Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

We’ve made it to Christmas Eve!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

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Happy Christmas Eve lovies!

We have survived another ‘apocalypse’ and have been rewarded with the gift of Christmas! We all know what Christmas brings. Lots of food comas, nursing holiday hangovers, awkward family events, and terrible gift ideas.

Now that we know the magic of Christmas and how to handle it , what happens next? After a fantastic conversation with my friend Joe, he suggested one of the most brilliant ideas i’ve ever heard and might actually become a holiday tradition for me for years to come.

Now, gift giving is an art form but not everyone is an artist. Most folks run to the shops after the holidays and try to return said ‘awful’ gifts for exchanges and store credits. This process is just as bad (if not worse) than the actual holiday shopping madness. What would be the best way to go about not keeping that awful smelling perfume but share the love that the person that gave it to you attended behind the gift? This is where the Jesus Birthday After Party comes in to play.

What better (and more fun) way to get rid of all of the unwanted items than having a party right after Christmas where your friends can come over, bad re-wrapped gifts and all, drink, dance, and of course be merry! Everyone would be required to bring a small gift that they received that they will never actually use, want, or need. Granted, your friends probably would feel the same way about the item you didn’t want but it gives the gift a different and more fun meaning. Everyone will grab bag gift trade at this party which will be exciting and probably pretty hilarious.

It’s Christmas Eve, take 5 minutes to practice your “man this gift is shitty but I’m going to fake enthusiasm” face but keep in your heart Jesus Birthday After Party. It will make that enthusiasm much more realistic. It’s always the thought that counts but sometimes that thought needs a better brainstorming session (or two).

Wishing all of you the very best Christmas ever,

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How to survive family members during the holidays.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Photo by John Damaschke

So the holidays are here and I am sure  there isn’t enough vodka in the world to drown out the craziness of some of your family members. How many times can you hear your uncle tell the SAME story he tells you every time he sees you? Also, I am sure we all have those relatives that insist on telling us information that we would have never wished to know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been around family members that were counting the calories of everything on my plate or trying to find out why i’m not married yet. It would be nice to have a set plan on what to do in those difficult situations. I’m here to give you some helpful tips on how to survive your family on the holidays. Buckle your seat belts guys, someone’s uncle is about to make things very awkward.

Photos by SublimeBudd

Make sure you have your sense of humor turned up to high. Let’s face it kids, all of our families are crazy. Yes, we love them but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t crazy as hell. The holidays are already stressful enough, so let’s make light of it. Something I enjoy doing is pretending that my family is on some insane drama filled reality show (Bad Girls Club style). Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (all but the mystery meat that your aunt is trying to force feed you). Laugh and joke about the nonsense that takes place because in all honesty, that’s all you can do. 

Don’t be fooled! Your family will never be that family pictured in the perfect holiday setting in that commercial with the giant turkey. Join in with the crazy if necessary. Learn to enjoy the crazy stories, awkward moments, and eggnog. As they say, “If you can’t beat them, join them”. You can always go back to your “I’m cooler than my family” life after your done singing some carols, hanging some decorations, and wondering why grandpa wandered into the living room naked. 

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Bring a sexy decoy. Well maybe not a ‘sexy’ decoy but someone that you enjoy being around as a good distraction. This person can also be used as a excuse to leave, “I know Uncle Frank, but my friend’s face is bleeding and he is sitting in my car. I really need to go”. Decoys are love in this situation. Extra points if they are actually sexy and you can run off to go to a dance party being held at a local Chinese restaurant. 

Bottoms up! If all of these other tips fail or you feel that you mentally can not handle your yearly awkward family moments, drink it up! Don’t get trashed but definitely drink enough to be okay with the fact that there are crazy things taking place around, near, or to you. 

We can’t help but love where we come from. Family will always be family. We can’t choose them but remember, they are there for the love. No mater how weird, or drunk, or naked, or awkward, or terrifying, or uncomfortable they may be. Blood is thicker than water.

Do you have any tricks that I should know about to help deal with the once a year family awkward? Are you married or in a relationship where you would have to deal with double the uncomfortable because you have to visit two crazy families? Are you brave enough to share any of your embarrassing family during the holidays stories?

Currently looking for a flask,

Latanya Rene

Top 5 Unconventional Holiday Films

Monday, December 10th, 2012

 

 

For all of those that know me personally, you know I am an unconventional sort of gal. I am one to take something that is a tradition and make it completely my own. A lot of older people think I am a complete weirdo due to the fact that I can’t be ‘normal’. I’m simply taking something boring and common and putting an interesting spin on it. It keeps life interesting and in my case, very colorful. With that said, I thought I would bring to light the top 5 unconventional holiday movies since it is the season.  Shall we begin?

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

A couple of years ago, I had the complete honor (if you want to call it that) to watch this film on Netflix. For whatever reason, Netflix thought it  was completely okay to have this movie (and a few other Christmas movies for children) streaming for the holidays. Well needless to say, Netflix won that round. Like a trooper I sat and watched this entire film and laughed at the horribleness of it. I would definitely say that if you’re a complete sci-fi nerd, you should check it out. I am not entirely sure this film is available on DVD (especially not blu-ray) but I did just check and it is still streaming on Netflix. It probably will be…forever. You should check it out if you’re into watching bad movies from the 60s for good laughs. And if you’re curious as to what happens when Santa moves his toy factory to Mars. (Trailer)

Die Hard

Nothing says the holidays like being shot, buildings blowing up, and people dropping out of windows. There is some strong language and lots (and lots) of violence so it might not be the best to watch with children but it IS in fact a holiday movie. So many people forget that it is but I think it should make the list of great holiday classics. It is by far not traditional but it does show that the good guy always comes out on top. So get the kettle corn, settle by the fire, and be amazed at how young Bruce Willis was. (Trailer)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

I could probably watch this film all year long but I try to keep it to Halloween and Christmas. I don’t know a better way of getting in the holiday spirit than singing along with “Kidnap the Sandy Claws”. Tim Burton can never go wrong in my opinion. Definitely worth adding to your holiday movie list if it isn’t already. It’s fun for everyone involved. Shrunken heads and all! (Trailer)

Gremlins

 

It’s weird that this film came out the year I was born. Maybe that is why it feels like it dominated a lot of my early childhood. I full heartedly think that this movie took place during Christmas to give the dad of the main character a reason to buy a Mogwai. We have all come to know and adore Gizmo, his face alone should warm the hearts of the Grinchest of the Grinches. I watched this movie the other day and I was actually shocked at the special effects since it was made in 1984. Don’t be fooled by the cute furry Mogwai, this classic might not be great for small children being that the actual Gremlins can be terrifying. I am not sure why I was allowed to watch it as a child.  It is that same feeling you get when you watch Beetlejuice as an adult and think “I shouldn’t have been watching this when I was a kid”. (Trailer)

Bad Santa

There isn’t enough words to describe the amazingness of Billy Bob Thornton in this movie. DEFINITELY one to watch when the kids (and grandparents) have gone to bed. He is by far my favorite disgruntled and creepy department store Santa. An instant raunchy holiday classic to love and keep dear to your heart. I promise you, you will laugh until you nearly pee yourself. Nothing says the holidays like bodily accidents. (Trailer)

If you want to start your own traditions or watch something that isn’t full of the typically holly jolly regularness, I would definitely recommend giving a couple of the movies I listed a try. What are some of your favorite non-traditional holiday movies? Do you like to stick with the traditional classics? Am I invited to your house for undead gingerbread man cookies?

Watching Scrooged because it’s fantastic and not traditional,
Latanya Rene