Husbands Say the Darndest Things About Christmas Movies

I went out of town this weekend. My husband was so upset with the football game (it was so bad apparently, they fired the coach afterwards). He said he started to watch one of the millions (and millions) of Christmas movies I had on the DVR but just couldn’t bring himself to … not without me there. lol I couldn’t help but think of that old Secret  commercial.  lol. Husbands say the darndest things christmas movies secret

Teacher Gift Ideas While Watching Tonight’s Hallmark Movie

8f40b4905494129abfaf10341f8cdaccTeacher Gift Ideas to Come Up with While Watching Tonight’s Hallmark Movie

Tonight’s Hallmark movie is… It’s Christmas, Eve.  It’ about a school superintendent with a knack for turning around schools meets a single father who works as the head of the school’s bankrupt music department. As she rediscovers her passion for music, she works to save the dreams of the kids who love music.

Since this movie deals with a school setting, I can’t help but be reminded to start making my gift list for teachers. Now way back in the day I used to get all creative with my cupcakes and packaging.

But then my kids got older … Now don’t get me wrong… I still give Teacher Gifts but usually it comes in the form of gift card in an envelope with a holiday hand-sanitizer attached to it and a lil’ something else.  DSCN2181best-bus-driver-gift-idea

There are some cute labels here at Darling Doodles.

 

 

Now that I’m raising five boys (Yes five. …1 senior, 2 sophomores, and 2 eighth graders) I have to get a little creative with what I can do. Being a baker helps. I like to pair up a $10 gift card (to like a Starbucks or a fast food place where they can pick up breakfast or run out and get lunch) with a plate of goodies.

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And because I’ve most of my kids have some of the same teachers over the years, I’ve learned what they like. I have I also like to get to know kids’ teachers. I know for a fact there are at least 6 teachers that will receive a batch of my delicious chocolate chip pecan cookies, 3 will get a pan of lasagna, 4 will get a loaf of banana bread. For the teachers just getting a $10 gift card, I sometimes put the cards on top of a plate of homemade ugly sweater cookies. That’s always a fun thing to have your kids do over the weekend.

So you’re not a baker? That’s fine. There are lots of ways to show your teachers you care.

-Go to their web page at the school and pick up their wish-list supplies.

-Gift cards to the local grocery store.

-Volunteer your time in the classroom.

-Join PTO

-Join SAC

-Gift cards to the movies.

 

And if you really know your teachers and you’re not a baker…here’s a cute thing to do for the ones you know… but …. you must know them and only you have to give this to them when you guys head off for happy hour after school! Adult lunchable.jpg

Cute wine labels… again… just for the teachers you know.

Christmas Movies II (you know… just checking it twice)

keepcalmchristmasmoviesThis list may be a little redundant but if you look closely, you’ll find some updates. Don’t forget to set your DVR! Of course I’ll send out reminders… I’m just #ChristmasGeeky like that!

Saturday November 3rd

 *8:00 pm            Christmas Joy     Festive. I give it 3 candy canes Christmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.png

 Sunday November 4th

            7:00 pm            The Christmas Switch                            Up

*8:00 pm  Road to Christmas     Cute movie and a decent amount of diversity. Christmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.png

            9:00 pm           Marrying Father Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

           

Saturday November 10th

 8:00 pm               It’s Christmas, Eve                                          Hallmark Channel

 

Sunday November 11th

7:00 pm               Chandler Christmas Getaway                      Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Love                                        Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                 A Soldier’s Christmas                                Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

(A Veteran’s Christmas)

 

Saturday November 17th

8:00 pm                 Christmas at Graceland                                 Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               A Godwink Christmas                                     Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday November 18th

7:00 pm               Christmas on the Coast                                  Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Evergreen (Letters to Santa)        Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               Return to Christmas Creek                           Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Monday November 19th

9:00 pm                 Last Vermont Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Tuesday November 20th

9:00 pm               Hope at Christmas                                Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Wednesday November 21st

Christmas bells8:00 pm               My Christmas Inn                                            Lifetime

                              Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray

8:00 pm               Christmas at Grand Valley                            Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             A Christmas Arrangement                            Lifetime

 

Thursday November 22nd

8:00 pm               Christmas at the Palace                                 Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm               The Christmas Contract                                 Lifetime

10:00 pm             ‘Tis the Season:  One Tree Hill                     Lifetime

 

Friday November 23rd

8:00 pm               Poinsettias for Christmas                              Lifetime

8:00 pm               Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe                  Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             Every Other Holiday                                        Lifetime

 

Saturday November 24th

Christmas bells8:00 pm               Christmas Everlasting                                    Hallmark Channel

                              Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield

Christmas bells8:00 pm               Every Day is Christmas                                  Lifetime

                              Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White

9:00 pm               Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10:00 pm              Christmas Harmony                                        Lifetime

Sunday November 25th

8:00 pm                       A Shoe Addict’s Christmas                Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells8:00 pm                               Jingle Belle                                Lifetime

                                              Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine

                                              Valarie Pettiford, Obba Babatunde,

                                              Keshia Knight Pulliam & Tempestt Bledsoe

9:00 pm                       Welcome to Christmas                       Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Christmas bells9:00 pm                      The Truth About Christmas                 Freeform

Kali Hawk

 

9:00 pm                       Christmas Cupid’s Arrow                   ION

10:00 pm                     Christmas Perfection                           Lifetime

 

Friday November 30th

8:00 pm                               A Very Nutty Christmas                                 Lifetime

 

Saturday December 1st

8:00 pm                               Mingle All the Way                          Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells8:00 pm                   A Twist of Christmas                       Lifetime

                                              Vanessa Lachey

10:00 pm                             Love for Christmas                           Lifetime

Sunday December 2nd

Christmas bells7:00pm                      Christmas Catch                               Up

                                                Yanic Truesdale

Christmas bells8:00 pm              A Majestic Christmas                     Hallmark

                                                Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent

Christmas bells8:00 pm              The Christmas Pact                         Lifetime

                                               Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

9:00 pm              Northern Christmas Lights            Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm           Life Size 2                                           Freeform

Christmas bells9:00 pm           A Wedding for Christmas                   Ion

Vivica Fox

 

10:00 pm            A Star for Christmas                           Lifetime

 

Friday December 7th

Christmas bells8:00 pm             Christmas Lost and Found                Lifetime

                                             Tiya Sircar

Saturday December 8th

8:00 pm                         Santa’s Boots                                     Lifetime

8:00 pm                         Homegrown Christmas                      Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells9:00 pm           Memories of Christmas              Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

                                              Christina Milian, Mark Taylor

Christmas bells9:00               Rent-an-Elf                                       Ion

                                    Sean Patrick Thomas, Debbie Morgan

 

 

Sunday December 9th

7:00 pm                       Christmas with a Prince                      Up

8:00 pm                       Once Upon a Christmas Miracle        Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

8:00 pm                       A Christmas in Tennessee                  Lifetime

8:00 pm                       Christmas Wonderland                       Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                       A Snow White Christmas                   Ion

Monday December 10th

9:00 pm                       No Sleep Til Christmas                       Ion

Friday December 14th

8:00 pm                       Christmas Around the Corner             Lifetime

 

Saturday December 15th

Christmas bells8:00 pm                    A Gingerbread Romance               Hallmark Channel

                                              Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry

8:00 pm                      Christmas Pen Pals                              Lifetime

9:00 pm                       Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas   Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm                      A Country Christmas Album             Ion

Sunday December 16th

7:00 pm                       Christmas on Holly Lane                    Up

8:00 pm                       Hometown Christmas                         Lifetime

8:00 pm                       Entertaining Christmas                       Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                       Reunited at Christmas                        Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm                       A Christmas in Royal Fashion            Ion

Friday December 21st    

8:00 pm                               A Christmas Kiss                                Lifetime

 Saturday December 22nd

8:00 pm                               Christmas Copy                                 Hallmark Channel

(Jingle Around the Clock)

8:00 pm                               A Golden Christmas                        Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Small Town Christmas                    Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday December 23rd

7:00 pm                               Hometown Holiday                         Up

8:00 pm                               Christmas Made to Order             Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm                               3 Holiday Tails                                    Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Christmas Bells are Ringing          Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Tuesday December 25th

8:00 pm                               When Calls the Heart Christmas Hallmark Channel

Saturday December 29th

Christmas bells8:00 pm                    Focus on Love                                    Hallmark Channel

                                             (A Midnight Kiss)

 

 

No Dates or Times for

Christmas bellsCoins for Christmas                         TV One

Stephen Bishop, Essence Atkins

 

Christmas bellsA Holiday Calendar      Netflix

Kat Graham, Quincy Brown

 

A Christmas Prince (The Royal Wedding) Netflix

The Christmas Switch                     Netflix

Christmas in the Wind                    Netflix

 

For all things Christmas Movies

Cool Link for all things TV Christmas Movies

http://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2014/09/christmas-movie-tv-schedule-hallmark-up.html

Lifetime Movies

https://deadline.com/2018/09/lifetime-decks-its-halls-with-23-holiday-themed-movies-more-cheer-1202469310/

Hallmark Channel

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas/new-movies-countdown-to-christmas-2018

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/miracles-of-christmas/new-movies-2018

Up TV

https://www.uptv.com/featured/christmas/page/2/

Freeform

Ion Television

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a22515811/freeform-25-days-of-christmas-2018/

 

 

XOXO

Carolyn

 

DVR, Watch, or Pop Between the Shows?

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Sunday November 4th

Let the Christmas Movie Games Begin! I think all of these movies are going to have to be DVR’d…. Why? Tonight is Rick Grimes’ last episode on The Walking Dead. Real Housewives of Atlanta returns. Outlander starts back up and of course there’s Ray Donovan. Fortunately for these cable shows, they’ll re-air at another time… And since I’m off work tomorrow I’ll be able to catch up on EVERYTHING! Let the popcorn popping begin!

            7:00 pm            The Christmas Switch                            Up

            8:00 pm            Road to Christmas                                 Hallmark Channel

            9:00 pm           Marrying Father Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries         

Would you eat the Reindeer Popcorn? Do you prefer a Nachos Navidad ? Or a Christmas mix?

Christmas snacks

UP’s version of A Christmas Switch 2018 kinda shares the title as a 2014 movie starring Robert Krause and Natasha Henstridge and the 2018 Netflix, The Christmas Switch,  movie that may or may not be changed. These are not to be confused with TV One’s 2016 The Christmas Swap  or Hallmark’s 2017 Switched for Christmas.

Hot Cocoa and Christmas Joy

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Today is November 3rd. Tonight’s movie is a book-to-TV. It reminds me of the cute gift idea with a spin on a classic, Hot Cocoa.,… don’t ask me why. There’s something about taking a classic idea (hot cocoa) and adding some simple ideas to make a decadent treat.

Here are a few cool recipes to follow. While you put these gifts together, you can watch tonight’s movie.

Hot cocoa with candy canes

White hot chocolate

Hot chocolate w/M&Ms 

Peanut Butter hot chocolate

On deck for the Christmas movie tonight is Christmas Joy, starring in the movie is Danielle Panabaker… aka Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost if you’re a Flash fan. Of course I’ll watch this movie. As an author… at least for me, it has/is always a dream to have a book of mine turned into a TV Movie. I have Lace, Sidney Sheldon’s series, If Tomorrow Comes , and a ton of Sandra Brown and Danielle Steel to thank.

Christmas Joy…..the book is written by Nancy Naigle.

(From Amazon)

A heartwarming Christmas story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.

Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder her chance at garnering the promotion of her dreams.

Ben Andrews isn’t your average accountant. He also happens to be the handiest man in Crystal Falls. He’s helped his elderly neighbor, Ruby Johnson, decorate for the annual Christmas Home Tour—and win—the last several years. He’s not about to let some drop-in niece break their winning streak.

Ruby seems overly concerned about Joy being able to handle Molly. Under the impression she’s referring Molly the bunny that is one of the menagerie of animals, Joy’s not worried at all until the next morning when a little girl named Molly shows up. For the sake of her aunt, Joy is forced to partner with Ben while Ruby is on the mend to help with preparation for the Christmas tour and, in the process finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family.

Will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?

 

From the IMDB Summary

She’s a corporate market researcher, gunning for a promotion within her firm. Just as her company’s CEO is taking notice, Joy finds out her Aunt Ruby has broken her ankle and will be undergoing surgery. Despite the less than opportune timing, Joy makes her way back home to Crystal Falls, NC to be with her Aunt. Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, while at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there’s no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success.

 

Let’s see how #Hallmark makes this classic book into a visually cheerful TV movie.

Happy Gift Making & Merry Watching

XOXO

Your #ChristmasGeek, Carolyn

PS…. There are 51 days left until Christmas!