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2017 Ornament Superlatives (List-cember #2)

Last year I introduced you to a few of my family’s noteworthy Christmas ornaments by handing out superlatives reminiscent of a high school yearbook. And since I went over to decorate my parents’ house last night, I thought it was only fitting to introduce you to a few more.

Thus, here is the second installment of Ornament Superlatives, enjoy!

(Also, in case you missed it, you can check out the first installment here.)

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Most Likely to be Missing a Piece

(or be some sort of break dancing angel baby)

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Most Likely to Have Eaten a Compromised Cookie

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Most Likely to Peek-At-Choo Gifts Under the Tree

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Most Likely to Have Just Found Out it’s an Ornament

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Most Likely to Have Glued a Beard on His Face to Try and Blend In

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Most Likely to be an Extra from Santa’s Vogue Photoshoot

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Most Likely to be Santa’s Mode of Travel When the Reindeer Get Old and Tired

(Hint: Foot Propeller)

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Most Likely to Give You Nightmares

(Note: This dethrones last year’s previous winner)

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Most Likely to Have Previously Topped a Cupcake

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ALSO: Most Likely to Make You Want a Cupcake

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Most Likely to Make You Wonder What a Llama Has to do with Christmas, then Make You Wish You Had a Christmas Llama of Your Own

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My Top 10 Christmas Movies (List-cember #1)

Hello and welcome back to the second annual List-cember!

In case you missed it last year, I dedicated my December to posts centered around lists. Some were Christmas themed, some weren’t, some will be returning for a second edition this year, some won’t. Regardless, I’m excited to bring you the second installment! I hope you enjoy and I hope you give me opinions on things you’d include if you wrote one of these lists. I’m all about the input, people, give it to me!

To kick us off, I’ve got somewhat of a controversial topic: Christmas movies. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about people during Christmas time, it’s their devotion to watching what they consider THE BEST Christmas movies. And if there’s one thing I’ve noticed about these kind of movie watchers it’s their tendency to debate over why they think their Christmas movies are THE BEST. Now, I’m not here to debate, really, I’m more just standing here with my list and a white flag saying, “these are my opinions, and I totally respect yours.” But if you have a Christmas movie you love that I didn’t include, please let me know. Because if there’s one undeniable fact about Christmas movies, it’s that you can never watch too many.

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10) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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I’ve really only seen this movie a handful of times, but it’s one of those that I constantly forget how funny it is until I watch it again. It’s Chevy Chase in his prime and it’s one of my dad’s favorite movies, which makes it that much better.

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9) The Year Without a Santa Clause

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This is a classic from the 70s where Santa wakes up with a cold after Thanksgiving and decides not to deliver presents that Christmas. Instead he sends out two of his elves to figure out if anyone still cares about Christmas or even believes in Santa anymore. I realize that the way I’m describing it makes it sound totally depressing but it’s not. (At least not all of it.) It’s got cute characters and catchy songs that I’ve been singing my entire life, so if you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend you check it out!

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8) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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This is another classic that’s undeniably adorable. We all know the story of Rudolph and how he saved the day—or rather, Christmas Eve night—but this gives us some backstory on the little guy, including his friendship with an elf named Hermey and his run in with the Abominable Snow Monster of the North (no relation to King of the North, Jon Snow.) Fun fact: There is a point in the movie when Rudolph yells, “I’m cuuuuuute!” and my family quotes this approximately 30 times a year.

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7) To Grandmother’s House We Go

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If you were anything like me as a kid, you were OBSESSED with the Olsen twins, so it’s really no surprise that the girls’ Christmas film holds a firm place in my top 10. In this story, the girls overhear their mom saying she needs a vacation, so they sneak onto a UPS truck in the hopes it will take them to their grandmother’s house. Mind you, the girls are only about six years old, so this causes some panic among multiple parties, but it’s undeniably cute and makes me smile every time.

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6) The Grinch

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I can already cross this one off my “to-watch” list this year because my roommates and I watched it while decorating our house the other day. It had actually been a few years since I watched it and I forgot how good Jim Carrey is in it.

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5) It’s a Wonderful Life

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This is one of those movies that always makes you think a little bit more about how lucky you are to have what you have, especially during the holiday season when the general mindset is focused what you want. I think it’s an important one to watch each year, if only to hear Jimmy Stewart yell, “MARRRYY.”

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4) A Christmas Story

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I take it back, this is probably my dad’s favorite Christmas movie. We’ve undoubtedly watched this movie upwards of 20 times in my life and we still laugh at all the same parts. Recently, I got a flat tire and I thought of the scene when Ralphie drops his infamous F-bomb, and while I’ve never had much of a dirty mouth, it still made me very grateful my mom rarely bought bars of soap. Fun fact: my family actually owns two bb-guns like the one shown in the movie and we break them out every Christmas to shoot old ornaments. Additional fun fact: no eyes have been shot out…so far.

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3) Love Actually

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I’ve been trying to stop myself from getting cheesy and saying I actually love this movie, but, well, anyways. I do love this movie and I watch it every year while I wrap presents. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry and it gives me all the warm fuzzies. Also, Hugh Grant’s dancing scene is one of my favorite things that’s ever happened in a movie.

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2) Elf

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At this point, it has to be almost impossible to make a Christmas movie that can hold up among the oldies, but Will Ferrell managed to do it a few years back—woah, I just googled it, and this actually came out 14 years ago, yikes—and I think it will forever be regarded as one of the best Christmas movies ever made.

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1) The Family Stone

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I know, I know, this one has got to be a little bit of a surprise for most people. As far as I know, my family is the only one that consistently watches this EVERY year, sometimes more than once during the Christmas season alone. But it is undeniably my favorite Christmas movie and probably one of my favorite movies of all time. I don’t even know what it is about it, maybe it’s just the place it holds in my family’s heart. But we laugh and laugh and cry and cry every year as if we’ve never seen it before and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My Top 5 Christmas Playlist Staples (List-cember #1)

Greetings friends, family, and December! I come bearing (at least what I consider to be) fun and exciting news! Today marks the official start of List-cember a.k.a a December dedicated to lists.

Why?

Quite simply because I have a lot of list-y things to say this month.

Here are the logistics:

Every week on Monday & Thursday (yes, 2 days because I’m a damn adult who planned something more than 12 hours in advanced) I will publish a list-themed post for your reading enjoyment.

And when I say list I mean list. It’s not going to be a bunch of click-baity titles that draw you away from productivity, enticing you with a brief click into organized distraction, only to trick you into looking at a slideshow that takes 4 hours to get through because of all the ads. No, seeing as it is December List-cember and we are all jumping headfirst into the holiday season, I’m not going to lie to you. Mostly because that’s the decent way to live, but also because I’m not about getting coal from the man in red, if you know what I’m saying.

So, seeing as it is the first day of December, thus officially and undeniably marking today as the start of the Christmas season, I think it’s only appropriate for List-cember’s first list to be about Christmas music.

I don’t know about you, but for me Christmas music is kind of an inescapable force during this time of year. It’s on the radio, it keeps you company during hold music and it is responsible for endless (and I mean ENDLESS) whistling. And while I’m sure you already have your favorites, the “classics” that you listen to (by choice or not) each year, allow me to introduce you to my top 5 Christmas Playlist Staples:

 

5) Christmas Tree – Lady Gaga

So no, this isn’t one of the old timey classics that defines my childhood or anything. This only came out six years ago and the only reason I heard it is because it was on Ellen DeGeneres’ Christmas Album. You can judge all you want, but before you do, click play, then jam, then regret all of your previous judgement, then realize this song has been stuck in your head for 4 weeks and hate me…until next year where you will ultimately lather, rinse and repeat the process.

 

4) Last Christmas – Wham!

I personally have never had someone re-gift my heart on Christmas, but damn if I haven’t belted this song out while decorating the tree. One year I made direct eye contact with my dog as I was singing and we had this weird moment of telepathy where we agreed to never betray each other. Shortly afterwards I sat down for a while because I was clearly having some hallucinogenic reaction to the fake tree.

 

3) My Grown Up Christmas List – Kelly Clarkson

This song reminds me of high school and the angsty holiday nights I spent singing music video style into the fogged up windows of my family’s minivan.

 

2) Dominic the Donkey – Lou Monte

You will never hear a song quite like this one, and you will never stop being conflicted as to why you enjoy it so much.

 

1) Donde Esta Santa Claus – Augie Rios

There is honestly no song I enjoy hearing more during the holidays than this. freaking. song. I don’t know if it’s because the boy is so precious or because it’s so catchy or because of some other, deeper, undiscovered psychological reason, but I love this damn song so much and I can’t wait to hear it too many times this month.

 

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Let me know.

Happy List-cember to you!