Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – Rachel Cohn

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.”

Why have I never thought of reading a Christmas book before?

When I heard about this one, I knew I had to read it around Christmas time.  Didn’t realize however that it was the second book in a series—good thing it didn’t really seem to matter.

While dealing with some serious topics, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s a light and quick read, perfect for a wintery day home.  Most people could probably read it in a day or two, I just took forever because that’s how I am.

It’s a cute story and while I wouldn’t call it a classic or anything that I would want to reread, it’s worth adding to your TBR list for next December.

The Night Before

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2.5/5 Stars

Summary: “For the last 10 years, lifelong buddies Ethan, Isaac and Chris have gathered on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays with a bang. As Isaac prepares to become a first-time father, the friends realize that their annual tradition is coming to a sad end. To make it as memorable as possible, they plan a night of debauchery and hilarity by searching for the Nutcracka Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.”

This movie I had been wanting to watch all year but was holding off till around Christmas time because I thought it was going to be a fun Christmas movie that wasn’t your typical childrens or romance story.  Which it wasn’t.  But it wasn’t what I wanted it to be either.

Most importantly, the movie wasn’t really that funny.  I like the actors in it and they’re usually in movies that I like, but I barely laughed throughout the entire thing.

The story never really got going and was a little weird as it tried to make reference to A Christmas Carol.  It was also more Pineapple Express-y than I had thought it would be.

I honestly wouldn’t recommend this one, but if you’ve got nothing better to do, it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t finish it…

Arthur Christmas

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3/5 Stars

Summary: “Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.”

I told you guys I was in full Christmas mode.

Arthur Christmas is one of those movies that I’ve been told about by a bunch of people, but have just never had the opportunity to watch it.  Finally caught it on TV, and I mean, it was alright.

For kids?  A great movie.  They’ll laugh and love to see an explanation as to how Santa does it that makes sense in todays world.

For me though, I liked it, but probably wouldn’t watch it again.  I’ve seen better animated Christmas movies.  I think the story was kind of flat for me, but I know it was made for kids so it makes sense.

If you know any kids, definitely have them watch this one, and you’ll probably enjoy it a little yourself too.

The Spirit of Christmas

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3/5 Stars

Summary: “A woman falls in love with a man who is somewhat unavailable.”

So aside from being crazy busy lately, the reason I haven’t been posting as much is because I’ve just been watching cheesy Christmas movies whenever I have the chance and I wasn’t going to put any of them on here.  But, I thought The Spirit of Christmas was a little bit different and thought I’d give it a mention.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the predictable Hallmark/Lifetime movies.  I can (and have been) watch them all day and not get bored.  This movie was a little less predictable.  Though, spoiler alert, the guy and girl still get together in the end.

The Spirit of Christmas was actually a tiny bit creepy and not in a corny kind of way.  I could see it almost making it as a movie theatre type movie.  Almost.

It’s got a little mystery, romance, and Christmas spirit making it a perfect watch in these last few days before Christmas.

Available on Netflix.