“Fairy tales only happen in movies.”

It was a sleep-in morning, a result I suspect of the sumptuous meal I ate yesterday as well as having been up late watching the Patriots demolish the Jets. The Pats scored three touchdowns in 52 seconds, two of them so extraordinary they have to be seen to be appreciated. Even the announcers said they had never seen the like of those two touchdowns.

It is again a cloudy day, the latest in a long string of cloudy days, but I don’t care. I’ll just keep taking my vitamin D to compensate! I have no plans for the day except to loll around and read. I do need bread so I may venture out later. I might even do a wash, but that might just be going a bit too far.

I’m a sucker for Christmas movies. As sugary as some are, I watch them anyway. The Hallmark channel is either the best or the worst depending upon your holiday movie taste. Every Hallmark movie has a happy ending. Despite the impeding divorce or estrangement, you know right from the start that everything will work out in the end, and the couple still love each other. It just takes a push from Hallmark to remind them. I love A Christmas Carol, and I watch any version though Alastair Sim is my favorite Scrooge of all. I even watch Christmas horror movies, probably to counteract all that sugar. I have some favorites. Jack Frost is at the top. No, not the Jack frost with Michael Keaton, but the one with the murdering snowman bent on revenge. My mother and I first happened on it late one Christmas Eve, and we stayed up to watch the whole movie. Gremlins is another. I always laugh at the scene of the gremlins sitting in the movie theater eating popcorn, watching Sleeping Beauty and singing along with Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho. Last night I watch Homecoming: A Christmas Story, the very first movie about the Waltons. I’ll admit I really enjoyed it. The kids fight and call each other names, and I can relate to that. Though it wasn’t Hallmark, it still had a happy ending. I always think Christmas deserves a happy ending.

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13 Comments on ““Fairy tales only happen in movies.””

  1. im6 Says:

    I’m positive I’ve told you this before, so I make this recommendation to my fellow CoffeeMates… I love, love, love “Love Actually” and it is my very favorite holiday movie. In fact, it’s one of my favorite movies for any season. I watch it (and laugh and cry) every holiday season (more this year since it’s been showing on cable with great frequency). If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you give it a try.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0314331/

  2. olof1 Says:

    The Christmas commercials started yesterday at the same time on all channels and they showed nothing but them 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ll get tired of Christmas early this year I fear 🙂

    I must see a National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation every year, I still laugh just as much as I did the first time 🙂 🙂 🙂 But I do stay away from the most sugary ones. They show very little of those on the free channels except for early mornings when only children and I watch tv 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Christmas horror movie but then I tend to stay away from horror movies unless they are the wonderfully bad ones 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      The Christmas commercials have been on a long time here, and I am already sick of them.

      I love that movie, and it makes me laugh each time as well. One year my sister gave me moose glasses so I can have my egg nog out of them.

      Jack Frost is wonderfully bad.

  3. Bob Says:

    Yesterday the Redskins eat the Cowboys for Thanksgiving lunch since the Boys didn’t really show up to play until the fourth quarter to make the game appear to be close.

    My all time favorite is the original “Miracle On 34th Street” with Natalie Wood. Edmund Gwenn is the best Santa Hollywood has ever cast along with some of the best character actors playing RH Macy and the company physiologist. His beard wasn’t too long and his belly wasn’t too big to be an unbelievable Santa. I don’t like the colorized version, it looks fake, which it is. My other favorite is Gene Shepard’s “A Christmas Story”. Every scene brings back memories of my childhood and I wasn’t alive in the 1930s. When my son wanted a bb gun a few years ago, he promised me that he wouldn’t shoot his eye out. He had seen that movie several times and was prepared for us to utter those words. Our Christmas Eve or day tradition has been to eat Chinese food. Unfortunately, too many of the Chinese restaurants close for Christmas these days.

    Yesterday was partly cloudy and warm with a high temperature in upper 70s to the low 80s. I don’t know for sure since I didn’t venture outside. A cool front blew in last night and today will only get to about 65. It’s beginning to look a lot like Autumn.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      Sorry the hometown team lost! I hate it when the Pats lose. I almost take it as a personal insult.

      That movie is also among the top five at Christmas for me. Edmund Gwenn even won an Oscar for playing Santa. That psychologist playing his his eyebrows was priceless. How can you not love A Christmas Story? I watch that every year.

      Around here the tradition is Chinese food on New Year’s Eve. I don’t know when that started but the restaurants are filled and take out means a long, long wait. I wouldn’t mind Chinese food on Christmas Eve.

      It was a nice day yesterday but the night got chilly. Right now it is 48˚ and still cloudy.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Alistair Sim is my favorite Scrooge, too. For many years, I had a favorite Christmas ornament that I hung conspicuously in the front of the tree. It was a cartoony looking beetle wearing a Santa hat, a sour face and holding a big sign that said Bah, Humbug! He disappeared one year. I suspect my youngest brother’s first ex-wife. She coveted him hugely.
    A Christmas Story is the only other Christmas movie that I enjoy. I love that movie. Some tv channel used to a 24 hour Christmas Story marathon. I could not believe that there were actual members of my family who had never heard of that movie.
    It’s sort of sunny and warm up here north of Boston. I hobbled out to the lakeside park to give Rocky a treat this afternoon. It was practically balmy. Kids were running around in shorts and tee shirts. I hope some of the sun leaks down to you soon though that will probably mean that it will get colder up here.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is TNT, and they run A Christmas Story marathon every year. I can’t believe there is anyone is around who hasn’t seen that movie. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Come on, everybody knows that line!

      I have a few beloved ornaments, and they hang in about the same spot every year. I’d be ripped if someone stole an ornament I loved.

      You have been hogging that sun long enough. It is time to send it my way. I can’t remember the last sunny day! I am a character in Bradbury’s short story “All Summer in a Day.”

      Enjoy the sun (says she through gritted teeth)

  5. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Morning Kat,
    Today is the first sun we’ve seen in a while. It’s an almost do nothing day for me– a bill to pay, and the list of things I need to do but won’t. Thanks for reminding me about Gremlins. I used to have the stuffed ones, but they were wrecked by mold. I am going to rent Gremlins, as I don’t get very good reception here. And for your listening pleasure–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVdenwFa8Zc&feature=related
    ( When Meow heard this she moved closer to the computer.)
    Waving,
    Lori and Meow Cat

    • Kat Says:

      Evening, Lori
      No sun at all here, but I’m getting used to it.

      Gremlins is a fun movie. I always get a few chuckles. I reminded myself I haven’t seen it in a long while.


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