Saturday, December 22, 2018

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS THINGS // songs, movies, & memories!



Everybody's screaming because there are only three days until Christmas, and honestly...

I'm screaming too.


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Obviously, I couldn't let Christmastime come and go without writing at least one Christmas-themed post, complete with holiday aesthetics and gifs. I'll simply be sharing four Christmas favorites from three different categories - songs, movies, and memories!



~SONGS~


First up is music. Christmas music is one of my absolute favorite parts of the holiday, and I could spend all day gushing about my favorite classic holiday tunes. <3 Fortunately for you, though, this list isn't comprehensive and focuses on songs that are more contemporary. Two are originals, and two are newer takes on beloved classics.


1. Peppermint Winter by Owl City



There seems to be a serious scarcity of truly funny Christmas songs. "Peppermint Winter" by Owl City combines hilarious with beautiful, and though I don't listen to it as much as a lot of other Christmas songs, I always have to smile when I do give it a listen. It's definitely a fave. <3

Some funny parts in "Peppermint Winter":

I twirl through the driveway with angelic grace
Till I slip on the sidewalk and fall on my face
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I rip off the wrapping and tear through the box
Till I end up with 45 new pairs of socks


And now for the beautiful:

Hop in the sleigh, and we'll glide away
Into the night
And we'll sip on moonlight
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And though this winter does nothing but storm,
The joy in my heart is a blaze, and it's keeping me warm



2. Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmastime by Owl City



I LOVE THIS SONG. Judging by the title alone, you may worry I'm gushing about something stupid, but I promise you this one's AMAZING. It's pretty much a personal Christmas tradition of mine to listen to it starting December 1st all the way until the 25th (though this year I keep forgetting to listen to it, how dare I??) It's a lovely holiday song, and I need you to go listen to it right now, m'kay? Owl Cityyyyy. <333


Little lights flash in your eyes
Glowing by the fireside
Leave the presents on the floor
'Cause you're the one I'm waiting for


I know it's called "Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmastime," but a lot of the lyrics always make me think of Jesus and how wonderful He is, and how much I love the way He holds me tight, and how when I let Him lead the way during the holiday, my soul always feels so fed. <3





3. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Lindsey Stirling




I'm not ashamed to say I've been listening to this song quite a lot this Christmas season. Sabrina Carpenter does a highly impressive job with the vocals (she's PERFECT for this rendition, tbh), and of course Lindsey Stirling doesn't disappoint with the violin. Their collab is fresh but doesn't butcher the feel of the original song at all. Love iiiiiit.


Your heart's an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders
You've got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch


I saw someone in the comment section on YouTube joking about how they'd never heard the phrase "seasick crocodile" sung so beautifully before, and I have to agree.


4. Mary, Did You Know? by Pentatonix



The more I listen to Pentatonix's Christmas songs, the more annoyed I become, but their version of "Mary, Did You Know?" is EXCELLENT. More than that, I can't get enough of the lyrics. They give me chills. Jesus is incredible, to have done what He did - gave up His throne and became a human being, born into the world as a baby boy. This song puts that amazing truth into a perspective that's enough to take my breath away. Just... wow.


Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod
And when you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God




~MOVIES~


1. It's A Wonderful Life - has been and always will be my favorite Christmas movie of all time. It's a MASTERPIECE.

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2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - the sweetest, most precious movie. I watch it every single year without fail. <3

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3. The Polar Express - an underrated movie, in my opinion. It's SO good.


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4. A Christmas Carol (with Jim Carrey) - awesomely creepy, and so faithful to the original! (As far as I can remember, at least. It's been many a year since I read the book.)


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Runners-up: Home Alone and The Santa Clause


~MEMORIES~


For this section, I decided to peruse the December entries of my old journals to find some Christmas-y snippets to share. It's fitting because my very purpose in journaling is to preserve memories. <3

1.

Driving at night looking at all kinds of decorations and trying to spot Christmas trees in houses: "I just trespassed with my eyes!" Listening to "In the Bleak Midwinter." Being utterly SHOCKED when the life-sized angels on the walls of a church moved - I thought they weren't real, they were being so still, but it turns out the church was displaying a very cool live Nativity! ~ Dec. 27, 2017

2.

Just think about how a little crying infant with balled fists and a soft head and a cute face was the same God who created the entire universe, dethrones kings and raises kings up, parted the Red Sea, performs miracles, holds time and space and matter in His hands, and is EVERYTHING. Just think about it. ~ Dec. 27, 2017



3.

I'm sitting in Dad's chair, the tree behind me with its makeshift angel - courtesy of [sister's] creativity - perched on top. Classic Christmas music blares from Mom's phone in the kitchen, and the lights strung across the pictures of my siblings and me frame our fake smiles with multicolored holiday lights. I love this moment. ~ Dec. 10, 2016

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Yesterday was Christmas!! For breakfast, we had donuts and eggs and fruit salad. I wanted to get right to the present-opening as soon as we were done eating, but Mom tortured us all by making us do chore after chore after chore... ~ Dec. 26, 2015

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So those are some of my favorite Christmas tunes, films, and journal snippets! Now I'll let you get back to that last minute shopping/packing/baking/whatever-else-you're-doing to prepare for Christmas. <3 Just don't get distracted from the true Reason for the Season, all right? I'll try to do the same.

Next time I see you guys, it'll be almost time to usher in the new year. O_o (I'm extremely excited for 2019, though. So much epicnesssssss.)


The Lord's Truly,

All right, you knew this was coming: What's your favorite Christmas song? Favorite Christmas movie? Favorite Christmas memory? I'm desperate to know, so comment below! (#poetry XD)

17 comments:

  1. That is my favorite Pentatonix song! It is so great!

    Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!!!! It's A Wonderful Life is the best Christmas movie ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing those memories, they are golden! Merry Christmas, Lila!

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    1. Same here! I love it!

      I KNOW, NOTHING BEATS IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

      Aw, you're welcome, Clare! Thank YOU for reading. Merry Christmas. :))

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  2. Aahhh, yes, Mary Did You Know is so beautiful!!! <3

    Great post, and Merry Christmas, Lila!

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    1. AGREED. Those lyrics get me every time... <3

      Thanks so much, Nicole, and Merry Christmas to you!!

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  3. I LOVE THE POLAR EXPRESS!!

    Wonderful post!

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  4. Oh YES TO ALL THE SONGS!! I love all of Owl City's and Lindsey's are AMAZING and my latest obsession is ALL OF PENTATONIX'S CHRISTMAS MUSIC!! *happy dancing*

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    1. EEEEEEP. They're so great! YES TO ALL THE EPIC CHRISTMAS MUSIC!! *joins you in happy dance*

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  5. I love that version of Mary Did You Know--I actually had to sing that song in church today (YIKES). It's funny, I haven't seen many Christmas movies--but my two favorites that my family has made a tradition are The Nativity Story and the Muppet Christmas Movie XD

    Driving around looking at people's Christmas lights is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time. A particularly special memory I have is of visiting the Billy Graham Library when I lived in North Carolina and getting to drink hot chocolate, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and see a live Nativity scene. The whole thing was AMAZING. <3

    And my favorite Christmas carol? I'd have to say I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Casting Crowns. <3

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    1. Oooooh, you sing??? That's so cool! I wish I was there to hear it! ;D The Sunday School kids at my church did a presentation in front of everyone today, complete with the cutest costumes and singing solos. It was ADORABLE.

      I think I've seen bits and pieces of the Muppet Christmas movie! XD

      Ikr, there's something so aesthetically relaxing about getting out and just ENJOYING the Christmas atmosphere permeating all the cozy lil neighborhoods. <3 And oh my goodness, that must have been an epic time - IT SURE SOUNDS AMAZING! :D

      I'm not sure if I've heard that one - I'll have to check it out!

      Merry Christmas, Faithy! God bless. <3

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  6. aw I love this post, Lila! <3 <3 ooh, I'll have to check out those Owl City songs! okay, personally, I LOVE all of Pentatonix's Christmas songs...but I understand they're a little different. ;) their version of "Mary, Did You Know?" is so beautiful. <3 <3

    all those movies! <3 except Polar Express...funny story: I saw the original, live action one in second grade and it freaked me out so much that to this day, I can't watch it. xD

    love this post so much <3 <3 Merry Christmas, Lila! <3

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    1. Thanks, Allison!! <3 Yes, do check out those songs!

      Honestly, Pentatonix's Mary, Did You Know is the only Mary, Did You Know version that I like. That I've heard, that is. :)) It's SO beautiful!

      Woah, I haven't even HEARD of the original, live-action one. I've only heard that it's based off a children's book...? You should really try watching the animated version!! :D

      Eeeep, thank you!!! Merry Christmas! <333

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  7. I LOVE Lindsey Stirling's and Sabrina Carpenter's version of "Your a Mean one, Mr. Grinch" I like it so much better than the original because...it just sounds better.
    Also one of my favorite Christmas movies is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the Patrick Stuart Christmas Carol, Santa Claus is Comin to Town (and the Man who Invented Christmas too!)
    Merry Christmas,
    -Quinley

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    1. P.S. Another good Lindsey Stirling holiday song is "Warmer in Winter" I find myself playing it repeatly.

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    2. I love it too!! It has a GREAT sound!

      Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the bessssst! And I really want to watch Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - I've never watched it! The Man Who Invented Christmas too, it looks SO GOOD.

      Oooh, yes, I've heard Warmer in the Winter a few times! Very sweet song. <3

      Merry Christmas, Quinley!

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  8. I love all those songs! Peppermint winter is my go to.

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    1. YESSSSSSSSS, I love Peppermint Winter. So much. <3

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