It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

I can’t believe it’s already December, and that Christmas and my birthday are right around the corner!

On Saturday, I am getting the best birthday gift of all, which is to fly back to New York…ahem… first class.  Woo-Hoo!  I seriously cannot wait!

It’s crazy to think that today I spent one of my last days in Grenada soaking up some sun, but by Saturday, we’ll be back to the blistering cold again.

Here’s a shot from the beach today…

Grand Anse Beach

And how appropriate that we should return back to a New York winter, considering the first time we arrived in Grenada, we were escaping one of the worst New York winters ever!

January 2010. One of our first days ever in Grenada.

I guess you could say, we are coming full circle.

I’m definitely looking forward to some snow, which I can’t believe I actually just said, but I truly am.  I think what I’m really excited about is just being back in the great U.S. of A, and being with our families for the holiday season.

I have to give it to Grenada, they really do a great job bringing the holiday vibe to the island, despite the uncharacteristically hot, balmy weather.  Since mid October (yes, mid-October) all the workers in the local shops have been sporting red Santa hats, and everywhere you go, they play Christmas music.  Get this, one of the most popular albums they play is Dolly Parton’s “Home For Christmas!”  If that’s not random, I don’t know what is!  Let’s just say, I’m thrilled about it!

Snazzy outfit, Doll.

I have to admit, though, it definitely hasn’t been easy to get into the holiday spirit, even with Dolly on my side.  That is why I cannot wait to soak up all the holiday season has to offer in New York with Matt’s family, and Michigan with my family.

I fully intend on watching some of my favorite holiday flicks like…

1.)  Serendipity

This movie captures the holiday’s in NYC perfectly, complete with a glove war at Bloomingdale’s, and ice skating at Rockefeller Center.

And maybe Matt and I might finally make it into the city for some frozen hot chocolate at  the famous Serendipity 3, where we’ve meant to go since we started dating 4.5 years ago!  We haven’t made it yet, but here’s hoping.

Serendipity 3, where the film Serendipity was shot. P.S. It's right around the corner from Bloomingdale's, too, which could be dangerous...or fantastic!

2.)  Little Women

Don’t make fun!  This is one of my movies ever, mostly because I remind myself of Jo.  By the way, I took a Facebook quiz not too long ago called, “Which March sister are you?”, and I got Meg!  I was seriously so mad, I took it 3 more times, until I manipulated it to tell me I was the most like Jo.  True story.

Oh Marmee...P.S. I think I might have my future children call me Marmee, how cute is that?

3.)  Love Actually

Does anyone remember the scene from this film where Keira Knightly marries her husband, and he surprises her with a gospel choir singing the Beatles tune “All You Need is Love?”

Well, Matt and I thoroughly looked into getting a gospel choir our wedding, but after some in-depth research on YouTube of other people who apparently thought it was a cool idea too, we decided against it.  Let me just say, some things are just better relayed on film than in real life, but I fully intend on reliving that moment watching “Love Actually” this Christmas.

4.)  A Christmas Story

This movie is such a gem.  If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it.

“You’re gonna shoot yer eye out!  You’re gonna shoot yer eye out!”

Poor Randy...

5.)  Meet Me in St. Louis

Come on, you knew a theater nerd couldn’t resist a musical to get into the holiday spirit, right?

Wasn't Judy G. a total betty in her day?

I don’t know, there’s just something about the way Judy sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that gets me every time…


Hmmm…other things I’m looking forward to this holiday season…wearing my new down coat, sporting my Uggs with chunky sweaters, getting my huuuurr did, eating lots of cookies (particularly the sugar cookies with frosting that my sis-in-law makes), spending time with family and friends, eating my mom’s stuffed peppers, eating my mother in law’s meatloaf…I’m starting to notice that most of the things I’m looking forward to revolve around food…not done yet, though…drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream, pumpkin spice Coffee-Mate coffee creamer, Starbuck’s chai lattes, the sugar cookies with the Christmas tree’s and bells in the middle, my dad’s egg “mcmuffins”, pizzelle’s, and maybe some banana pancakes (made by Matt hopefully!).


What are you all looking forward to this holiday season?

~The End

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30 thoughts on “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

  1. You picked the best movies ever. Serendipity and Love Actually are in my top 10 favorite movies no matter the time of year. And my friend and I spend every Christmas Eve together since her husband works and my family is lame, and we ALWAYS watch Little Women.

    That said, I am looking forward to Christmas Eve. Little Women and then midnight mass. It makes me feel so warm and cozy and happy.

    Happy holidays. 🙂

  2. Ahhh!!! Pizzelle’s!!! I was explaining to an Italian lady just yesterday what a pizzelle is. She didn’t know, can you believe it?! There a family tradition and I’m not even Italian. But growing up my dad and his parents had tons of Italian friends in North East Ohio. We make them every year! Yay for Christmas!

    • Pizzelle’s are my jam! For some reason I used to think they were really low in calories, and one Christmas I ate about a hundred! Five pounds later, I realized it’s just like eating a regular cookie! Dang it. I still LOVE them, though!

  3. How is Home Alone not on the list? That’s pretty much the only movie I need to watch at Christmastime. I used to be able to quote pretty much the whole movie. I’ve never seen Love Actually, but maybe I should!

    • Oh yes, Home Alone! I love that one, too. It’s probably not on my list because every time I watch that movie it gives me mild anxiety…kid alone for Xmas tearing up the house…Ha! It’s still a great holiday flick, though!

  4. Hi hun! 🙂

    Hmmm… Christmas is going to find me home alone, but I’m OK with that as I have ordered 20 Blank E240 VHS tapes so I can record movies and my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special!

    I have many fond Christmas memories, but now the kids I looked after are all full grown with families of their own, so I’m just a Goosberry these days.

    One thing I do know they regret – that I’m too ill to babysit because Pat is being run ragged looking after the burgeoning tribe of toddlers! 🙂

    Love and best wishes!


    • Prenin, so I love “Doctor Who!” I love the BBC. I hope you have fun watching it over the holiday’s! Maybe next year you can help Pat watch her little tribe;)

      • Hi Sarah! 🙂

        Oh Gawd – looking after kids was OK when I was well, but there’s over a dozen of the little darlings!!! LoL!!!

        Being ill was the best excuse for NOT being a free babysitter and Pat is run ragged!!! LoL!!!

        Love and hugs!


  5. sarah, i love love the old movie, t he house without a christmas tree. reminds me so much of my childhood. IT IS WITH JASON ROBARDS. THE GIRL IN IT IS JUST SO SPUNKY!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE NEWLYWEDS AT PARENTS HOUSE

  6. I loved that you picked Little Women as a movie to watch this holiday season. I watch it ever year too. I couldn’t find it on DVD two years ago and went to every movie store possible to find it!

    I’m looking forward to snow as well, I live in Southern Cali and obv we don’t get any here, but home in Arizona we do. Nothing to me is more holidayish than snow on Christmas Eve and Day!

    Safe travesl back to the states!

  7. It’s a Wonderful Life (B&W) and Elf are 2 of my faves to watch every year. And with the kids…Home Alone, Grinch and Frosty. I know one of my sisters is Family Man. Looking forward to time alone with my little family as well as seeing the extended family and friends over the holidays!

    • Awe, I love “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and can you believe I’ve never seen “Elf?” I’m going to have to make a point of seeing it this year. Omg, and “Family Man” should have been on my list, too, because that is one of my absolute favorites!! Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Ooo, I’m excited to be in the States too! I’m excited to not have to do dishes several times a day; I’m excited to see a garbage disposal; I’m excited for hot-tubbing in snowfall; no more mosquito bites or make-up melting off; I’m excited to have a Lemon Drop martini to gear me up for extended family C-mas parties (both Ryan & I have more than 100 ppl at these functions).

  9. I am watching Christmas Story on cable right now and Serendipity is my 2nd favorite movie of all time! I saw it 6 times in the theatre I loved it so much.

  10. Sar, for some annoying reason your posts aren’t showing up on my google reader… Stupid… I googled your blog just now to find you!! such a bitter sweet post right? I bet in one month you will be like ahhh just one day back on the beach.. 😉 ps I wont be in Michigan for xmas, 😦 but I hope it snows for you.. Last year there was no snow until Jan. 6 when I was in labor with Luke… 😉 Happy Birth week… I think they should be birthweeks or months even… xo

  11. Have you ever seen the Dolly Parton gem, A Smoky Mountain Christmas? It is one of my all time faves! You must seek it out! 🙂 Love Actually and Little Women are on my list too!

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