Merry Christmas!

If you’re a Christmas-celebrating person then I hope you have a magical, relaxing, reflective, festive day with your loved ones- whomever and however many that may be.

Last night we went to my favorite church service. Today we house-hop and see all the fam.

We had a company Christmas party on Friday. I’m hoping to see some friends that are in town this week, too.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I still hope you have a wonderful day with some downtime and goodies and cheer.

See you on Thursday for some BOOK reflections! 📚

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The Good, The Bad, & The Cheesy

I’ve been hitting the Christmas movies hard this year. Have you watched any Hallmark or Netflix movies yet? I took my Christmas streaming list seriously and decided to report back. If you’ve watched any of these cheesy love stories let’s discuss in the comments!

Road to Christmas (Hallmark 2018)
Good: I really loved the cross-country trip. The map visual was cute. I felt like the chemistry between Maggie and Danny was great, too.
Bad: The snowman contest left me going w.t.f.
Cheesy: The draaaamaaa was ridiculous, both between the bros and between Maggie & Danny.

Christmas Wonderland (Hallmark 2018)
Good: The acting is surprising really, really great in this movie. Even the kids are talented.
Bad: Her job behavior is sh*t. I think she enjoys her job and I think she’s good at her job… but everyone gives her crap because she moved to NYC to paint and now she’s an art dealer with no inspiration or free time. She’s just a successful adult. *eyeroll* Also, she treated her boss and assistant kinda sh*tty, too.
Cheesy: The godawful dance scene. Things were so good until that point.

The Princess Switch (Netflix 2018)
Good: The setting for this movie is stunning. I also appreciated the deception with minimal drama.
Bad: I wanted her baking career to be more of a thing. She’s not excited about it and it seems like no one else is either.
Cheesy: I mean… the acting is a little cheesy. And the romances. But that’s why we watch, right?

A Christmas Prince (Netflix 2017)
Good: Princess Emily. She was quick and witty from the start but not in a bratty way. I thought her bond and honestly with Amber was a plus. And the prince before he shaved. And the scenery.
Bad: The prince’s bad acting when he’s in proper royal mode.
Cheesy: I hate Amber’s acting. I won’t lie. It all feels forced- including the chemistry.

A Christmas Prince: The  Royal Wedding (Netflix 2018)
Good: It’s a different character, but her dad is great. I love him. Same with Mr. Zabala.
Bad: The peak moment with the bad guy was anticlimactic. That could’ve been cooler.
Cheesy: The wedding itself. YAWN.

The Holiday Calendar (Netflix 2018)
Good: I thought the love triangle was tastefully done.
Bad: Josh’s hair. Sorry, but it’s distracting and I don’t like the style.
Cheesy: The stupid camera thing Abby and Josh do. Honestly. *eyeroll*

Christmas Inheritance (Netflix 2017)
Good: I definitely started crying during the snowstorm when Ellie helped out. Also, the self awareness of the cheese factor is refreshing. I liked it. The letter reading part made me sob, too. WTF.
Bad: The drama for the sake of drama is a little much at times- especially regarding Ellie and her image and her reputation.
Cheesy: The change of heart when she holds a baby. Apparently her ovaries woke up & saved the day. Also, the end, but that’s a good thing since that’s what we’re all looking for.

I also watched:

  • The Grinch (2018)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • The Santa Clause 1, 2, & 3
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – FINALLY

My favorite was definitely Christmas Inheritance. Let’s hear it for the film where the leading lady DOESN’T have to give up her career!

What was your favorite? Which one(s) didn’t you like?

Good Tidings We Bring

We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas and I still haven’t seen a flake of snow in this town… but at least our home is festive. We had an ugly sweater party last year but this year we’re not hosting any Christmas shindigs. Since no one will be witnessing our decorations I decided I will just share some pictures here!

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Love my art from AmberThomasMakes !

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Cute little Lylee cameo

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Photo quality is lacking, but the house looks best at night so I tried to capture my pictures in the evening. Now we just need to stock the house with hot cocoa and hope for some snow. (I was just told about the Holiday Home Tour– linking up now!)

We’re getting so close to Christmas (yay!) and the new year, and I’m so grateful to share my home with those I love ❤️

-Louise

A Grateful Heart with Ember Grey