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Getting into the spirit

on November 14, 2012

Edmonton as a winter wonderland, as recorded by my ‘Meteorologist Mom.’

Last week, my mother sent me some photos of her house in Edmonton – completely covered in snow after a major storm. I have to admit – my initial response was a Nelson Muntz-like “Ha ha!” (Simpsons fans will know where I’m coming from here). Not the most mature reaction, to be sure. But I let out a sigh of relief that here in Ontario, winter has yet to show its frosty face.

Today, however, a new thought struck me (it happens from time to time). While Albertans may have had an early – and presumably awkward – scramble to get out their winter mittens and snow tires, they will be miles ahead of the rest of us when it comes to getting into the spirit of the Christmas season. While I am not an advocate of bringing on the snow season early, I have to admit that it is very helpful for getting into a Christmas preparation mindset; it’s not unlike the use of shock therapy on a patient experiencing cardiac arrest.

One of my all-time favourite Christmas flicks.

So here I am, stuck in the middle of November, with little to no Christmas spirit at all. What’s a mom to do? Aside from renting a snow-making machine or baking fruitcake – which seem like expensive and nauseating ideas, respectively – I’m going to have to get creative.

One idea I’ve been mulling around (much like a steaming mug of hot apple cider – hey, it’s working already!) is to rent some classic Christmas movies. Here are a few of my personal favourites that I think our whole family could enjoy:

1) Elf

I simply love Will Ferrell. He can almost always make me laugh – quite often with his crude humour. But you won’t find that in Elf; this is a totally family-friendly flick that our kids have seen but will definitely enjoy watching again.

I love the Norman Rockwell-esque poster for this film.

2) A Christmas Story

You’ve most likely seen this at some point in your life. If you’re not sure, you’ll remember the bit about the main character, “Ralphie,” asking for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. It’s a classic, retro Christmas movie which I think our eight-year-old daughter will appreciate this year.

3) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

I know that I’ve seen this – probably multiple times – but it has been a while. So I think this one is worth a re-watch with the kids; who doesn’t want to invite the Griswolds into their home at Christmas? Besides, Chevy Chase’s decorating efforts will make me feel like Martha Stewart on steroids.

So this is the start of my list…any Christmas movie titles I should add? Oh, and I’d better make sure I’m stocked up on popcorn.


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