Reason to SMILE #346 – Christmas Edition: The MOVIES


My Christmas Movie Marathon begins the day after Thanksgiving and lasts through Christmas Day. I watch as many Christmas movies as possible in these four weeks to keep me in the Christmas spirit and the first movie in the line up is always Elf. I love that movie! It’s ridiculously goofy but it makes me laugh every time I watch it – every. single. time.

Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?

-Buddy, when answering his father’s office phone


Santa!!! Oh my God! Santa’s here? I know him!

-Buddy, when hearing the news of Santa’s arrival at Gimbels


You sit on a throne of lies.

-Buddy to the Gimbels’ Santa, when realizing he’s not the “real Santa”


This movie is chock full of funny little treasures that make me SMILE.

After Elf, I work my way through what I consider the best Christmas movies ever like Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Disney’s The Grinch, The Santa Clause trilogy, the classic “claymation” Christmas specials like Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town and other children’s classics like Frosty the Snowman. But of course, my Christmas movie marathon could never be complete without watching Ralphie’s crazy family Christmas antics in A Christmas Story – because Christmas just isn’t Christmas without hearing “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” at least once. 😉

“What about the Hallmark movies?” you ask. Are you kidding me! I cry enough while watching the silly Christmas movies (You know they always get you with those happy endings of love and hope!). There’s no way I could handle those sappy Christmas love stories.

So, what about you? What Christmas movie makes you SMILE (or cry -it really is okay to admit it 😉 ) ?


A Year of Smiles – Day 341: The SMILES of Christmas

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Christmas SMILE #7 (Reason to SMILE #341): THE CAROLING

When was the last time you opened your front door to Christmas carolers? It doesn’t seem to happen as often as portrayed in all the Christmas movies, does it? I wonder why that is.

Maybe it’s too cold to go trudging through neighborhoods at Christmastime. Have you ever tried singing when your body is shivering and your teeth are chattering?

Maybe no one knows the words to Christmas carols anymore. Do you know all the words or even the tunes to “Joy to the World”, “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”, “Hark! The Herald Angel Sings” or “The First Noel”?

Maybe the reason we don’t go caroling anymore is simply because we’re too busy. There’s just too much shopping, cooking, wrapping, decorating and celebrating to do.

Oh, but think of all the SMILES you could spread if you carved out a little time to go Christmas caroling. In the words of the world’s leading authority on Christmas spirit, Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And you can’t argue with Buddy.

No excuses, folks! There’s even a day already set for you to take part in this wonderful Christmas tradition. It’s called “Go Caroling Day” and this year, it’s December 20th. (Yay! I didn’t miss it like I missed World Smile Day and World Kindness Day.) So, grab some friends and make the most of this Christmas season. And don’t worry about the cold – that’s what hot chocolate and apple cider is for!

Alright. You have ten days. So, get brushed up on those Christmas carols and prepare yourself for all the SMILES.