Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.164

by Gio

Hello everyone,

happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying the holidays. If you have a few minutes to spare, sit down with a nice cup of coffee, and read my random ramblings. And don’t forget to share yours in the comments!

My Favourite Christmas Movies

I’m not a big fan of Christmas movies. I find most of them utterly boring, mainly because they all the have same plots, with few variations. But there are some that I absolutely love, and am always glad to see at this festive time of the year. Here they are:

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is not your usual Christmas movie. It’s a lot scarier, original, and entertaining. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, is bored of celebrating Hallowen always in the same way. So, when he discovers Christmastown, he decides to bring some of the spirit of that holiday (and a recalcitrant Santa Claus) to Halloweentown. It’s a wonderful motion-animated classic combines the best of two of our favourite holidays.

A Christmas Carol

I love Dickens and this story has always been one of my favourites. The old, mean miser Ebenezer Scrooge receives the visits of three ghosts, of Christmas past, present, and future, that will show him the error of his ways so he can make amends before it is too late. It’s a charming and thrilling story that never fails to please and make you think. I don’t really have a favourite version, but I love discovering new ones all the time.

Mary Poppins

Who doesn’t love Mary Poppins, the English supernanny who reunited a distant and cold father with his family? This delightful movie combines catchy songs, brilliant colours, magic, live action and animated figures, and wonderful actors. A true classic.

The Sword In The Stone

Disney movies are always shown on Italian Tv at this time of year. One of my favourites, which I watched I don’t know how many times, is The Sword In The Stone. A young boy, with the help of Merlin, becomes King when he extracts a sword in the stone. This retelling of Arthur’s tale is inventive, endearing, and fun for all the family.

Sissi, The Trilogy

This trilogy was always shown at Christmas here too. As a child I was fascinated with this empress, her beautiful gowns, and her glittering court. But it was only this year that I finally got to watch the movies in their entirety. As a child, I was always sent to bed in the middle of them! They’re not always accurate, but they still are a charming portrait of the first years of her marriage and reign.

What movies do you always watch at Christmas?

What I’m Reading Now

the king's sister
The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien
Anne O’Brien is one of my favourite historical novelists, and her latest work doesn’t disappoint. As a Plantagenet princess Elizabeth of Lancaster is destined to marry the man her family chose for her. But she rebels and weds John Holland, King Richard II’s half-brother. At first, this match seems as advantageous as the one she refused. That’s until her brother, Henry of Bolingbroke, deposes Richard and claims the crown for himself. John sides with his half-brother and plots against the new king. Elizabeth is put in an impossible position. Should she reveal to Henry what she knows and thus condemn her husband to death? Or should she side with her husband, knowing that if the plot is successful, Henry will be killed? O’Brien skilfully and vividly brings to life the turbulent times Elizabeth lived in and the anguish and torment her situation and decision caused her. Although she’s not the nicest heroine, it’s impossible not to feel sorry for her, and for her dashing and ruthlessly ambitious husband. I highly recommend it to all fans of historical fiction. It’s available at Amazon.

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Sunday Survey, Vol.230

1. When was the last time you climbed a tree?
Ages ago! It was at a birthday party at a friend’s house, when I was still a child. There was this short tree in her garden and all the kids were climbing up it.

2. What look will you be wearing on New Year’s Eve?
I haven’t decided yet, but it will be sparkling!

3. Did you decorate your house with lights this year?
Nope, I only have a Christmas tree, but without lights cos they stopped working ages ago and I always forget to replace them!

4. Would you rather get back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great grandchildren?
Go back in time, definitely. As a history lover, I’m more interested in what’s happened and how people used to live once than what the world will be like in the future. Besides, I’m not sure I’d like the latter much!

5. Do you like Christmas jumpers?
On children, yes. On adults, not so much.

It’s your turn now!
1. When was the last time you climbed a tree?
2. What look will you be wearing on New Year’s Eve?
3. Did you decorate your house with lights this year?
4. Would you rather get back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great grandchildren?
5. Do you like Christmas jumpers?

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4 comments

BebeTaian December 29, 2014 - 5:32 am

1. When was the last time you climbed a tree?

It’s been a long time. Years.

2. What look will you be wearing on New Year’s Eve?

The “I don’t want to get out of bed might as well bury me now f**k I have to work” look. Something between baleful, hateful, and dead tired.

3. Did you decorate your house with lights this year?

I have LED lights up all year in the living room. Much softer light than a bunch of lamps everywhere. Great for when you have a headache and want mostly-darkness, but still need to be able to see.

4. Would you rather get back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great grandchildren?

Go back in time so I can smack the hell out of them for passing on bad genetics. Or ask them about really cool stuff that happened. Or both.

5. Do you like Christmas jumpers?

Not particularly. Partially because I look terrible in them, but mostly because in Florida, it is way too hot for a sweater, anywhere, ever. Although I was really happy to find a tunic-like dress that was knitted like a sweater. It’s short, sleeveless, and very comfy.

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Gio December 29, 2014 - 12:14 pm

BebeTaian, that tunic sweater sounds great!

I hope you won’t have to work too much on New Year’s Eve, and that you’ll have some time to have some fun and relax. 🙂

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Marina(Makeup4all) January 3, 2015 - 3:31 pm

1. When was the last time you climbed a tree? I loved climbing trees as a child.
2. What look will you be wearing on New Year’s Eve? I wore red dress, and it was awesome. I always dress up for NY.
3. Did you decorate your house with lights this year? My brother came over and did it for me.
4. Would you rather get back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great grandchildren? Definitely the first.
5. Do you like Christmas jumpers? I don’t and would never wear one.

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Gio January 3, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Marina, climbing trees was fun indeed. It’s a shame we rarely have the opportunity to do that as adults.

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