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Merry Christmas, everyone! A special thank you to Stacy for including me in her holiday blogfest! This is such a fun time of the year with all the happiness and events like this one only make the month brighter.
I’d like to approach the Wishes and Kisses theme from another angle. Movies. They’re as much a part of my life as books so I thought it would be fun to talk about some great Christmas movies.
Who could forget Ralphie’s wish in a Christmas Story? That Red Ryder BB gun was his sole wish for Christmas, and although that story was set before I was born, I do remember having similar Christmases. The tree, some of the décor (no, we didn’t have the leg/lamp…hehe), trips to see the department store Santa, bundled up so much you couldn’t bend a limb…yes, all a part of my childhood and a riot to see on TV.
How about Scrooge’s wish it was all a dream at the end of A Christmas Carol? I love all versions of this story, especially Scrooged with Bill Murray. His updated adaptation and inclusion of humor are wonderful. The meaning and lesson remain the same and will always be a favorite in our house.
Then there’s George’s wish he’d never been born in the special classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. There’s nothing like watching something good happen to a good person. I’ll never grow tired of watching this movie and look forward to it every year. Makes you feel good.
Before I move onto Kisses, I have to throw in my favorite…Clark W. Griswold’s wish to use his Christmas bonus to put in a swimming pool for his family in Christmas Vacation. Oh my goodness, there isn’t one part of this movie I don’t love! From Clark’s trek to get the perfect tree which was bigger than his car; the joy and pain of a house full of relatives; Aunt Bethany wrapping up her cat as a present and including catfood in her jello mold; Clark over-decorating the outside of his house; Uncle Lewis torching the tree with his pipe; a squirrel, a dog, two annoying neighbors; and SWAT showing up because cousin Eddie kidnapped Clark’s boss at the end. Good times. Good times.
~Cindy Lou Who kissing Jim Carey’s cheek in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. How cute was that? He expected her to say his face was hairy and yucky, but she smiled and said it was warm. This live version of the cartoon classic included several good lessons under the humor: don’t judge someone based on their looks and there’s more to Christmas than spending money, winning contests and having the best decorated house. I really enjoyed everything this movie had to offer.
~The kiss Liz (Rita Wilson) laid on her husband, Howard (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Jingle All The Way, after discovering he was the muscled Turbo Man in the Christmas parade. Nothing like seeing your husband in a new light after you thought he messed up big time. lol Boy, can I relate to Howard’s frantic search for Turbo Man, though. No matter how early I started to shop for the Power Rangers (way back when), my search lasted for weeks and sometimes ended just before Christmas. Tough when you have three boys all asking Santa for the impossible!!
~The kiss between Sally and Jack after singing ‘Simply Meant To Be’ in Nightmare Before Christmas. Of all the movies I mentioned, who knew the animated movie would have the most romantic kiss scene? Nightmare is a cute movie with a unique spin on the holidays and some pretty cool music.
There are a lot more movies I could rattle on about so I dare not delve any further or I can go on until Christmas…hehe I would like to mention there’s a wish and a few kisses in my latest holiday release, VAMPIRE KRISTMAS. I specifically wrote this holiday paranormal light and sweet. Click the link for the blurb, excerpt and Reviewer’s Top Choice review.
Thank you for spending time with me! To enter my mini contest: I’d love to hear your comments on your favorite holiday movies. There are so many I didn’t even get to mention. Pop back tomorrow morning to see if you’ve won. Stacy will post the name of a randomly drawn winner of a free PDF of their choice from my Holiday releases:
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Have a very Merry Christmas and thanks for reading!