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Day 14: A Very Merry Mariah Christmas

If you’re a fan of Mariah Carey, then this post is for you. We’re all familiar with her first Christmas album Merry Christmas (1994) and most of us know she released a second one, Merry Christmas II You, over 15 years later in 2010. But there’s more!

This year, Mariah is joining Hallmark for the holidays. On Saturday, December 19, there will be a double dose of Ms. Mariah. She is hosting a Christmas special…right after the premiere of her holiday movie A Christmas Melody. And when I say “her holiday movie,” I mean starring AND directed by Mariah herself. I could barely contain my glee when I saw the preview (click below to watch). I don’t know how this movie is going to turn out, but I’m certainly not going to miss it.

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Day 13: More Movies
In my previous post about Christmas movies, I shared that I absolutely love the made for TV holiday movies. I look forward to them every year. This year, I started on Black Friday and have been watching them ever since. Here are a couple of my favorites, along with a few new ones this year that weren’t too bad. (I still have about 3 on the DVR that I need to catch up on plus a few more scheduled, including 2 more starring Lacey Chabert.)

  1. Dear Santa (Lifetime, 2011) – A young girl being raised by a single dad sends a letter to Santa asking for a mom. This one is so cute and adorable. As with most of these movies, the acting could use some work (Amy Acker is fine, it’s the rest of those folks…), but you have to go into every made for TV holiday movie knowing that you’re not getting Oscar-worthy performances.
  2. 12 Men of Christmas (Lifetime, 2009) –  Kristin Chenoweth stars as a PR exec who ends up in a small town in Montana and creates a calendar to raise money. The fact that Kristin is in this movie was reason enough for me to love it.
  3. Matchmaker Santa (Hallmark, 2012) – In this one, a young woman and her boyfriend’s best friend end up stranded in a small town while trying to get to the boyfriend’s cabin to celebrate the holidays. Unbeknownst to her, the boyfriend’s best friend (who is the one responsible for picking out her presents and ends up taking the boyfriend’s place when he’s late for dates) has feelings for her.
  4. A Gift Wrapped Christmas (Lifetime, 2015) – One of two personal shopper based movies I’ve seen this year, A Gift Wrapped Christmas focuses on female lead whose personality is amazing. I watched this one with my mother and we both loved the character enough to overlook the not-so-good looking male lead and the underwhelming acting of the other cast members.
  5. Merry Matrimony (Hallmark, 2015) – Did you watch the 90210 remake? Well, Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna from 90210) is in advertising and must work with her ex on a wedding campaign. There are a ton of people in this one that were struggling with their characters, but it wasn’t bad. The movies aren’t as good this year as they have been in years past. This one is one of the better premieres I’ve seen this season.

Day 9: Christmas Movies

We’ve already talked about holiday music, now it’s time for the movies. I absolutely love Christmas movies. I mean, just love them. The cheesier, the better. I especially love the made-for-tv romantic ones. I’m thinking I might make a separate list of those, because those are a whole ‘nother ball game. For now, let’s stick to the big ones.

  1. The Holiday – I watch this movie every year. I’ve already watched it this holiday season. I love everything about it and I especially love Cameron Diaz’s wardrobe and her hair. And also Jude Law’s gorgeous blue eyes.
  2. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Obviously.
  3. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Because this is my most favoritest Christmas movie ever. I loved it as a child when it was a tradition to watch with my mother and I love it now. I think my sister even watches it with her brood each year. This movie has somehow managed to entertain generations…. because it is amazing.
  4. This Christmas – I really enjoy watching this movie. It’s got heart and humor and a fantastic soundtrack. Who could ask for anything more?
  5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – I certainly couldn’t forget this classic. This one is my mom’s favorite and we will probably make time to watch it together this year.

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