There’s one of those ‘inspirational’ pictures that does the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest that goes something like: “If he wants to call, he’ll call. If they want to be part of your life they’ll show you.”
And I think about that often especially since I live abroad. And I know that I am very lucky. I’m so lucky because my heart misses people in far-flung places and by some miracle they miss me too and we have weird and wonderful conversations about what we’ll do when we’re next together. We update each other on the big things and small things, on the things we’ve seen that remind us of each other and the things we experience that make us wish we were standing together. I love our ridiculous plans and the fact that our conversations span time zones and broken wifi connections. I love how we can pick up after a week or a month like it’s been no time at all.
If you are one of those people then thank you so much for brightening my life in 2014. My world is richer with you in it and I am grateful every day for your presence. If you are not one of those people then we have a choice. You can jump on this bandwagon and join this tribe of wonderful people and actually BE part of my life.
Or we can face facts and sever all ties because life is too short for connections that don’t function as they should, especially in this digital age.
2015 is upon us, so lets start as we mean to go on. Happy New Year people. Let’s do something awesome, shall we?
Ok, so I live abroad now….and it’s sunny and bright most of the time, so it doesn’t feel like Christmas, not in the slightest. I mean, sure they’ve decorated the palm trees and there’s a nativity scene and ice rink in the main square but it’s still 20 degrees and it just doesn’t have that crisp, Winter blanket Christmassy vibe going on.
I asked some of my friends to recommend Christmas movies in the hope that it would help bring in the jolly and well the results were varied to say the least.
For me, top of the list is always going to be Scrooged and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Yes, I know they’re both adaptations of the same thing but dang it, they’re both just so good. Bill Murray and Michael Caine are bloody perfect (in all things) and I love them in these movies.
After those it would have to be Die Hard and Gremlins, cos y’know, who doesn’t love explosions, guns and demon animals at Christmas time?!
I would also put Home Alone on the list, because my little brother loved it so much when he was young and every time I see it I’m brought back to those days when it was on repeat in the house and he was acting out scenes from it!
So from the list of movies I was given by friends I decided to watch the ones I’d never seen before. These were: Bad Santa, Four Christmases, Merry Friggin’ Christmas and The Holiday. To be honest….they were all a bit meh and I wouldn’t recommend them for getting into the holiday spirit. The main themes were families are shite, it’s good to run away from your problems or run away from your shit life, drink until it’s good and a man makes everything better….I felt less like I wanted to celebrate Christmas and more like I wanted to go into therapy and put the world to rights for a while.
I’m interested to know what movies you watch to get you in the Christmas mood?