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Livin' la Vida Lacy - I'm ready for Christmas films
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I have a confession. I’ve already watched two Hallmark Christmas movies (much to Ross’ dismay) – “Switched for Christmas” and “Christmas at Pemberley Manor.” I know, I know … these films follow a predictable formula with corny dialogue, but I just can’t help myself.


Now, I don’t get pulled into each one, but I’m a sucker for a happy ending and gorgeous Christmas setting. It’s just fun to lounge around in comfy clothes wrapped in a cozy blanket watching Christmas movies. Pair that with a hot cup of cinnamon sugar cookie flavored coffee and I’m one happy lady.


So yes, make fun of them all you want, but I guarantee that won’t stop your female family members from indulging in at least one cheesy Hallmark movie this season. (Sorry, not sorry.) For me, it’s the light-hearted escape in the midst of all the holiday chaos, small-town charm, and heart-warming romance (G-rated) that make these movies addictive.


However, I don’t limit myself to one network when it comes to Christmas movies. There are a handful that I’ll rewatch if I catch them on TV. Here's my top five:


• "The Holiday" (2006) – This romantic comedy is about house-swappers finding love abroad. 


• "While You Were Sleeping" (1995) – A hopeless romantic (Sandra Bullock) Chicago Transit token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.


• "Home Alone I" (1990) – Precocious Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) gets left behind and manages to stop two con men from taking over his home.


• "Elf" (2003) – This tale of a human man raised as an elf (Will Ferrell) making his way in New York City has become a holiday classic.


• "Last Holiday" (2006) – Upon discovery of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at an expensive European hotel.


I’m sure you’ll notice the reoccurring romantic comedy theme in my list, but I’ll settle for “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” whenever my niece Zoe is around. 


OK, enough about movies. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the holiday. We always like to take Zoe somewhere special. Whether that’s ICE!  featuring interactive ice sculptures or simply walking through Gaylord Opryland to view the lights, we encourage shared experiences.


This year, we’ve decided to check out the Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood, which will be new to all of us. According to its website, there are 1 million lights illuminating the gardens throughout the mile-long walking path.


Additionally, real reindeer will be there every night along with holiday carolers. For a little extra, s’mores kits are available for purchase by their fire pits. I haven’t decided whether I’ll do that or take Zoe to the Cheesecake Factory. What kind of festive things do your children enjoy doing during the holidays? Shoot me an email with your successful kid-friendly holiday outings.


Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.