“I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.”

The grey day doesn’t phase me at all. My trees are lit. The chili pepper wreath, the painted gourd and the scallop shell lights are also lit. They are bright and warm and the rooms feel cozy in the light. Today is make a batch of cookies day, orange cookies. Of all my cookies, the orange ones were my mother’s favorite, and they are also my friend Clare’s favorite because they remind her of her mother’s orange cake for which the recipe was lost. I remember my mother hiding some of these cookies because they disappeared quickly when company came, and my mother wanted a stash.

I am not going anywhere today. I’m doing the laundry, making the cookies and wrapping gifts. I’ll watch Hallmark movies this afternoon and be wary of my sugar intake. This evening, in keeping with the spirit of the season, I’ll watch the premier of the Syfy movie Christmas Icetastrophe. The only description says,”Christmas turns deadly.”

It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen them. I still watch all the old Christmas movies. A Christmas Carol is my favorite dating all the way back to Seymour Hicks, the gruffest of Scrooges, but, as I’ve said many times, the 1951 Alastair Sim will always be my favorite. In The Bishop’s Wife Cary Grant plays Dudley the angel. One of my favorite scenes is when Dudley magically decorates the Christmas tree by just a wave of his arms.

It seems Christmas angels have odd names, not just Dudley but also Clarence and Gideon and probably more I’m forgetting. Gideon is the angel responsible in The Magic of Christmas, a movie I like though it isn’t on TV often. In the night scene, the street lights have almost an eerie glow. Snow is piled high along the sides of the roads. The roads still have a layer of snow. Their breaths can be seen as Ginny and Jack, the two main characters, talk. In that pivotal night scene is one my favorite sounds, the squeak of boot on snow as Jack takes a walk.

Okay, I admit a guilty pleasure, the 1997 horror movie Jack Frost. I first saw it one Christmas Eve while my mother and I were talking and laughing. We couldn’t believe it, but we got pulled in and watched the whole movie. Jack Frost is a serial killer on his way to be executed when his van crashes into a truck filled with genetic material. Jack mutates into a killer snowman seeking revenge on the sheriff who arrested him, the sheriff of Snowmonton. Residents of the town are killed in horrific Christmas themed ways. Spoiler Alert: a blow dryer plays a key role.

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12 Comments on ““I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    They haven’t started to show any christmas movies on any channel here yet, it seems they start later and later every year. There will be lots of them from Christmas eve to new years eve though.

    I had tio check what orange cookies are and it seems there are plenty different ones. I liked some that were dipped in chocolate but then again I love anything with chocolate 🙂

    I’ll do the laundry tomorrow but I’ll do nothing beside that. I’ll do the big cleaning here on Monday I think and baking on Tuesday. I’ll just bake a few cookies I’ll eat way too much anyway 🙂

    I would love to see the Christmas Icetastrophe 🙂 Channel six is the channel showing lots from the Scyfy channel here so it will turn up sooner or later 🙂 I think I would love that Jack Frost horror movie too 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      These orange cookies have sour cream, lots of orange zest and orange juice plus all the ordinary ingredients. They will have an orange tasting frosting. No chocolate-sorry!

      The last batch of cookies is in the oven. I have one load done and another ready for the dryer. I’ll frost the cookies later. I’ve even almost cleaned the kitchen.

      Jack Frost os hysterical. There is a character in it who just appears in scenes, says nothing. He isn’t in the credits. In one scene he walks through town carrying a huge ornament.

      Enjoy your Saturday!

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  2. flyboybob Says:

    The clear skies are still not here and the low clouds and cool temperature has created spotty mist.

    My favorite Christmas movie is a tie between It’s a Wonderful Life and the live action Grinch Who Stole Christmas with Drew Cary. My favorite character in Wonderful Life is Mr. Potter. Lionel Barrymore played the meanest character in the world. Everything else in that movie is a little sappy.

    I can’t understand why no one ever made a Chaunkah movie. The story has everything, a miracle, a war and a whole family of religious soldiers. A good Hollywood writer can fill in a lot battles and a lot of sex everything a good holiday movie needs.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      No clear skies here either-haven’t been here for days.

      I never found George sappy especially when he stops having existed and runs all over Pottersville looking for someone to recognize him. Mr. Potter is a thief which I can’t abide. I too like the live action Grinch, and I like the cartoon as well.

      I agree about a Chaunkah movie. I’m not so sure sex is what a good holiday movie needs, but I think Chaunkah has plenty to work with.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m afraid my favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story. I’m not into Christmas themed movies on the whole but this one is funny in a sweet way. And it reminds me of the snowsuits of my childhood. 🙂

    My social calendar will be very busy for the next week or so. Today was brunch with the monthly knitting group. Tomorrow my niece is hosting dinner. Thursday my brother and SIL are hosting Christmas dinner and New Year’s Day is an all day house party at a friend’s home. After that my social calendar goes back to practically nil.I will need the rest. 🙂

    It’s damp and cold here. Snow was falling lightly as I went to get the dogs from day care around 6PM. I think it stopped, though. It’s a bit warm for snow at the moment.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love that movie, and I know what you mean by its sweetness. I think it is the time the story takes place. There is still so much innocence.

      You’ll definitely need the rest. That’s one full dance card. I have PT on Tuesday and then Wednesday night at my friend’s house and I’m doing dinner on Thursday.

      I went out to get the papers this morning, and that was it. I did two loads of wash and a huge batch of cookies. I feel accomplished.

      Have a great evening!

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