Yesterday while surfing the internet I came across the cutest Disney Christmas artwork by Dylan Bonner and I knew I had to share them here! He took Disney characters and drew them in scenes of popular Christmas films which is basically my dream mash up. Of course Home Alone Rapunzel and Elf Ariel, and Polar Express Peter Pan are my three favorites!
I absolutely adore devoting some cold nights of the holiday season to watching my favorite Christmas films from my childhood and watching some new ones in the hopes of finding more favorites. I compiled a list of the ones I make sure to watch every year along with two new ones I’m hoping to see before the big day. The first is called The Christmas Dragon and it looks so ridiculous in the best way. I watched the trailer and it focuses on woodland elves who are trying to save Christmas, evade goblins and they happen upon an iridescent dragon who they befriend and manage to use to fly Santa’s sleigh. It’s free to watch on Amazon Prime if you’re also interested. The second is Nativity! and it’s described as an improvised comedy that centers around a school nativity play. The major selling point on this one is that it stars Martin Freeman! What are some of your favorite holiday flicks?
I was so excited when I saw these adorable Christmas themed pajamas in the Target weekly ad! I immediately texted a photo of them to Andrew and asked if he would wear the Santa ones for some photos with me. Luckily, Andrew has known about my Christmas addiction since very early on in our relationship so he was a really good sport about participating in this photoshoot. However, he has stated that he will never wear these again which is totally fine. If there was ever a doubt the he actually loves me (there isn’t), I think these photos are pretty solid proof that he does.
For this week’s 5 Fandom Friday I decided to throw together a little hodgepodge of my favorite holiday recommendations in 5 different categories. I’m going to be doing a book specific holiday recommendations post next week so I thought it would be nice to compile my top favorite favorites here today.
1) Book – My True Love Gave To Me – This book is full of short stories set during the holidays. It’s perfect to read during the season when you can’t devote as much time to reading a full blown novel. I read it last year and really enjoyed it and I’m planning on re-reading it this year and writing a full review of each tale!
2) Cookie – Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – My mom makes these every year and I have never been able to resist them when they’re just sitting there on our table basically begging to be eaten. It’s essentially a shortbread cookie with a scoop of raspberry jam in the middle. I’m a sucker for raspberry anything so these have always been my holiday favorite!
3) Drink – Gluhwein – It’s been a tradition in my family since long before I was born for my grandfather to make a huge batch of gluhwein. It’s a mulled wine (full of tons of liquor) and can be garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange slices. It’s so delightful to warm up a cup on a freezing cold winter night and sip it while reading or watching tv. Luckily, my grandfather has been teaching my dad and brother to brew his version for the past few years so the recipe will continue to be passed down throughout our family.
4) Song – Baby It’s Cold Outside – I just adore this song. Paticularly, the She & Him version. I play this on repeat without ever feeling the slightest bit sick of it and I love singing along and switching parts or singing both by myself if I’m alone. Zooey’s vocals are so beautiful<3
5) Movie – Elf – Elf is one holiday movie that I watch year round. I love everything about it! The humor, the positive Christmas spirit message it sends and obviously Buddy’s enthusiasm and eating habits. Andrew and I have been quoting Elf to each other since we met (a sure sign of true love if you ask me).
Decorations – Rolf’s – Andrew and I went to Rolf’s for the first time last year. We spent at least 1.5 hours (it honestly could’ve been more) waiting outside in the freezing cold December weather just for the opportunity to get inside. Rolf’s takes Christmas decorations to a whole other level. It’s like Christmas exploded inside. Plus, there’s gluhwein! We’re definitely planning on going back this year because despite the wait, the experience was just perfect.
One of the best things to do during the holiday season (if it’s gotten too cold to go outside and admire the Christmas tree in Rockefeller) is to stay home, brew a pot of hot chocolate, put on your favorite pair of festive pajamas (because everyone owns more than one pair, right?) and cozy up under a warm blanket to marathon classic Christmas films. I look forward to watching so many each year, but here are my absolute favorites!
1) Elf – Elf is the newest film on my list, but it became a holiday favorite after just the first viewing. It’s SO quotable and I love to pretend that Buddy’s trek from the North Pole to New York City is what my commute to work is like. Also, just like Buddy, SMILING IS MY FAVORITE!
2) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – I’ve been watching this film with my family since I was a child. I’m never able to help feeling SO bad for Rudolph every year even though I know how the movie ends. I also just adore the animation style!
3) The Santa Clause – It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how morbid the beginning of this film is but gosh do I love it just the same. It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to watch it, but I feel like it might be a thing I need to do this weekend. I need more Bernard the elf in my life!
4) Home Alone – The antics that Kevin would get himself into while his family accidentally left him home were some of the most interesting Christmas adventures a kid could possibly have in my mind. I loved how he set up a mannequin and used strings to make her dance along to ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ in order to fool the robbers into thinking that adults were home. I think I remember enjoying the second one even more because New York.
5) Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – I used to LOVE watching this as a kid. I loved seeing the character evolution that the Grinch undergoes during the story although I’m pretty sure I didn’t know the correct term for it at the time. I really appreciate the way the story is told in rhymes and the animation. It’s SO MUCH BETTER than the live action version with Jim Carey.
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
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2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Nana Volume 10 by Ai Yazawa
4. Nana Volume 11 by Ai Yazawa
5. Nana Volume 12 by Ai Yazawa
6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
7. Nana Volume 13 by Ai Yazawa
8. Nana Volume 14 by Ai Yazawa
9. Hawkeye Volume 3 by Matt Fraction
10. Teen Titans Earth One Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire
11. Nana Volume 15 by Ai Yazawa
12. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
13. Nana Volume 16 by Ai Yazawa
2. Twin Peaks
3. The Flash
5. Bob’s Burgers
1. Big Hero 6
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2. Adventure Time Munchkin
3. Luigi’s Mansion
4. Tsum Tsum