Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and like most time-honored family traditions, I have a few of my own. My family and I sit around most of the day by the fire watching our favorite Christmas movies. Every year, it's the same movies but somehow, they never get old. And neither do their memorable quotes. Here are a few of my favorites:
"Say, by the way, can you play 'Jingle Bells?' No, no. I mean 'Jingle Bells.' You know, deck them halls and all that stuff? You know, Santa Claus and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls..." - Lucy Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Christmas
"Look Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." - Zuzu Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life
"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." - Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas
"You're soft! You're sloppy! You're unruly! You're undisciplined ... and I never saw anything look so wonderful in my whole life." - General Waverly, White Christmas
"Oh Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind..." -Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street
"I'm gonna give you to the count of 10 to get your ugly, yellow, no-good keister off my property before I pump your guts full of lead! One, two, ten... Keep the change ya' filthy animal." -Gangster 'Johnny,' Home Alone
"SON of a NUTcracker!"
"I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggins."
"I love you. I love you! I LOOOOOVE YOU!"
"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" - Buddy the Elf, Elf
"Is your house on fire, Clark?"
"No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights." - Clark Griswold, Christmas Vacation
"Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love." - Sam, Love Actually
"He looks like deranged Easter Bunny. He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare."
"Uh, 'frah-gee-lay.' It must be Italian... Oh, I think it says 'fragile,' honey... Oh, yeah." - Mr. Parker, A Christmas Story
What are some of your favorite Christmas movie quotes?
Here is the perfect way to wrap up 2010 in an fun, humorous and organized way.
Instead of typing up the traditional family updates in a letter and sending it with a store-bought Christmas card, try The Merry Newsinator. It's a digital holiday newsletter that you can e-mail to friends, upload to social media sites, and more. You simply submit your content and the Marry Newsinator generates a uniquely designed newsletter with witty blurbs that sum up your year in review.
I love this Blogger Flowchart from Flowtown. It breaks down how the "blogger" has evolved in a funny and, well, systematic way if you will. But as blogging has become more evolved and thus more fragmented, I do think there is some crossover. I like to think that I blog about more than just one thing. According to this chart, I'm probably a cross between The Fashion Blogger, The Art & Design Blogger, and The DIY Blogger. But what about The Music Blogger? Or The Advertising Blogger? Really, the possibilities are endless.
I'm dying to see the movie, Black Swan, a psychological thriller about the New York City ballet starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. It debuted in limited release last Friday and it's opening up to more and more cities each week. I can't wait until it gets to my city (12/17/10)! Who wants to go see it with me?
And of course, you can never go wrong with White Chocolate Cranberry cookies, like these from Baking Bites. They're a festive alternative to the good ole' Chocolate Chip.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg, followed by melted white chocolate and vanilla extract. Gradually incorporate the flour mixture, mixing until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie to allow for spread.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies turn lightly golden around the edges. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.