With Thanksgiving behind us and the start of Advent today, it’s open season on Christmas. I can’t stop! We’ve been rockin’ Christmas music for weeks, and the decor has started to trickle out of the bins. It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here in Minnesota – it’s snowed several times, and the temperatures are in the 20’s. But inside is toasty and warm, and the spirit of the season has even descended on our television.
It’s all holiday movies, all the time around here! Cheesy holiday movies are just what we need right now to counteract the news, the stress, and the to-do lists. They’re perfect background noise for gift-wrapping, hall-decking, and to-do-list-checking. That’s why they’re basically all we watch from October until January. My regularly scheduled programming gets put on hold while we watch appx. 100+ holiday movies premiering on the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Lifetime, and Netflix.
I love these (often) silly movies.
That love for these movies is exactly why my friend Mary and I created the Hooked on Holiday Movies Bundle for you! We want you to be able to fully experience the season, and that includes holiday movie fun. The bundle includes a printable holiday movie premiere schedule, collection of holiday recipes, access to an exclusive holiday playlist, tips for hosting a holiday movie watching party. . . and our NEW devotional! It’s called Fake Snow and Real Faith, and it’s all the things we’ve learned from watching and loving holiday movies, plus Jesus.
And on top of all that goodness, today I have even more ways to make your holiday movie watching experience ever more fun!
In anticipation of “Christmas Town”, the new Candace Cameron Bure movie premiering this Sunday night on the Hallmark Channel (and the reason behind my BIG announcement below), I re-watched a few of her past holiday movies — “Journey Back to Christmas”, “Christmas Under Wraps”, and “Switched For Christmas”. Not only was it just plain fun to watch them all again, but it made me even more excited for the premiere of “Christmas Town,” and gave me a bunch of ideas for you! Here are 13 ways to enjoy holiday movies even more:
- Get comfy in the proper attire.
- Fill up this bowl with popcorn, snack mix, crackers. . . whatever your favorite movie-watching treat is (mine is popcorn with butter!)
- What’s a movie without a warm beverage? This is my favorite winter tea to sip on while the snow flurries outside. I brew a cup, curl up on the couch, and it’s like an instant winter wonderland. Only inside. And warm.
- Obvs you’ll need a pretty (and big) mug to hold your warm beverage. This one is beautiful, and it just feels good (know what I mean? It’s got good heft to it. AND it’s on sale!)
- Grab your favorite cozy blanket. “Christmas Under Wraps” takes place in Alaska, and all it takes is a few scenes to realize that Candace and her Alaskan pals know the value of a warm blanket. There’s nothing cozier than curling up to watch a good movie with a great blanket. This is my new FAVORITE blanket. I move it all around the house with me and can’t stop snuggling up with it.
- During commercials, bake up some cookies! This recipe is delicious and simple enough to do during four-minute commercial breaks.
- Swap out the popcorn for those fresh cookies.
- In “Journey Back to Christmas,” Candace’s perfume is the key to confirming her time-travel (I’m not making that up). Whip up a holiday perfume or cologne using essential oils! Here are a few recipes for men’s colognes, and here are a few tips for womens.
- Pick up your phone and send an e-card, letting a friend know you’re thinking of her.
- Another commercial break? Stand up and stretch!
- In “Switched for Christmas”, Candace plays twin sisters who have a touch of ‘grass is greener’ syndrome, so they trade lives for a few days. While you’re watching that holiday movie about the woman who gets a glimpse of Christmas in her 40’s, or magically re-lives the same Christmas Eve over and over again, or travels in time to get it right. . . give thanks for where you are, right now, as is. Write down some thoughts of gratitude in a journal or even just on your phone. It’s a simple multitasking project that will warm your heart.
- Swap your heels for comfy footwear! Even a shoe addict has fuzzy socks or worn slippers in her closet. In her 2018 movie “A Shoe Addict’s Christmas”, our gal Candace is locked in her store overnight, and gets a visit from her guardian angel. She gets the chance to visit Christmases past, present, and future in hopes of discovering the true spirit of Christmas. They say the shoes make the girl, and Candace’s are super cute!
And the last one? THIS:
13. The world’s most adorable apron! This “Dough, A Deer Apron” is the VERY SAME apron that Candace wears in her 2018 movie “A Shoe Addicts Christmas”, and it’s from our beloved DaySpring! And friends, it really is just that darling in person. Of course I bought it and have been wearing it around my kitchen. Grab your whisk and turn on that TV; holiday movies are the perfect background for holiday baking, and this apron is just icing on the cake. (Get it??)
HOW ABOUT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT?!
Tonight, Candace, the “queen of Christmas” is premiering in a new movie — Christmas Town, on the Hallmark Channel! Why am I so excited about tonight’s new Candace Cameron Bure movie?
Because I love small towns at Christmas?
Because I love Christmas movies?
Because during the movie premiere from 7-9pm tonight I’ll be co-hosting a live watch party with my bestie Mary on the DaySpring Facebook page?
Head on over to Facebook tonight from 7-9pm Central Time for our live watch party! We can’t wait to watch along with you. We’ll be sharing trivia, holding giveaways, and of course offering you our play-by-play reactions and opinions to the movie. And you know I’ll be curled up in that blanket and totally squealing when Candace and I MATCH during the movie. So make plans to get the kids to bed early and claim that corner on the couch, commandeer the remote, pop the popcorn, and get ready for some holiday movie watching fun!
What holiday movie are you looking forward to watching this year?
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