Friday, December 22, 2017

christmas movie traditions

One of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions is our dinner/movie combos that we enjoy from Thanksgiving until Christmas.  Before Thanksgiving, and usually in October, I start a list of the different dinner/movie combos that we want to do and then start plugging them into our calendar so that we have time to do them all.  Then, I have another list of Christmas movies that we don't watch with the kids so that we can make sure to watch as many as possible.

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(1) Christmas with the Kranks and Peruvian (from Viva Chicken) for dinner (since the daughter in the movie travels to Peru).  (2) Die Hard, also known as the best Christmas movie ever, which we watch while wrapping presents. (3) A Christmas Story with takeout Chinese (which has evolved into takeout Thai...) for dinner since they have Chinese food for Christmas dinner.

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(4) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with green jello and eggnog.

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(5) White Christmas is another one we watch while wrapping presents. (6) Miracle on 34th Street (new or old) is always my Christmas card addressing movie with a cup of hot chocolate.  (7) Home Alone and Home Alone 2 is always pizza with the first one and build your own ice cream sundaes with the second.

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(8) We always watch Elf on the longest night of the year (Winter Solstice) and eat by candlelight and it's a night full of sugar since that's what elves like to eat!  It all started because the kids thought it would be hilarious to eat noodles with syrup so we added pop tarts, donuts, and pancakes to the meal, along with some bacon to make it more of a complete meal and topped the whole thing with whipped cream, syrup and sprinkles!

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(9) We have a Santa Clause marathon every year and watch all three movies in an afternoon/evening. After the first one we get the kids dressed in their Christmas jammies and go to Denny's for dinner because "Everybody likes Denny's, it's an American institution".

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