Christmas Books | The SIXTH Day of Blogmas!

On the sixth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me… two Christmas book reads

Halfway through Blogmas, and I’m finally writing a book post. I don’t read for fun during the school year, so today was the first day I could pick up a book I wanted to read. To get in the holiday spirit, I decided to read two Christmas books: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris and A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd (the stories that inspired the movie).

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Top Five Christmas Movies | FIFTH Day of Blogmas!

On the fifth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me… FIVEEEE FESTIVE MOVIES

For the fifth day of Blogmas, I thought I’d go big. No, no golden rings here; just the five Christmas movies I have to see every holiday season. Films that fill me with that “holiday glow” finals insisted on dulling down the past week or so.

(Side note: finals are over and I couldn’t feel more relieved. I celebrated with a three-hour nap this afternoon.

It was delightful.)

But now, for the main event: my top five Christmas movies!

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  1. Miracle on 34th Street. I’ve loved this movie since I was a kid. My grandma had a VHS copy I would watch no matter when I was at her house. Whether the air was filled with humidity or snow, I sat in front of the screen in love with Santa Claus working at Macy’s. “Christmas isn’t just a day…it’s a frame of mind.” Genius.
  2. The Polar Express. The book always meant a lot to my sister and me as kids. We had our own bells that would hang on the tree every year. The movie means just as much, and I love the soundtrack. The Polar Express is that movie, the one that makes me smile and tear up every time. I love it.
  3. Eloise at Christmastime. I loved the original Eloise books and movie, and the Christmas one is just as cute! Eloise is such a fun character to watch, and the love story certainly doesn’t hurt anything.
  4. The Santa Clause. Maybe now is a good time to point out that I really like children’s movies… especially at Christmas! I’m actually watching this right now (thanks ABC Family!) and it’s just so cute. I love Charlie. However, I’ve never understood why it’s so bad at the beginning that Charlie wholeheartedly believes in Santa. He’s 6! Let the kid believe!
  5. Elf. Cliché, I know, but it’s Elf! Cute, funny, heartwarming–what’s not to love?

What are your favorite Christmas movies?

nameOn the fifth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me:

FIVEEEE FESTIVE MOVIES! Memories filled with snow, one blog tag, the best study tipsand 10 Christmas songs to sing!

Hillbrook Farm | The FOURTH Day of Blogmas!

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Even though we were just in the farmhouse parlor, the room felt the same as all the Christmas Eve services before it. Grandma’s vintage tree flushed behind me with its faux-candle lights encircling the branches, casting a shadow of light around our circle. Specks of birthday candle light flickered from person to person. Even the farm participated in our circle, glowing from the reflection of the moonlight on the snow. Dainty icicles like thin drips of candle wax skimmed the bushes and bare tree branches.

A thin skin of slush glazed Turner Road running by outside. Not nearly as treacherous as forecasted, but not likely to be cleared until a dedicated man with a tractor got out to plow. I had to smile, thinking about the powdering of snow that kept us at the farm for Christmas Eve. I couldn’t help but thank it.

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On the fourth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me:

memories filled with snow, one blog tag, the best study tipsand 10 Christmas songs to sing!

‘Bout This Blogger Tag | The THIRD Day of Blogmas!

On the third day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me: one blog tag!

Happy third day of Blogmas! I hope you enjoyed the first two :) Today I’m answering the ‘Bout this Blogger Tag from the blog Paper Fury. Enjoy!

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Best Studying Tips | The SECOND Day of Blogmas!

On the second day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me: the best study tips…

As I’ve struggled through studying and paper writing, I’ve hoped and prayed for some solution to my agony and dismay. “Please,” I say to anyone who passes by, “tell me how to stop this!” My friends and fellow students pat me on the back then go into their finals sob stories of two finals in one day and a project with a group that won’t meet.

I needed a hero, and it came in the form of this article from my dearest mom. It lists “scientifically proven” methods to success during study week, and while it had quite a few suggestions I already knew it also gave me the proof that I was making the right decisions (I’ve never had an all-nighter and I plan to keep that streak; this article told me why that’s a good thing). Continue reading

Favorite Christmas Songs | The FIRST Day of Blogmas!

On the first day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me: 10 Christmas songs to sing!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Blogmas Day One! While I’m stressed and freaked out to the max right now, trying to get all my work done for the two papers/two tests I’ve got going on in the next three days, I’m also super excited to spend the next 12 days with you getting ready for Christmas. Something to enjoy while write 24-pages over the next 24-hours… :)

But since it is finals season, I’m listening to quite a lot of Christmas music. It’s what keeps me sane during winter finals. Knowing that the “Christmas spirit” is still around keeps me motivated. So for this first Blogmas post, I’m going to share with you my top ten Christmas songs for studying:Favorite Christmas Songs | Scribbling in the Margins blog

10: We Three Kings, Aly & AJ Ah, the favorite duo of my past. I love We Three Kings, and these sisters do an amazing job with it.

9: Silver Bells, Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald Nothing like some Bing Crosby. I love all of his songs, but Silver Bells makes me think of 1940s Christmases.

8: 12 Days of Christmas, Straight No Chaser This is just a fun song I like to listen to after a particularly long study session.

7: The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole A classic. All the feels.

6: O Holy Night, Nat King Cole Yes yes, another Nat King Cole because he’s the king. And because this version of another favorite Christmas carol is simply beautiful.

5: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams Another king of Christmas music, Andy Williams’s version of this song is just perky enough to make that Environmental Crisis paper seem worth it…

4: The Nutcracker Symphony I choose the Nutcracker when I need to do some serious thinking but need some background noise. It’s just soft enough to be in the holiday spirit while letting me do my work.

3: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas, Michael Buble Ah, Michael Buble. The 21st century version of Bing Crosby. How I love his voice; this song is so soothing, so one of my top picks when I’m at my stress peak.

2: Christmas Time is Here, Vince Guaraldi Trio Because it’s from one of my favorite childhood Christmas shows, it gets me pumped to go home at the end of a long line of finals.

And my all-time favorite song…

1: Suite from the Polar Express It’s hard to convey how much this song (and movie and book) means to me in one line, so just trust me when I say this song is so full of meaning to me that I pull it out frequently during finals.

There are some favorite Christmas songs missing, such as Carol of the Bells and O Come All Ye Faithful; but those aren’t really songs I listen to while studying. I need tunes that will perk my spirits or get me in the mood to finish my work and go home!

What are your favorite Christmas songs?

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Below the Line:

  • As soon as I publish this post, I’m jumping straight into studying for my U.S. Women’s History test. After tomorrow morning, I can kiss that class goodbye!
  • Still haven’t finished buying all my Christmas presents yet… I really like to find people something they’re going to love, so it’s difficult to spend that much time looking while writing a paper at the same time.
  • 3 days! 3 days and finals will be over.