It was all "time to make your own fun" for my folks, which may have worked in the 1950's but did not work at all in the 1980's. I spent endless hours riding my bike up and down the street in the sweltering heat wishing that someone would bake gingerbread with me or do anything with me for that matter, and the hours felt like weeks. All of my friends had already taken off for their Christmas holidays to the beach or somewhere that seemed infinitely cooler than anything I had planned, or at least that's what I thought back then anyway.
I always wanted the lead up to Christmas to mean something more for my kids. Not more gifts or things, just more of a sense of being together and enjoying the anticipation rather than enduring it. We have whiled away our time with games, Christmas themed movies, trips to see the Christmas Lights and Myers' window displays, long lunches out and on the deck, and now that we have reached Christmas Eve it is time to bust out a little holiday baking and cooking as a means to get the final 24 hours to speed along; especially for Seth who doesn't have the luxury of a little afternoon tipple and a nap to make the time seem so much brighter and briefer.
So tonight is the night, the night before Christmas, the night to stack the presents under the tree, to fill the stockings and enjoy the company of your loved ones.
And I shall roast up a beast - trimmed with delicious things
So my family may feast in the glow of tiny lights on strings
And then we will gather to watch our favourite pre-Christmas show
With a delightful dessert, a seasonal drink, and no threat of snow
And toasting the evening, we'll then take to our beds
And rest with anticipation swimming 'round in our heads....
Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful readers, I hope you all enjoy a marvelous and magical Christmas filled with all of the best things that the season has to offer xxx
Release Date: 2009
Running Time: 96 mins
A beautifully realised, animated adaptation of the classic 1843 Charles Dicken's novella of the same name. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this movie is a Christmas favourite in our home and one that we return to every year to get us all into the spirit of the season.
A miserly accountant named Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is awakened on Christmas Eve by the three ghosts from his past, present and future, that will force him to address his cruel and unfeeling ways, before it is too late.
The animation is an absolute delight to behold, the classic snowy London backdrop is portrayed perfectly, and the sights and sounds are magical. The story is essentially as dark as it is hopeful, so there are a few scares for the little ones, but there is also a lot of colour and adventure for them to enjoy. A Christmas Carol really gets to the heart of what Christmas is truly about, and it's a great moral tale in regards to life and how it is never too late to change your ways.
FINAL SAY: Bah! Humbug!
4 Chili Peppers