December is upon us.
Years ago, when I was no more than a mere kiddo, I would anxiously count down each and every day that brought me closer to this month. In spite of the chill weather and bleak landscapes December seems such a cozy time of year.
I have a list of all the Christmas-y things I’d planned on doing once I became a married lady. My first married Christmas was hardly ideal–Benjamin was on his final away rotation, and we weren’t able to see one another until the day before Christmas, and even then we were a couple hundred miles from home. It was fun, but hardly the tender imagining I’d dreamed up. 2014, however, is mine for the imagining.
One of my long-cherished Christmas-y plans was to watch twenty-five Christmas movies, one each day, until Christmas. A cinematic advent calendar, if you will. My list is as follows:
- Little Women
- Shop around the corner
- Meet me in St Louis
- It’s a wonderful life
- Holiday inn
- A Christmas carol (Patrick Stewart)
- Christmas in Connecticut
- Miracle on 34th st
- How the grinch stole Christmas
- The nutcracker
- Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
- Frosty the snowman
- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
- The little drummer boy
- A Christmas story
- The bishops wife
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Home alone I and II
- Joyeux Noel
- Best Christmas pageant everSo far I’ve watched A White Christmas, Elf, and Die Hard. Three down, twenty-two remaining. Die Hard was Ben’s suggestion. He is full of such grandiose ideas. With the one, barefoot Bruce exception, all of these films are as familiar to me as my own face. I’ve watched and re-watched each one of them, and seeing them again is almost like stepping backward in time.”Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho” will soon inspire similar sentiments within me, I’m sure.In addition to my movie-watching aspirations, I have a separate list of all my holiday plans.
1. See the Christmas lights. Whether intentional or not, each time I see Christmas lights on display, I feel as if the brotherhood of humanity is reminding each other of the light, that shone so brightly that it brought wise men from afar. I find it quite unifying.
2. Listen to all my jammin’ Christmas tunes. Carpenter’s Christmas album, Bing Crosby, Mannheim Steamroller, George Winston, etc,.
3. Read my favorite Christmas books. Jan Brett’s Christmas treasury, Madeleine L’Engles The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas, The Story of Holly and Ivy, etc,.
4. Make Christmas Snacks. Molasses cookies, sugar cookies, Hot Chocolate, chocolate-dipped clementines, etc,.
5. Decorate a Gingerbread house.
6. Volunteer at a soup kitchen/charity.
7. Build a snowman.
8. Go ice skating.
Tonight I’m due to watch Little Women. Please excuse me while I re-stock my tissues.