Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

Monday Musings: Holiday Edition

*I’m very behind on my holiday movie watching. I’ve watched my favorites ( White Christmas, Muppet Christmas Carol, and Christmas Vacation) and I’m going to make Q watch a few this week. The Christmas Story, of course, will be watched when it’s on marathon for Christmas( sort of tradition, plus it was my Dad’s favorite Christmas movie).

Here’s 2 random Christmas movies I enjoy that are somewhat rare: A Very Brady Christmas and The Christmas Toy ( a Henson production with cameos from Kermit the Frog). I used to own both on VHS; neither are on DVD, though ABC Family usually shows the Brady Christmas at the most random time during the holiday season. A quick Google search tells me I can watch it in its entirety on youTube. Who knew!

* It’s been both exciting/weird/relaxing to not being doing Christmas presents this year. We bought Little Man’s Santa gifts last week, but because he gave Q& me a very detailed list at his birthday, it was a relatively easy trip to the toy store. We were in and out in half hour. Since we aren’t seeing him until the 26th I haven’t even wrapped them yet. This really is the most low-key Christmas I could have imagined.

* In addition to not watching a whole lot of Christmas programming, I’ve barely listened to Christmas music. Between binge-listening to Serial and a few other audiobooks, my commute has been filled with people speaking to me, not the songs of 24/7 holiday tunes. It’s not so much that I’m not in the Christmas spirit this year, but it definitely is a bit more forced. I know a lot of that has to do with the tone of the month with Dad’s anniversary and being the first Christmas without him ( last year, we were still numb from his death). Some of it too I think is from not having any gifts to buy. But a large part of it is that it doesn’t feel like Christmas- weatherwise, lifewise. Definitely an odd holiday this year.

I’ll be back next week with a look at the year past as we ready for 2015, so I wish you all a very happy holiday season. No matter what you celebrate, I hope it is filled with love, laughter, and light.




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