Pop the popcorn! Warm up some hot chocolate! Take a break from Christmas shopping and settle into the holiday spirit with one of these excellent Christmas movies on Netflix.
Is there really any better way to tell Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” than with Bill Murray in the 1980s? Murray plays a jaded television executive who gets a reality check when the ghosts of Christmas pay him a visit. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll want to watch it again next year.
‘Christmas with the Kranks’
If a good laugh is what you’re after, the Kranks are your people. Watch as Tim “the Toolman” Taylor—er, that is, Tim Allen—and Jamie Lee Curtis try to skip Christmas in favor of a Caribbean cruise. Leaving their traditions behind is not as easy as they expect.
Another fun and slightly less traditional Christmas movie, “The Ref” is Kevin Spacey’s holiday black comedy.
It’s hard to believe “Love Actually” is over ten years old. This comedy-drama features an outstanding cast (including The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes) and follows several endearing plotlines. It’s a new classic you’ll want to add to your annual viewing list. Oh, and good luck getting character Billy Mack’s song “Christmas is All Around” out of your head.
‘Fireplace For You Home’
If you want to set a mood without setting yourself up for too much distraction, why not just play Netflix’s ambient fireplace video? With a little Christmas music in the background to accompany it, this video is sure to make gift wrapping all the merrier.
With National Christmas Tree Day just behind us and the holidays right around the corner, most readers probably already have their tree. Even so, it’s never too late to add a little extra pizzazz to your decorations, or to give them a personal twist. Here are several Christmas tree decorating ideas that will give you a new spin this year and for the years to come.
Make it Personal
If you’re reevaluating your tree’s decorations, consider what theme will mean a lot to you and your family. Perhaps you like to travel a lot, in which case you could collect ornaments that represent your favorite voyages. If you like the outdoors, opt for DIY pinecone ornaments, deer, owls, and other woodsy decorations. Find what suits you best!
Think Outside the Tree Skirt
Instead of using traditional accessories like a tree skirt, why not mix it up? You can use a vintage tin or pale as a container for a tree for a rustic spin. Or, instead of sticking with a wintery color scheme, add a little spring to your Christmas tree. Decorate with a winding wreath of silk flowers for a fresh look.
For a new twist using what you already have, create an ombre rainbow effect by color coordinating your ornaments. Start with purple or red at the top and work your way through the spectrum. You’ll never look at your tree the same way again!
For some Americans, Thanksgiving is their number one favorite holiday. Even if it’s not, you have to admit that you love the family time and the great food. However, besides all of the great stuff to eat, there’s also plenty to do on Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta.
Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K
Start your Thanksgiving Day by running off all of the food you’re about to consume. (That’s how it works, right?) This race in Midtown is orchestrated by the Atlanta Track Club and has thousands of participants every year.
Holiday Lights in Atlanta
What better way to ring in the holiday season than to enjoy festive lights on Thanksgiving? At this event, you can see tons of lights in many different locations! All of the lights will be perfectly timed to Christmas music and are sure to dazzle you.
LEGOLAND Discover Center
LEGOLAND is open on Thanksgiving from 10am to 7pm, so it’s a great pre- or post-Thanksgiving dinner activity for the kids.
ClueTown Book Scavenger Hunt
If your family is coming into town, take them around the city by solving puzzles together! You can get a ClueTown Book from four different areas, so you can pick whichever is closest to you.
Whatever you end up doing this Thanksgiving, make sure to have lots of turkey and stuffing!