Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Donna Michaels joins Wishes and Kisses!!

Last post's winner was Deirde! Deirde, email Candice at candice.gilmer @ gmail.com (no spaces) by December 31st to claim your prize!

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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.

Wishes

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 d├ęcor (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.

Kisses

~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.

http://www.donnamichaelsauthor.com/Shortstoryshelf.htm

Mini Contest!

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:

THANKS FOR GIVING
HOLIDAY SPIRIT
VAMPIRE KRISTMAS

Have a very Merry Christmas and thanks for reading!

~Donna Michaels
http://www.donnamichaelsauthor.com/

20 comments:

  1. My favorite Christmas movie is definitely "White Christmas." I love the storyline, the humor and, most of all, the closing scene where they roll back the wall and it's finally snowing!

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  2. Hi LuAnn,

    I love that scene in White Christmas. What a beautiful ending to a great holiday story. Danny Kaye is a favorite of mine, and although he wasn't their first choice to play Bing's buddy, I think he did a fine job.

    Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the drawing!

    Merry Christmas!

    ~Donna

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  3. Good morning Donna! Thanks for joining us

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  4. Morning Stacy,

    Thank you so much for having me. I know today's a busy day with Christmas the day after tomorrow, but I look forward to popping in and 'chatting' with everyone about their favorite Christmas movies.

    ~Donna

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  5. I love to watch the Harry Potter movies during the holidays, also the Home Alone movies, Jack Frost with Michael Keaton, Polar Express and The Sound of Music.

    Deidre

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  6. Hi Deirdre,

    Harry Potter is a must at this time of the year at my house. Each movie has something different to offer. And 'Home Alone' is a movie one of my 16 yr old twins never grows tired of watching...that and 'Jingle All The Way' are his favorites.

    My 12 yr old
    daughter landed a part in a local theater's Broadway Musical Review Show and is one of a few cast memebers singing The Sound of Music. I can't wait!

    Thanks for commenting and good luck!

    Merry Christmas,

    ~Donna

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  7. I appologize, Diedre. My fingers typed and extra 'r' in that last post. :|

    ~Donna

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  8. My favorite Christmas movie is The Muppet Family Christmas Movie. I love the fact that it has all my favorite characters from the Muppet Show and Sesame Street which I loved as a child. Talk about nostalgia. I love watching it with my 2 year old and 5 year old.

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  9. Hi Cherie,

    I forgot about The Muppet Family Christmas. I loved their version of A Christmas Carol. Animal is my favorite muppet as well as the cranky old men...hehe

    It's cool that we can watch our favorite shows from our childhood with our children now.:)

    Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the contest!

    Merry Christmas,

    ~Donna

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  11. Some of my favorite Christmas movies are: Its a Wonderful Life, The Christmas Carol, The Bishop's Wife, The Christmas Card, Christmas Story, etc. There are just too many and I love them all.
    Merry Christmas to you and here's wishing you a Happy New Year too.

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  12. Oh so many great choices, Love Griswold's Christmas vacation, White christmas, The Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen (especially the first one), hmmm Harry Potter movies (especially the first 2 or 3) and there are sooo many more.

    It has been so much fun reading different author's take on Christmas.

    Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas!! Thanks Stacy for hosting this.

    Hugs,
    Anne-Kathrine

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  13. Hi LadyVampire2u and Anne-Katherine!

    LadyVampire2u-I have yet to see The Christmas Card. It's on my todo list, among a billion other things...hehe

    Anne-Katherine~The Santa Clause with Tim is another favorite in my house. We love Tim, and coming from a family of carpenters, we embrace Home Improvement. Too funny.

    Thanks for your comments and good luck!

    Merry Christmas,

    ~Donna

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  14. Hi Donna!
    I'm not at home so I can't look up the video but I think it is The Christmas Angel. A mother and daughter pretend to be the wife and child of her boss, a single, sexy, factory owner who is planning to sell his business to a "traditional" South American. The little girl wishes for a house and then gets to spend the time at the man's house that looks like her dream house. She also wishes for family and although her father (ex-husband to mother) visits he doesn't stay. But she gets a new family with the boss. She hears bells which are the angels. It is very sweet!

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  15. We have a tradition of watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Grinch every year before Christmas. It wouldn't be the same if we didn't. They're the kind of movies that get funnier the more you watch them.

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  16. My favorite is It's A Wonderful Life!! I enjoy watching so many of them!!

    I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Holidays!!

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  17. Hi Martha,

    I saw this movie. Roma Downey is in it, I think. What a sweet story! I'll have to look for it, now.:)

    Thanks for commenting and good luck!

    Merry Christmas,

    ~Donna

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  18. Hi Catslady and Judy,

    Catslady~We have the same tradition in our house. Those two movies are an absolute must! Do you have the verstion of The Grinch that has the extra 'marble' scene in it? Oh, man, what a riot!

    Judy~It's A Wonderful Live is simply wonderful and always puts my life in perspective after I sit and watch.

    Thanks so much for commenting and good luck!

    Merry Christmas,

    ~Donna

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  19. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of my fave movies. I have seen a bunch of good Christmas shows over the last month. They are fun to watch with the family.

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  20. Hi Amy,

    Yes, there's been a lot of great Christmas shows on several channels this month. It's nice to know you can turn the tv on and catch one at night.

    Thanks for commenting and good luck!

    Merry Christmas,

    ~Donna

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