December 8, 2023

Friday Family Fun And More Movies

Good Friday morning! Here we are smack dab in the middle of December! As expected, this month seems to be passing rapidly; I fear it will be over before I realize it is even here. I sent this message in our family group text a few weeks ago in hopes we could spend some time together enjoying the peace and joy of this Christmas season.

This week, Madison and Nicolas hosted a Favorite Things party! It was so much fun, and everyone was there. Madison asked each of us to bring three of the same item, a favorite thing. Something we used and loved, but nothing elaborate. Then, we each put our name in a bag three times. After each person presented his or her favorite thing, Madison chose a name, and one by one, we each picked something to keep. So we each came home with three special things. The most popular item was Flynn's Vaseline Advanced Care Body Lotion! She made such an excellent presentation that everyone wanted it, and it was the best! Rhett brought his favorite frozen pizzas and sodas. My item was a set of eucalyptus bath salt and lotion. One of the other favorite items was a huge pack of batteries! Anyone who wanted could also provide a favorite food. Flynn had McDonald's french fries delivered, Peyton made her chocolate chip cookies, Kyrstin brought shrimp cocktail, and Madison made her homemade macaroni and cheese, to name a few. We had a wonderful time and even watched a favorite movie, Leprechaun's Christmas Gold! 

In other news, my kids reminded me of several of our favorite movies I neglected to add to my last post. And yes. They read the blog! Here are some of our very favorites indeed.

The Grinch 2018

The First Christmas Snow 1975

Annabelle's Wish 1997

Red Boots for Christmas 1995

For the kids at heart...

Noelle 2019

Elf 2003

Christmas with the Kranks 2004

Falling for Christmas 2022

OK, I'm done! Promise! 
Have a festive, healthy, cozy weekend, my friends.
I plan on visiting your blogs this weekend.
Thank you for visiting mine!

Billie Jo


December 6, 2023

How Well Do You Know Your Christmas Movies?

The classic Christmas movies are the best, don't you think? Watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the first time with my children took me back to a magical place I thought I had left behind forever: childhood. I still remember watching Santa Claus is Coming to Town with a two-year-old Madison and realizing that I could experience the magic of Christmas again, this time through my child's eyes! We have many favorites, some familiar and some not so much. Let's see how many you remember on this snowy Wednesday morning. The answers are down below!












Thanks for playing, my friends. I am sure each of these is available on a streaming platform. Why not choose a favorite to watch tonight? Even watching without young children, we can experience the joy of childhood at Christmas, which is something we can all appreciate these days. There are many more I could have added, but these are our favorites. How did you do? Do you have a favorite?

Billie Jo


1. Frosty the Snowman~1969

2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer~1964

3. Jack Frost~1979

4. The Little Drummer Boy~1968

5. A Christmas Story~1983

6. Elf~2003

7. The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold~1981

8. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas~1974

9. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey~1977

10. The Year Without a Santa Claus~1974

11. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town~1970

( Google for the images )

Oh, One more thing! The stocking holder we use is available at Amazon. We used to hang our stockings from the fireplace mantle until one Christmas Eve when a little Peyton got bonked on the head with a heavy stocking holder letter from a word I can't remember. Those things went into the trash that night!

December 4, 2023

Monday Morning Coffee ~ Our Christmas Home 2023

Good Monday morning, my friends! Three weeks from today, we will wake to the joy that is Christmas Day. Until then, I plan on enjoying these December days by resisting the urge to do and, instead, simply be. And by snuggling in and enjoying our cozy Christmas home. I was more intentional with the decorating this year, choosing to use only the special things that bring us joy.


Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for visiting. I am always happy you do.

Billie Jo