The Christmas decorations are going up around the house this weekend as I write this, so Leslie Hachtel’s topic is very timely:
What is your favorite holiday movie? Book?
My favourite holiday movie really has nothing to do with Christmas at all. I’m not sure why it became a staple at this time of year, but the Sound of Music always appears on TV in December, and it has always been one of my favourite movies – at any time of the year, really. After all, it’s one of the most romantic stories ever -- the irrepressible Maria who changes the lives of an entire family by falling in love with the authoritarian Captain, all while escaping the Nazis.
I’m also a big fan of How the Grinch Stole Christmas – the original 1966 animated TV special with Dr. Suess’ illustrations. Not to knock the newer versions that have come out (to be honest I haven’t even seen them) but the version I grew up with will always be my favourite.
As for books, I can’t say I have a favourite holiday book. But I know for very many years one of my most anticipated presents was the newest Dick Francis novel. It was usually released in October or November, and the hardcover was a staple on my Christmas list. While I love my e-reader, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of a brand-new book, with its fresh pages and pristine cover. My parents also liked reading Dick Francis, so they would buy the book and both read it (being very careful not to crack the spine) then wrap it up for me to find under the tree. They kept that little secret from me for a long time!
What about you? Any favourite Christmas stories? Then hop on over to Jenna Da Sie to learn what her favourites are!