Fun & Festive DIY Bunting

Hey, Readers!

The big day is almost upon us. In my home, we are getting down to the last-minute items on our Christmas To-Do List, and we cannot wait to celebrate with family this year. Once the decorations were put up around our home, I felt that there was something missing from the space in front of the window in our dining room. After scratching my head for a few minutes, I came up with an idea to create a fun and festive bunting project to fill in this space.

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These are the materials you will need in order to pull this project off:

  • Cardstock in festive holiday colours (8.5 cm x 11 cm)
  • Jute
  • Cotton blanket
  • Blank/Computer paper
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Box cutter (optional)
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Marker (optional)

Why use cardstock? Here are two reasons why I stock up on this type of paper for crafts:

  • Construction paper is not as firm as cardstock. It tears easier, and buckles when wet or nicked a bit.
  • The colours pop more with cardstock than with construction paper.

Below are the instructions to use to create your own festive holiday banner.

1. Write out the word or phrase you want to use for your banner. This way, you can figure out how the different colours of cardstock you will need and the letter size you want.

2. Measure the space you would like to hang your banner with the measuring tape to make sure it will fit in the space and to finalize the letter size you want.

3. Figure out how big you would like your letters. I fiddled around with the fonts in the writing document application on my computer since I am not the greatest at creating them on my own freehand. I used the “Ravie” font at the 214 size for the letters I wanted. Print out the letters and cut them out. If you are running low on ink, use the same colour of marker to fill in the white spots. Note – If you have the talent to freehand the letters, write them out in the size you desire on the blank paper with pencil and them colour them in with a marker.

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4.After finding out how big I wanted my letters to be, put a letter up against the cardstock to see how much of it I would need as the background for the letters and to fold over the jute. I found out I needed two sheets of red cardstock and two sheets of green cardstock since the letters took up a little less than one-quarter of cardstock.

5. Cut the letters out of the piece of paper they were printed/designed on.

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6. Cut the pieces of cardstock to the size you need. For a straighter line, I used a box cutter, a ruler and a hard surface I did not mind getting nicks and scratching on to get a cleaner line for the background colours.

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7. Score the amount of cardstock you would like to use for the flap to attach to the jute with the box cutter so it will fold over easier. Make sure you score the backside of the cardstock so it looks rounded and will bend easier. You also use a draw a line with a pencil and ruler on this paper and gently fold it over to do this step.

8. Line up the letters with the corresponding colours of cardstock they will be attached to in order to avoid gluing a letter onto the wrong piece of cardstock.

9. Minding the clearance given to the section that will fold over the jute, glue the letters in the center of the cardstock.

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10. Once the glue is dry, stretch out a line of jute and align the letters along its length. This will help you figure out the spacing out the letters correctly and if more than one line of jute is needed. I allowed for 3 inches of space between each letter. I also left a generous amount of space at the ends so it can hang down. I think it looks nicer than if it was pinned at the end of the jute.

11. Measure the cotton blanket to cover all of the back flap and two inches above each of the letters on the cardstock.

12. Cut out the cotton blanket pieces and use tacky glue to attach them to the cardstock for a snowy and festive look.

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13. Find the center of the jute and place it in the middle of your work surface. I used a piece of twine to mark this spot just in case the jute shifted.

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14. Line up the word or phrase in the correct order.

15. Find the middle letter of the word or phrase on the cardstock to be attached to the jute and center it along the jute. Flip it upside-down.

16. Remove the twine on the jute and use your heated glue gun to attach the cardstock to the jute. Tacky glue can also be used if little ones are assisting in this craft. Press along the flap where the glue was used so it will stick together. Continue to add the cardstock to the jute working from the inside of the word or phrase to the first/last letter with the desired spacing. Allow to dry.

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17. Affix the banner to the surface you measured out at the beginning of this project, leaving some jute dangling off the ends. I used push pins and stuck them into the frame of the window to keep them from falling down. You can also use suction cup hooks or other non-hole forming aids to keep your work on the wall or banister.

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There you have it! This is how I created this fun and festive banner to help bring some holiday spirit to our home. There are so many ways you can put your own spin to this project. For New Year’s Eve, I would use shiny cardstock or trace the letter attached to the cardstock with glitter glue. You can add holiday pictures or symbols onto cardstock along the cardstock, or mix them in with the letters. This banner idea can also be used for birthdays or other occasions.

If you are in a pinch to add some more holiday flair to your home, this Fun & Festive DIY Banner project is easy and fun to create. It is more fun when the family is involved. I hope you enjoy putting together this project as much as I do!

What is your favourite holiday or festive DIY project to put together?

Until my next post, Readers,

Reese.

Favourite Family Christmas Traditions

Hey, Readers!

The patchwork of colour of fall leaves has made way for a brilliant blanket of snow. This is one of the signs that the Christmas season is in its way in my neck of the woods. It has always been one of my favourite times of the year, and it is made that much more magical with the addition of The Bosses. My Other Half and I scramble to make each Christmas special for our family with some of the traditions we incorporated from our childhood. They make the holiday season more festive and fun for all of us. Here are just a few of things we do at this time of year that gets us into the Christmas spirit.

Letters to Santa

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This activity serves three purposes for us parental units:

  1. It adds to the magic of Santa Claus for The Bosses
  2. We get a better idea of what to give them for their “fun” gifts; and
  3. Allows for more sibling bonding to happen.

Since The Bosses are still too young to write a complete letter to the Man in Red, my eldest helps them compile their lists and writes the letter on their behalf. We love hearing about some of the things our kids wants to receive for Christmas each year. My eldest has been in on “The Santa Secret” for a few years now, so we just ask her for a list of things she would like to see under the tree with her name on it. They also love placing the letter in the mailbox and receiving a letter back from Santa thanking them for their letter. My kids have a great time writing this annual letter and learning a bit more about one another.

Advent Calendars

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The Bosses LOVE the sweet surprises they find behind every door of their advent calendars! Each of my kids has their own calendar to open to discover the chocolaty Christmas shape waiting for them up until December 24th. They also love comparing their chocolates to one another and showing them to us before they pop them into their mouths. It also helps them count down the days until Santa makes his big ride.

Watching Holiday Specials

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This tradition is one I look forward to every year more than anyone else in my family. Once Thanksgiving is over, I wait on pins and needles for televisions stations to show their holiday specials to watch over and over again. I have been this way since my childhood, and my sister and I still call each other if a favourite one will be showing soon. I have shared this love with my kids, and they have their own favourites to watch, and it is a great opportunity to unplug for a while and plan a family movie night out of these television specials or holiday movies. My Other Half and I will even watch holiday films for bigger kids once the kids go to bed to unwind after a long day of Christmas prep.

Holiday Treats

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Whether it is sweet or savoury, our family loves to munch on holiday treats! We tend to wait to bake the cupcakes, brownies, and tarts until the week of Christmas, but there is always some form of holiday-themed snack to indulge in at this time of the year in our cupboards. When we do get down to baking for the holidays, everyone wants to roll up their sleeves to help. On Christmas Eve, we end up with a pile of snacks and treats we’re continually nibbling on past Boxing Day. These treats also add to our holiday special watching on Christmas Eve, making this night even more special.

Tree Trimming

The holiday season does not feel right in our home with having our tree up and decorated. The whole process is highly anticipated. Once it has been completed, lets the rest of the season fall into place for us. We have had both artificial and real trees in our home, but we prefer to get a real one in our home. The smell of a pine tree alone puts us in the Christmas spirit.

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Once the star and the lights have been placed around the tree, we all set to work putting golden horns, holiday characters and sparkly white snowflakes on our tree’s branches. The Bosses take great pride in helping with this tradition, only asking for help when they are unsure where to place an ornament.

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When this task is complete, the seat of choice in our living room is on the couch right beside the tree. We were able to bask in its awesomeness and its scent all evening long.

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Christmas is easily a fun time around our home. We are always looking for fun new ways to enjoy this time of the year together to become closer as a family. These family Christmas traditions are only a few that we enjoy, but are hands-down favourites for us to do each year. I hope that when our kids get older that they have fond memories of the activities we did together to get ready for Christmas and help us come up with new ones as they get older.

Dish with me: What are some of your some of your favourite family holiday traditions?

Until my next post, Readers,

Reese.

Winter Family Adventures in Photos

Hey Readers!

Well, March Break is almost over, and spring is all but here! It was a crazy winter in my neck of the woods. It started late, but when it decided to unleash its fury, we were really snowed in! I thought I would chronicle my family’s winter adventures through a gallery of photos we took over the season!

Christmas! One of my favourite times of the year! We had a blast putting up the tree, decorating the house and getting ready for the Man in Red to arrive!

 

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This was the second tree we “put up” this year. I loved it!

 

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The Big Guy has a little bit of everything!

 

Ah, Christmas morning! Our kids couldn’t wait to open their stockings before breakfast and then their gifts after we ate. Santa was good to our kids, and they were playing all day with their toys!

 

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Food is always a HUGE part of our holiday traditions, and my other half made sure we were fed well with his special chicken dish for Christmas Eve and a terrific turkey dinner for Christmas Day!

 

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With Murphy’s Law at play, the snow came after Christmas! My guy took advantage of our winter wonderland and build a snow fort and a snow hill for our kids to enjoy. We even got the sleds out and tried to get some air time with the little ones on them.

 

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Their smiles were infectious! I t was hard to keep the camera still for these pics!

 

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I think the faces of my daughters says it all!

 

My little guy LOVED the winter! He would take any chance he could to be outside and play in the snow, even if it was to help me shovel the driveway. He even learned about the hazardous life snowmen live.

 

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My little guy is super helpful!

 

Oh, the night of the big football game is another favourite part of winter in our home! We got out our projector and watched it on our living room wall as we ate a family favourite for Game Nights: Chicken Nachos! We even dressed up for the night in our jerseys and goofed around. It was a fun night for us all!

 

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There are times during the winter that you just want to stay inside and hide from winter’s frightful fury. There were quite a few nights where we had fun indoors. From a morning sneak attack in bed to a rock out session in our basement, we had a blat without cracking the door open!

 

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This was such a fun night! Maybe we’ll put a band together?

Nature is so beautiful around our home at this time of year. Even though there are no leaves on the trees, the snow and ice take over and create their own breathless magic in our backyard and front yard oasis.

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These were just some of the adventures my family had during this roller coaster ride of a winter this year! Now that the snow is beginning to recede, I am REALLY looking forward to all of the awesomeness spring has to offer us this year now that the kids are old enough to really start exploring the world around them. Thank you, Winter, for helping our family to create some amazing memories. We will never forget them!

What part of winter puts a smile on your face?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Year-End Wrap, 2014!

Hey Readers!

It’s almost 2015, so it is only fitting that I do a year-end wrap of everything I loved about Reese Speaks for 2014! It was a really good year, and I am so pleased with what I have accomplished. I have written more posts this year, both for myself and for other blogs/publications than I did this year, and the experiences I had were so interesting and fun.  Here are a few of my fav parts of 2014!

Fav Posts

The Tulip Festival – I wrote quite a few posts this past year, so this has to be the hardest section to pick my favs from! Out of all of the posts I wrote for Reese Speaks, one of my favs had to be about visiting this festival at Dow’s Lake here in Ottawa, ON! I really love going to this festival every year as the varieties of tulips are all so beautiful to look at, and I loved all of the exhibits, statues and entertainment available for festival-goers to take in.  I can’t wait to see what this festival has in store for attendees this coming year!

 

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 Saucy Pork Tenderloin – Out of all of the food I shared with you this year, this recipe for my other half’s Saucy Pork Tenderloin had to be my absolute fav! I dream about this dish! It was juicy, flavourful, and, well, saucy! It’s also easy to make, as I even attempted to make this dish myself last year! It is one that you should try for yourself one night for dinner!

 

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My Encounters of the Y&R Kind – This post was a great one for me to write about because I got to share with you one of my secret passions away from the computer: The Young and the Restless. It is my fav soap, and I have been watching it since I could remember. I also love how the stars of the show like to interact with their fans, and I wrote about how getting into the fab world of social media allows me to get them know them more as people away from their roles.

 

Can you guess which autograph belongs to which actors on Y&R? Guess which one belongs to Eric Braeden? Trust me, it's not a hard one to find! :P

Can you guess which autograph belongs to which actors on Y&R? Guess which one belongs to Eric Braeden? Trust me, it’s not a hard one to find! 😛

 

Fav Experiences

Ottawa’s Italian Week Festival – This is an experience I like to enjoy with my kids every year! I like to spend a day on Preston Street celebrating with other revelers of this festival, watching beautiful cars race by, playing with my kids at the mini amusement park set up for them to enjoy, and enjoying the community come out for events to celebrate their heritage.

 

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Meeting Melody Thomas Scott – This was such a great Ladies’ Day out at the Women’s Show with my friend, Sandy, as Y&R watchers, we got to meet MTS! She was funny and really down to earth. It was so much fun to also talk to other soap lovers while we waited for the show to get started as well as in line to meet the soap icon.  It was a day I will never forget!

 

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Getting Engaged – This has to be put on the highlight reel for my year-end wrap, because, well, it’s a big step in my life! As I said in the post, I’m not too sure as to the ins and outs of this new stage in my life, but it was a surprise from my other half, and one that we can explore together until we take the next step: Marriage!

 

Fav MMMM Picks

Radio Head – “15 Step” – I was never a big Radio Head fan until my other half introduced me to them. Then I fell in love with them instantly! This is one of my fav songs from this group, and off of their In Rainbows album. It is also very different from most of my MMMM picks, which is another reason why I chose this pick as one of my favs this year!

No Doubt – “Underneath It All” – I have loved No Doubt for a long time, and I chose this MMMM pick as one of my favs because it was my fav of the picks that I chose to play for a long weekend to mellow things out, yet still get you in a good mood to start off your day. This is one of my fav songs from this group as well.

Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It” – Although this song was also played on a long weekend, I chose this song as one of my favs for two reasons: a) It’s a fab song to get moving to any day of the week, including the Labour Day Long Weekend Monday; and b) it was also my most popular MMMM post this year! What can I say, a lot of people love this song!

 

Fav Christmas Picks

Christmas Movie Picks: Family Edition – Out of all of the television and movie picks I wrote this Christmas season, this one had to be my fav because these were favs of my family that we watched over and over again, not only during this Christmas, but throughout the year as well.

Chuck Berry – “Run, Rudolph, Run” – I chose this MMMM pick that was also a part of my Christmas Hit List because it is a fav with my family, and it is a song that got us all in the Christmas spirit! We listened to this song  A LOT over the past few weeks, and I know will be requested to be heard over and over again during future Christmas seasons!

Mary J. Blige – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – I will probably have this song played on my Christmas Hit List every year.  I love Mary J. Blige, and her version of this song gets me really excited about Christmas Day.  I try not to play this song too much until a few days before the big day, and when it is played on Christmas Day, it makes me think about all of the good things that have happened throughout the year, and how thankful I am to have the amazing family and friends I have around me.

 

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I Had A Lot Help From My Friends

Okay, Readers, this is a wrap for my Year-End Wrap, 2014! These were some of the bright spots on Reese Speaks this year. My year would not have been as bright if it was not for so many people! My first thanks has to go to you, Readers! A blog, big or small, is supported by those who take the time to read it, and I have to thank you for all of the support you have given me! I also want to thank other bloggers who follow my blog. The blogging community is such a supportive one, and I love how great bloggers can be.  Thank you to the blogs and publications that allowed me to read the stories they share, and to allow me to share on their sites as well! Last, but certainly not least, to my family. These people are not just the people who I am related to (who I love dearly and thanks profusely everyday), but who are my friends who are like family to me.  You have helped me, supported me, listened to me (patiently) when needed to vent, and have made me a better person by allowing me to learn from you. I am eternally grateful to you, and I am humbled to be around. Thank you, whether I’m related to you, engaged to you, or who I have met along this crazy journey of life, for this past year, and the help you have given to my blog.

I wish everyone the best for 2015, and let’s see what experiences I will get to share with you this year at Reese Speaks!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

 

 

 

Make the Holidays Bright with Treats from Purdys Chocolatier!

Yes, Christmas is over, but that doesn’t mean that the holiday season has ended! My family and I are continuing to enjoy the Christmas Collection we received from Purdys Chocolatier! This collection of chocolate was a sweet surprise, as this was an extra package of treats they sent me to wish my family well this Christmas season. In this collection, we received the following:
• Gingerbread Chocolates
• Peppermint Bark
• Winter Cardinal Tin
• The Chocolatier Collection

 

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Since my kids like eating gingerbread cookies, it was only fitting to try the Gingerbread Chocolates first! After taking a bit inside, it was like eating a gingerbread cookie and Purdys’ chocolate at the same time! There were also little pieces of pastry flake scattered throughout each chocolate piece to add to the crunchiness of this treat, and the cocoa butter design of cute little gingerbread men made these chocolates even more fun to eat!

 

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One of the best non-chocolate treats I have ever tasted from Purdy’s has to be their Peppermint Bark! Readers, these pieces of crushed candy canes that have been encased in a white bark, then topped off with dark chocolate are amazing! These minty treats really put you in the holiday spirit, and made me have nostalgic thoughts of my childhood and the warm feelings I had back then at Christmas. The Peppermint Bark did not last as long as I would have liked as they were a huge hit with all of us!

 

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We also enjoyed the Winter Cardinal Tin with an assortment of chocolates to taste. We decided to eat some of the chocolates we have never tasted before. My eldest and I shared the Lemon Cream and it was delicious! The rich Purdy’s milk chocolate encased a tangy lemon cream that was light and smooth. We also tried a chocolate that was somewhat similar to a Snowball, but instead of a cream filling, it was filled with soft coconut. It was a great chocolate to eat!

 

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My family and I finally made it to the Chocolatier Collection, where any chocolate lover would be satisfied with the assortment of chocolates available to them! Within this collection, there are milk chocolate and dark chocolate versions of Purdy’s Haystacks and Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels, as well as their Turona, and Petit Chocolat. To finish off this assortment of chocolate, there were two dark chocolate barks with pistachios, hazelnuts and sour cherries! We all have a great time eating our favourite chocolates and tasting the dark chocolate bark!

 

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We loved the assortment of products we received from Purdys’ Christmas Collection! There were both favourites we have enjoyed from past collections, as well as new chocolates and treats we savoured! I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season, and if you need any gift ideas for a party you are going to, or for a late Christmas gift, that one of these products will fit the bill! You can check out their complete collection on their website!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Disclaimer: I received products from Purdy’s  as part of a contest I was a part of in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Christmas Hit List: Mary J. Blige – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

Merry Christmas Readers!

This has to be one of my favourite days of the year! Being together with family is important to me, and though I am not with all of my extended family this year, I am so thankful that I have my other half and my kids to celebrate the day!

For today’s pick on my Christmas Hit List, I chose one of my favourite singers, Mary J. Blige, to help make the day just that much better.  I picked her version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” As usual, she put her amazing touch on this holiday classic. I could listen to this all day!

Readers, I wish nothing but the best for all of you today.  Have yourselves a merry little Christmas!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Christmas Hit List: Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas”

Hey, Readers!

Well, the Big Man in Red comes tonight! My kids are so excited, they have been waking up for the past week saying “It’s Christmas morning!” only for us to have to disappoint them when we informed them that it was not.

I know that Christmas is not all about the Santa and presents.  It’s also about being together with those you care about and showing them that you care.  That is why today’s pick for my Christmas Hit List is such a great one. It’s Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.” You have probably heard this song soooooooooooooooo many times already this year, but I think that it’s the perfect song for today because it’s about wishing to be with someone you care about on Christmas.

I hope Santa is good to all of you tonight, and that all of your Christmas wishes come true this year, Readers!

Merry Christmas!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Favourite Christmas Movies – The Reese Edition

Hiya Readers,

Okay, so I have the kids pretty much sqaured away with my lists for television specials and movies for the family to enjoy, but what about us big kids? We like watching movies, too, right?  While we’re helping the Big Guy in Red out by wrapping gifts, or if we’re just winding down after a day of holiday fun, we like putting on our fav Christmas movies that are, well, not so much for little eyes and ears to watch.

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol – 1951)

This has to be one of my favourite non-Muppet version of this Charles Dickens tale.  I love how Alastair Sims portrayed  Ebenezer Scrooge in this film.  He was amazing in this role!

Die Hard 2 (1990)

I know, you’re questioning what this movie has to do with Christmas? Well, it takes place at Christmastime. How can you say no to all of the action and adventure of Sgt. John McLean saving the world, again, by blowing up a plane full of terrorists that thought they had the upper-hand? Though very violent and bloody, all of the explosions and fight scenes are classic, and Bruce Willis’ iconic line is also said, endearing him to millions.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

I know, it actually takes place in the course of about a year, but it begins and ends during the holiday season. I really love how Bridget gets herself into funny and slightly awkward situations. I felt as though I have been in Bridget’s shoes a time or two, so to see someone else do what I have done makes me really relate with her in these scenes. Below is one of those awkward scenes that really endears Bridget Jones to me at the Darcy’s Ruby Wedding celebration (around Chrsitmastime 🙂 )in front of all of the Darcy’s family and friends.

This Christmas (2007)

I enjoy watching this movie because it is about a family at Christmas that has to get it together and squash the problems they have in their lives. Sibling rivalries, testing parent/child relationships and dealing with family members old and new are all ley lements in this holiday film.  Oh, there’s also the oh-so beautiful Idris Elba to stare at for most of the film, too!  ;P

Love Actually (2003)

This Rom-Com Christmas flick is a favourite of mine because it has to have one of the best emsemble casts I’ve seen in a long time!  The stories of many of the characters make me want to laugh and cheer for their happiness, too!  Of course, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth stole the scenes they had lines in!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

I had to leave this one for the end of my post because this one is simply a Christmas classic!  If I don’t see this movie during the Christmas season, I really get upset.  It’s also my favourite of the classic National Lampoon series of movies.  All of the characters are crazy in one way or another, and no one could have pulled off being Clark “Sparky” Griswold better than Chevy Chase.

Whether you are counting down the hours until Christmas, or you just want to unwind from some of the havoc that this time of year brings, these movies will brighten your mood when the kids have gone to bed!

View and enjoy!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Christmas Hit List: Brenda Lee – “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”

Hey There, Readers!

We are almost there! The organized person that I am is still running around, getting more baking supplies and other things just to make sure we do not have to go find an open store on Christmas Day.  The “Bosses” are pleased with this because they get to go zooming about with me at Mach 10 speed!

I had to replay this song from last year on my Christmas Hit List! It is a favourite of many, and I’m sure you have heard it many times at Christmas parties or while you’re having fun at home, but it’s such a fun song that you could hear it again and again. Today’s pick is Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” So many memories come to mind whenever I hear this song! The “Bosses” even approve of this one, dancing and singing along as I play it from then while I’m typing this post (I’ve hit replay about four times by now)!

I hope you’re rockin’ around something right now while you listen to this song, and that it also helps you get into the mood of the season!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

My Favourite Christmas Movies – Family Edition

Hey, Readers!

A huge part of getting into the Christmas spirit for my family is watching the plethora of Christmas programming on television, our holiday DVD collection, and other streaming sites! I created an updated version of my fav Christmas television specials this year, and now I’m sharing my favourite Christmas movies that the whole family can enjoy together. Here is my short list of family favourite Christmas movies – the Family Edition.

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It’s rare that a sequel is as good as the original film and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one of them! This is why I started off my short list with this film. Just as the McCallisters thought they got it right this time, they become separated from Kevin, again! This time, he is alone in one of the biggest cities in the world: New York City! Most people would have loved to have had this experience (including me), and the laughs from the first film continued into this movie. This scene is one of my favs! I hope you enjoy it, too.

Muppet Christmas Carol

Out of all of the versions of A Christmas Carol that have been made into film over the years, no one did like Jim Henson! This Christmas movie is perfect for parents and kids alike because it’s funny, thought-provoking, and it’s a musical done Muppet-style!  Finally,  it brings back so many nostalgic memories for parents as well to share with their kids.

Gremlins

The story of a Christmas gift gone wrong is a movie for older kids, but a good one, none-the-less! I love the message it tells people about following the instructions given to them, and the consequences of not following this advice. Gizmo also makes this movie great. He is so adorable, and he has to get tough in order to help save the day!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Yes, Readers, another retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, only done the Disney-way! I love Scrooge McDuck as Ebeneezer Scrooge because his character is based on the Ebeneezer Scrooge, but Scrooge McDuck is funnier. This version of A Christmas Carol is also not a wacky as Muppet Christmas Carol, so if your family is in the mood for more of a traditional version of this story, then this is the one to watch!

Home Alone

It’s hard to believe that this movie is about 24 years-old! We all love watching this clever eight-year-old boy take on two not-so-clever burglars while he was mistakenly left, well, home alone.  The soundtrack is great, too! I have used some of these songs in my Christmas Hit List posts this year, too, because the songs are so awesome! This is a movie my family has watched too many times to count and will continue to watch well into the New Year! We love it THAT much!

So, there you have it! This is just a short list of my fav Christmas movies that the family can enjoy this holiday season. I just love having them on, whether we’re all together in our living room, or if we’re getting ready for the big day! I hope that this list also helps to fill the void when you are looking for something to watch during the holidays!

What is your fav Christmas movie to watch with your family every year?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese