The 10 Best Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

Happy December and Merry Christmas! December is one of my favorite months out of the year because of my love of Christmas time and the holiday season.  Each December, I love to relax in between holiday shopping with cozy winter days spent at home in cozy pajamas, drinking hot chocolates, baking holiday cookies, and watching Christmas movies!  This year I wanted to share ten of my favorite Christmas movies with you all that I am always sure to watch every single year.  I hope these movies become part of your Christmas traditions as well!

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1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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My number one favorite!  The Chicago-based Christmas comedy is about a man wanting to have the perfect family Christmas, with perfect holiday decorations, the perfect Christmas tree, and the perfect family Christmas Eve celebration.  But trying too much to make everything perfect, everything begins to fall apart.

2. Elf

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My second Christmas favorite! This movie begins with a baby living in an orphanage who crawls into Santa’s bag on Christmas Eve and is transported to the North Pole.  He becomes raised by elves living in the North Pole and eventually travels to New York City in search of his real father and bringing the spirit of Christmas to those in New York City.

3. Christmas With the Kranks

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So many laughs in this one.  I just watched this movie last night and could not stop laughing.  In this Chicago-based movie, a couple finally alone for the holidays after their daughter moves out, plan to skip Christmas and all traditions and rituals associated with the holiday.  But with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors and residents of Chicago, the couple cannot catch a break from being ridiculed for their skipping Christmas and lack of Christmas spirit.

4. Home Alone

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When 8-year-old Kevin acts out in front of his family and relatives the night before a family trip to Paris, he is sent up to sleep in the attic, wishing he didn’t have a family and could live alone.  When he awakens to an empty house the next morning after his whole family forgot about him in the attic and left to the airport in such a rush, Kevin begins to believe that his wish for no family came true.  He has the time of his life until two bad guys plan to rob his house, in which Kevin becomes the man of the house and does everything to protect his home.

5. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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In this Home Alone sequel, Kevin is put in a similar situation as in the first movie, except this time he is lost in one of the biggest cities in the world, New York City.  Instead of being forgotten in the attic, Kevin loses track of his father at the airport when they all try to take a family trip to Florida.  Thinking he sees his father, Kevin follows the man onto a plane that turns out to be flying to New York City, while the rest of his family is on their way to Florida for Christmas.  Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin has the Christmas vacation he always wanted on his own and exploring the big city.  But when the same bad guys end up being in New York as well, Kevin does everything he can to stop them from robbing a toy store before Christmas.

6. Dear Santa

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This is SUCH a cute movie with such a good story to it, perfect for the holiday season.  I just found this movie about two years ago on Netflix and immediately added it to my list of Christmas movies I watch every year.  It’s about a rich woman living in the city who finds a “Dear Santa” letter blowing in the wind.  The letter is from a little girl who is asking Santa to bring a new wife to her widower father.  I love this movie so much and always love to find some new Christmas movies to add to my December movie list, if you guys haven’t checked this one out yet, I definitely recommend it!

7. The Mistle-tones

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This ABC Family (Freeform) Christmas original is another good, fairly new Christmas movie that I just found a couple years ago.  Normally, I am not one who enjoys musicals or musical movies, but I actually enjoyed this one a lot!  It’s about a talented singer, Holly, who auditions for a spot in a legendary local Christmas musical group founded by her mother years previous.  When Holly is not given the slot in the group, she sets out to create her own musical group, The Mistle-tones, and begins to challenge the legendary group.  With a lot of Christmas and a little bit of romance, this is one of my newly favorite Christmas movies.  And I definitely recommend for those who enjoy musicals or even for those who don’t!

8. Four Christmases

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Definitely an accurate representation of what some Christmases can be like, visiting all the in-laws and family in one day.  This movie is about an unmarried couple who spend their Christmas day trudging around to multiple family get-togethers after their vacation plans fall apart due to weather conditions.  With Christmas and comedy, this movie is a must-watch!

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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A classic that I never get tired of.  I watched this movie every single year as a kid and of course still do today! The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer saving Christmas never gets old!

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Another Christmas classic! I always enjoy watching the different Charlie Brown holiday movies, during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas, it’s always such a cute story and I love the characters!

I hope you all enjoyed the list and hope you watch some of these movies this Christmas season.  Feel free to leave a comment below for any other good Christmas movies you think I should check out!

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

Beginning Christmas shopping for all the men in your life?  This gift guide has all the starter gift ideas for husbands, boyfriends, dads, brothers, and anyone else!  Merry Christmas!

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Clothing:

  • The North Face Puffer Vest // Nordstrom
  • Men’s Nike Free Runs Fly Knit Running Shoes // Finish Line
  • Patagonia Fleece Pullover // Patagonia
  • Calvin Klein Boxer Briefs // Macy’s
  • Men’s Slippers // L.L. Bean

Accessories:

  • Giorgio Armani Cologne // Macy’s
  • Sony Headphones // Target
  • Movado Watch // Ashford
  • Ted Baker London Duffel Bag // Nordstrom
  • Bottle Opener // Target

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Girly Girl

Calling all girly girls! Love makeup, jewelry, and accessories? This gift guide has got you covered with everything you want on your list this Christmas, including beauty gift sets, a variety of jewelry, and this season’s cutest accessories.  Merry Christmas!

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Accessories:

  • Burberry Scarf // Bloomingdale’s
  • Pom Pom Gloves // Forever 21
  • Pom Pom Beanie Hat // TopShop
  • iPhone Case // Nordstrom
  • Aviator Sunglasses // Cali Trend
  • Travel Thermal Mug // ban.do

Jewelry:

  • Wave Ring // Pura Vida Bracelets
  • Watch // American Eagle Outfitters
  • Layered Necklace // American Eagle Outfitters
  • Bracelet Pack // American Eagle Outfitters
  • Tassel Earrings // American Eagle Outfitters

Makeup:

  • Lancome Holiday Beauty Box // Macy’s
  • Philosophy Product Gift Set // Macy’s
  • Juicy Couture Perfume // Macy’s
  • MAC Cosmetics Lip Kit // MAC Cosmetics

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Homebody

‘Tis the season! I’m so ready for Christmas time and can’t wait to begin holiday shopping. This season, I will be posting a few gift guides on my blog to help you all find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  This first gift guide will include gifts for the homebody, someone who loves to stay at home and be comfy and cozy throughout the day, and prefers curling up in bed than going out.  Tbh, this is my life.  I love staying at home and being comfortable and use a lot of the gifts you’ll see in this gift guide for days that I stay at home and don’t have anywhere planned to go.

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Bath Products:

  • Bath Bombs // Bath & Body Works
  • Bubble Bath/Body Wash // Bath & Body Works
  • Candle // Bath & Body Works

Cozy Morning Necessities:

  • Mug // Francesca’s
  • Hot Chocolate Mix // Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Slipper Socks // Macy’s
  • Slippers // Ugg
  • Pajama Top/Bottom Set // Macy’s
  • Pajama Bottoms // Macy’s
  • Bath Robe // Macy’s

Around the Home:

  • Books // Target
  • Fuzzy Pillows // Pottery Barn
  • String Lights // Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Fleece Throw // Macy’s
  • Earbuds // Apple

 

Fall Playlist 2017

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Some throwbacks, some top hits, here’s a list of my current Spotify listens:

I Don’t Want to Be // Gavin DeGraw

Unapologetically // Kelsey Ballerini

Crying in the Club // Camila Cabello

Roll To Me // Del Amitri

Run-Around // Blues Traveler

Love Don’t Die // The Fray

How Long // Charlie Puth

Fresh Eyes // Andy Grammar

Believer // Imagine Dragons

Thunder // Imagine Dragons

Big Yellow Taxi // Counting Crows

Accidentally In Love // Counting Crows

Molecules // Atlas Genius

Whatever It Takes // Imagine Dragons

No Vacancy // OneRepublic

Attention // Charlie Puth

Havana // Camila Cabello

 

OOTD – Autumn

Today was just one of those perfect fall days you could hope for, living in Seattle. With clear blue skies, shining sun, and leaves all around, everywhere was picture perfect. I figured, why not dress up a little, curl my hair, and enjoy a nice relaxing fall day? 

I recently purchased this sweater/cardigan from American Eagle Outfitters and am so obsessed. It goes with literally everything! (Same with my new favorite pair of booties!) See how I sport it here with one of my new favorite go-to outfits for fall! 


Outfit Details: 

Black Floral Print Tank // PacSun (LA Hearts)

Heather Gray Sweater/Cardigan // American Eagle Outfitters 

Dark Wash Denim Skinny Jeans // Hollister Co. 

Boots // Macy’s (American Rag) 

Pumpkin Patch

I finally made it to the pumpkin patch yesterday, after at least 10 years of missing out each fall.  Totally got me in the October/fall spirit! Walking around in the cool air, picking out pumpkins in the patch, walking through the corn maze, taking fall photos, and everything else to get in the holiday spirit.

As a Seattleite, it’s hard to find places out of the city where you can go to still participate in old-fashioned holiday festivities.  Fortunately enough, Stocker Farms in Snohomish is that perfect getaway for the true fall festivities experience.  Just on the outskirts of urban cities, Snohomish was the perfect place to enjoy the fall day.

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Time for my Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! (I’ve never had one before!)

P.S. How cute is this sweater for fall!? It is currently under $45 at Nordstrom, total must-have for fall and the perfect color to match the season!