…This post should be entitled, “Keeping Myself Busy Until Christmas”. My job is over until January, I’ve finished shopping and wrapping, everything is decorated, fudge has been made (several times), grocery shopping done for several holiday get-togethers, and I don’t clean house any more….so, I’m playing the waiting game.
I no longer have little kids at home, but the anticipation is still there. The countdown to Christmas! I tell myself every morning when I wake up that it’s X number of days left, but that I’ll be productive today. I make my own list (unlike the one above) and check it twice – yes, I’m way too organized for my own good and make lists for EVERYTHING to do that day – but I know I’m actually just waiting for the big day!
In addition to getting last-minute things ready, I’ve really enjoyed the time leading up to Christmas by reading, crocheting stocking caps, snuggling with Mason, and watching a good number of Christmas movies. Here are a few movies to try (I’ve watched many more thanks to Ion and Lifetime that was added to my Sling account, but these were more noteworthy):
- The Christmas Candle, Max Lucado wrote this and I really enjoyed the story.
- The Christmas Chronicles – new this year with Kurt Russell
- The Grinch – as a former teacher this movie is always a requisite
- Dear Santa
- White Christmas – I love Bing!
- Elf – I love Elf!
- Christmas Vacation – crazy fun
- No Sleep Til Christmas
- Chasing Christmas
- Christmas With the Kranks – Tim Allen with some hidden sweetness
- It’s a Wonderful Life – of course
- Love at the Christmas Table – starring Luke Danes (aka Scott Patterson) – enough said
I’ve also been reading Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado, over the course of twelve days (# of chapters) as a supplement to other daily reading. It’s such a sweet, easy to read book that reminds me how love was born and hope is here.
Another book I just finished is a beautifully written historical novel about a man’s search for light during World War II, The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker. It’s NOT Christmasy at all, but very good.
Here’s proof of my movie watching one afternoon.
If I left out any exceptional movies, let me know in the comments below. I sure wouldn’t want to miss them. Hope you’re having a wonderful waiting game too!