“Do you have a favorite Christmas/holiday novel? What about your favorite movie? Do you restrict reading/viewing of Christmas/holiday themed books/movies to the holiday season?”
I think everyone who is even slightly acquainted with me knows that I LOVE Christmas. So it isn’t surprising that I have a favorite Christmas book, movie, song, etc. In fact, I have more than one.
My favorite Christmas book is Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray. I’ve read this book three times since I purchased it in 2013. It is such a wonderful comedy. I love the relationship between the mother and her son. The mishaps that the trio stumble into while on this Christmas roadtrip for work is laugh-out-loud funny.
Anything can happen on the road to Nowhere…
A journalist and single mother, Avery is used to being in control though she tries to remind her-self to let God take lead in her life. Eli, her son, is happy as long as he has his music, plenty of food, and the occasional adult on which to practice his rapier wit. Gavin, a virtual stranger, is a photojournalist who mysteriously dropped off the scene a few years ago.
The trio ends up together for a Christmas road trip to the small town of Nowhere. An eight hour drive in a rental car turns into two days of misadventure and calamity as bad luck seems to stalk them. They get a flat tire, the bumper falls off, the car overheats – and that’s only the beginning! Along the way they meet some interesting people – from a bait shop owner who moonlights as a mechanic to a chatty preacher’s wife and a highway patrolman whose wife and mother can’t agree on the best way to remove a skunk’s stink.
Hungry, cold, and tired, the three finally reach Nowhere only to discover the town is nothing like they expected. They learn that reaching their destination doesn’t necessarily mean the journey has ended
My favorite Christmas movie of all time is White Christmas with Bing Crosby. I didn’t grow up watching this movie. In fact, I don’t even remember watching it until 2010. I was staying with my parents for a few months with my kids. My dad had slipped on ice and broken his wrist so he was off of work for several weeks but he kept himself on his 3rd shift schedule. Wyatt was teething that December and like clockwork every night Wyatt would wake around 11pm and be up for an hour or two. I’d take him down to the living room where my dad would be watching White Christmas on tv (I think it was AMC that was showing it every night in December that year). We watched that movie several times that year. I fell in love with it. I couldn’t believe I had never watched it before then.
I don’t start reading Christmas books until October, there are so many to get through that it seems like I read them earlier and earlier every year. It used to be my daughter wouldn’t let me watch Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving. She was adamant about that. Then she was alright with them as long as it was AFTER Halloween. This year, she said it was ok with her if I start watching them in October because that is when they start putting the new movies on tv. I only watched a few in October but today is November 1 and I’m ready to start watching more Christmas movies. I am on my 3rd Christmas book of the year.
Is there a Christmas book or movie that you are looking forward to this holiday season?
I like the story line of White Christmas — army buddies get together to help their former commander — but I really DON’T like all the songs and dance numbers.
That said, I DO like the specific song, Berlin’s “White Christmas.”
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I may have mentioned this before, but as many times in my life that I watched White Christmas, it took until about 25 years ago for my train-buff son to point out that when they are traveling from Florida to Vermont, the studio used stock footage of a train, a Santa Fe train, which would be traveling nowhere near the east coast.
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You have a nice list of favorites. I hope you enjoy them this year too.
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I’ve had Nowhere for Christmas on my Kindle app for a long time and finally read it a few years ago. I agree, it’s an awesome story! I watched White Christmas when I was growing up and loved the costumes. What an elegant time.
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I do love the costumes in White Christmas. I would love to have dresses like the Haynes sisters get to wear.