Blogmas Day Seven: What Makes This Movie Great, It’s A Wonderful Life

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Seven! Today we’re going to be talking about Christmas movies and more specifically It’s A Wonderful Life.

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If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a 1946 film with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, directed by Frank Capra. The basis of the movie is George Bailey (Stewart) gives up his personal dreams to help his community, comes upon some issues and hard times and jumps off a bridge. He’s saved by an angel, his guardian angel, who is trying to get his wings and that angel, Clarence, then shows George what the town and the lives of his friends and family would be like if he hadn’t been born at all and didn’t exist. George seeing this, realizes that he wants things to go back to normal and that things are pretty damn great. 

It’s such an incredible movie overall. It’s tradition in my family that on Christmas Eve we all go to my parents house, have dinner and watch this movie, so I’ve been watching it since before I can remember. 

There’s so many quotable moments from it and it truly never gets old. They do have both black and white and color versions of it available now, but having watched both, I can tell you that the black and white is so much better. It really brings home the classic and nostalgic feel. 

I mentioned that it’s tradition in my family to watch this movie on Christmas Eve, but the thing to that is no one watches it any other time. It does come on TV around this time but we all hold off so we can watch it together and have it truly be a once a year thing. Also the commentary that inevitably happens is more fun and funny if it’s the first time in a year that everyone has seen it. 

There are obviously a ton of great movies to watch during the season, but this one, for me, really makes it feel like Christmas and gives me all the cozy feels. 

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any similar movie traditions let me know what you watch and if not I’d love to know what your Christmas Eve traditions are. 

Until next time, have fun watching movies, I’m glad you’re enjoying Blogmas and invest in the plastics George :). 


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Blogmas Day Four: Why This Movie Is Great: White Christmas Edition

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Four! Today I have something a little bit different, a few weeks ago my friends and I were having a lively debate about Christmas movies (Home Alone 3) and there was a definite divide between the two sides. One thing that was agreed upon when I brought it up, at least by the people who have seen it, is that White Christmas is one of the best Christmas movies, so I thought I would talk about why I think it’s great.


White Christmas was released in 1954 and stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. This was actually a big deal when it came out because it was the first film to be released in VistaVision. I think one of the things that immediately drew me in the first time I saw this movie, I think I was about 10 years old, was that it starts in 1944 during the war because, as a self proclaimed history nerd, that’s one of my favorite time periods. And from there Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye team up and start taking over the entertainment world. I’ve always thought that Bing and Danny were the perfect pair for this movie, they balance each other very well. 

When they meet Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, they, after some trials and tribulations, basically start down the road of becoming a double act and end up in Vermont together. Where there’s more trials and tribulations, including romance and what always comes with romance in movies, confusion, but it all ends well as an incredible show is put on, a beloved General is surprised and couples are formed (I’m team Rosemary and Bing for favorite couple, but I want to know what you think). 

At the core of this movie is the music, all of the music is incredible. There isn’t one song that I don’t like or I think doesn’t belong in the movie, and yes, I do have all the songs pretty much memorized. The dancing is also fantastic and it really helps to bring the musical scenes together. 

The costuming is on another level for me, the costumes for the Sisters number with the blue dresses and the fans will always be iconic but for me, the ultimate costumes are the red dresses at the very end when they sing White Christmas. To this day I still want one of those dresses because they are incredible and I feel like everyone needs to own one. 

I found out that White Christmas is on Netflix, so I will be forcing all of my friends to watch it during Discord movie night, because everyone needs to experience the magic and wonder that is White Christmas. 

That about wraps it up for this post, I’d love to know what your thoughts are on White Christmas and I’d also love to know what your favorite Christmas movie is. 

Until next time, have fun watching Christmas movies and I hope you’re enjoying Blogmas :).


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Father’s Day gift guide 2017

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This week because Father’s Day is coming up I thought I would do a gift guide. I have always found it really easy to buy presents for my dad. But I know it’s not that way for a lot of people. And whether it’s that way for you or you’re just stuck for an idea this Father’s Day, I hope this post is helpful for you. I have a number of categories, and I will have a link down below to the things that I mention.

So the first thing is a Father’s Day classic and that’s anything in the area of grilling. I don’t think there’s a dad that doesn’t love to grill during a sunny summer weekend, or even during a rainy weekend. A set of grilling implements, an apron and anything like that is always a solid and probably safe bet. My dad is more into smoking than grilling right now, and most times when we have family get togethers he’s smoking some sort of meat and it’s delicious. If you’re going to go that route Masterbuillt is the best brand. Their products are top quality.

Next we have the personal care. I’ve always found that pretty much most men need and use a razor, so that’s always a good present. Along that same vein, cologne, lotions and products like that are good.

Pretty much one thing that never misses, doesn’t matter the event is gift cards. Everyone loves them and it takes the stress away of having to buy the perfect present.

One thing that pretty much everyone uses is some sort of streaming service. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. Subscriptions to services like that are like gift cards. They have something for everyone.

Next up is a dad classic, tools. There is always a need for tools, in every household. Screw drivers, saws, drills. All always needed.

One of my favorite things to do with my dad is watch sports and talk (occasionally argue) about it. I, like my dad, am a huge Mariners and Seahawks fan so anytime either of us see anything Seahawks or Mariners related that the other would like we buy it. So if your dad is a sports fan any kind of jersey or knick knack type thing will be a hit. Especially if you can find anything signed by his favorite player or players.

I have two things left on my list and the second to last is anything related to technology. I know that technology isn’t everyone’s forte, but for the technology lover, Bluetooth speakers, drones, you can’t go wrong. I personally really want a drone, but haven’t bought one yet. Maybe I’ll buy one for my dad and “borrow it”.

And lastly, anything personalized is always a hit on Father’s Day. Cups, plaques, anything you can think of you can personalize. I’ve found that a personalized gift usually draws a couple of tears. And is always appreciated.

That about wraps it up for this post. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this, hopefully this post is helpful to you guys and you find something that your dad will love.

Until next time, I hope you find something and have a Happy Father’s Day :).


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A few of my favorite things: Christmas movies

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This week I wanted to get into some of the Christmas posts I had planned, so I thought I would start with my favorite Christmas movies. One thing I will say is that I don’t have all of these on blu ray and I wish I did, but until then, I’m thankful for upconverting blu ray players. After the first one there is no real order, but my number one favorite is White Christmas. If you’re unfamiliar, it stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen and basically Bing and Danny team up with Rosemary and Vera and create a great show full of amazing singing and dancing. Everything down to the sets and costumes is incredible. Especially at the end of the movie when they sing White Christmas, those costumes are my favorite. I first saw this movie when I was maybe 7 or 8 at the request of my dad and ever since I have known all the words to all of the songs and for me it’s not Christmas without it.


The next movie isn’t one that I physically have a copy of, but I need to get and that is Love Actually. Some people say that it’s not strictly a Christmas movie, but I say that it is. I love each of the stories and how at the end of the day it’s all about love and it brings out my sappy romantic side a little bit. And if you haven’t ever watched it I highly recommend it.

Next we have the classic, A Christmas Story. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t know about Ralphie and his desire to get a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle for Christmas. It really appeals to the kid in all of us who hinted and casually slipped into conversation with our parents that one thing we really wanted for Christmas that year. And every Christmas eve either TNT or TBS does 24 hours of A Christmas Story, so if you don’t have it on DVD, you can catch it there and I definitely do.


The next movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I think in some aspect we can all relate to Clark Griswold and him wanting to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f-ing Kaye. It doesn’t matter that I’ve seen it a million times already, it makes me laugh a lot every time I watch it.


My next favorite is Scrooged. I would say that Scrooged is a more brash and adult version of the classic Christmas Carol and it is quite funny. Bill Murray does a great job like always and it’s definitely worth a watch.


And speaking of a Christmas Carol, the next two movies are two different versions of it. The first being an absolute heartwarming classic, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. This has been a favorite of mine since I can remember and every time I watch it I’m reminded of Christmas when I was a little kid and that makes me happy. The other version I love is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Again, this has been a favorite of mine since I can remember. I think what I like so much about this one is the balance of humor along with the story is just right and who doesn’t love Muppets.



So my next favorite is a movie that has quickly become the favorite of a lot of people and that is Elf. I think if anyone else had played Buddy it wouldn’t have been the same and Will Ferrell was the perfect choice. And you can’t help but fall in love with it and being honest I can probably quote most of it at this point.


Sticking with movies I could probably quote we have Home Alone and Home Alone 2 although I don’t have an actual copy of the second one, I’m not sure why but I need to buy one. You know it’s going to be good because it’s from John Hughes. It’s a story that I think everyone can find one character to relate to and no matter what it will make you feel some sort of emotion. Mostly laughter, but it can play on the emotions towards the end of the movie.


Moving on to two of the last three, we have The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2. I know there are three movies, but I don’t like the last one as much as the first two. What I like about the first one is Tim Allen doesn’t believe in Santa anymore and finds himself having to become Santa and believe again. And in the second movie he has convince the woman he loves and try to get her to believe in Santa so he can continue to be Santa and it’s a great story.



And the last movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. It stars Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and it’s one of the best Christmas movies around. In my family it’s tradition to watch this on Christmas Eve after we get back from dinner, so this is quintessential Christmas for me.


That about wraps it up for this post. I’ll probably do another post of this nature, favorite Christmas something, next week. But let me know if we have any of the same favorite movies and what your favorites are.

Until next time, enjoy watching movies and remember, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings :).


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