Monthly Archives: October 2011

My 10 favourite Christmas films

I realize it’s not even Halloween yet, but I just finished watching one of the films in my top 10. So, in anticipation of the glorious holiday season, here they are!

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

I’ve watched this one every Christmas for as long as I can remember. I don’t think you could run across anyone who doesn’t recognize a “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” when they see one. And who doesn’t love seeing Schroeder jammin’ it out on the Piano during the Christmas play, and Snoopy decorating his dog house with lights.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This film is such a classic. Another one that I watch every year. When the Grinch grins his evil grin atop the mountain it still makes my spine tingle ( I know it’s animated! but still!). And when his heart grows, it makes me smile. And who could forget miss Cindy Lou Who!

Narration: “Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville – did not. The Grinch hated Christmas – the whole Christmas season. Now, please don’t ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn’t screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all… may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But, whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes, he stood there on Christmas Eve hating the Whos. Staring down from his cave, with a sour grinchy frown, at the warm, lighted windows below in their town. For he knew that every Who down in Whoville beneath was busy now, hanging a holly who wreath.”

Tell me you don’t love that.

3. It’s a Wonderful Life 

This one has been my personal favourite since I was in grade school. I remember waking late in the night during Christmas holidays and turning on my T.V. because I couldn’t get back to sleep. The only channel we had a that time was CBC and it was playing It’s a Wonderful Life. The film is over two hours long, but I watched every last bit of it.  No one will ever be able to replace James Stewart.

4. A Garfield Christmas

Don’t you just love Jon’s grandmother? and when Garfield finds her those letters. *sigh*. They don’t make em like this anymore.

5. The Santa Clause

They’ve made a few of these, but this one is by far the best! I’m pretty certain this is the best thing Tim Allen has ever done, and I love him for that. 🙂

6. Home Alone

Another film with sequels, but this one tops them all. How many times did I watch this I wonder? For some reason, the scene that sticks out the most is when the paint cans swing down the staircase and hit the robbers on their heads.

7. Frosty the Snowman

This movie is SOO GREAT! I wish frosty was my friend, ha ha.

8. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

My favourite stop motion film. This one is so magical. I wish I owned all these on DVD. *sigh*

9. The Preacher’s Wife 

I think this is another one I watch pretty much every year. I’m really in the Christmas spirit now as I begin to end this list.

10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

What Christmas could be complete without watching this? I mean really! Chevy Chase! haha, enough said.

Clark: Burn some dust here. Eat my rubber.
Rusty Griswold: Dad, I think you mean burn rubber and eat my dust.
Clark: Whatever, Russ. Whatever.

Gut feelings.

I try not to use this blog as a really personal venue, but tonight at 11:37 p.m., on a Friday after having a painfully long midterm exam week, I find myself in a very sad state.

Try as I might, I couldn’t get my dog Kimo or my grandfather out of my head today. If you’ve been reading along with my blog posts you’d know that both of them are no longer around.

I had an email pop up that I had a comment on one of the videos I have on YouTube, naturally I followed the link and I remembered “jeez, I have a lot of videos on here!” and I started watching them.

I came across a video that I forgot had existed. It’s of some of my family and I having a boil-up (Labrador picnic) at St. Lewis’ bay. My grandfather was in the video. I exploded in tears when I watched it, to see him moving was almost like he was still around and my mind switched to St. Lewis where I envisioned him sat in his chair by the window.

Then I watched another video, one of Kimo. I thought I’d only put a bunch of photos together when I made it but there are several short clips of video mixed in there as well. In some scenes Kimo looks directly at me in the camera and I couldn’t help but long to have him by my side, trying as hard as he could to jump up and lick my face.

It’s been a long stress filled week with exams, assignments, interviews and stories. If there’s anything I know, it’s that when you’re feeling like I am right now, which is really sad, you’ll know to treasure what time you do have with people in your life and start forgiving & loving again.

What I wouldn’t give to take myself back to the Christmas of ’10 where my life would have taken me to St. Anthony to deliver Pop’s Christmas present myself. I admit that I was selfish, that I thought if I had went there he would want to come with me to St. Lewis and both he and I would feel horrible because we both knew he couldn’t leave. I heard he kept my picture by his bedside and started at it for hours.

If you’re gut tells you that you should do something, you should probably do it. You’ll never know if it was the right choice or not, but if it’s done with good intent, it’s probably right. My move was justifiable, but I’ll never forgive myself for not going to see him that day.

Maidstone

Thanksgiving. Ironically enough, the thing I’ve always been the most thankful for is the thing that always seems to be the greatest distance away from me during Thanksgiving. Family. I miss being with my parents, my aunts, and my grandmother. This year especially though, I miss my grandfather. Though he wasn’t that vocal about this holiday in particular there was always a sense of peace given to sit and observe him while he ate his Turkey dinner and pondered many thoughts while staring out the kitchen window.

This Thanksgiving I became especially jealous of not being around my family. Mom uploaded photos to her facebook of the large Turkey dinner she cooked for her, dad and two of her friends. I set the photo that someone took of her and dad together behind the kitchen table full of food as my desktop background, now everytime I close a window I feel hungry and sad, haha.

Aaron and I drove out to Maidstone today, beautiful spot, though I don’t reccomend going there while the wind is strong and blowing off the water. That’s what it was like today; I discovered that there’s a majorly unpleasant smell of cow…..stuff. After a while you kind of get used to the smell, but to newcomers like Aaron and I..eghhh. It sucks trying to take photos through a car window too haha.

Here’s some photos anyway!

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Theme demon

So if you’ve been checking back to my blog fairly often you’ll notice that I’ve changed the theme. A lot. I can’t help it! I’m just too picky, and I can’t stay with anything for too long without getting annoyed. I’m just a self-confessed organizational freak! there, I said it.

And I spent the day doing just that, organizing. Between being on mold patrol and working on my research paper. My apartment seems to have developed numerous green rashes. I really dislike heat so the walls have been acting out in displeasure towards that. Moisture is the enemy. I cleaned it all up, washed out a ton of clothes, and now I’m resting.

I actually just got off the phone with family from home. Sunday nights are reserved for such things. It usually starts with Aunt Lucy, then goes to Dad. Mom and I have chats throughout the whole week, she’s become a strong lifeline to me since I left home in 2006, she keeps me in check.

I also got a special treat tonight, I got to say hello to my grandmother who I haven’t talked to in months. She’s very ill and tonight she was feeling good enough to speak to me, even though it was very brief, it made every tiny problem I had in my life dissolve. I can’t wait to visit her this Christmas.

There’s nothing like family. There will never be anything like family. You’re stuck with who you have so you might as well get used to that fact and do the best you can to get along. I have a great relationship with my family, but it didn’t come easy sometimes. But when you grow up and look at the big picture, you’ll see family is exactly what you need to get by.

Well, all those words of wisdom have made me thirsty. Going to go finish off this bottle of coke and get back to my homework. So glad to finally be feeling better.

 

M.

It’s perfectly normal for me to be excited about Christmas.