Christmas movies, traditions, and making a memory-filled Christmas (+ a $100 giveaway!)

Post and giveaway sponsored by XFINITY, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

After blogging about having a stress-free Christmas for 31 days back in October and some disappointments in past years Christmas seasons, I have really made making memories, starting and continuing meaningful traditions, family time, and just ENJOYING the season (instead of stressing!) the forefront of my focus this year.  It hasn’t always been like that and the season ends and I feel frustrated at myself for rushing through it, for things I wanted to do that didn’t get done, for feeling exhausted because I stressed too much over the mile long to do list, and losing the true meaning of Christmas in all the “stuff”. 

I think we all want that right?  We want to look back at the Christmas season (or really any season of life) and have a memory bank full of memories – new traditions we started, traditions we continued, events we went to, fun nights just as a family at home, decorating the tree together, whatever it is that warms your heart and makes you smile when you think back over the season.  I already have so many wonderful memories from things done this December and Christmas isn’t even here yet.  And let’s be honest, as the homemaker/mom/wife/manager of the home many of those activities/traditions/memories are up to us to make happen!  That is why I created a bucket list of things we wanted to do this Christmas and why I created a countdown calendar breaking down those activities down on certain days – yes we have missed a day here or there and either caught it up or put it aside BUT we have done most of them and made some amazing memories.  We have kissed under the mistletoe as our nieces giggled Smile, we have shopped for and donated a toy to needy children, we went to a big Christmas light display, got donuts for breakfast, wore Santa hats, watched movies together, and looking forward to making even more memories to come with our big church Christmas program this weekend!  

We even watched Frosty the Snowman on a big screen in our town square with fake snow machines going – it was completely magical!


Last week was a crazy busy week of work and activities – 2 Christmas parties, my husband and I put in some crazy hours for deadlines at work, and we spent the weekend doing some fun things with my nieces and nephew for Christmas.  So when we settled down after church on Sunday quite tired, I was glad to pull the tag that said – “Watch Elf” from our countdown calendar. 


It was the perfect evening to just spend some down time recovering from a past busy week and recharging for a busy week ahead.  To put the to-do list aside and laugh and spend time together with my husband.  We sipped some yummy hot chocolate (this homemade mix is becoming a fast favorite!  Going to need to mix up another batch tonight! Smile).


One of the things we have enjoyed most about our new XFINITY X1 service is the DVR and the On Demand option.  Especially right now during the busy Christmas season.  We don’t own very many movies so we would have just had to wait for Elf or Home Alone or any of the movies we enjoy watching at Christmas to come on TV and hope that it worked in our schedule that night to sit down and watch it.  BUT with On Demand – no more rearranging our schedule to watch a movie coming on tv that night – we now can watch it whenever it works for us! 


XFINITY On Demand has a whole section of family holiday movies to watch too.   All controlled right from your remote with the push of a button while you snuggle on the couch!


And if you are hooked on a certain series (we enjoy NCIS) but a Christmas party or something else happens that night and you miss the new episode or the season finale, you can catch it the next day (or whenever works for you) on On Demand.    We have really enjoyed that feature too – making tv fit into our time and schedules– not vice versa. 

Plus if you are traveling this season, the TV Go app allows you to download your shows and watch them wherever you’d like. Best of all, you can take them on the go to entertain you during a long trip home or to see family for Christmas.

The Fast Life with TY has been sharing some fun tips on facebook too.  Like this tip on how to dress up a sweater if you are headed to an ugly Christmas party!  (Those have been popping up everywhere this year!)


Follow Ty So Fast on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for even more tips.

So what memories have you made this Christmas?  Made any new traditions/continued on with some old traditions?  

And who could use a $100 gift card?  Seriously with all the shopping, baking, traveling, and decorating, I am sure we ALL could. 

Enter to win a $100 AmEx gift card in the rafflecopter widget below.  Winner will be chosen December 23rd and notified by email. 

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  1. I love Home Alone – all of them 🙂

  2. Every year the original Miracle on 34th Street is a must!!!

  3. Jennifer Creech says:

    I live in an area that doesn’t get cable (yet), but I love ELF and own a lot of Christmas movies. I especially love the Hallmark ones.

    • I LOVE the Hallmark ones too. Let’s just say my DVR is at 100% capacity and 90% of it is Hallmark movies. I will be watching them until February 😉

  4. I would watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
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  5. i want to see: A Princess for Christmas

  6. Home Alone is a favorite in our house.

  7. always elf!
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  8. My favorite would be A Christmas Story…you’ll shoot your eye out, kid!!

  9. Thank you for sharing this giveaway. I would be blessed to win.

    🙂 Sherri

  10. Thank you for all your wonderful posts!!

  11. Amanda L. Paige says:

    A Christmas Story (it isn’t Christmas without it).

  12. Elf is my absolute favorite… all year long! 🙂

  13. Elf and Home Alone are our favorites too! =)

  14. Nataly Carbonell says:

    I like A Christmas Carol! ^_^

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I would be watching “Elf” as it is one of my favorite contempory Christmas movies!!

  16. Elf is my favorite to watch at Christmas.

  17. Husband likes A Christmas Story, and I like A Christmas Carol. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for a great blog!

  18. Nancy Shaw says:

    Our favorite holiday movie is Scrooged- I don’t know about Xfinity on Demand but we NEVER miss Carol Cane and the Toaster. Ouch!

  19. We usually watch the Grinch with our kids every year, and Polar Express is fun too!! Ready to be done shopping and just enjoy!

  20. My new tradition this year was to make the presents, not buy them. As far as movies go – The Grinch and the original version of Miracle of 34th Street are always the first movies watched at my house! 🙂

  21. In Mexico for the holiday s. We celebrate Niche Buena, Christmas eve here.

  22. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Elf is my favorite. It’s hysterical!

  23. Definitely Elf!!!

  24. Great ideas!

  25. Michelle O says:

    Definitely the orginal Miracle on 34th Street for me. My husband’s favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life. My kids like The Santa Clause.

    Merry Christmas!

  26. I watch Charlie Brown Christmas. I watched it with my mother when I was a child & then watched it with my son. So now I am 57 years old & still watch it & it brings warm memories. Mom is in heaven now & my son lives away, but for that half hour we are all together.

  27. My all time favorite Christmas movie – A Christmas Story! You’ll shoot your eye out!
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  28. New fav Christmas Movie I recently saw – Christmas in the Clouds. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

  29. As always: ELF!

  30. As always: ELF!

  31. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – watch this every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  32. I love Christmas movies. Any good Hallmark ones you could recommend?

  33. It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite!

  34. The grinch who stole Christmas with Jim Carey !

  35. Home alone.

  36. A Christmas Story. I really love ALL the Hallmark movies!!

  37. I would watch Home Alone.

  38. Julie Honea says:

    The Velveteen Rabbit is a movie? I want to see it!

  39. I like Elf.

  40. Probably Jingle All the Way! We love Sinbad!

  41. There are so many good ones! I love the Hallmark movies. But I think It’s a Wonderful Life tops my list.

  42. A Christmas Carol is my favorite movie. Pick any year and I have seen it!
    Merry Christmas!

  43. Telena Reynolds says:

    It’s a Wonderful Life.

  44. Veronica VatterI love says:

    I love the original Christmas in Conneticut 🙂

  45. My favorite Christmas movie, is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I cry every time.

  46. White Christmas is #1 and The Bishop’s Wife is #1.5

  47. Linda Bradshaw says:

    My favorite movie now is ‘GRUMPY CAT’S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER’. We watched it last week. I would love to have it for my nieces.

  48. The Christmas Story is the movie we watch every year.

  49. It’s just not Christmas until I watch White Christmas!

  50. Elf is very high up on my “to watch” list every holiday season!

  51. We always watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. My husband loves decorating outside with lights and other things.

  52. Definitely something hallmark and cheesy. 🙂
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  53. Dianne Hall says:

    Home Alone is my favorite:)

  54. Home Alone 2!
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  55. It’s A Wonderful Life will always be a favorite during the Christmas season.

  56. I really love Miracle on 34th Street!

  57. Our favorite is Home Alone!!!

  58. Kelly Palmer says:

    I love Christmas movies but the top two would be It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf. Also any of the Hallmark movies because they are all great and very tastefully done. Merry Christmas to you and your husband! 🙂

  59. Kim Henrichs says:

    I would say Elf! Always a fun one to watch!!

  60. Jennifer OBrien says:

    The Polar Express is one of my favorites!

  61. Kenny Hall says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation..hilarous!

  62. i like the christmas story

  63. Jessica Beard says:

    I’d like to watch Home Alone with my family.

  64. Darla Bunyan says:

    The Christmas Story! I could sure use this!

  65. I like Home Alone

  66. Susan DeVaux says:

    Home Alone 2 Lost in New York!

  67. For years and years my favorite Christmas movie has been “It’s a Wonderful Life” – I adore Jimmy Stewart. However last year for the 1st time, I saw “White Christmas” – how great is that movie?!
    And yes, all of the Hallmark movies!

  68. I love White Christmas, hubby is all for It’s a Wonderful Life and goddaughter loves Polar Express (Next year we hope to take her on one locally-save up for it). I also like Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause but did not see it listed.

  69. I love the idea of the countdown! It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle of the season and run out of time to do the things that make the season so special to begin with!!

  70. I would like to watch Elf and Jingle All the Way.

  71. always watch home alone for christmas.

  72. my kids love elf

  73. Oh would love to watch The National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! A must every year!!

  74. I want to finally watch Eight Crazy Nights during Hanukkah this year.

  75. Deb Jackson says:

    Oh I would love to see How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

  76. Visited and I would like to watch Guardians of the Galaxy

  77. My favorite is “Santa’s Summer House”

  78. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    miracle on 34th street.

  79. Susan Christy says:

    It’s not a Christmas movie, but I want to watch 22 Jump Street.

  80. Dawn Keenan says:

    We would love to watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

  81. a christmas story is my favorite

  82. Jingle all the way!

  83. ashley casas says:

    This is my husband and my first Christmas together married, we decided to start hand painting a Christmas village. We’re starting this year with Santa’s toy shop.

  84. white christmas is my favorite.

  85. Elf.Is.The.Best!

  86. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

  87. I love Its a wonderful life because its about the gift of life and how we share our gift unknowingly. How the whole community pulled together to celebrate a mans life who cared so deeply for their lives. Merry Christmas!

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