Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Mark

The Mark Restaurant - 601 East Main Street - Weatherford, Oklahoma
Another Historic Route 66 landmark and good place to eat.
Yummy! This was my hamburger steak, topped with swiss cheese, grilled onions, red and green bell peppers. You get your choice of sides and I love the oven baked potato and corn. That was my husband's lemon pie behind the plate. I ate my piece of chocolate pie before I got my meal. This meal also comes with a salad and soup bar.
The Mark Restaurant has been in Weatherford since 1959. The story has been told that Ed Berrong and his partners were discussing what to name their new restaurant and motel venture. Ed's teenaged son, Mark came into the room and said that is easy just name it THE MARK. And so, it has been The Mark from that day forward. When you stay at the Mark Motel you get a free breakfast at the Mark Restaurant.
The Mark Best Western Motel is one of the best in Western Oklahoma and we love to eat at the Mark Restaurant. If you are ever traveling on Route 66 stop in Weatherford and at THE MARK.

Mark Berrong 12/31/1941 - 12/10/2009



Friday, December 30, 2011

Jambalaya Mix

Tired of holiday food? Need a quick and easy meal?
Try ZATARAIN'S NEW ORLEANS STYLE
JAMBALAYA MIX
2 1/2 Cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
Bring to a boil
Add Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix and return to boil
Reduce heat, stir, cover and simmer over low heat 25 minutes
Brown smoked sausages a little while the Jambalaya Mix cooks
Stir sausages into Jambalaya Mix fluff together and serve.
A great 30 minute meal!
(We cooked ours a little extra with the lid off the pot to steam out more liquid.)
We ate ours with Kentucky Wonder style beans.
The Jambalaya Mix is plenty spicy for most people, but we had ours with hot sauce.
Louisiana Jambalaya and Hot Sauce
Kentucky Wonder Beans
Good stuff!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Good Nail Polish

FINALLY!!! I FOUND IT...Nail polish that will stay on my nails!
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color
Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat
It was an accident that I found a nail polish that will actually stay on my nails. I was looking for something else at Walgreens, and saw this polish on sale for $1.99...ok I thought for that price I will give it a try. I picked out some colors that I liked and went home to try it out.

Two coats of the nail color, let it dry and add two coats of the acrylic top coat! It stays on my toe nails for a full month and the polish is still ok, but my nails have grown. This is good stuff!

I am not much of a nail polish person, but do like to have it on my toe nails. It looks good on my finger nails, because I have those hard nails that grow like crazy. I just can't sit still long enough to allow it to dry on my finger nails.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Family Dollar "Dollar Dinners for the Holidays" Contest

Family Dollar "Dollar Dinners for the Holidays"


OFFICIAL RULES
The Family Dollar "Dollar Dinners for the Holidays" (the "Contest"), is sponsored by Family Dollar, Inc. with its principal place of business at 10401 Monroe Rd., Matthews, NC ("Sponsor"). The Contest is hosted and organized by MSL Group, with its principal place of business at 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014 ("Organizer"). The Contest is void where prohibited. By entering the Contest, a person becomes an "Entrant" and, in consideration of Sponsor and Organizer agreeing to permit the Entrant's participation in the Contest, the Entrant accepts and agrees to be fully bound by these Official Rules.
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How to Enter
No purchase is necessary to enter or win the Contest. The Entry Period begins on December 13th, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time and ends on January 13, 2012 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time (the "Entry Period"), after which the judging will take place as set out in these Official Rules. The Contest officially ends on January 17, 2012 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time . Entrants may enter this Contest by visiting www.familydollar.com (the "Site"). In order to upload a submission, an Entrant will need to provide full contact information and agreeing to all of these Official Rules. Entrants may submit their recipe and upload photos after completing a brief entry form (providing contact information including their full name and email address). A recipe submission from an Entrant that meets the criteria of these Official Rules is an "Entry".

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Many will enter, few will win.
Eligibility: The "Dollar Dinners for the Holidays" (the "Contest") is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon and Washington) and D.C., who (a) are of legal age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence (at least 18 years of age or older), (b) have an active email account and Internet access as of the beginning of the Contest Period. Void elsewhere and where prohibited by law. Employees of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. ("Sponsor"), MSL Group. ("Administrator"), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and members of their immediate family (spouse, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or those persons living in the same households of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter, play or win. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and where prohibited. Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. If Winning Entrant is impeded in his or her ability to physically participate in consultation with Melissa d'Arabian, he or she may designate a substitute to participate on his or her behalf or designate an individual to directly assist them in their participation. Other eligibility requirements and conditions of participation are set forth below in these official rules for the Contest ("Official Rules").

CONTEST PERIOD:
•Contest start date of 12/13/11 and contest end date of 1/17/12
•Contest Entry Period begins 12/13 and entry period ends 1/13
•Winner selection by Melissa d'Arabian of 4 recipes (based on criteria clearly outlined in rules); Judging period will occur 1/13-1/16
•Winner announced on 1/17

Prizes
There is one (1) Grand Prize to be awarded in the Contest, with a total approximate retail value of USD $500.
Grand Prize:
1.Entrée winner to receive personal consultation via telephone, with cook and celebrity chef Melissa d'Arabian
2.Value: Family Dollar Gift Card to not exceed USD $500.00

Secondary Prizes
1.3 secondary winners for best appetizer, side dish and dessert recipe receive Family Dollar Gift cards.
2.Value: Family Dollar Gift Cards to not exceed USD $50.00

Odds of winning will depend on the number of Entries received. The Grand Prize will be awarded by Melissa d'Arabian selected by Sponsor, based on the criteria specified under "Judging Criteria" below. The Grand Prize will be announced the week of January 16, 2011. There will be no substitutions (whether cash or otherwise) for prizes, subject to the following provisions. Prizes awarded are non-transferable and may not be exchanged or redeemed for cash, sold, or traded. Sponsor and Organizer reserve the right to substitute a prize, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. Failure to collect a prize within two (2) days of notification of award constitutes forfeiture of the prize. If forfeited, the prize will remain the property of Sponsor, and another winner will not be selected. See "Conditions and Restrictions" below.

Entries and Creation Requirements
Entries will consist of a short recipe entry and suggested savings value as selected during the initial step of the contest submission. Entries should prove why they are a favorite and most affordable holiday dish. Entries must be entered through the FamilyDollar.com site. Still photo entries are optional and will be accepted. All Entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. EST on January 11, 2012. There is no cost or purchase required to enter the Contest or submit an Entry, but Entrants are responsible for all internet service providers and other communication intermediaries incurred by the Entrant in the Entry, plus the cost of any equipment or connections necessary to make the Entry.
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•Entries must not exceed 250 words
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All eligible recipe Entries will be posted online at the Site for public viewing and sharing. The public may begin interacting with the Entries during the Entry Period by sharing via manually or through www.facebook.com/familydollar.

Winning Criteria
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Judging Criteria
All submissions will be judged by Melissa d'Arabian to select the winners. Winner decisions are final and binding, using the following judging criteria: originality, creativity, affordability and festivity.

All winners will be notified by email, phone and/or mail at Sponsor's discretion. If Sponsor is unable to contact the Finalists or winner within two (2) days of the end of the respective submission period, an alternate may be selected.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in the ER

CHRISTMAS IN THE ER
Downtown on our way back home, Christmas night.

2011 started with our granddaughter spending January 5, 6, 7 in the PICU at Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. For the rest of this year, her Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes has been under control fairly well. She always has roller coaster sugar levels. On Christmas Day she started getting sick at her stomach and then her blood sugar levels went straight up!

She went into another episode of diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is distinguished from other diabetic emergencies by the presence of large amounts of ketones in blood and urine, and marked metabolic acidosis. It is life threatening.

Her mom took her to the local emergency room where they worked on her until around noon and then decided she needed to go to Baptist Hospital in OKC. We followed the ambulance to the city, while her mom went home to grab some things they would need at the hospital. The ambulance driver told Shelby that her Granny was keeping up with them pretty good. She told the driver that her Granny could drive faster than that if they wanted. I would have taken a photo of "following the ambulance," but we were running 80 mph when I thought about it!
This IV pole in her room was just too cool...
other rooms have monkeys with bananas on top.
If you are ever in Oklahoma City and need a hospital I would recommend Baptist Hospital.
They are so good to our "baby" girl.

On the way home Christmas night,
 I stopped at our little downtown "pocket park" and took these photos.
I just love these pole decorations.
This is a cute little tree the city decorated in this park.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Finally It Was Christmas!

Finally It Was Christmas!
Our Christmas in Arkansas
Don't know what I was thinking?
Only took photos of one table of those having lunch.
The rest of the 28 were in the other dining room.
Note: Toby Keith would be proud "RED SOLO CUPS"
Waiting for Erick to pass out the gifts...
They were READY to open their gifts!
Great Granddaughter and one grandson...
Great Niece and another of the Grandsons
Two Grandsons, Two Great Nephews in the background
My son and his Granddaughter, my Great Granddaughter
Note: that cute little dress has a cat on it!
Great Granddaughter and Great Niece
These innocent looking dolls the girls are holding sing the LOUDEST rap type song you ever heard!
My Mother got them so we know her Cochlear Implant does not always work.

And then there was the second Christmas....Our Oklahoma Christmas
My friend Pat found a program to turn photographs into coloring book pages,
and Granny's Love thought this was the best thing ever! It was his favorite present.
Granddaughter
Granny's Love (aka Grandson) thought this was too cool.
Motion activated squawks and sticks its head out with mouth open.
Shelbi, Jonathan, Shelby
A Merry Christmas was had by all....and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Here I am at four years old reading the new Bible I got for Christmas.
My sister Gwen beside me was three years old.
These are my cousins Kathy and Mary with their new baby buggies at Christmas.
Mary is just older than me and Kathy is just younger than my sister.
Here we are at Christmas a couple years later.
Left to right Kathy, Mary, Me, Gwen.
Our Grandmother, who only allowed us to call her Mama Gen is holding baby Elaine.
The twin boys in front, Elaine's brothers, are Jack and Jim.

It doesn't matter if it was Christmas over fifty years ago or Christmas today, it is the memories that we make with our loved ones. It is photos like these that we can look back and remember the fun we had and how blessed we were to have those who are no longer with us. Blessings to you and yours and have a very Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Felt Gift Bags

The felt gift bag above was $2.50 at Family Dollar. I took some glitter glue and wrote the name on the bag. The bags below still have wet glitter glue on them. I love these bags for things when I do not have a box or odd shaped or hard to wrap gifts. Writing the name on the bag also makes that child feel special and they can also play with the bag after Christmas. They would make wonderful "Santa" bags too!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Sock Cozy

SOCK COZY
Do you have odd socks with no mate?
Use them to make a sock cozy.
Simply cut the sock and slip on a glass or cup. 
Turn down the edges of the sock or roll them down to hide the cut edges.
Great idea if you have people over, they can have a personalized cup to know which is theirs.
This is also a very easy project for the kids to make.
The sock cozy could be embellished with beads, buttons, or other decorations. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Riunite Lambrusco

I have read on several blogs about various types of wine. I wanted to share with you my favorite. My daughter got this for me as a special treat, because she knows I won't get it for myself. Riunite Lambrusco is such a good tasting wine, and I am pretty sure it would go on the "glass a day for your heart list!"
I had never seen the little individual serving four pack.
I did not ask her how much it cost, but when I was younger it was a moderate price.
If you are looking for a good holiday wine I would recommend Riunite Lambrusco.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Last Minute Gift

If you need a quick last minute gift for a party or
someone you just want to acknowledge at this time of year...
Grab a box of FUDGE BROWNIE MIX
CURLY RIBBON
RECYCLE CHRISTMAS CARD
Cut the Christmas card and punch a hole in one corner
Write on the back of the card:
"FUDGE" A LITTLE ON THE CALORIES AND
ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Tie the card on the box of fudge brownie mix with the curly ribbon and you are ready to go!
Seems like we always end up with needing a little extra gift...what are your quick gift ideas?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Surprise in the Mail

My daughter came home from work to find this nice surprise in her mail box. The package was from Target. She got it because she subscribes to a magazine, that probably sold their mailing list to Target. She was tickled to get the pretty bag, and she gave the hair products to one of her friends. Normally I would be ticked off if someone sold their mailing list to another company, but this time it was nice for my daughter.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sweet Potato Pasta Salad

If you are looking for something different to fix for the holidays try one of my favorites.
 
SWEET POTATO and RED PEPPER ANGEL HAIR PASTA SALAD:

8 ounces angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil (or regular oil) divided
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 cups shredded, peeled sweet potato
1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 cup diced cherry or small tomatoes
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped chives or other fresh herb you like
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
you can also use crumbled goat cheese, but I leave this out
This is not a good photo, but this is a wonderful salad!
1. Cook pasta until just tender according to package directions.
2. Place 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a large skillet. Cook until garlic is sizzling.
Add sweet potato, bell pepper, tomatoes and water and cook, stirring occasionally,
until bell pepper is tender. Remove from heat and keep warm.
3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot.
Add the vegetable mixture, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice,
salt and cheese if you use it. Toss to combine. Add the reserved pasta water, 2 spoons at
a time until you reach the consistency you like.

As you can see in the photo above, we served this salad on a lunch buffet and it was a hit!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Songs

I love Christmas songs, but usually by the time Christmas rolls around I am ready for them to stop playing for another year. This is not the case with Clay Aiken's Merry Christmas with Love album, I have it downloaded in my vehicle. Don't ask me why, because I have no idea! I find my self listening to his smooth tones at various times of the year. I know that comes under the "crazy old lady" category.
Songs on the album:
 O Holy Night - Winter Wonderland - Silent Night
 Hark The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful
 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  Mary Did You Know - Joy To The World - The Christmas Song 
Don't Save It All For Christmas Day
 Merry Christmas With Love
Sleigh Ride - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

According to Wikipedia these are the most performed Christmas songs:
1."The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
2."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" – Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
3."Winter Wonderland" – Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
4."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" – J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
5."White Christmas" – Irving Berlin
6."Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" – Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
7."Jingle Bell Rock" – Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
8."The Little Drummer Boy" – Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
9."Sleigh Ride" – Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
10."Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" – Johnny Marks
11."It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" – Edward Pola, George Wyle
12."I'll Be Home for Christmas" – Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
13."Silver Bells" – Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
14."Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" – Johnny Marks
15."Feliz Navidad" – José Feliciano
16."Blue Christmas" – Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
17."Frosty the Snowman" – Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
18."A Holly Jolly Christmas" – Johnny Marks
19."It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas" – Meredith Willson
20."I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" – Tommie Connor
21."Here Comes Santa Claus" (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman
22."Carol of the Bells" – Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola D. Leontovych
23."Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World) — Midge Ure, Bob Geldof
24."(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" – Bob Allen, Al Stillman
25."Santa Baby" – Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer, and Fred Ebb

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or Christmas album that you love listening to?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jar Ring/Christmas Card Ornaments

I always save my Christmas cards and make gift tags for the next year. Just cut out the "neat part" of the card with my craft scissors and punch a hole in the corner and tie on a piece of curly ribbon to attach to the gift.
This year I had to dip into some of my Christmas cards and recycle into a jar lid ring ornaments.
Just cut out a circle to fit inside the jar lid and another circle to fit on the outside and glue the two circles back to back on the jar lid ring. I found these rings at a second hand store twenty cents for a bag full.
Then glue ribbon around the jar ring and make a bow on top to attach ornament hanger.
The red glittery one in the middle was made with glittered craft foam.
This is my favorite! I was making these for my Granddaughter and she loves OU!!!
Boomer Sooner!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Movies

You can pretty much turn on Hallmark and I am a happy camper, watching Christmas themed movies. I was trying to think of the name of one of Granny's Love's animated movies, that I couldn't find in our selection (it must be at his house), any way I found that WIKIPEDIA has this wonderful list of Christmas Movies. Some I have never even heard of and some are among my favorites. Some of the movies on the list I would NOT watch at all...I do not like scary or violent movies at all! I wonder how many times in my life I have watched It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street....I always see them several times in a season... 

These are the Christmas movies I did find in my search for Annabelle's Wish!
Annabelle's Wish is a 1997 movie with the voice of Randy Travis in it,
 about a calf that wants to be one of Santa's reindeer.
THIS IS THE LIST FROM WIKIPEDIA WITH THE MOVIE TITLE, YEAR AND DESCRIPTION:
The 12 Dogs of Christmas 2005 A girl decides to use dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas.
All and All From the Bad Santa to the Bad killer 1991 Two kids plot to reunite their parents at Christmas.
All Mine to Give 1957 A Scottish family comes to Wisconsin and do well until tragedy hits as Christmas nears.
Babes in Toyland (March of the Wooden Soldiers) 1934 Stan and Ollie rescue Tom Tom and Bo Peep from Bogeyland.
Bachelor Mother 1939 A salesgirl finds and begins to care of an abandoned infant.
Bad Santa 2003 A con man poses as Santa to rob stores on Christmas Eve.
Beyond Tomorrow 1940 The first half of this fantasy film takes place on Christmas Eve as three old men befriend two strangers, a young man and woman, who return their wallets.
The Bishop's Wife 1947 An angel helps a bishop rearrange his priorities.
Black Christmas 1974 A stranger terrorizes girls during the holiday break.
Blizzard 2003 A young girl is told a tale by her aunt of a young ice skater and an enchanted reindeer.
Bush Christmas 1947 Children quest for stolen horses at Christmas time.
The Candlemaker 1957 A candlemaker entrusts his young son with the task of making church candles for Christmas Eve in this animated short.
The Cheaters 1945 An alcoholic ex-actor is invited to Christmas dinner by a rich family and enlisted to help them swindle a woman out of her inheritance.
Christmas at Maxwell's 2006 The Austin family faces a bleak Christmas when Suzie, extremely ill, gathers the family to go away and spend their last Christmas together before she dies.
A Christmas Carol 1938 MGM's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story, remade countless times.
A Christmas Carol 1951 American title of British film Scrooge (see below).
A Christmas Carol 1971 Oscar-winning animated adaptation, with Alastair Sim and Michael Hordern recreating their roles as Scrooge and Marley's Ghost, narrated by Michael Redgrave; produced by Chuck Jones.
Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001 an animated film starring the voices of Kate Winslet, Nicolas Cage and Michael Gambon.
A Christmas Carol 2009 Walt Disney Pictures/ImageMovers Digital performance capture film starring Jim Carrey.
Operation: C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. 2014 Christmas-themed film produced by Pixar about Santa Claus the Main Protagonist (voiced by David Ogden Stiers) Saving Christmas.
Christmas Child 2003 A life-sized native person leads a man to learn about his past.
Christmas Comes But Once a Year 1936 Grampy rehabilitates old toys and brings Christmas joy to an orphanage in this animated short.
Christmas Eve 1947 A heiress attempts to bring her adopted sons back home by Christmas Eve to rescue her fortune from a scheming nephew.
Christmas Evil 1980 A psychotic killer spends the holiday punishing the naughty as Santa Claus.
Christmas Holiday 1944 A stranded soldier listens as a cabaret singer recounts a doomed marriage to a killer.
Christmas in Boston 2005 Gina and Seth have been pen pals for 13 years and now will have the chance to meet. Both used their best friends pictures to send to each other and now will let their friends meet.
Christmas in Connecticut 1945 A columnist must entertain war hero for the holidays.
Christmas in the Clouds 2001 A comedic misunderstandings abound at a Native American ski resort during the holidays.
Christmas in Wonderland 2007 A father and his three kids move from Los Angeles to Edmonton. While shopping at West Edmonton Mall, they discover counterfeit money, unintentionally catch the criminals, and later make a discovery about Santa Claus.
A Christmas Story 1983 All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun.
A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël) 2008 A family gets together in the worst of circumstances during Christmas.
The Christmas That Almost Wasn't 1966 An attorney tries to stop miser from evicting Santa Claus and confiscating his toys.
Christmas with the Kranks 2004 When a suburban couple decide to forgo Christmas festivities, preferring to take a cruise to the Caribbean instead, their neighbours refuse to allow such Scrooge-like behaviour.
Comfort and Joy 1984 A DJ recovers from a breakup and gets mixed up in a turf war between rival ice cream vendors during the holiday season.
Coopers' Christmas 2010 A family gets a video camera for Christmas and tapes how dysfunctional the family is.
Creepers Christmas 2010 A boy saves a dragon the week before Christmas.
Deck the Halls 2006 Rival neighbors duke it out when one of them decides to light his house up so it can be seen from outer space.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 2010 Haruhi and her friends are gonna celebrate Christmas, but the next morning, Kyon finds out that all of his friends either don't know him or don't attend at the North High School. So it's up to Kyon to crack this mystery, before Christmas.
Don't Open Till Christmas 1984 A murderer stalks the streets of London.
Elf 2003 A human who thinks he is an elf searches for his family in New York.
Elves 1980 Neo-Nazis impregnate a teenage waitress with one of Santa's elves.
Ernest Saves Christmas 1988 Ernest Worrell helps Santa.
The Family Stone 2005 A woman wants acceptance from eccentric clan at Christmastime.
The Family Man 2000 A fast-lane investment broker wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.
Fitzwilly 1967 A butler funds his employer's charitable activities with various illicit schemes, climaxing in an attempt to rob Gimbels department store on Christmas Eve.
Four Christmases 2008 A couple struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.
Fred Claus 2007 Santa's bitter older brother is forced to move to the North Pole.
Friday After Next 2002 Stoner buddies Craig and Day-Day start new jobs as security guards on Christmas Eve after a robber dressed as Santa robs their house and ruins their Christmas party plans.
Frozen River 2008 A single mother turns to people-smuggling to provide for her family at Christmas.
Gift Wrapped 1952 Sylvester tries to catch and devour Tweety on Christmas morning in this animated Looney Tunes short.
The Great Rupert (A Christmas Wish) 1950 Trained squirrel passes money along to needy family just before Christmas.
Holiday Affair 1949 Romance blooms between a young widow and a sales clerk at Christmastime.
Holiday Inn 1942 Musicians prepare for a white Christmas at a cozy lodge.
The Holiday 2006 Two women swap homes for the holidays and meet up with their dream men.
The Holly and the Ivy 1952 An English clergyman reunites with his grown children for Christmas.
Homeless for the Holidays 2009 A man's family is in danger of losing everything right before Christmas.
Home Alone 1990 A young boy accidentally gets left behind during Christmas break and defends his house against robbers.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 Kevin gets onto the wrong plane and flies to New York where he stops thieves from robbing the toy store.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 A furry green creature wants to ruin Christmas for denizens of Whoville.
The Ice Harvest 2005 — A seemingly perfect crime on Christmas Eve spirals out of control.
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 A college student finds it hard to get home for Christmas.
I'll Be Seeing You 1944 A war veteran finds romance with furloughed prisoner during the holidays.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 2002 When a young boy catches his mom kissing Santa, he decides to be as naughty as he can until he drives Santa back to the North Pole.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue 1947 A hobo occupies a millionaire's posh New York mansion each year while the family winters in Florida. The plot thickens when he gives shelter to former servicemen and their families and the family returns sooner than expected.
It's a Wonderful Life 1946 A man gets to see what his hometown would be like had he never lived.
Jack Frost 1996 — A snowman terrorizes a small town during the holidays.
Jack Frost 1998 A dad gets second chance as a snowman.
J'ai Rencontré Le Père Noël 1984 Young boy and girl take a plane to Lapland to visit Santa so he will save the boy's parents who have been kidnapped in Africa.
Jingle All the Way 1996 Dad, while searching for season's hot toy, finds season's true meaning.\
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) 2005 World War I trenches go silent during the "Christmas truce" of 1914.
Just Friends 2005 Chris Brander returns to New Jersey to chase after his high school crush.
The Lemon Drop Kid 1951 When the Lemon Drop Kid (Bob Hope) accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet at the racetrack, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it is Christmas, a time when people can be persuaded to part with money for the right cause.
A Lively Christmas Eve 1962 On Christmas Eve, A veteran communist discovers to his horror that his daughter is about to marry a dissident. Eventually, the two reconcile in the spirit of the holiday, as the young man re-embraces socialism. While the film features Santa Claus, a family reunion and a Christmas tree (decorated with sputniks), it ignores the Christian connotations of the holiday.
Love Actually 2003 Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London.
Lovely, Still 2008 Elderly bachelor romances a widowed neighbor during the Christmas season, with unexpected results.
The Magic Christmas Tree 1964 Witch's ring gives young boy titular tree, which comes to life and grants him three wishes.
Make the Yuletide Gay 2009 An openly gay college student struggles with concealing his sexual orientation from his parents when he goes home for Christmas.
The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942 Hobbled, self-centered New York wit makes Christmas unbearable for the family whose Ohio home he has commandeered.
Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983 Disney's animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story.
Miracle on 34th Street 1947 Macy's Santa, with help from the U.S. Postal Service, restores a little girl's faith. Remade for television in 1955, 1959, 1973.
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 Theatrical remake.
Mixed Nuts 1994 Christmas at a crisis hotline center.
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 Jim Henson's creations tackle Charles Dickens' festive favorite.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 The Griswold family plans turn to disaster, this time at Christmas.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2:
Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure 2004 Cousin Eddie and his family get stranded on what they think is a deserted island for Christmas.
Nativity! 2009 An improvised comedy based around a school Nativity play.
The Nativity Story 2006 The Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Night Before Christmas 1941 Tom and Jerry battle it out on Christmas Eve in this animated short.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 Inhabitants of Halloween Land do a number on Christmas.
Noel 2004 A series of events link five disparate strangers in New York on Christmas Eve.
Nothing Like the Holidays 2008 A Puerto Rican family, living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago, face what may be their last Christmas together.
O. Henry's Full House 1952 Five of the author's famous short stories, three of which take place during Chistmastide: The Cop and the Anthem, The Last Leaf & The Gift of the Magi. Narrated onscreen by John Steinbeck; made by five famous directors, with an all-star cast.
One Magic Christmas 1985 At Christmas time an angel shows a young mother the true meaning of the holiday.
The Perfect Holiday 2007 A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother.
The Planet of Junior Brown (Junior's Groove) 1997 A young piano prodigy with a controlling mother retreats into a fantasy world and reaches out to a better life around Christmas time.
Prancer 1989 Girl nurses a wounded reindeer.
The Preacher's Wife 1996 Remake of The Bishop's Wife with an all African-American cast.
The Polar Express 2004 A magical train takes a boy and other children who stop believing in Santa Claus up north to meet the man himself.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale 2010 Finnish fantasy film directed by Jalmari Helander about hunters in the Korvatunturi mountains who discover the secret behind Santa Claus.
Remember the Night 1940 Brilliant DA with a future in politics (Fred MacMurray) falls for streetwise Christmastide shoplifter (Barbara Stanwyck).
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie 1998 Rudolph's own biopic showing his journey from zero to hero.
Santa Claus 1959 Santa battles evil demon in outer space. A Spanish-language film for which an English-dubbed version also exists.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 1964 Martians kidnap Santa Claus (John Call) because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 Big-budget "biopic" for the fat man in the red suit (David Huddleston); produced by the team that made the first Christopher Reeve Superman films.
The Santa Clause 1994 When Santa falls off his roof, a harried ad exec is required to assume the mantle.
The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause 2002 Sequel to The Santa Clause; Santa must find a Mrs. Claus.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 Santa battles Jack Frost to keep his title.
Santa's Slay 2005 In this horror/comedy film it is revealed that Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, but when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways.
Santa with Muscles 1996 An evil millionaire gets amnesia and then believes that he is Santa Claus.
Scrooge 1935 Early film adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol starring Sir Seymour Hicks.
Scrooge 1951 Dickens' ghostly meditation on Christmas. This version of the story, with Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, is universally regarded as the very best.
Scrooge 1970 A musical adaptation of Dickens' tale, starring Albert Finney in the title role.
Scrooged 1988 Modern, dark-humored interpretation of Dickens' story, with Christmas spirits visiting a cynical, selfish TV exec, played by Bill Murray.
The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives 1933 Santa Claus brings a poor orphan boy to his workshop in this animated Merrie Melodies short.
The Shop Around the Corner 1940 Bickering store clerks pine for pen pals as Christmas approaches.
Silent Night, Bloody Night 1974 Christmas Eve killings surround the attempted sale of an abandoned house.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 1984 The controversial slasher film about a murderous Santa Claus.
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 1987 Killer's younger brother embarks on his own murder spree after escaping from mental hospital. Followed by three direct-to-video sequels (see below).
Stalking Santa 2006 Dr. Lloyd Darrow, a self-proclaimed "Santalogist," sets out to prove the existence of Santa Claus.
Surviving Christmas 2004 A smug, cynical young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.
Susan Slept Here 1954 Hollywood screenwriter hosts teen vagrant for the Christmas holiday.
Tenth Avenue Angel 1948 A child of the tenements helps an ex-con find a new life as Christmas approaches and learns that cattle genuflect at midnight on Christmas Eve, in memory of the birth of Jesus.
This Christmas 2007 The Whitfield family comes together for their first Christmas in several years.
Toy Tinkers 1949 Chip 'n' Dale steal nuts from Donald Duck's home using a variety of Christmas toys in this animated short.
Trading Places 1983 A rich man and a poor man switch classes as part of a social experiment through the holiday season.
Trapped in Paradise 1994 Kindly town's hospitality melts Christmas burglars' hearts.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas 1914 A boy gets a ride in Santa's sleigh.
Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded) 2006 Bored kids make up their own holidays whilst stuck in an airport after Christmas.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas 2011 Stoners embark on a mission to find a replacement for a burned Christmas tree.
What Would Jesus Buy? 2007 Documentary about the commercialization of Christmas.
While You Were Sleeping 1995 After a lonely transit worker saves a man on Christmas Day, she spends the holidays with his family and pretends to be his fiancee while he lies in a coma.
White Christmas 1954 As in Holiday Inn, musicians bring Irving Berlin's lyrics to Vermont lodge. (The story is not a remake, however.)
We're No Angels 1955 A trio of escaped convicts (Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov & Aldo Ray) and their pet snake, Adolph, help a shopkeeper and his wife avoid financial ruin while steering their daughter toward true love on Christmas Eve.
WOW...WHO KNEW THERE WERE SO MANY CHRISTMAS THEMED MOVIES AND THIS LIST DOES NOT EVEN COUNT THE HALLMARK AND OTHER MADE FOR TV MOVIES.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Ornament Craft

To recycle some more of those unwanted CD's that arrived in the mail, I decided to make Granny's Love aka my Grandson a personalized Christmas Tree Ornament.
Take two of the CD's and glue the printed sides together, so the shiny sides are out.
Then CAREFULLY hold a nail with pliers and heat the nail.
Make a hole in the top of the CD's with the hot nail.
This might take a couple times to heat the nail to make the hole big enough.
This is the hole afterward...
no way can photos be taken with CD's in one hand and a hot nail in the other.
As I said be CAREFUL.
Next I cut out a couple photos of Granny's Love and glued one to each side of the CD's. After the glue dried I took the blue cord and measured around the photos. Then glued the cord down around the photos. I didn't like the way the cord looked where it came together, so I made a bow and glued in on the seam. To finish the ornament I took the cord and put it through the hole in the top of the ornament. I decided to knot my cord for additional decoration, but just the plain cord for a hanger would be plenty.
CD's are hard to photograph, because of the reflections!
These could be made out of old CD's that have been scratched and don't play anymore.
It is just a fun way to recycle CD's.
After I finished Granny's Love's CD ornament I thought I better make one for my granddaughter and her roommate too. I used some of the yard that my daughter had left from enhancing the girls flip flops. It made a neat looking ornament too.