Showing posts from December, 2010
This year I still have Christmas shopping to do. A lot of it! It's frustrating because I like to finish at least a week before Christmas, but events conspired against me this month. Oh well. It is what it is. Yesterday, I rushed to the post office to mail my daughter's Christmas presents to California. She's not coming home this year, which makes me sad, but I wanted to be sure that her presents got to her in time. Normally, I send them UPS and let them do the packing for me, but this year Heidi explained that the UPS package pick-up spot is a long way from where she lives. She asked me to use the US postal service. Ugh! The line ran through the door when I got there, gifts in tow. At home, I could not find a suitable shipping box, so I needed to find a box there. Of course, none of the often-advertised flat-rate boxes fit, so I had to go with something a little more pricey. As I struggled to find the right box, I discovered the true nature of this season.
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OK. So I'm going to let you in on my guilty little pleasure ... at least the one I enjoy at Christmas time. Once we hit December on the calendar, the TV stations start running Christmas movies. Yep. That's right, Christmas movies. Believe it or not, I love to watch these movies, no matter how sappy or corny they may be, I love them. Of course, there are some great classics out there - A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, It's a Wonderful Life - but the movie doesn't have to be a classic for me to watch it. What can I say? I just love to watch these movies. A few years ago, I spent a large portion of December fighting off a nasty virus that laid me low for several weeks. During that time, I discovered not only how many Christmas movies there are, but, also, the limited number of themes present in the made-for-TV Christmas movie. There are two main types. One category focuses on a Santa Claus replacement or relative. The