The good ole days of Christmukkahs past.
Sweater + Accessories + Smile = Tacky Christmas.
Whether we’re talking homemade or store-bought products, just follow this simple equation.
Some Jingle Juice might help too.
Moschino / Moschino turtle neck sweater / Knit sweater / Long sleeve christmas shirt, $23 / Sequin skirt / Striped stocking / Charlotte Olympia , $1,020 / Dolci Gioie sterling silver leaf earrings / Green earrings / Stainless steel earrings / Holly Kissing Ball / 9’ x 14 Pre-Lit Dunhill Fir Garland, 100 Clear lights / Buddy The Elf’s Costume T-Shirt / Merry Christmas Banner Kit
An ABC Family kind of Christmas.
Ah man, I cannot tell you how much I love a good ABC Family original movie—especially the Christmas ones. And I’m not being sarcastic here! I’ve tried sarcasm; it just doesn’t work for me.
ABC Family Christmas movies are the laughable, feel good films that put me in good cheer. They’re sometimes outrageous and totally cheesy. Most times they’re predictable, but you can always count on the happy ending that your heart so desires. And don’t underestimate the family channel—even if the end is clear, they know how to throw a few curveballs to keep you guessing along the way.
Last year I made it my personal goal to watch as many as I could and I’ve continued the tradition onto this year. So now, I have the pleasure of sharing my reviews with you and getting you hooked on them too! There’s a good selection available on Netflix and the ABC Family website just in case you were wondering how to view the old and new.
12 Dates of Christmas
My absolute FAVORITE!! Seriously though. I’ve watched this at least 5 times and I could watch it again.
Kate is desperately hoping to reconnect with her old flame since it’s Christmas time and she has a whole life “plan” that she has to stick to. She’s also been set up on a blind date for Christmas Eve with this guy named Miles, who did I mention is Zack from Saved by the Bell?!! Well…she kind of messes things up over and over again with her selfish, stubborn ways and ends up reliving her days until she finally gets it right. Thus, the 12 dates of Christmas. There are lots of little stories built into the film and all is tied together in the end with one giant happily ever after Christmas bow. Definitely one of ABC’s best.
This movie combines Christmas music with kids of the 90’s favorite TV twin, Tia Mowry. A long time ago, Holly’s (Tia) mom started this women’s singing group, the Snowbells. Over the years they became super famous and now perform at the mall every Christmas Eve (big time—am I right?) Holly’s mom died when she was younger, so the singing group really means a lot to her and this year she can finally audition. Holly doesn’t end up making the band, but never fear, she forms her own band of talented co-workers and they go on to compete against the infamous Snowbells. This film is chalk-full of characters with the most ridiculous one-liners. You can watch it on your own, but it’s best to share this wonder with your favorite friends. And don’t forget about the excellent sing-along opportunity since it’s all about Christmas music.
The Christmas Angel
Not sure if this counts as an ABC Christmas movie, but it’s definitely the same genre and even includes the other Mowry twin, Tamara. She’s not the lead in this story, but she’s got that same happy big-eyed smile as she did on Sister Sister that sparkles whenever she’s on screen. The plot though is basically about a bunch of Christmas wishes that mysteriously start to come true. There’s love, there’s friendship, there’s betrayal, there’s forgiveness all in 60 minutes. It’s more cheesy than laugh out loud, but actually worth watching if you’ve worn out your usual Christmas flicks.
Here is a case in which I judged a movie by its cover. I had high hopes starting this film, but after an hour of my time, I can’t say if Snow is really worth watching. The story started off wonderfully following two different characters, Nick—Santa Claus’ son—and Sandy—a single SoCal zoo worker who specializes in reindeer and lives with a group of mismatched tenants at an old lady’s home. There was even a cute little kid cracking jokes like a 40-year-old man. What turned me off was the story development. One of Nick’s reindeers gets trapped at the zoo and it takes a whole movie to get him back to the North Pole. Add in some extremely quirky characters and an unrealistic love story, and you have an ABC production gone wrong. The two main characters went from not even knowing each other to spending the rest of their lives together as Mr. & Mrs. Claus…in the span of a week! Of course I saw it coming, but at least it was more believable in the movie, Santa Claus 2. There is a sequel I have yet to watch so perhaps there’s chance of a Christmas miracle yet.
Desperately Seeking Santa
Jennifer, a young marketer for a failing Boston mall, is desperately trying to keep business alive in the place where she made so many fond memories as a child. She has the brilliant idea to host a
sexy “Hunky Santa” contest in hopes to liven up the old holiday display. Her staff selects the perfect Santa, a handsome singing-and-dancing-kind-of-guy named David. However, due to a pre-contest interaction between Jennifer and David, the two do not get along. After a lot of plot development, a hint of quality time together, and a little flirting, Jennifer and the new Santa start to feel a connection. Cue the usual relationship turmoil. I won’t spoil the ending this time, but this one’s worth watching until the end.
Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, and Chad Michael Murray all in one Christmas flick? You betcha! That’s good enough reason to push play. Sloane (Christina Milian) is trying to recover after her bratty superstar client (Ashley Benson) tragically dies. Sloane goes through her workaholic Christmas phase, her selfish Christmas phase, and her self-realization and attitude makeover Christmas phase, guided by the ghost of Ashley Benson. However, is she able to start anew and find love by her Christmas deadline? That’s one secret I’ll never tell.
Here we find our favorite gal pal Christina Milian in another lead role. But this time, she has shorter hair and a strong Jersey accent. She’s tired of her hard-knock life and nosy family. She just wants a picture perfect Christmas, which is what happens when she finds a magic Christmas snow globe that lets her spend time ice skating, gorging on roasted turkey, and belting Christmas carols with the locals. Soon enough her worlds collide and all Christmas breaks loose. It’s not my favorite, but I remember enjoying a few chuckles from this flick by the fire with hot cocoa in hand. Add it to the list!
Oh there are too many to talk about, ABC just keeps the Christmas coming. And I guarantee one night you’ll find yourself too tired to socialize and just itching to turn on an ABC original Christmas. It’s good for warming the heart and exercising the abs. What are you waiting for? Grab the popcorn and meet me by the couch.
Until the ABC Christmas movie ends,
Whistle While You Work.
Working girl is back. Christmas break means logging hours at the office for this girl. No, I’m not complaining. Just stating a fact and counting down the minutes until happy hour.
But here’s a little Christmas mix I put together that helped to while away the work day.
Home again, home again.
Thanks to my Dad and the best co-worker ever (Abby McAtee cough cough), I returned to my home sweet home late last night. It was a rough drive, but it did the job and got me home just in time for my baby cousin’s baptism and my dad’s big role as Santa Claus at my church’s pancake breakfast.
Little Terri Lynne ^
Santaaaa!!! I really do know him!!!
It’s been a whirlwind of activities since I returned, but unbelievably wonderful to be back with all my family. And I can’t even tell you how many laughs I had today, just watching kids be kids. Best of all was the love that freely flowed from those both young and old. It’s the spirit of the season that needs no rhyme or reason.
And yes, I did get to tell Santa what I want for Christmas.
But apparently the hottest item this Christmas isn’t an iPod or a Barbie. It’s duct tape.
Merry Christmas Y’all. 9 days and counting!
Baby She’s Back.
My precious readers! I’ve abandoned you for 3 months now and that’s totally NOT okay with me. But never fear, cuz baby I’m back and I’m back with a hunger for blogging.
Here’s the highlights of how things have been going this fall….
1. WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING
Oh did I ever. Between school and jobs and extracurricular activities, I don’t know how I managed to sleep this semester.
2. COUCH TO 5K
I found a yearning to want to love running. With the help of an iPhone app and a friend named Hannah Granbery, I started easing my way into this torturous form of exercise. My consistency has been fairly decent, I even participated in the Phi Mu 5K this November. (Yay me!) I still have a long way to go, but any and all progress is because of this couch to 5K application. My motivator, my endurance builder, my trainer.
My art appreciation has surpassed a gen-ed class and traveled into the world of production. Signing up for a ceramics class has been one of the best things this fall. I’ve enjoyed new friends, new challenges, and a collection of new drinkware.
4. SUITCASE LIVING
I haven’t really made any progress on my senior year bucket list, but I’ve enjoyed a number of weekend trips here and there.
Williamsburg, VA—> Fall Break
Chicago, IL—> Mom’s 50th Birthday
New Orleans, LA—> Research project…but also some fun.
5. A ROYAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
I, Reed Richardson, lover of words but hater of long papers have succeeded in completing a senior thesis. I’m not going to pretend that I loved it, but my topic wasn’t too bad. Just, you know, studying the media coverage of Charles and Diana’s wedding compared to Will and Kate’s. It drained me of a lot of free time and energy, but it’s wonderful to be able to say that I, Reed Richardson, composed a 27 page research paper. (History and religion majors, please don’t squash my pride.)
Despite my lack of free time, I delighted in new hangouts and eateries. My friends can always convince me to take an hour-long break from work, which then of course turns into a whole night on the town.
Just to name a few of Birmingham’s best….
Dram-J. Clyde’s-El Barrio-Chez Fon Fon-Church Street Coffee & Books
I also tried out Google+’s “Hangout” and I now see no reason for Skype.
A group of three marketing-minded students and myself entered a national collegiate marketing challenge for a Birmingham-based business. We wanted professional experience, and a cash prize wouldn’t hurt either. We spent the semester researching together, learning together and having a blast together. Little did we know it would end so well…
Now it’s finally time to head back home after a long five months. I’ve got 10 days until my tender Tennessee Christmas and lots of shopping to do!
Until the Alabama border turns to Tennessee,