November 20, 2012

Tuesday’s Tidbits

Winners were randomly drawn (and should email me with their choice of Nook or Kindle): Mari, Joyce, Ana, Kristen, Julie … and the cookies go to Catherine. Thanks for playing!!!

Original Post:
I love holiday movies, always have. From A Christmas Carol to A Charlie Brown Christmas, I’ve seen them all, melted over them all, and probably cried buckets over them all as well. A recent favorite is The Holiday with Jude Law. I actually rented that one last year with a bit of an attitude because Harry Potter’s latest was sold out. I was in the mood for Hogwarts and adventure, not a sappy romance (funny considering I write them…)

But I was transfixed. There was nothing sappy about it at all. It was a wonderful, deep, warm, funny, sexy romance. In fact, there were two romances. And I melted. And yes, I also cried. In a very good way.

How about you? Do you have a favorite holiday movie? Or how about a holiday book? Comment here today and I’ll be drawing names. Five of you will be gifted with my upcoming holiday novella UNDER THE MISTLETOE, and one of you will win a box of my favorite (at the moment) cookies. :lol:

p.s. This giveaway is a part of a much bigger giveaway running at USA Today’s blog. Go check it out and enter all the other eleven giveaways

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  1. My favourite holiday movie which I watch EVERY Christmas since it came out is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Love it :)

  2. You know what I adore most about The Holiday? The sweaters. Saw it in the theaters when I lived in Arizona — where I wore my sweaters for perhaps 47 minutes the entire winter. I have sweater lust for Kate and Cameron’s clothes. I have sweater Luuuuuv for Jude Law in that Blue sweater that matches his eyes.

    Favorite holiday movie? Muppet Christmas Carol.

  3. I love Miracle on 34th Street the original. I also love The movie you mentioned. I also love Ron Howard’s version of The Grinch.

  4. My favorite holiday movies are Christmas in Connecticut (the original with Barbara Stanwyck) and…ok, honestly, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. I loved it SO MUCH as a little kid, and now I watch it with my four-year-old and feel like it’s really Christmas all over again. The things that make a big impression on us as toddlers can REALLY last! ;)

  5. oh i also adore The Holiday!
    but my all time fave is Miracle on 34th street… just gives me fuzzies all the time :razz:

  6. I watch the Family Stone at Christmas. Love that movie.

  7. I also really enjoyed The Holiday. It’s a great feel good movie. My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. I never get tired of seeing it.

  8. I love WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING. Such a great holiday movie. The chemistry between Sandy Bullock and Bill Pulhum is electric. The movie is a funny, sweet, romantic feel good movie–there is nothing better.

  9. My favorite holiday cartoon is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I’ve always loved it :) after Thanksgiving, I tend to read romance centered around Christmas. There’s something just heartwarming about reading about love at Christmas. I usually watch most of the 25 days of Christmas on ABC family and whatever cheesy movies are on lifetime. Can’t help myself.

  10. A Charlie Brown Christmas

  11. Undercover Holiday with Tyne Daly and The Susan Lucci version of scrooge, called Ebby.

  12. I love It’s a Wonderful Life and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I have both on DVD, yet watch them on TV every year. I’m excited because Charlie comes on twice this year! Yes, I’ll watch it both times.

  13. We watch White Christmas every year. I also watch Holiday Inn, Meet Me In St. Louis, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Holiday Affair. I love all the old Christmas movies. What’s not to like about Robert Mitchum, James Stewart, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby? My all time favorit movie is Meet Me In St. Louis.

  14. While You Were Sleeping is my favorite. I love that movie and try to watch it every year at Christmas.

  15. My favorite Christmas movie would have to be ” The Christmas Shoes” It made me cry, But it was one of the sweetest movies I have ever watched. I also enjoyed Miracle on 34th Street. That one was cute as hell too!
    Well I hope you have a Great Thanksgiving!

  16. I really like “A Muppet Family Christmas”. We bought the DVD since it’s not shown on TV anymore. It’s classic Muppets – songs, humor, sweet message. And it includes the Muppets from Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock in it…with a Jim Henson cameo. My husband and daughter and I love watching it every year.

  17. My favorite is White Christmas. I also love all the sappy holiday movies they show on The Hallmark Network.

  18. My dad wants to watch Love Actually every year at Christmas. It’s actually become a bit of a contest, how long can we avoid being subjected to it? Last year I had the flu at Christmas and could only lie on my parents’ couch and moan, so Dad took this as an excuse to pop it in the DVD player and watch it. My mom thanked me for my sacrifice.

  19. I love all of the Santa Claus movies with Tim Allen. And we watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation several times during the holidays!!!

  20. How the Grinch stole Christmas. Charlie Brown is a must see too.

  21. I love Will Farrel in ELF!

  22. I love holiday romances, but I have to admit, I don’t have any favorites. Every year it seems like there is a new crop to choose from.

  23. Holiday Inn as the oldie and Love Actually as the newie!

  24. elf, white christmas, the holiday,

  25. I dont have a favorite movie nor do I have a favorite book. I like to read any book that has the concept of Christmas in it!! That’s means I’ll be nose deep in Under the Mistletoe!!! ;-)

  26. I watch White Christmas every year. And believe it or not I have never seen It’s a Wonderful Life. (Bits and pieces, yes.)

  27. I love While you Were Sleeping!

  28. The Holiday is one of my favorites too and I also watch all the sappy holiday movies on Lifetime and Hallmark Channel~cannot get enough of them!! Elf is one of my favorites when I need a good laugh!

  29. I loved The Holiday too. My favorite holiday movies are Home Alone and Elf. I must watch both each year. My favorite from my childhood is definitely Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I still love to watch it today :).

  30. Love so addicted to seeing all the cheesy Hallmark Xmas movies on tv with thier “countdown to Christmas”. The Holiday made me cry, I was surprised that I liked it, like you it was a reluctant viewing but glad I did! This time of year I’ll watch anything xmas related :)

  31. Love Actually, hands down. So much romance!

  32. I think it’s more of a Halloween movie, but I adore ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. Also love the classic holiday cartoons, like Rudolph, Grinch, Frosty, etc. Love Christmas time!

  33. I probably would have chosen The Holiday as well – it’s such a GOOD movie. I loved how there were two separate stories being told, yet they weaved together so perfectly.

    For the purpose of the contest, I’ll choose another one though, ha! Sleepless in Seattle :) I know the movie starts out at Christmas time and moves into Valentines Day… but there is something magical about the little boy calling in a radio station asking for a Christmas wish for his lonely father. It puts a smile on my face every time I watch it!

  34. I love the classic cartoons for holidays, from Frosty to Rudolph to Charlie Brown. Love them all! I know it isn’t technically a Christmas movie, but “Diehard” is one of my favorites to watch

  35. My favorite holiday movie is White Christmas. I’m a sucker for sappy musicals and this one has it all — romance, singing, dancing, and of course, Bing Crosby singing White Christmas.

  36. It’s a Wonderful Life

  37. It isn’t Christmas without Cousin Eddie in his tenenment on wheels in Christmas Vacation. I’m also a sucker for all the cheesey Christmas romances on Lifetime or Hallmark.

  38. I love White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Steet and Polar Express. I love holiday movies:)

  39. I watch Love Actually every Xmas.

  40. I have a lot of favorite Holiday Movies, Charlie Brown Christmas (Classic), The Holiday is a really good one, Santa Claus but I would have to say my favorite above all is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

  41. My all time favorite is While You Were Slepping. I have the film on videotape, on dvd, know the whole film by heart, but I watch it every time I can on TV.

  42. My favorite is Love Actually. It is one that I must watch at Christmas, just like Rocky Horror Picture Show I watch at Halloween…every year.

  43. i love the Mrs. Miracle movies on hallmark channel…. ive read all the books and seen the movies they are the cutest:)

  44. While You Were Sleeping is my favorite Christmas movie.

  45. I have to say the Christmas Story. I love how determined the boy is to get his one and only present that he wants and sets out to convince everyone that it was the perfect present for him. A Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot, Range Model Air Rifle, but many obstacles stand in the way of his dream because every adult that he confronts keeps telling him he’ll shoot his eye out.

  46. I love The Holiday!! One of my Top 5 favorite movies of all time. I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen it! Also love A Charlie Brown Christmas. And I’m currently reading Linda Lael Miller’s Christmas books. You gotta love a cowboy in the snow! ;-) Happy Thanksgiving!!

  47. The Holiday is actually one of my favorites. That and Love Actually. Those two movies together make everything better. As far as Christmas books, I’m not sure I really have any (although funnily enough, I connect Harry Potter books with Christmas). Lisa Kleypas’ Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is a good one. Can’t wait to read Under the Mistletoe!

  48. Well my all time favorite movie is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. My husband and I watch it every year and still crack up like crazy. I too love Christmas movies in general. Rudolph, Frosty, Grinch. Those are a must with my kids. :)

  49. My family loves ELF with Will Ferrell and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We also love to watch the Home Alone movies and the first Harry Potter movie. I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, too! Then there’s The Year Without a Santa Clause and Frosty the Snowman. My personal favorite Christmas movie is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

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  50. My Favorite christmas movie is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

  51. Oh I hope you are feeling better Jill…So sorry you hurt your back…ouch! Glad your family is there and helping…
    As for Christmas movies..there are so many…but…
    I love Serendipity w/John Cussack…I could watch that over and over…There is Snow, and romance and lots of Snow…The Holiday is yummy..Jude Law was perfect >>> swoon <<< as for a classic, Scrooge and Miracle on 34th St are the best. There is a new one on Hallmark this year…Love At The Thanksgiving Parade .. thats really cute…Love the vintage clothes in that movie….Oh and The Bishops Wife with Loretta Young and Cary Grant…a must…
    I just finished Rescue My Heart…wow,exceptional!! I saw there will be more stories next year..Hooray….Looking fwd to Under The Mistletoe…
    I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving..and I am so grateful for the stories you tell…They bring so much to my life…Be well..and enjoy your family on Thursday…Bring on the cookies…xo, snowhugs

  52. I like to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Charlie Brown Christmas

  53. Hands down White Christmas! I watch it several times every Christmas. Also like Rudolph and Frosty too

  54. I have to watch several different versions of “A Christmas Carol.” I love them all, from George C Scott to Patrick Stewart!

  55. Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage.

  56. The original Grinch! Gotta love the little dog!

  57. There are too many favorites to name them all….But I would have to say A Christmas Carol (even the remakes) and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

  58. I tend to lean towards the old movies for Christmas. I have three favorites. The first is the 1938 version of The Christmas Carol. I just love Reginald Owen as Scrooge and also love the Lockhart family as the Cratchets. It’s a Wonderful Life and The Bishop’s Wife (with Cary Grant) are my other favorites. I do love the newer movies but the old ones still get me right in the heart every time.

  59. A Christmas Story with Ralphie. :razz:

  60. My favorite Christmas movies are Home Alone, Miracle on 34th St, The Christmas Shoes (part 1) and The Christmas Blessing (part 2). I just finished reading Farrah Rochon’s Christmas novella A Perfect Holiday Fling and i really liked it.

  61. I love Charlie Brown @ Christmas and Thanksgiving. At christmas I have to catch A Christmas Story at least once.

  62. Love Actually is an annual holiday viewing event! Oh- now I’m thinking about it!

  63. The Holiday is a good one. I also like While You Were Sleeping, and the classics Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph & Holiday Inn. There is a Thanksgiving movie called Home for the Holidays that is really good.

  64. My favorite Christmas movie is the polar express. I sit every year and watch it with my kids.

  65. The Holiday is my favorite Christmas movie!! Love Actually is pretty good too =)

  66. I loved all the crappy (compared to today standards) animated Christmas shows. They remind me of my childhood and I’ll be the only one crying lol. Kids laugh oh well.

  67. I love watching The Holiday too! its my favorite and also The Last Holiday with Queen Latifah my absolute faves

  68. My favorite Christmas movie is Home Alone. Our kids are elementary/middle school aged and I can’t wait for them to get a little older so we can watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Right now that’s an after the kids go to bed must see each December!

  69. I love most versions of A Christmas Carol, but I must say Bill Murray in Scrooged is one of my favorites. I was pleasantly surprised at Jack Black in The Holiday and the “meet cutes” in the movie were terrific!A Christmas Story, Elf and all the others mentioned are great too. But did you mention cookies, Jill????

  70. A Boyfriend for Christmas. It is kind of sappy, but I really enjoy it. I have been enjoying watching the Hallmark channels Christmas movies for the last couple of weeks.

  71. My absolute favorite holiday movie of all time is a tie between Mickey’s Christmas Carol and the original Miracle on 34th Street. I also love The Holiday and Love Actually.

  72. The Christmas Card. I watch it at least 5 times every year. It’s about a service man who receives a post card in a Christmas package sent to him overseas. The next year when he’s gets out he goes to the small town to visit and falls in love with the woman who sent him the postcard…sniff…sniff. I truly love this movie.

  73. OMG! I forgot about The Holiday! I will be watching that one again this weekend.

    I love the oldies but goodies…. like A Christmas Story. I just showed my students the scene where the boy sticks his tongue on the post. SO FUNNY!

    But, right now my fave is Polar Express. If you believe…

  74. I love A Christmas Story. It’s always on for 24 hours starting on Christmas Eve and since my kids were born I’d sit in the floor playing Santa and watching that movie over and over. Now my kids are older, but I still watch it.

  75. Every year my son and I watch A Christmas Story and still laugh over “You’ll shoot your eye out!” And last year we watched The Muppets: A Christmas Carol and decided that needed to be a tradition too.
    Although not your traditional holiday fare, we like Die Hard. heehee

    I will look for that Jude Law one. Thanks for the tip.

  76. My favorite Christmas movie is Polar Express. It’s a great movie.

    My favorite holiday book is: Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright, its an amazing story.

  77. The classics for me are Home Alone, Elf, and Polar Express! I am obsessed with all the cheesy lifetime-ish movies! My fave of those is the Twelve Men of Christmas :)

  78. Me and my husband have a tradition every year since we been together(9 years) we have to watch national lampoons christmas vacation. We love that show its just too funny. Now that we have 2 kids they get board with it because they are 5 and 2. We need to find a show for them :)

  79. Love The Holiday! I have always loved watching The Year Without a Santa Clause with the Heat and Snow Misers.

  80. A Christmas Story is the favorite in my house…. I even found a night light that was a replica of the famed Leg Lamp… It’s become a touring stocking stuffer amoung the adults!

  81. My favorite holiday movie has to be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But there are so many to choose from it is hard. I love them all too, and find myself crying to many of them, as well. Love, Actually was given to us a few years ago. That is probably second or third on the list!

  82. “The Holiday” is great, but “Love, Actually” is my go-to holiday movie! It gets me everytime.

  83. I would have to say that my favorite holiday movie, and book, is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I especially like the newer version with Jim Carrey!

  84. Oh, and “Elf.” Not least because then I go around singing things to people a la Buddy the Elf for days afterwards. :lol:

  85. Tradition at my house is to watch a Christmas Story which we all love.

  86. Polar is an absolute must to watch.
    A Christmas Story and we have been to the house in Cleveland.
    Also I am a sucker for the sappy Hallmark/Lifetime movies. ;-)

  87. I must confess that I did enjoy Christmas in Lucky Harbor. I’m a sucker for Christmas books and all kinds of Christmas movies. I have to watch The Bishop’s Wife every year, along with Holiday Affair (with Robert Mitchum). I also seem to watch every sappy Hallmark Christmas movie…it’s practically a full-time job! PLUS, I love Christmas cookies. Forget pies, cakes, chocolate. I’ll take cookies any day!

  88. I love The Holiday. It is one of my favorite movies. I have it on DVD and watch it every year. I just love Jude Law and his Mr. Napkin Head. Swoon… And I must say, I am a Hallmark Christmas movie addict. I love watching all the Christmas movies this time of year.

  89. I love them all. Every year I watch all of them. Although I have never seen the holiday. Definitely going to look for that one.

  90. Movie is the musical version of a Christmas Carol. It has a very young Albert Finney and is called Scrooge. What can I say I’m a sucker for musicals.

    The book I read every year is Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis.

  91. I love The Family Stone!! Could be because that family makes me think of my own! Although my dad would never eat “special” brownies with my brother!! :) this movie always makes me laugh and cry!. Love Diane Keaton as a mom in movies!

  92. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Nothing like Clark Griswold. “Clark: We’re gonna have the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tapdanced with Danny f***ing Kaye.”

  93. I love While You Were Sleeping and Home Alone!

  94. My favorite Christmas movie has to be the old classic “Miracle on 34th Street”. I must watch every year!! It warms my heart!!

  95. My favorite is The Year Without A Santa Claus. I love Heatmeiser!!!

  96. I love a lot of the movies already mentioned, but to be offbeat, I’ll throw out The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Shop Around the Corner, Meet Me in St. Louis, and the Katherine Hepburn version of Little Women, all of which I watch in December (along with the more standard fare from the 80s and 90s). And Elf. Dear God do I love that movie.

  97. My ultimate all time favorite Christmas Movie is “Emmet Otters Jug Band Christmas”..Have loved it since I was a kid..

  98. I love Polar Express! It never fails to make me cry (in a good way). It reminds me the magic of Christmas :smile:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  99. I like A Christmas Carol – the original movie…not the Muppets or the animated one.

    For Holiday books, I like the Tied with a Bow anthology by Lora Leigh, Virginia Kantra, Kimberly Frost and Eileen Wilks.

  100. Charlie Brown Christmas will always be my favorite…no matter what! Books? Polar Express was my son’s favorite and I always enjoyed reading to him even when he got older. I also used to read Twas the Night Before Christmas every year…Have a great Holiday

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