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Well, Christmas is a week away, and I'm almost  ready. It's funny to me, because just two weeks ago I was bragging it up, making pompous little statements like "The last of our Christmas presents arrived in the mail today" and "I'm so glad I got my shopping done early" and "I'm really impressed with how organized I am."

Shame on me. I should know better. And, never fear: I’m getting exactly what I deserve.

Somehow, I failed to remember that I owed my youngest step-daughter a shopping spree for her trip to Michigan (we did the mall today... more on that later!); I further failed to remember that Jonathan will be home on Friday and expecting his own shopping spree.

Then, just to keep things interesting, I’ve taken on the task (with enthusiasm, no less) of baking five dozen cookies, two pans of no bake cookie bars, buckeyes and these really cute pretzel thingies that I don’t have a name for, but involves chocolate. And pretzels, of course.

So, I’m getting my comeuppance for the “I’m so impressed with myself, blah blah blah” moments of the past couple of weeks. My life has turned into a comedy of errors involving much more in-person shopping than I care for and entirely too much money.

I guess it could be worse. I could be broke. Or not have family I love to spoil. Or have a weird cousin parked out in front of my house in a broken-down RV, fouling up the sewer system. I guess, considering the alternatives, I’m doing all right after all.

I hope your own Christmas is coming together nicely, and that you‘re able to keep the humor about all of the little things that can, and probably will, go wrong along the way. Because really, sometimes, if we don’t laugh at ourselves, everyone else surely will!

Merry Christmas, everyone! (And don’t forget to leave your comment below with your favorite Christmas movie. Your comment earns you one entry into this month’s contest. Final entries will be submitted next week, and the winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries on 12/28/2008.)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation  Starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, this is my favorite of the "Vacation" movies. Clark Griswold has the best of intentions when he invites his and his wife's parents to celebrate Christmas at his house. However, as could be expected from his history, Clark's plans go terribly awry. Now he must deal with a disappointing Christmas bonus, a technical difficulty in the Christmas lighting and a surprise visit from Cousin Eddie. Rated PG-13

A Christmas Story  Ralphie Parker (played by Peter Billingsley) only wants one thing for Christmas: "...an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock," in spite of the dire warnings of his parents and teachers. In light of his father's winnings in a sweepstakes and an unexpected gift from a distant aunt, however, Ralphie soon discovers there are worst things than getting your eye shot out! Rated PG

Home Alone  Kevin McAllister is sick of his family because they're either always ignoring him or always teasing him. The night before they are all to embark on a grand Christmas adventure, Kevin makes a wish. Now, instead of waking up to a houseful of people bossing him around, Kevin (played by Macaulay Culkin) discovers he's the one in charge. And as if doing the shopping and the cooking wasn't enough, Kevin soons finds himself as his family's only line of defense against a couple of dim-witted burglars who just can't take a hint. Rated PG

The Ref  A would-be cat burglar gets abandoned in the middle of a job and takes a family hostage in an effort to keep the situation under control. What he doesn't realize, however, is that these hostages are way more hostile than he'd anticipated, and his only hope for getting away cleanly is to help them resolve their differences. Starring Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey. Rated R

Miracle On 34th Street All Santa Claus wants is to be recognized for who he really is, but according to his personal record, he is nothing more than this year's department store Santa. His insistence on being the real Kris Kringle lands him in a mental institution, and his only hope is the lawyer who wants to believe in him and the little girl who needs something to believe in. (This is my favorite  Christmas movie!). Stars Edmund Gwynne, Maureen O'hara and an adorable Natalie Wood. Not Rated


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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 19, 2008
    • These are the very best Christmas movies. "My favorite is A Christmas Story ."

      Fred Clause is really good and who can resist Vance Vaughn

      Four Christmass  is fabulous!

      The grinch that stole Christmans  

      Heather, the pretzels and chocolate could be called Haystacks
      My husbands step mother lives in Baltimore on 34th street. Christmas for them is a big shin dig. The whole street is just beautiful.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Dec 19, 2008
    • Thanks for sharing some really great Christmas movies Heather.
      Here are some of mine:
      How The Grinch Stole Christmas  

      Charles Dickens Christmas Carol  

      A Christmas Story  

      This Christmas w/ Loretta Divine  

      Last Holiday w/ Queen Latifah, L.L. CoolJ  

      National Lampoons Christmas Vacation  

      And I also love

      The Family Stone w/ Sarah Jessica Parker and Dianne Keaton
      and
      Love Actually w/ Hugh Grant  

      Have a Happy Holiday Season everybody!
      Peace.



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      Trudy S wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • We have A Christmas Story from Netflix waiting to watch tonight!



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      Daphne wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • Excellent movie list, Feather!  I’ve said it before, i’ll say it again...my fav Christmas movie is “Elf“...i must be a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins!  LOL



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