Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Week Guest Blog and Giveaway DAY 3: Michelle Celmer

UPDATE: The winner of a signed copy of CHRISTMAS WITH THE PRINCE by Michelle Celmer is LSUReader! Congrats! Please send your physical address to contests(AT)

I have a confession.

I am married to a Christmas movie junkie.

The nagging to break open the Christmas movie collection usually starts the day after Halloween. Yes, November 1st, because for my husband, Steve, that is the official start of the Christmas holiday. Although let’s be honest, if I would allow it, he’d probably start watching them in July. But every year I put my foot down and make him wait until Black Friday, when we haul out the tree and all the other holiday decorations. Then, in the DVD player goes THE SANTA CLAUSE or A CHRISTMAS CAROL (his favorite is the version with George C. Scott)

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too--although not quite as fanatically as he does--and I enjoy Christmas movies. The thing is, we don’t watch a movie than put it aside until next year. As of this past Friday, we’ve seen THE BISHOP’S WIFE three times. By New Years that number will probably double. Because no matter how many new movies we buy each year (and believe me the collection has grown exponentially) he clings to a few die hard favorites. And when he gives me that pouty look and sad puppy dog eyes, asking if we can watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE just one more time. I usually cave. Remember the scene when they’re sharing the phone...can you say sexual tension???

Although we do have a few new favorites this year. FRED CLAUS, a DVD I went to eight different stores to find. And ELF, which I think is hands down the funniest Christmas movie ever. Will Ferrell makes never fail to make the ridiculous seem totally plausible.

I’ve come to accept this movie obsession as an intrinsic part of our holiday tradition. Lately my 20 month old granddaughter is showing signs of holiday movie obsession. The second the opening credits for ROUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER start to play she screeches with delight and remains glued to the screen until it’s over.

I suppose it was only a matter of time before I wrote a book with a Christmas scene, my November Desire, Christmas with the Prince. And maybe it says something that the scene in question takes place during the black moment of the story. Coincidence? Maybe not.

Now, I’m off to watch Fred Clause. Again...

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Blogger LSUReader said...

I do like holiday movies, but the repetition would drive me crazy. Maybe next year you could surprise him with a homemade Advent Calendar that features movies--instead of toys/treats--for each day. That would represent the movie the two of you would watch together. Have fun.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 12:20:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like them new ones come up on lifetime lol
congrats on the book

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 12:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hmmm... if we watched holiday movies religiously, the must haves would probably be ELF, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Actually, NIGHTMARE would be the first on my list of movies to watch, followed by listening to the soundtrack a few times. My husband is *SO* lucky we don't have a TV set right now. :)

Your family tradition sounds like fun. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 1:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger tetewa said...

My favorite holiday movie is The Family Stone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 2:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

I enjoy watching holiday movies too. I don't start watching them until after Thanksgiving. Some of my favorites are The Santa Clause movies, The Polar Express and the movies on the Halmark channel.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:00:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kim Batchelor said...

I have to agree with your husband on two movies--the Bishop's Wife and the Geo. C. Scott version of a Christmas Carol. I also saw the new 3-D version--I really liked it, too, but I'm not sure if it will translate as a classic in our house.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Maureen said...

I do enjoy holiday movies but not until December and my favorite is definitely A Christmas Story.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 5:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I do enjoy Christmas movies but I at least like to wait until December. I watched White Christmas the other night. I've always enjoyed that movie. It is truly a classic.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 7:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kerri Cuev said...

I have to watch It's a wonderful life every year! The hubby has to watch The Christmas Story! Love the title of the book!!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 7:42:00 PM EST  
Blogger donnas said...

Great post. And Fred Claus and Elf are probably my 2 more recently made favorites. Im actually looking forward to seeing Four Christmas' too soon.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Pam P said...

I do like watching the Christmas movies every year, and have my favorites not to miss again - It's a Wonderful Life, A Miracle on 34th Street, and Bells of St. Mary.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 9:48:00 PM EST  

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