I really enjoy watching Christmas movies. I think something about only having 1 month a year to watch them makes them that much more special.
Here is my must-see list:
1. White Christmas (of course). I recommend watching this movie AT LEAST once a day from Thanksgiving to New Years.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This movie is SO funny and full of one-liners that kill me. “Wrong-o”. Give it a try-you will not regret it!
3. The Santa Clause. Tim Allen is so delightfully snarky in this movie-it’s fabulous.
4. Scrooged. Bill Murray-need I say more?
5. It’s a Wonderful Life. This is one movie Husband will watch too. Our tradition is to watch this on Christmas Day. It is a true classic and beautifully written.
6. Love Actually. I realize this one isn’t for everyone (it is rated R) but if a tiny bit of (non-sexual) nudity doesn’t bother you-watch this. I cry through the entire thing and I LOVE all the different types of love that are represented throughout the film.
7. The Bishops Wife. Cary Grant as an angel-this movie is fun and meaningful (and much better than the remake with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington)
8. The Nativity Story. This is a beautiful and realistic representation of what Mary and Joseph went through to get us where we are today.
I decided to find out a little more about the origins of Sweetest Day so you guys will benefit. Here is what I learned:
1. The very first Sweetest Day was October 8, 1921 in Cleveland Ohio (my home state).
2. That first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell.
3. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy and they also distributed candy on behalf of a few of the biggest movie stars of the day.
4. Only eleven states and parts of two states celebrate Sweetest Day: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and areas of both New York and Pennsylvania.
So it appears this “holiday” originated as a way to get fun sweet treats people-NOT as a lovey-dovey holiday. Don’t we have Halloween for that?