Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Reads

By Pamela

Every December I seem to fall into a media-routine of sorts. I listen to the same Christmas songs and watch the same movies. As I wrapped presents this weekend, I happened to have a three-hour stretch to myself--which NEVER happens--so I slipped Love, Actually into the DVD player and relived one of my favorite holiday movies. Probably not billed as a Christmas movie in the traditional way, but for me it's a sentimental favorite along with When Harry Met Sally. "I have decided that for the rest of the day we are going to talk like theese."

I also pull a few favorite books from my shelves. I'll flip through An Idiot Girl's Christmas by Laurie Notaro or Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris for fun. This year I'm rereading The Handmaid and the Carpenter, a novel about the life of Mary and Joseph by, one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Berg.

What holiday books or movies put you in the Christmas spirit?


  1. I have to agree with you about Love, Actually. I just need a three hour stretch without children to watch it!

  2. Watching The Family Stone tonight. Love it! Also a new favorite - Nothing Like the Holidays.
    Both are movies about big, crazy, dysfunctional families. They make me feel right at home! ;-)

  3. I forgot about The Family Stone. That is a good one. Haven't seen NLtH yet. I'll put it on my list.

  4. Not every year, and not even necessarily at Christmas, I read This Year It Will Be Different, by Maeve Binchy. Sort of not-so-Christmas-y Christmas stories. One of my all-time favorites (obviously).

    My kids love a little book called Santa Mouse. We have to leave cheese along with cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. It's like a buffet around here on Christmas Eve!


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