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.
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!!!