We Wish You a Sappy Christmas

There’s something magical about the holiday season.  Maybe it’s the glittering lights, the snow, the holiday music.  Maybe it’s the wonder in children’s eyes, or curling up in front of the tree and watching old movies.  Perhaps most importantly, it’s spending time with family and friends from near and far, putting aside differences, and simply enjoying the moment.

It’s as if time stands still for just a little while.

I’m a sap.  I love that “Christmas feeling.”  It takes very little to make me misty-eyed at any time of year, but especially at Christmas.  A movie or even a well-crafted commercial can have me reaching for tissue in moments.

Like this Folger’s Coffee commercial:

Or, this video clip sent by a dear uncle of mine, where a girl asks Santa to bring her Dad back home from Iraq:


For those quiet moments in front of the tree, here’s my go-to list of holiday movies.  Granted, these are OLD, but they’re definite favourites:

It’s a Wonderful Life (Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version with Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood)
The Bells of St. Mary’s (Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman)
Meet Me in St. Louis (Judy Garland)
Christmas Vacation (Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo)

If you know of any newer great Christmas movies, let me know in the comments below!

If you’re finding it hard to get into the Christmas spirit and need some holiday Zen, check out these posts:

Let Go of Stress With Sparkle Twinkle – The Zen Mama’s Blog
Balancing it All – The 3 ‘P’s of pulling off December in Peace (and a North Pole Conspiracy?) – A Vision For Our Kids
Stressed?  3 Relaxation Tips – The Brighter Side of Life

I wish you a wonderful, magical holiday season.  A season where you witness and experience childlike wonder.  Where time with family and friends makes you feel warm and fuzzy to the tips of your toes.  Where you can forget the daily mayhem and embrace the holiday spirit.

Oh, and I asked Santa for this – it’s a gift for you too, regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas.

Now, get out there and enjoy the holiday spirit!  Just remember this quote from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas:

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”

 May you enjoy that “little bit more.”

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Ida Mae West-Simone December 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Oooh – I love this! This to me is the real magic of Christmas! I especially love that video with the girl and her dad and their hearts. Wow. Beautiful. Thanks for the link-up!


christineonthebrighterside December 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Thanks so much, Ida Mae! Yes, that one had me reaching for the Kleenex. I love the magical side of Christmas too. 🙂

You’re so welcome – loved your post!


Betsy/Zen Mama December 11, 2012 at 4:51 am

Nothing like having a sappy Christmas! I love all those movies, too, esp, it’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle. We have now added Elf to our list of favorites for our kids who haven’t begun to appreciate Black and White movies yet. I’ll watch the other videos now. By the way, I meant to comment on the Free Hugs campaign. There’s a few wonderful youtube videos out form that, too.


Betsy/Zen Mama December 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

And forgot to say… thanks for the link up!!


christineonthebrighterside December 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Hi Betsy – good idea on Elf! I have a feeling my boys won’t be getting into the black and white movies either. Btw, thanks for the info on the Free Hugs video clips!

You’re so welcome. Your Sparkle Twinkle post had me smiling. 🙂


Debbie Kemp December 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Great post Christine! Have a wonderful Christmas.
Love Debbie


christineonthebrighterside December 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Thank you so much, Debbie! You too – wishing you a beautiful Christmas.

Christine xoxo


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