Thanksgiving. The best holiday of the year. Wanna know why? Well, let me provide you with a list:
- No presents. No shopping. No wrapping. None. Nada. Zipp. Glorious.
- My momma’s oyster dressing.
- Gravy. Like, all over the place.
- Dressing up the dog and taking pictures of him. He loves this so much.
- Football. That’s more for the boys but I enjoy it as background noise. It pairs well with #6.
- Napping. All over the place. Like the gravy. Because of the gravy.
- No other plans. Like, for two whole days. No shopping, no going, no to-doing, no cleaning (except baths. There will be baths.) We are just going to … be. We will play board games and take the dog on walks and be. THIS IS AWESOME.
- The Macy’s Day Parade. Of course.
- My father in law’s Keurig. It’s elfin magic.
- My children’s faces when they first see the Thanksgiving table. It’s like Christmas morning, but without it being morning and there are no presents and it’s just food but you know. It’s food.
I do realize that “family” made it in the middle of the list. Should have been first, I think. I think my focus is on the NON gift giving aspect of this holiday because, holy entitlement, my children have ENOUGH STUFF. They would disagree, of course. Little hoarders. They have an entire drawer full of half broken Chinese plastic pieces from McDonald’s Happy Meals and I swear, those Happy Meals toys procreate, y’all. The drawer is growing.
But, I digress.
Ok, so this Thanksgiving I wanted to give you another list. This one is for those of you who like to throw on a movie, or three, while you are relaxing and eating turkey sandwiches. It’s not a proper Thanksgiving for me unless there are copious movies. And, I want the kinds that make me all happy and grateful. Like a big happy hug of a movie. So, here goes:
MOMSIE’S TOP TEN NETFLIX PICKS TO MAKE YOU FEEL ALL WARM AND FUZZY ON THIS THANKSGIVING:
- Angel in the House. Toni Colette and Ioan Gruffud (of Amazing Grace) play bereaved parents, trying to conceive, until 7 year old Eli shows up on their doorstep. Prepare to cry. The ugly kind, but still, in a good way.
Love. Lessons. Loneliness. A little magic and French accents. Also, Jeff Bridges.
You think by #3 it might have lost its… mojo. But no. And the animation is incredible. Just a visual feast.
Also, Bryan Cranston and Dustin Hoffman and that Jack Black guy. You’re welcome.
Um… I know this isn’t exactly family fun. My kids would protest. But… I love it. Can’t help it. It’s full of schlock and silly romance and that dude from that one show from the 80’s… Also this: my gosh people, if my dating life had been at ALL like this life would have been grand. Course, then, I would not have married the current hubs because he is so NOT that one dude from that 80’s show… But you know, reality and all. It’s here to stay.
5. Still one of the best. The Macy’s Day parade scene? Classic. And the part with the letters at the courthouse? Still makes me cry. Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus.
King Julien? He is my alter-ego. I mean, just look at him.
7. Holy puppy chow. The cuteness. Also, watched it with my rescue dog, Hosmer, all up on my lap. He told me it was two paws up.
Ok, the production value on this is a bit lower – it is produced by a Christian film company that is still small, and you can see that, BUT: I love films like this. I don’t care. It’s wonderful and the message is perfect for all of us. Everyone deserves second chances. Always.
I LOVE THIS SHOW. IT’S FOOD AND CUTENESS AT THE SAME TIME.
Best adaptation ever. Best soundtrack. Best lion voice. Best witch. Best child actors. Best MESSAGE.
May we all know the deep magic.
Much love to you and yours this Thanksgiving. Enjoy the feasting and the festivity and cuddle up with your family and enjoy the Netflix. God bless us, everyone.
Oh, and ALSO!!! Gilmore Girls!!! They’re coming!!!! November 25th! Squeeeeee!
Happy Thanksgiving, from Netflix and Momsie.