Can. Not. Stop.
Forget chick flicks. I am binge watching pretty much every holiday movie I can find on Netflix.
And I got super upset when I realized I can't watch all the new (and ones I've seen many times) holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and the Family Channel.
Here's the thing. I seriously rage against Christmas decorations going up right after Halloween, or even before. I love Thanksgiving. I want to enjoy my holidays one at a time.
And yet. I've been watching holiday movies all week. It started, I think, when I pulled a muscle in my back on Monday, which was absolutely miserable, and had to try really hard to just sit still for a few days. It was also a week that involved two night shifts in a row, (election night at a newspaper is brutal, in case you were wondering).
So I watched one sappy holiday movie that I've seen at least a dozen times.
I'm currently on at least corny holiday movie No. 7.
Honestly, I'm not sure if I'm just a sucker for a silly, sweet holiday movie or if it's that they make feel a little closer to home somehow.
Montana is no easy haul back home to Virginia. It's probably true of most people, but I notice the distance so much more around the holidays.
The holiday movies also seem to put me in a cheerful mood.
I watched one the other morning, complete with lots of singing Christmas carols, and I was in a ridiculously good mood all day, and the next day, and the next day and the next day. It was weird and amazing all at the same time. I got so much done over the last few days.
My rule has always been ABSOLUTELY NO Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving. But apparently my self imposed rule does not apply to holiday movies.
People. I love Christmas. But I reserve all that holiday cheer for December. To me, it's more special when it's truly the holiday season and not just a money making venture to sell cheep, unnecessary holiday stuff that all takes up residence in roughly half the store on Nov. 1.
Holidays can be crazy with family packed into our house, or we're packed into another family member's house, but it's always fun. But I love it.
I love having people around. I love sharing meals and wine and a home.
M's family is coming for Christmas this year and though our house is a mess and few of our renovation projects are completed, but I'm looking forward to having a full house and making new memories in the home we're building together.
What about you? Do you think the holiday season starts to soon? Is anyone else sharing in my addition to holiday movies? What are you looking forward to once the holiday season truly starts?