5 Wintery Films to Catch Up on New Year's Eve

Normally during Christmas season or any other term breaks for that matter, I do nothing much but to curl up at home watching a handful of films. My particular Christmas favorite is Home Alone 2: Lost in New York; you can even challenge me to recite the lines from the sequel....more

Quiz: Which Christmas Movie Mom Are You?

At this joyous time of year, many things are top of mind in terms of importance: Family, giving, and kindness to name a few. If you're a mom, you probably have a few other things on your mind like keeping Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on a repetitive loop, referee-ing fights over whose turn it is to do the advent calendar, and trying to volunteer to bring paper plates instead of tiny finger sandwiches to your child's preschool class party....more
Home Alone. Told my kids Santa wasn't real.more

5 Great Moms from Christmas Movies

It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially on TV. I catch my favorite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, at least once during December. (Not the remake, only the original will do.) I'm also a fan of Elf, Home Alone, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story. ...more
burbstoboonies and yet without the moms, all those movies would not be the same! Or even good, ...more

Cheer To All Whos, Far and Near

**originally posted on November 29, 2011 - now reposted with small revisions** I have a confession... I love all those Christmas specials meant for the kids.  Adore them.  They may very well be my favorite part of the season!  Christmas is not complete for me unless I can indulge myself in episodes of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and The Year Without a Santa Claus.  ...more

Friday Five: Christmas favorites

There are a few movies that mean that Christmas is here.  I am a purist when it comes to holiday movies and music.  Not a single note of music is played or a minute of a movie watched until the turkey leftovers are safely nestled away in the fridge.  But as soon as that happens, you bet I am playing the Mariah Carey Christmas CD and setting my DVR to record the 25 Days of Christmas.  Here are a few movies that help me get inspired to wear red and green!...more

Christmas: Chalkboard Decorating

I love my little Chalkboard that I bought from Etsy last year.Come to think of it, I just love Chalkboards in general.They are so much fun to play with and they work for any season.Whether you just want to write down a shopping list, or if you want to give your kids a cool spot to draw!...more

A Movie Reviewer's Favorite Christmas Movies - Part 1

The family table has been cleared, leftovers put away and the storage boxes of holiday ornaments are just starting to pop to mind. I might almost be ready for Christmas but not just yet. ...more

All Those TV Christmas Movies!

It’s pretty much a given - without the Lifetime and Hallmark networks - Christmas couldn’t exist.  I’m not knocking those two - in fact I schedule my season in order to leave time to watch just about every  Christmas movie. Most of them aren’t very good - by anybody’s movie standards - but they all end happily.  Every single one of them.  And this time of year that’s just fine with me.  I like my holidays predictable. ...more

Turkey, turkey, turkey for days.

Three evites and two phone calls and several emails this week reveal the plans of friends and family.  Ed and Barbara made reservations at the Indian casino near them in the wine country of Northern California.  They’ll share a restaurant meal with a son, daughter-in-law and grandson.  Sue and John are headed (with lab, Lucy) to Santa Cruz for a long weekend. They’ll take walks on the beach, eat too much, toss the ball for Lucy, play board games with family and friends and then do it all over again....more