When it comes to this time of year, I can't get enough of watching holiday movies with my family. While I start watching movies with the girls right after Halloween as we are usually sent some DVDs to review for the blog, I don't pull out my full collection until the week of Thanksgiving. This is the kick off for the season for us, as we will put the Christmas tree up after Thanksgiving dinner.
It has become tradition for everyone who comes for dinner to bring a new ornament for the tree that has some special meaning. Some make personalized ornaments, or in my mom's case, she likes to knit things like stockings, snowflakes, etc. Others opt for ones they find at a holiday craft fair, while others simply go to the store and pick one up. After everyone is done eating and the food is put away, everyone piles into the living and we share our ornament and why it is so special. My plan with all the ornaments is down the road to split them up between the girls, so that when they move and start a family of their own they will have a box full of ornaments to decorate their first Christmas tree with. I also started an ornament collection for the girls and add a few ornaments to their box every year. usually I will include one with their age, or a favorite movie or television character they have liked in a given year, along with another personalized one. I know that when they have children of their own, they will have fun sharing all their ornaments and the stories behind them.
While we hang ornaments on the tree, I have holiday music playing so that everyone can sing along to -- even if you can't sing, when you get everyone singing at the same time....it always sounds good! ;-)
When the tree is done, we will find a spot on the couch or chairs in the living and settle in to watch a handful of holiday movies, while we wait for our bellies to make room for coffee and dessert.
Last year, I shared Angels Sing: A Christmas Movie with my family and friends and they said we had to make this a new tradition of watching it on Thanksgiving. They loved it so much, and so did I. So, this was first on movie must watch this.
And, to make movie viewing that much more fun and comfortable, I bought everyone a pair of holiday themed pajamas or a shirt to wear. Some were wearing Santa pajamas, others were elves.
It was so cute to see everyone dressed for the season...and, it made for great photos, too.
Everyone agreed, sipping on hot chocolate and weary comfy holiday pajamas was so much fun, and one thing they will remember for years to come. I can't wait to see what next year's Thanksgiving viewing of Angels Sing brings in terms of new family traditions. But, in the meantime, we are enjoying all the new ornaments on the tree, and thinking about all the fun memories we made this past Thanksgiving, thanks in part to one heartwarming holiday film, that should be on the top of everyone''s holiday movie watch list....Angels Sing: A Christmas Movie.
Here is more about the movie and the official trailer, if you have never heard of it...
Christmas has always been a favorite holiday of mine, not because of the gifts, but because of how it brings families together and creates memories that last a lifetime. I was so glad to be able to share this wonderful family-friendly movie with my family this past weekend and know it will be one we watched again and again when the holidays roll around. This movie will also get you excited about piling the family in the car to check out the holiday lights. Just like in years past, after we finished watching this movie, we went to a few neighborhoods and homes in the area that go crazy with Christmas lights. And, just like in years past, Savannah is always quick to ask if we can add more lights to our house, in hopes that the neighbors will join in and light up the street with beautiful Christmas lights. :-)
If you and your family love to gather and enjoy each others company as you watch wholesome family movies (or like me you are a Harry Connick Jr. fan and have to watch all his movies), then you will definitely want to pick up "Angels Sing: A Christmas Movie," available now on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Why not host your own family movie night to share this great holiday movie with those you love dear. Here are so tips to help plan your upcoming #AngelsSing movie night...
Disclosure: I was sent promotional items in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.