Sing with me:
Christmas time is here…
Happiness and cheer…
Fun for all, that Momsie calls…
A time to watch a whole lotta Netflix.
Christmas means a lot of special things for my family. We decorate cookies, and so also the house, with twenty pounds of sprinkles. We argue about the Elf on the Shelf not showing up because I don’t need that kind of hassle and that Elf is shifty, and he’s clearly out to get me. We sing O HOLY NIGHT at the top of our lungs at all parts of the day, and often meow the lyrics when we forget them.
That last one is a bit embarrassing to admit, but when has that ever stopped me from sharing that with you?
Another tradition? Movies. Gobs and gobs of Christmas movies.
Let me be perfectly clear: I love all Christmas movies. If it has a Santa, and some tinsel, and maybe a talking puppy, I am THERE.
If there is a schmaltzy Hallmark storyline? I am there, with a bowl of popcorn, shouting out all the predictable plot points. (I usually watch these movies alone. I wonder why?)
If Jesus actually shows up (about 50% of the time, but you know. Santa has more pull in Hollywood. Don’t even get me started on that) I am SO TOTALLY ON BOARD. YO, JESUS! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
So, without further ado, here is my yearly list a la Netflix!
Momsie’s Favorite Holiday Movies (in no particular order because I can never get that organized)
Ok, this is a Hallmarky one. She’s a sassy journalist who wears Converse shoes at the palace. Oh, yes, there’s a palace. A big one. And yes, a spoiled little sister with a disability so we feel all Tiny Tim about her. Mean little sister becomes nice within five minutes of meeting sassy Converse girl. And also, there’s a Prince. Thus the title. He’s dreamy and has a cleft jaw. And there’s a wicked ex-girlfriend and a whole lot of sparkly lights.
OH AND DID I MENTION, A MAKEOVER SCENE? It was so Pretty Woman! Except not! Because the hooker with a heart of gold theme is NOT CHRISTMASSY. That would be weird.
So, you know. This movie is not one I watched with the boys because they were over it around the time that the sparkly ball gown showed up (in the trailer). It was just me and my eggnog and that was also FINE WITH ME. MAMA ALONE.
I’m on a roll here, with the romance. This one is a repeat from my last year’s list, because oh my goodness I just love it so much. Saved By the Bell guy is cute and funny. Blonde girl is sassy, which seems to be a popular trait in all these movies. And, she learns to have good will towards man and all that. It’s a totally innovative storyline, huh?
Ok, not. This movie exists already and THAT’S WHY I LIKE IT. NO SURPRISES. LIFE IS SURPRISING ENOUGH.
It’s a “folding laundry” movie. Meaning, I can watch it and fold laundry and putter about and it’s comforting and cozy and oh my gosh I love it so. All of us parents need a “folding laundry” movie on standby. Especially when the Christmas rush has us frazzled.
3. Speaking of FRAZZLED, did you know this actually exists??
I know the trailer says it’s not an actual source of heat, but you go ahead and stand in front of it. Go on, I’ll wait. Hold your hands out towards it. Feel it? Warm, huh?!
It’s Netflix Christmas magic.
Also, just so you know:
4. THIS ALSO EXISTS:
I know it has nothing to do with Christmas, but you know. Just in case you get hot.
5. Ok, now something for the kiddies:
I know. It’s not exactly Christmas cheer, but it speaks, deeply, to my inner Scrooge. Like, almost too deeply. There are so many moments where I find myself silently siding with Count Olaf.
Did I just say that out loud? I did. So, allow me to redeem myself:
EVERYTHING THOMAS! THOMASPALOOZA! CHEEKY CHRISTMAS TRAINS!
Disclaimer: I can’t actually get (bribe) my boys to watch anything Thomas anymore. They’re all grown up, at the massively sophisticated ages of 7 and 9. Sniffle. But, I still proclaim that ALL of the Thomas the Train holiday movies are adorable and wonderful and when you watch them you feel all warm and wonderful too. How’s that for a lot of adjectives?
You cannot go wrong. You simply can’t.
7. Also, there’s THIS:
Um, so you can watch this with your 7 and 9 year olds and not get bored. And it has the woman from Mad TV. And there’s a paintball scene. So, you know, my boys think it’s Citizen Kane.
8. I also got to sneak this movie in with my boys, because Blonde had just finished reading Sarah Plain and Tall, so I told him this was the same kind of thing, all old-fashioned and old-timey and… old. But in a good way.
Also, I read ALL the Mandie books as a girl. The movies do right by the author. And they wear those cute hats and MUFFS. When did MUFFS go out of fashion? I could rock a muff, I tell you.
ALSO, I PROMISE. THEY DON’T ACTUALLY FORGET CHRISTMAS IN THIS MOVIE.
9. And this:
NEWS FLASH: The Christmas Candle actually ACTUALLY HAS JESUS IN IT.
10. And now, we must move on to one of my absolute favorite traditions EVER this time of year:
Sing with me (to the tune of O Holy Night):
So we start with the Great British Bake Off Masterclass, Christmas Edition. Paul makes a gingerbread house, because he can.
Paul Hollywood could make a peanut butter sandwich for all I care.
11. So, also there is this:
I mentioned previously that we decorate cookies. Every year. EVERY flipping year, my sweet boys ask if we can bake cookies and then decorate them. And I get it, boys. I really do. It’s a Christmas thing, so we make the cookies. And then, we frost them.
But y’all? WITHIN FIVE MINUTES I AM IRRITATED.
So, we’re just gonna skip the cookies and watch this instead, MmmK?
12. And! THIS:
I know. It’s not a Christmas show at all, so I added a Christmas tree for you. THE NEW SEASON IS OUT AND IT’S BRITISH RESERVE AT ITS BEST.
By the way, are you planning on traveling during the holidays? Netflix is here for you!
Or, if you’re thinking “It’s not about me. It’s all about the children.”
And so, that’s it. My 12 Days of Netflix. Enjoy your viewing and Merry Christmas to you!
Oh, and also?