Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Top 10 (well, 12) Christmas Movies

10. Elf

9. White Christmas

8. A Charlie Brown Christmas/The Santa Clause

7. The Polar Express

6. Home Alone & Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

5. The Muppet Christmas Carol

4. A Christmas Story

3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

2. It’s a Wonderful Life

and the #1 Christmas Movie of All-Time is…

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

We’re a Little Bit Normal…& A Lot Griswold

From a very young age this became a tradition,
exploring foreign lands became our mission
Christmas vacations with the family led us to thrilling locations,
and exposed us to new and different cultures of various nations
My Mom, Dad, two older sisters and I did this together,
and made the trek no matter the weather
These trips started with a cruise in the Caribbean on a boat so grand,
that gave us the joy of feeling the heat of the Christmas sun firsthand
Kauai was a beautiful place that was like heaven,
we even met Pierce Brosnan, that’s right, 007!


Alaska, Iceland, Norway and Sweden gave us all wintry chills,
riding into snow covered adventures over those magical hills
Some of our trips were to places surprisingly pretty,
like Ushuaia, also known as the world’s southern most city

One part of the world had a special kind of allure and power,
unknown to most, including, at this point, Matt Lauer
It was a hotel made completely of ice,
including the bed, which was a definite roll of the dice
Here I tasted lingonberry juice for the first time while standing in snow,

in a block made of, well, you know
But alas, there is more to our journeys than snowmobiles and a sleigh ride,
like the wonderful food we excitedly tried
There was that night we broke bread with some Norwegians,
whilst getting a crash course in eating tendencies of the Scandinavian regions
One dish, two dish, three dish four-five and six,
together we desperately wondered, “how much more will they fix?”
Yet if you think this was a crazy dinner to be at,
wait until you read what, or who, I’ve kept hidden under the vacation meal hat…
There was one dinner I will never forget that ended with an uncomfortable recognition,
the main course was reindeer…I think you will excuse the following omission
Some hilariously inappropriate jokes have been told and a few you wouldn’t believe,
Like my Dad once telling a customs agent about where we were all conce—
Nevertheless, traveling is a bit of an art for my family, oh my,
Like strolling through freezing Beijing for eight hours that left me pleading, “but why?”
The answer was not found in the worn soles of my shoes,
but instead right in front of me with countless breathtaking views
Whether by car, train, plane or walking a long street,
How we arrived on time at these places was always a feat
Egypt, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Bali and Dubai,
each celebrating with festive spirit as majestic as Versailles
A good deal of our family’s traveling occurred during this time of year,
which always got us inspired and full of cheer
This family tradition led us into multiple passports with stamps galore,
with continents at 7 and thirty to forty countries we’ve come to adore
Memories were created that will last forever,
and when I have a family, I hope they too will enjoy this yearly endeavor!

Merry Christmas!!!

“‘Fra-gee-lay.’ It must be Italian”

It’s less than a week until Christmas and as it has become a tradition of sorts, the 24 hour cycle of the movie “A Christmas Story” on TBS will begin Christmas eve.

Here are two scenes to remind us all of its eternal greatness:

“‘Tis the Season to be Merry…”

Christmas is very special for myself as well as millions of people around the world when we celebrate this time of year and the festivities that surround this season with our family, friends and loved ones. For the next week and a half, there will be postings that symbolize some of the things/events Christmas has come to mean for so many of us.

Starting off with a classic: