Merry Christmas!!

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Classic! This is my ABSOLUTELY favorite Christmas movie (there are a handful more, but this takes the gingerbread cake!) As I was cooking Christmas dinner (a not-so-traditional, Palak Paneer {Creamed spinach with Cheese – one of my faves – and I’m sure I’ll write the recipe up one of these days} and Rajma {I made this with Cannellini Beans – yumm-O!}, I watched the movie for the umpteenth-millionth time. There is something about the movie that makes my Christmas spirit soar with oodles of laughter included. That movie has never failed to make me laugh! I’m able to quote some of the movie dialogue before it’s even spoken just because of the NUMEROUS times I have seen the movie. The music in the movie is fantastic, and I enjoy the scene where Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell ACTUALLY sing. Of course, I didn’t sit through the movie since I was making our Christmas dinner because really? I wasn’t gonna miss a thing! πŸ™‚ I already know the movie by heart. Anyways, I think I’ve raved about the movie enough… I hope I didn’t overhype it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but honestly, it’s not worth missing. Also, guess what? It’s a White Christmas, I haven’t seen one of those since I lived up in Michigan in 1996/1997 in junior high where I would look forward to the snow so my brother and I could build snowmen, create snow angels, and best of all, slide down the hills in our sled. When we lived in Owatonna, Minnesota during 1993 – 1995ish, we lived on a hill, and our house was a few houses up from the base of the hill. Across from our sweet, little hill was a railroad track and just a little beyond that was one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes!

Ignore my brother here! πŸ™‚

(This picture was obviously in the summer, but it lets you visualize what I’m talking about!) Gorgeous, I tell you! Since on the left side of our house was a downhill (about a good size to sled down until we reached our neighbor’s house), we would wait patiently and impatiently for snow to touch the ground (at least, a few inches) and then pull out our 3-foot-long orangey red sled and sit in it and slide down the hill hoping we didn’t crash horribly. Luckily the few inches of snow would build up and allow for a nice and slow stop. There was nothing like it! As I watch the snow fall right now, I wish I could pull out that orangey red sled and (hopefully, I’d fit!) make my way down any ol’ hill. It’s a good thing I enjoyed it while I could! Anyways, hope Santa brought everyone everything they asked for!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! (Oh, yes, that’s copyrighted by Santa Claus, himself, but he allowed me to borrow the tagline for this entry! ;))

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