The best of is defined as “a list or collection comprising the best examples of something”. During the Holidays we are inundated with places to go and things to see. Additionally we have to sort through commercials and ads for where to buy gifts and clothes. Hopefully this will help you pick out a few of the “Best” for the holidays so you can focus on family.
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🎥 The Best Christmas Movies
The list for the Best Christmas Movies is a long one. So let’s break it down to Christmas Movies for kids and then family.
The Polar Express is the story about a young boys journey on a train on Christmas Eve. The conductor explains the train is called the Polar Express, and is journeying to the North Pole. Reluctantly the boy boards the train and learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Tom Hanks brings the conductor in this great kids film about the spirit of Christmas.
Next is a wonderful kids classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. This heart warming movie focuses on the religious aspect of Christmas. Linus is heard quoting Bible verses and all of the Peanuts characters join in singing religious carols. Lucy is feisty as usual so if that is a concern for you, talk to your kids about if after the movie is over.
For a list of other great Christmas movies for kids click here.
A Christmas Prince – If you are looking for a romantic movie at Christmas time, Netflix recommends this one. The move is about a reporter who goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, then she is tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love. You might even find this one on the Hallmark Channel line up this season.
If romantic movies are not your thing during the holidays try Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy. This hilarious movie is about Neal Page (Steve Martin) who is trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids. He is rerouted to Kansas due to a freak snowstorm were he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy). Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination.
These are just two of a huge list of Christmas Movies on Netflix. Subscription prices and plans can be found at Netflix.
🍪 The Best Christmas Cookes
Christmas Sugar cookies are a classic favorite. The dough is easy to make and the kids and adults alike can cut them into any shape. Once baked each cookie can be decorated however Decorating is the best part and allow everyone to participate in making them.
What would Christmas be without some Gingerbread cookies? These delicious, molasses rich cookies are a great cookie to bake and give away as small gifts for the neighbors.
Looking for something more decorative? Challenging? Try the Chocolate Reindeer Cookies. This recipe and others for the Best Christmas Cookies can be found by clicking the cookie name above.
👧🏼 Best Christmas Gifts for Her
It appears 2018 is the year to give that special lady in your life something meaningful.
With that being said, try a Smart Yoga Mat that you can buy on line at SmartMat. This mat can detect when you are out of alignment and gives you feedback on how to correct the pose. It is like having your very own yoga instructor right in the family room.
Next look into the Actual Handwriting Bracelet. You can hand write a short message, send it to the company and they will custom make a bracelet with your words, in your handwriting.
🎄 The Best Artificial Christmas Trees
Allergies and the needles falling off are the main complaints of real Christmas trees. If you are looking for an alternative, artificial trees are a great compromise.
The North Valley 9′ Spruce Tree is a traditional Christmas tree that will fill up your space beautifully. According to Best Reviews, this lush, full tree is built very well and is quick and easy to set up. I found one on Amazon.com but it does not come with lights and is heavy for shipping purposes.
If 9 Feet is too tall for your space try the Hinged Spruce Christmas Tree that measures in at 7.5 Feet tall. Although this tree requires a lot of fluffing to get it looking good, it has a ton of branches and is easy to decorate.
Finally, if a flocked (fake snow) tree is what you want this year check out the King of Christmas or the 6 Foot Prince Flock. The thick flocked branches are realistic and reportedly do not shed too badly. The flocked look is not for everyone so be sure you want a “white” Christmas before you purchase this tree.
🎹 The Best Christmas Albums
Music is a huge part of the Holidays. For some, the classics bring back memories while others prefer the more recent Christmas tunes. Rolling Stone magazine lists the top 25 Best Christmas Albums Ever but here are a few of the top albums.
First. from 1963, check out Phil Spector’s album titled A Christmas Gift for you From Phil Spector. Rolling Stone says “Spector’s wall of sound production adds grandeur and drama, while the Philles Records crew lights up the holiday hit parade with rock & roll fire”.
Next, Elvis rocks out on his Christmas Album from 1957. He does not disappoint with ballads and rock and roll on this album and includes nods to his country and gospel roots.
Finally if you are looking for something more current, try the #25 Best Christmas Album by Weezer. His Christmas with Weezer album brings new twists to the classic favorites by the sleigh load.
Don’t forget to check out the other Best Christmas Albums and rock on!
🎤 Best Christmas Songs
Esquire magazine lists what they believe are the 30 Best Christmas Songs on their site. Meanwhile here are a few to load on your smart phone or play list.
- Louis Armstrong – Cool Yule
- Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
- Wham – Last Christmas
- Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You
💡 Best Christmas Tree Lights
Popular Mechanics says if you are looking for energy efficient lights, check out the GE Energy Smart Colorite 50 Light LED warm white mini light set. These lights are easily strung together and can be found at most Hardware stores.
If LED white lights are not your thing, and you love the icicles, try the AppLights 24 light multicolor icicle string. These are unique and colorful.
Finally, traditional lights have their benefits. Check out the Noma/inliten Holiday 100 count Clear Christmas Lights.
For location on where to buy these lights and other Christmas decorations click here.
👕 Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Every year the office has an Ugly Christmas Sweater party and this year you want to win. Here are some places to shop so you can take home the trophy.
Tipsy Elves mission is to “not only design the world’s most creative and memorable clothing, but to be there to outfit you for life’s greatest moments. Our genuine hope is that our products will crack a smile and turn that weekend party into an unforgettable experience”.
Additonally you can click the links below to find more choices.
🖋️ Best Christmas Wishes
Sending Christmas cards is a yearly tradition and one that continues even with the modern technology of Facebook and Instagram. It is a fun way to stay in touch with family and friends with a personal touch.
If you have run out of things to say or cannot think of any Christmas wishes to include in your cards, check out Serenata Flowers. They have an entire section devoted to helping you find the right words for every person on your list.
Who wouldn’t want to receive a card with the message “May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
🐨 Best Zoo at Christmas
This “Best” will require some planning and perhaps a road trip but will be well worth your time and money. The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium in Ohio has very unique experiences including the visits from Santa. The Big Man in Red will enter “Africa” via zipline and show up in the aquarium via scuba gear. Photo Opportunities are in the Arctic Encounter.
If you want to stay local, check out the Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, UT.
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