I also don't have that connection to the outside world that bombards us with reminders that Christmas is coming. There aren't the constant commercials. I am not in stores loaded with decorations. I am not sitting in my car listening to the radio on my way into work. And yet, I'm aware that it's all going on somewhere out there.
I've been trying to remember what I normally do to get myself psyched up. I realize that I have some perennial things that I watch that get me in the right frame of mind. They're secular, but I still love them. They still embody the Christmas spirit and are a great jumping off point to get into the more religious stuff. (Wow, this is getting way more "intense" than I intended.)
Without further adieu, I present my list for my annual Christmas Film Festival. The Season just wouldn't be the same for me without them.
1. The Muppet Christmas Carol. There's just something about singing rats that make me happy.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version). So many things to love in this 22 minute adventure that I can't possibly list them all. One of my favorites is the unconditional love of Max for the Grinch always warms my heart, not to mention those antlers.
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Another short and sweet animated piece that covers so many aspects of how people feel during the holidays but also remembering what it's all about. And the music is great. I could listen to it all year round.
There are a couple of others that I like to watch, but I'm afraid that they're all packed up and 1800 miles away. But these will do.
What are your favorites? Or what other "required" activities do you have that make it feel like the holidays?