserted island for Christmas.
The National Tree 2009 A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree. He and his father end up driving the Tree throughout the country and the tree become a national icon.
Naughty or Nice 2004 A Chicago sports radio shock jock is changed by a Christmas season encounter with a 15-year-old fan who is dying of cancer who forces him to be nice for a day.
The Night They Saved Christmas 1984 An oil company dynamites in the North Pole in search of an oil field, unaware that they are endangering Santa Claus.
Once Upon A Christmas 2000 Santa’s daughter tries to change a family so they are no longer on the Naughty list, or else Santa will cancel Christmas.
Picking Up & Dropping Off 2003 A divorced father and a divorced mother start to meet at Denver International Airport when picking up and sending off their children to ex-spouses for holidays.
Prancer 1989 An 8-year-old girl named Jessica whose mother died of unknown causes finds a hurt reindeer who she believes to be Santa’s reindeer Prancer.
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas 2005 A struggling chef agrees to date a food critic’s mother.
Red Boots for Christmas 2004 A bitter shoemaker gets a visit from an angel shortly before Christmas.
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 1998 After getting blamed for spoiling Christmas Richie Rich, the richest kid in the world, wishes he’d never been born.
(Rich Little’s) Christmas Carol 1978 Comedian Rich Little plays all of the characters, using his unique skills as an impressionist to apparently fill the cast with some of Hollywood’s best-known stars.
Road to Christmas 2006 A high powered fashion photographer finds herself stranded in middle America on her way to her wedding in Aspen, Colorado. She gets a lift from a widower and his daughter, setting off a change of events that will change their lives forever.
Roots: The Gift 1988 Kunta Kinte and Fiddler, from Roots, accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape.
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday 2004 A wealthy girl visits an orphanage during the holiday season, and tries to house them.
Santa Baby 2006 Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly successful business executive – who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she left behind to take over for her dad and implement her innovative ideas for running Christmas.
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe 2009 Santa needs his daughter, Mary Class’ help again.
Santa Buddies 2009 Puppy Paws, the only son of Santa Paws, does not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He then hi-tails it to Fernfield, Washington to be a normal puppy, just like Budderball (who is on Santa’s naughty list for eating the Thanksgiving Turkey). Meanwhile, the icicle that holds the magic of Christmas is melting away due to children’s and puppies’ belief in Santa and Santa Paws dying. It is up to Puppy Paws and the Buddies to rediscover their belief in Christmas and save the holiday.
The Santa Clause 1994 Directed by John Pasquin. It stars Tim Allen as an ordinary man, Scott Calvin, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall to his death. When he finishes St. Nick’s deliveries, he goes to the North Pole and learns he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed Father Christmas.
The Santa Clause 2 2002 Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn’t find a Mrs. Claus.
The Santa Clause 3 2006 Scott Calvin faces his most chilling challenge when rival Jack Frost tries to steal Christmas and put the holiday in a deep freeze!
Santa, Jr. 2002 Santa’s son, mistaken for the “Christmas Bandit”, is held under house arrest two days before Christmas.
The Santa Suit 2010 A greedy toy CEO, who refuses to give his staff Christmas bonuses, is magically transformed to look like Kris Krandall (a department store Santa).
Santa Who? 2000 Santa (Leslie Nielsen) suffers an attack of amnesia shortly before Christmas, after falling out of his sleigh. Only the innocence of a small child can save Christmas for thousands of people around the world.
Scrooge 1970 Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol.
Scrooged 1988 A cynical television executive (Bill Murray) experiences ghostly hauntings reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
The Search for Santa Paws 2010 Sequel to Santa Buddies in which Santa loses memory in New York and it’s up to his new friend Paws to save him.
A Season for Miracles 1999 A homeless woman and her niece and nephew attempt to outrun the authorities during the holiday season.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! 1989 Horror sequel
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation 1990 Horror sequel
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker 1991 Horror sequel
Silent Night 2002 Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front.
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus 2004 A high-flying career woman and single mother with no time for love or Christmas is unexpectedly wooed by Santa’s son and heir, Nick who must find a wife before Christmas because his father wants to retire.
A Smoky Mountain Christmas 1986 A singer retreats to an isolated mountain cabin for a quiet holiday, but finds seven orphaned children there.
Spot’s Magical Christmas 2000 Spot the dog’s magical Christmas adventure.
Snow 2004 With only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden, heir to a certain Arctic toy business, must work hard to save Christmas after someone steals Buddy the reindeer and takes him to a California zoo.
Snow 2: Brain Freeze 2008 Sequel to 2004’s Snow.
Snowglobe 2007 A young woman discovers a Christmas-themed dream world inside a magical snow globe.
Sons of Mistletoe 2001 A cold businesswoman threatens to close a boys foster home during the holidays, when she returns to her home town to settle her late father’s estate.
Special Delivery 2000 A bumbling courier at a private adoption agency botches the delivery of a baby to its new parents in time for Christmas, when he misplaces their baby en route.
Stealing Christmas 2003 A criminal hides in a small town and takes a job as a Santa.
Stubby Pringle’s Christmas 1978 A Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation about a young cowboy (Beau Bridges) who discovers that the joy of Christmas is in the giving, rather than the receiving.
CBC‘s The True Meaning of Christmas Specials 2002 Hosted by Dave Foley, this parody of Christmas specials and many classic Christmas stories follows David and friends as he seeks to learn the meaning of Christmas Specials, beyond selling knickknacks for $49.99.
Three Days 2001 An angel offers a literary agent, whose wife of ten years died just before Christmas, a chance to relive the last three days of his wife’s life.
The Three Kings 1987 3 Mental-hospital patients escape from a Christmas pageant and go search for baby Jesus while in costume as the Magi.
Three Wise Guys 2005 Three Gangsters are hired as hitmen during the Christmas season.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve 2004 A dying man has 12 days (12 chances) to achieve the “perfect” Christmas.
Twice Upon a Christmas 2001 Santa’s daughter has lost her memory, and her new family is determined to help her get it back.
‘Twas the Night 2001 A mischievous 14-year-old boy and his irresponsible uncle almost ruin Christmas when they decide to take Santa’s new high-tech sleigh for a joyride.
The Ultimate Christmas Present 2000 A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus to make it snow on Christmas Day, but the machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm.
Unlikely Angel 1996 A singer must work with St Peter to earn her wings at Christmas by re-uniting a family.
Breakfast With Scot 2007
Vendetta: A Christmas Story 1997 1980s cop show spoof has two agents taking on Santa Claus. 
Will You Merry Me? 2008 A Lifetime film, in which a newly engaged couple, one Christian and the other Jewish, must survive their families meeting for the first time during Christmas.

Tuesday Randomness

The turkey is done, most of the leftovers have been picked over and the tree is up. . .which means that my parents trek up to Nashville was successful. Oh and Wook is still alive, despite my dad’s threat of hurting him should he show attitude.

  • I have now proven to my mom that I can actually keep my place neat
  • My guest room is now spiffed up and even comes with a tv, so Bird, it is time for a big girls weekend
  • I pulled a lazy Amy moment after Christmas last year by not packing my ornaments back into their respective boxes, this should be interesting when I pull them out tomorrow night
  • The tree is up and of course I have at least one strand of lights not working
  • Wook has become reacquainted with the black pepper. . .it is the only thing that makes him stop chewing on the tree
  • I tried the bitter apple spray as well as Tabasco, he loved them both
  • I have a neurotic cat
  • I was half watching DWTS last night and was once again reminded why I dislike Derek. The pro is known for breaking rules and is rewarded time and again for this. Sometimes it seems like those who do not play by the rules, cheat or lie win.
  • If Big Ben doesn’t play this Sunday, I may just cry. I need the Steelers to win, more importantly, I want the Ravens to lose
  • Ole Miss won the Egg Bowl this past weekend, Notre Dame is still undefeated and my fantasy football is limping into the final stretch
  • I have a million and one Christmas movies and specials I must watch this season
  • I finally retired my size 16 (ouch! How did I manage to get that big???) jeans after a rather embarrassing day at work last week.
  • I don’t get how Justin Beiber can walk around with his pants that low all the time
  • I now fit comfortably in my old size ten jeans and picked up another pair on Black Friday
  • Next up, I need to deal with my stomach. I shouldn’t have the mom pooch, I’ve never had a kid!
  • My dad is now the proud owner of an iPhone 4S, this is going to be interesting
  • I have managed to end up with a Pittsburgh Steelers player follow me on Twitter. . .

And with visions of a Pittsburgh win this Sunday, I am going to hit the hay. I am also going to dream of snow, a cozy fire and a couple of classic Christmas movies. Crap, I need to grab the pepper and head off the cat before he gets into the tree again. . .

I’m Melting

The heat is killing me. I know it has to be killing everyone else as well. And I am completely grateful for air conditioning and working inside because I really don’t know how those who have to work outside manage it.

It is one thing for me to be dripping with sweat during and after a workout. I don’t particularly love it but I can deal with it. But walking to my car and dripping sweat because I happen to be outside heading to my car? Not a fan. . .

This weekend provided a lot of entertainment for me indoors. I went with Bird Friday night to see Magic Mike. Now this type of movie may not be everyone’s cup of tea but visually speaking, it was nice. A few minor hiccups went into the viewing of this movie.

I really enjoy seeing people who act as if this is there very first time out in public. A large group of women (and a token man) came into the theater at the last moment, celebrating a birthday. They all wanted to sit together but seeing as how they arrived so late in the game, they had to settle for several rows somewhat piecemealed together.

They then proceeded to chat, take pictures and upload them onto Facebook. In fact, they even used their flash on their phones while taking pictures during the previews. I would personally like to thank them for temporarily blinding me. Then I got to hear them as they all laughed about dinner and each others posts on FB about being together.

Seriously? You pay almost $10 to go see a movie, with friends and spend the majority of the time on social media instead of watching the movie? You must either have a money tree or crap out money because this was over the top. At one point, they had all finally settled down to watch the movie and the person right in front of Bird started checking her phone and sharing with her seatmate. Since I wasn’t in the mood to climb over half of the birthday party I started kicking the back of her seat. She turned to look and I just smiled.

We were also treated to commentary through part of the movie, a la Mystery Science Theater 2000. Apparently the commentators preferred the sex scenes and stripping scenes more than the plot. I get it but dude, you can be heard by the whole of the theater. We don’t care what your thoughts are, we care about getting our money’s worth. Someone from behind my row finally yelled, “Shut up” and they finally did.

Sure the plot was predictable, the acting wasn’t Oscar worthy but the visual. . . that was nice. And sometimes I just want to see some form of entertainment without having to use my brain. It is a fantasy not reality.

And for the record, if I were with a guy and he wanted a guys night out and was all excited to see something similar I wouldn’t mind. This could be my age talking, but if I am with someone, I trust them and never take issue with this. Plus, I understand there is a difference between fantasy and reality.

Last night I went to the other extreme and went to see The Trousdale School’s annual musical. It was wonderful, as usual. And my buddy K, who is my favorite bag boy at Publix, showcased his dancing skills once more. I was quite impressed with his number and after the program went to give him a hug. He said he had yelled my name twice while dancing. I love all the students at the school but K is my buddy and I am always thrilled to get a hug from him each time I am at the grocery.

Today I have been dealing with laundry and as Snug’s mama calls it, taking a nippy nap. Now I am going to look for a vat of ice to sleep in tonight. I did wash my car today, so I am hoping that brings some rain to us really soon.

 

Tuesday Randomness

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I have shared random moments on a Tuesday 52 times. . .and some of you are still here reading this! I ended up taking a small vacation from writing last week, some days you just don’t feel like writing. Plus, I was up to my eyeballs in cleaning supplies trying to prepare my place for Hooch’s visit. But here we are, Tuesday again and in a week’s time I will be rocking it out in Nashville at the Def Leppard concert.

  • Hooch and I may be a tad older now and she may have a husband and a kid but the two of us together is just like old times
  • I finally cleaned Wookie’s bathroom, not his litter box (that is done often) but the actual bathroom, I don’t use the toilet in there, so it gets icky by not getting used, who knew?
  • Her son, Puppy, lent us his stuffed penguin, Pengy for the weekend; that Pengy, he was all over the place with us
  • Pengy can now cross off “catch the garter” at a wedding from his bucket list
  • As the bride to be was getting ready to walk down the aisle, the song At Last, by Etta James started, we all laughed because that is so her
  • Dinner with the parental unit and a drive through town so the Hooch could see all the changes since she moved
  • I finally found a place for brunch and the best part? $3 mimosas or $15 for a pitcher, yes please
  • It was such a ball running around with Hooch again but we must let it happen sooner because eight years is way too long
  • Plus, going to bed in the wee hours of the morning is not as easy as it used to be
  • I need to win the lottery so I can travel just to see my friends, we seem to be spreading out more and more
  • Amazon MP3 albums has the Mirror Ball Live and More on sale for $2.99 and the history in photos for Kindle is also the same price
  • Yes, I have a small Def Leppard obsession
  • No, I will not wear big hair next week
  • The more I think about it, the more I want to relocate to the Baltimore area or the Kansas City area. . .
  • I will be heading to see The Trousdale School’s musical this Saturday, I am quite excited!
  • I am hoping that Bird and I will get to see Magic Mike Friday, I like me some eye candy!

And since I still feel like I am running on fumes, it is time to say night night! It looks like I have another busy weekend ahead of me, which means there will be little to no chance of napping.

Girls Gone Wild or Is It Mild?

I think it would be more mild than wild. Friday night was spent with Bird and my mom. After a dinner at Chick Fil A (they have grilled chicken nuggets now!) with them and Bird’s husband and girls we headed to a movie. What’s Your Number? was funny although there were a few times I wanted to crawl underneath the seat since I happened to be sitting next to mom.

Anna Farris is funny and just like Emma Stone, I adore her! Although I kept waiting for her to do that low, creepy voice that she did in House Bunny. Her husband was also in the movie as one of her exes that she kept running into throughout the movie. Her neighbor in the movie is Chris Evans and I have a new appreciation for him. Yummy to look at and even I would jump into the Boston Harbor with him sans clothes!

As we were leaving the the theater I noticed a cardboard cutout for the newest Muppet movie, I gently sat on the “bench” for a giggle but promptly jumped up when mom offered to take a picture. No thanks mom. I can embarrass myself enough without you helping me.

It was then decided that we would run to Kohl’s to look at their jeans for Bird’s girls. That was a quick trip through the place since they were closing in ten minutes. I did catch a glimpse of JLo’s new line. Meh, they were okay. I am more of a classics kind of girl anyway, so the trendy stuff tends to not end up in my closet. After talking about maybe going somewhere else, the decision was made to go to WalMart. I am not a fan of going there but we were in the vicinity and since dad wanted me to make Beef Burgundy I thought it would kill two birds with one stone.

After stock piling the cart with a couple of my favorites since I am watching what I eat I got down to business and picked out all the ingredients for the dish. Is it sad that I can now just think about what I need instead of referencing the actual recipe. In fact, I can now make it without really checking the cookbook.

I did go with one change. This is a stew that needs to sit in the oven for a few hours and the beef tips that I normally get end up breaking apart into smaller pieces. This time I got a roast and cut it up. Much better! I believe this was my best batch yet. After getting through the store we headed to my place so I could run Bridesmaids down to mom. She didn’t like it. But she liked The Hangover, I am beginning to think that when it comes to crude comedy, she doesn’t have an issue with men being crude but women? She doesn’t like that. And she was blessed with a daughter who burps, a lot. One of my favorite lines in the movie? Melissa McCarthy’s character in the bridal salon burps/farts and she says, “I am not even confident about which end that came out of.” Umm, classic!

The boy called around that time giving me a hard time about calling at the end of the Cardinals game, sorry about that. I just don’t follow baseball, so it is so hard for me to even keep up with this whole playoffs thing. And what did we talk about? Food! I swear, between talks of food, football and exercise we never end up talking about anything else. But we are both foodies, so it tends to happen more than naught that the topic comes up.

So that was my mild Friday night! The rest of the weekend consisted of cooking and watching football. See, one track mind (well two. . . )

Now it is time for the sad panda face since it is Sunday night and I need to get ready for work tomorrow.

I Laughed so Hard I Cried

The debate about movie ticket sales, the high cost of going in this crappy economy and the fact that Hollywood seems to have lost there sense of originality (cringing at the thought of Footloose and Dirty Dancing being remade) has made me wait until something comes out on DVD. I make exceptions though for movies that I know are worth my weekly pay. And then there is the cheap theater (Regal Hamilton Place, $3) that I always think about but never go to; until last night.

Let me throw out my issues first with the “discount” theaters. In general, these theaters have not be revamped, so no stadium seating and up to date digital goodness. The popcorn and soda are still expensive but like I really need a snack. I have a thing about good seating. With stadium seating, I go to the very back, middle; those are the best seats in the house. Also, being that I am short, even in stadium seating I don’t have to crane my neck around some really tall person in front of me. So the one, maybe two times I go see a movie in the theater, it is all worth it.

On to the good! I saw Bridesmaids last night. Oh dear Lord in Heaven! That would have been worth seeing at full matinee price. I sat with Bird, laughing during the bridesmaid dress looking, to the point of crying. I can only imagine having those issues in an expensive store WITH white carpeting. The street scene was great only because with my stomach on a normal day after having a very healthy egg white omelet I know that sense of urgency.

There were many times when I grabbed Bird, thinking I was going to fall onto the floor from laughing, cringing or a laugh/cry combo. It was all too much to handle and not anything like I had imagined. I thought that this all would happen on their trip to Vegas. But I was happy none the less at the crap that Kristen Wiig got herself and the girls into while trying to plan a wedding.

Of course, I also felt for her character. I am the last single girl standing. While my friends are now having babies, I do remember dealing with lack of money, bad dates, bad relationships, failed career choices all while my friends were planning their weddings. It is bittersweet, I think that is the best way to describe it, seeing your friends so happy because you are so happy for them but then you go home to your apartment, greeted by your cat and realize that none of that stuff is happening to you.

Sure, it could happen, but I have gotten to that point where I just don’t care. It is, I guess, a milestone for me, accepting that being single for the duration of my life and trying to find the bright spots within it. I can do what I want when I want, if I wanted to explore options of moving somewhere completely different, I don’t have to discuss it with a spouse or take into consideration children. Thinking of taking a vacation for my birthday to NYC is completely okay because I don’t have to think about anyone else. But I also have the internal fight of the other wants in my life. To settle down, have a kid and work as a team.

Of course, at the end of the movie, our heroine gets the boy and all is right in the world. For me? When it is fall or winter, football is on the tv and I am snuggled up on the couch with my cat, all is right in the world.

Now I need to finish The Help so I can go see that movie. But the good news is I have (through Sprint, my cell phone carrier) been able to purchase two tickets at $4 apiece. I have to say, that whole texting TAKEDOWN while waiting for Harry Potter to start was a good thing.

Now I am off to stalk to the cheap theater to see when they will get HP on their screen!