Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's the holiday season...

Oh Readers--

Dear lord, I am so sick.  I have slept the last eighteen of twenty-four hours.  My sniffer is broken. My head hurts so much I can't stop involuntarily crying.  I missed Solstice and Christmas Eve.  I'm stopping by to say hello before I knock myself out with drugs again.  I have people coming in the morning and I hope to be less zombie-like by then.

Without further ado, here is a list of Christmas-y things I enjoy:

Top Five Favorite Christmas Movies
Miracle on 34th Street - The original is my all time favorite, and continually reminds me you are never too old to believe.
Mixed Nuts - Steve Martin and a nutty crew run a suicide hotline over the holidays. Hilarious and sweet.
Muppet's Christmas Carol - The Best Christmas Carol, IMHO.
Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone - ABC Family runs it every winter, right about the time I reread all the books annually.  Therefore, it's become a Christmas movie for me.
Die Hard - The best action movie for the holiday season, bar none.

Current Top Six Favorite Christmas Episodes/Specials.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas  - A perennial fav, I cry every time the Whos sing despite their lack of things.
Charlie Brown Christmas - Another perennial favorite. I'll never be too old for this one.
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All - It's the last song that seals the deal for me - "There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In."

"Call me silly, call me sappy;
Call me many things, the first of which is happy.
You doubt, but you're sad.
I don't, but I'm glad.
I guess we're even.
At least that's what I believe in
and there are much worse things."

Any of the Eureka Christmas episodes - They're all fantastic.  I love them all.
Community, Ep. 211 "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" - Funny, poignant, adorable.
Dr. Who 2010 Christmas Special "A Christmas Carol" - An incredibly sad and touching Christmas special.  I love it.

Top Three Christmas Stories/Books
The Worst Christmas Pagaent Ever
Miracle and Other Christmas Stories (1999) (yes, the entire collection)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Top Ten Christmas Songs
1.  Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
2.  The Christans and the Pagans - Dar Williams
3.  Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson
4.  River - Joni Mitchell
5.  Carol of the Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
6.  We Need a Little Christmas - Angela Lansbury in the musical Mame
7.  Sleigh Bells - Ray Conniff and the Conniff Singers
8.  Blue Christmas - Elvis
9.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Perry Como
10. Silver Bells - As sung by my late grandmother, and only hearable inside my memories

Top Five Christmas Scents
1. Demeter Fragrance Library Frozen Pond
2. L'Artisan Tea for Two
3. CB I Hate Perfume The Fir Tree
4.  Smellbent Dead of Winter
5.  Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles

And with that, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Anonymous said...

Look after yourself and I hope you recover and feel better soon.

cheerio, Anna in Edinburgh

Lauren said...

I'm going to look up some of those Christmas songs - getting bored with some of my CDs.

Feel better soon.

Diana said...

Thanks Anna. I hope I feel better soon.

Diana said...

Lauren, I hope you like them. The top five tend to be less traditional, but I love them.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Undina said...

I hope you are feeling better now. You haven't mentioned your favorite Christmas food(s) - was it because you weren't feeling good or you don't have anything special for that time of the year?

Diana said...


It was mostly because I couldn't taste anything this year. Plus, this year was Big Jewish Christmas at my house, so we all had bagels with lox and schmear for breakfast and Chinese for dinner. :)