Now that we’re into December many of us are now focused on decking the halls and taking part in whatever our own unique family traditions are. For me this involves discussions on how best to decorate the tree, usually degenerating into heated debates on where exactly someone can shove the bauble that Aunty Molly got us, trying to convince my 37 yr old brother that it’s okay for us not to pretend the presents in our stockings come from Santa now, and watching A Christmas Carol.
This got me thinking about Christmases past, present and future. I’m sure it will be a total shock that my presents tend to be books, films and film/book related gifts like the Shadowhunter t-shirt that if my parents are reading this better be there this year! 🙂
Growing up there was one movie that absolutely HAD to be watched. It didn’t matter how many times we’d watched it, or that I could re-enact the entire movie or that my parents were probably ready to jump off the roof if they had to watch it one more time, this one had to go on. That movie was Santa Claus: The Movie. Seeing Dudley Moore as the elf Patch, heading off to New York believing that Santa didn’t like him anymore, getting caught up with the evil toy manufacturer and trying to revolutionise Christmas got me every time. Would Santa and those annoying children manage to convince Patch to come home???
Over the years book presents included Little Women – a beautiful edition my mum won in Sunday School as a little girl – The Little Vampire (my taste for the paranormal started early!), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory(so did my taste for chocolate!) and the Mallory Towers series. Some of these books I still have, others I lost sight of over the years but I’ll never forget the experience of reading them all for the first time.
This year in terms of Christmas films there are two new-ish additions in the form of Arthur Christmas a hilarious animation starring one of my dream husbands (and yes I know he’s already married!) James McAvoy and Rise of the Guardians which stars another of my dream husbands, Chris Pine (I don’t think he’s already married?). Present wise, I’m fully expecting Man of Steel this year. Given the amount of drool and impure thoughts that might occur when watching that I might watch it on my own or with friends rather than the parentals. 😉
In terms of books, I am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that Santa will bring Crown of Midnight, World After, Allegiant and A Fatal Winter. And I’m not going to lie, if they’re not there on Christmas morning there may be a slight tantrum or two. 🙂
Obviously this is tough to predict given we don’t know all the incredible stuff that might come out in 2014 ! Two things I know for sure though is that at some point next year, whether it’s birthday, Christmas or just because I want it, I WILL get Dreams of Gods and Monsters and The Originals, season 1 boxset because Klaus is a truly horrible but awesome character and I’m a teeny bit in love with Elijah. 🙂
What about you? Any favourite gifts or Christmas experiences from the past?
What are you hoping to find under your tree this year?