There are a few movies that mean that Christmas is here. I am a purist when it comes to holiday movies and music. Not a single note of music is played or a minute of a movie watched until the turkey leftovers are safely nestled away in the fridge. But as soon as that happens, you bet I am playing the Mariah Carey Christmas CD and setting my DVR to record the 25 Days of Christmas. Here are a few movies that help me get inspired to wear red and green!
Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
This is my all time favorite! Who doesn’t love new toys, the Great Ack, and a young Santa? ABC Family does a Rankin Bass day for their 25 Days of Christmas and I already have my DVR set for this one.
Charlie Brown Christmas.
This was a tradition growing up. i have it on DVD and it is on the list of things to do this weekend.
While this movie isn’t just about Christmas, there is plenty of snow and snuggling and a fresh round of ‘White Christmas’ sung by Mr. Bing Crosby.
This one speaks for itself. Who doesn’t love a big production to save an old hotel?
The Year without Santa Claus
Another Rankin Bass classic. While the story itself isn’t my favorite, the song is pretty catchy. Only listen if you are ready to have a song stuck in your head the rest of the day!
And the husband’s favorite… National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This one is torture for me but I have watched it every year on Thanksgiving night to usher in the new season.
How do you celebrate the Holidays? Is there a certain tradition that means it’s time to party for you?
- Friday Five: Christmas Favorites (wonderingsofatwentysomething.wordpress.com)
And I am completely confused…
Usually at this point in the year, the holiday shopping is done and the cards are ready to be put in the mail. But we have had a really tough two weeks and I think we are just starting to catch our breath. And now that we are getting caught up, I have realized that I only have 2.5 weeks to get my list complete. At least I have my cards nearly ready to hit the mailbox.
Before things got hectic, we sat down and made our holiday budget and that was it. We grabbed a gift for my sister because she is pretty easy to shop for our first weekend and said we would finish it the next trip out. So now I am looking for help! If anyone has Santa’s direct number, pass along his number.
What do you get your family for Christmas? Everyone in our house has a piece of Left Hand gear and I am not making a coupon book of DIY junk… I want to get them tangible gifts that mean something. We are looking at some fun gift baskets for those we don’t see all year like this one but the games included are so lame (who plays checkers?) and some night out packages for those who need a date night. And after hearing this heated debate on NPR, the gift card without some thought is out as well.
And I haven’t even started on the Husband’s gift. Definitely want to spoil him this year as he has had some rough weeks but I might just keep my fingers crossed and buy a big red bow for a new car!
With two weeks left, what should we get?
Filed under Fitness, Seasons
First let me say, Thanks to Xagave for providing the inspiration! Could really use a vote here!
What I love about the holidays are the flavors. If you put a Gingerbread Latte in front of me, I’ll take it! Peppermint bark, I’m there! So what about putting some of you favorite flavors together. With the help of Chobani and Xagave, I was able to make delicious Peppermint Mocha Brownie Bites with chocolate chunks and agave sweetener. All Organic products here and some healthy swap outs!
Peppermint Mocha Brownie Bites with Coffee Frosting
1/4 Cup Melted Butter
1/4 Cup Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk
3 large eggs
Pinch of Salt
1/2 Cup Flour
1 Cup Cocoa
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2/3 Xagave Brand Agave Syrup
2 oz Crushed Peppermint
Combine Eggs, Melted Butter, and Chobani in mixer until smooth. Then add Salt, Cocoa, Brown Sugar, and Xagave. Once evenly mixed, add flour slowly. Finally mix in peppermint. Scoop into mini muffin tin with cookie scoop. Fill each section 2/3 of the way full. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Be sure to check at 20 minutes to make sure you are on track!
For the Coffee Frosting
1 lb Powdered Sugar
1 Stick Butter
1 Tsp Vanilla
3 Tbs Cocoa
Let Butter soften at room temperature. Then beat until smooth in mixer. Then add Vanilla, Cocoa, and a splash of coffee. Once evenly mixed, slowly add powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. Pipe onto brownies. Top with a little more crushed peppermint.