Take One: Smells Like Christmas Spirit

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. The air somehow feels crisper (if that’s even a word). More people are smiling. The lights and colours, brighter. The Christmas market, buzzing. The nearby sounds of jingling bells. Christmas tunes in full blare. The stores decorated, with each store competing with the other like there’s some kind of price for bringing the most Christmas cheer (…that should be a thing if it isn’t already). The welcoming feeling that nothing bad happens in December – I wish. I mean 1 December already sets the ball rolling – my parent’s anniversary. And on that day, they always somehow make me feel special. I just love what December means – a tonne of food, gathering of friends and family, the cold winters and if we’re lucky SNOW (…how I wish), the fact that it is a season that gives hope to the otherwise hopeless with a promise of miracles. Anyways, I LOVE Christmas with every fibre of my being.

My perfect Christmas, is one where the lights are shining bright with the smell of freshly cut Christmas tree in the living room with fire burning in the fireplace and snow falling outside (a bit too much snow that the government calls for an emergency stay-at-home holiday and nobody leaves their houses), surrounded by all my loved ones in every room of the house making a whole lot of noise that I can barely hear the Christmas songs playing in the background. Laughter everywhere, cheers to everyone, red and green jumper for all with an endless supply of eggnog (yummy!!) and turkey dinner.

Over the years, my love for December has led to a few activities I partake in which I anticipate from 1 January till the next December. Everything I do leads to these. One of my favourite traditions to rein in the holiday is watching Christmas themed movies to get me in the right spirits. Every day, I watch a new movie – from least Christmas-y but having traditional Christmas feels to most Christmas-y spirit movies. Year to year, I add and remove movies for various reasons – usually cause I can’t imagine myself watching them yet again in 364 or 365 days (depending). Since the first year I tried it, I have shared it with a few friends who I hope are watching them with me and incorporating it into their Christmas lives. But this year, for the first time, I’m sharing the experience with a friend. And every passing day, I anticipate that amazing day even more.

On this post, I am going to list the movies that made the cut this year and over the next couple of weeks, I would review each movie. Join me every night at 8:30pm as I embark on this joyous journey. I snuggle up in front of the TV, the lights dimmed and a glass of wine or a hot cup of cocoa/tea or a tub of ice cream in hand.

Day 1 Stardust http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486655/
Day 2 The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363771/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 3 The Nightmare Before Christmas http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107688/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 4 A Christmas Story http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Day 5 Surviving Christmas http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252028/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 6 Just Friends http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433400/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Day 7 Four Christmases http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369436/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 8 Christmas With The Kranks http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388419/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 9 Love Actually http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0314331/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 10 A Christmas Carol http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1067106/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 11 Arthur Christmas http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430607/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Day 12 The Holiday http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457939/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 13 How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0170016/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 14 Elf http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Day 15 Home Alone http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 16 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104431/?ref_=tt_rec_tt
Day 17 Deck the Halls http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790604/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 18 The Santa Clause http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111070/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 19 The Santa Clause 2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0304669/?ref_=tt_rec_tt
Day 20 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452681/?ref_=tt_rec_tt
Day 21 Annie (1999) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0207972/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Day 22 Miracle on 34th Street (1994) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110527/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 23 It’s a Wonderful Life http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Day 24 The Nativity Story http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762121/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Day 24 (2) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059026/?ref_=nv_sr_4
Day 25 The Nutcracker (2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2523182/?ref_=fn_al_tt_10
Day 26 This Christmas http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0937375/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 27 Scrooged (1988) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096061/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 28 Die Hard http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Day 29 Die Hard 2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099423/?ref_=tt_rec_tt
Day 30 Trading Places http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086465/
Day 31 New Year’s Eve http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598822/?ref_=nv_sr_1

My hope is that I continue this tradition for years to come and I’m able to pass on my Christmas bug to as many people as possible.

Look out for my next post… and Feliz Navidad!!!

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