Christmas Specials

With only 16 days to Christmas, the signs of the season are everywhere: the stores, the neighborhoods, and our TVs. Even though Huff the Hubs and I don’t have cable, we still have the basic stations, so we’re able to see all of the Christmas specials.

 

One such special was last week—The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood.

 

"The Nazis are coming, y'all."

“The Nazis are coming, y’all.”

Did you watch it? I did. Now, I love Carrie as much as the next Okie, but I feel like her performance was a little…flat. Don’t get me wrong, the gril can sing. But her acting? Um…How do I put this nicely? I prefer Julie Andrews.

 

While watching the cronge-worthy performance, I started thinking: What other Christmas specials are worth skipping?

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (remake)

"Wrong-o."

“Wrong-o.”

I love, love, love the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Its one of my favorite Christmas specials! But the 2000 remake with Jim Carrey? HORRIBLE. For one, its about 45 minutes too long. Even though it features great makeup (and a pre-Gothtastic Taylor Momsen) it doesn’t capture the same magic and heart as the original.

 

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

"We're so silly, Linus!"

“We’re so silly, Linus!”

The Peanuts are as American as apple pie. And having Christmas without Linus saying his famous speech isn’t really Christmas. But I Want a Dog just doesn’t have the same Peanuts greatness that the other special has. Plus, a person can only hear “Good grief” so many times before it just gets irritating.

 

Eight Crazy Nights

"Instead of one, we've got EIGHT crazy nights!"

“Instead of one, we’ve got EIGHT crazy nights!”

I’ll admit, I’ve only seen the first ten minutes of Adam Sandler’s animated Hanukkah movie. And let me tell ya, that was enough. The animation is not Disney-quality, the jokes were campy, and to be honest, not as charming as the Sandler that sings The Hanukkah Song.

 

Pretty Much Anything on ABC Family

"Come on, Slater! We have to earn our $500!"

“Come on, Slater! We have to earn our $500!”

I really don’t like cheese. Not cheese as in the kind you eat with crackers. Cheese as in those movies that come on the Hallmark channel. Or, those that come on ABC Family. It seems as though every year, the folks over at ABCF throw in a silly premise, ridiculous dialogue, and a C-list celebrity and create a movie.

 

What about you? Any specials you like? Dislike? Wish would just go away?

Gingerbread Houses, Er, MANSIONS!

Hey guys!

Sorry I was a no-show yesterday. Between fielding calls from clients, trying to soothe a fussy baby, and prepping for Snowmageddon, my day was a little crazy.

But I’m baaaaack! And I’ve got an awesome holiday-themed post for you!

When I was little, we made a gingerbread house. I use the term loosely because it was really made out of graham crackers. And I remember just getting frustrated, giving up, and dipping my building tools in frosting and calling it a day. Even though I didn’t make a prize-winning gingerbread house as a kid, I would like to try it again. I’ve been seeing gingerbread house kits at Wal-Mart and I’m thinking I might have to snag one and see if I can do it.

This afternoon, I Googled “gingerbread houses” to give me some inspiration. And Oh. Em. Gee. You’ll never believe what I found. I mean, just look at these things:

You can't tell, but this bad boy is 6 feet tall!

You can’t tell, but this bad boy is 6 feet tall!

 

Mother of Dragons, that's an awesome g-bread house!

Mother of Dragons, that’s an awesome g-bread house!

 

Merlin's pants! Its Hogwarts!

Merlin’s pants! Its Hogwarts!

 

If only all sports had an edible arena.

If only all sports had an edible arena.

 

After I ogled at all the yummy creations, I found out that there is actually a national competition for gingerbread house construction! Its held every year at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.  Check out last year’s winners:

 

Yeeeaaahhh…. maybe I ought to just stick to my graham crackers and frosting this year and leave the g-bread building to the pros.

 

 

Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

I don’t know if it’s the rain today in Oklahoma or the fact that Christmas is over, but I feel a little bummed. The decorations are back in my parent’s attic, the tree is packed away, and the Christmas music is no longer playing on a continual loop. The magic of the season has melted away. Anyone else feel this way?

Sitting on the couch today, I decided to not let the post-holiday blues get me down. So I made a list of a bunch of things to look forward to/make me feel happier now that Christmas and New Years are over.

1. No more crazy crowds at Target that make me wish for another plague.

dwight gifWhen Christmas shopping was in full-bloom, I felt like I had to take a pack full of supplies and flares, just in case I wasn’t able to get through the checkout! Now, I’m in and out of Target in 10 minutes! Unless I stop in at the Dollar Spot. Then I’m stuck there for at least two days.

2. Gift cards!

Now that Christmas is over, we can all finally use up the gift cards we got! AND! Bonus: now that the holidays are over, there are so many sales and clearances because retailers are getting ready for the spring lines!

3. I have my weekends/weekdays back!

night cheese liz lemon gif

From the third week in November until the first week of January, Huff the Hubs and I typically have four engagements to go to—just on the weekend. I’m so glad that now that the holidays are over, we can have our weekends back for lazing around the apartment, going to a movie, or walking to CVS for pints of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

4. Regularly scheduled programming.

Don’t get me wrong, I love TBS’s twenty-four hours of A Christmas Story, Frosty, and Charlie Brown’s Christmas as much as the next girl, but I’m glad my shows are back! The Biggest Loser is finally back, as well as Downton Abbey, How I Met Your Mother, and my vamps will be back soon too! Yippee!

5. I can eat healthier.

When the holidays start, I can usually assume I’ll gain at least 3 pounds. Its so difficult to resist those tasty treats that only come around this time of year (hello, Mom’s rum cake, Oreo® balls, and cut out cookies!). Now that the treats are eaten and gone, I can get back to my normal eating habits and I won’t feel like Violet Beauregard.

6. Tax refund time.

make-it-rain

Even though the fiscal cliff nonsense may make my refund check smaller, I’m still really looking forward to tax return time. Huff the Hubs and I are almost out of student loan debt (what up, gazelle-like intensity?!) and we really, really want to go to Europe this spring/summer. That check from Uncle Sam will definitely help us get to jolly ole England!

What about you? What are some things you’re happy about now that the holidays are done?