Sunday, December 4, 2011

Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!

It is Christmas season again. Growing up this meant all the usual, putting up our tree, fighting over colored or white lights, decorating the tree (including outlines of all of our hands dating back to 1993 or 94), making cookies, and of favorite....watching Christmas movies!!!!!!!!!

Watching Christmas movies might be one of my favorite parts about Christmas. I think it was mostly because we had a special Christmas movie box that lived in the attic 10 and 1/2 months out of the year. We like to watch a lot of movies in our family. This tradition usually involved (and still does) everybody fighting for a spot on the couch and then impatiently waiting while somebody makes a batch of raw chocolate chip cookie dough. Yep, i can't ever remember a time that that raw chocolate chip cookie dough ever went into the oven in my house growing up. We just like the dough, raw eggs and all and wash it down with a tall glass of water, b/c the water, it gets rid of the raw egg effects.

During Christmas movie watching was particularly amazing for me because i memorized the entire contents of the box and always knew which movies I wanted to watch as soon as the box was out of the attic. Here are a few of my favs...

obvious classic. leg lamp and all

as much as i love this movie, it always makes me sad and depressed. but i watch it anyways!

another obvious no brainer. possibly my overall favorite.


Jonathan Taylor Thomas. my sisters and I were in love

RUDOLPH!!! my fav of the claymation and i love the soundtrack. 
how could you not love Yukon Cornelius  

if you have never seen this one, you should

really just liked the first one. we saw it opening day in theaters

Favorite old classic


Starting this year I am adding the NBC show 'Community's Christmas claymation episode to the line up.

I am a claymation junkie. Seriously. So when Community did a claymation spoof, I knew that all of my enjoyment of childhood claymation Christmas specials had payed off.

This year is the first year I will not go home for Christmas and it has been pretty hard to think about. I miss my family like crazy this year. And honestly I just love going home for Christmas. We (my mother) always makes it extra special in some way or another. I love that most all of my family comes into town and gets together and eats way too much guacamole and queso (even if we are eating things like ham or BBQ). And then, there is always family Christmas Brunch! which is to die for. No joke. People wish that they were part of our family just to enjoy this. I am crying right now just at the thought of missing it.

This year I will be spending Christmas in Salzburg, Austria. By myself for 4 days. I think it will be an interesting time with the possibility for lots of adventures. My first European trip by myself. Anytime I tell people this they immediately give me the 'awww. how sad' response. But heck, i will be in Austria, with snow, and Christmas markets, and in the town they filmed The Sound of Music in, and having lots of adventures. And heck, it is only for one year. And it just means that maybe next year will be extra special.


never underestimate the power of claymation Christmas movies. ever.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Double Nickel

Today is my dad's birthday! and thanks to the marvels of modern technology and good internet acces I just spent an hour on skype with him and my sister Anne. At the end of the call, Anne whipped out a piece of his favorite cake and I was able to help her sing happy birthday to him. I'm sure it made his day but to be truthful, it also made mine.

That's me in the bottom left hand corner singing loudly.

I love my Dad. He is the greatest dad in the whole entire world. I know no one else like him.
I am so very lucky!