After an informal poll, it seems 33% of Hudlies think Christmas cheer is allowed to begin well before Turkey Day (i.e., the day after Halloween). That number may not be the majority, but we think it’s enough to justify listing ways in which the holidays are awesome today - the day before Thanksgiving. The poll results didn’t specifically say a blog was okay, but most think decorating, watching holiday movies and listening to Christmas jams are all perfectly acceptable come November 1.
And in case you were wondering, all of their Christmas shopping is done.
But even the people who don’t feel like celebrating until this Friday have a soft spot for holiday cheer. It comes in so many forms, avoiding the season’s greetings is nearly impossible, especially when you live in Nebraska and snow happens. Snow is the cruelest reminder that winter is a thing, so we’ll stick to fonder memories surrounding this time of year. Behold, a list of our favorite holiday things:
There were two dominant favorites in this category. Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf reigns supreme, followed closely by Christmas Vacation.
Home Alone (1 and 2), A Christmas Story, and Miracle on 34th Street each received a handful of nominations, as well.
Most of us were at an impressionable young age when N Sync’s Christmas album dropped. So of course “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” tops our personal charts. “Jingle Bell Rock”, Mariah’s forever classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, and “O Holy Night” all receive honorable mention.
And special thanks to coach support’s Mike Hays for reminding us that this song exists.
While we could spend hours debating which music and movies dominate the season, every Hudlie was able to agree on one thing: this time of the year wouldn’t mean much without family.
“My parents went all out for Christmas every year. We would cut our own tree at a tree farm, and decorate it together. Our Santa presents had teeny tiny elf handwriting on the tags, and our cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer were always all chewed up!”
“My entire family would pile into our ‘91 Suburban and road trip to Phoenix to see my great grandma over Thanksgiving. We got to skip a whole week of school, hang out in the sunshine, and rollerblade around the Biltmore neighborhood trying to spot Charles Barkley.”
“I still love waking up on Christmas morning, drinking some coffee, enjoying some breakfast, and opening presents with my boys. I loved it as a kid and now I get to enjoy it as a dad!”
“Our family never buys many movies, but we all get a few on Christmas Eve. After breakfast on Christmas morning, we spend the day watching all the new movies. Usually we have to watch Dad’s first and he promises ‘You’re really gonna like this one-I mean it!’ They usually end up being the weirdest.”
“My favorite tradition is spending the night at my parents’ house and waking up at 6 a.m. to open presents. Even now, when I’m 26.”
“I watched Scrooged no less than a dozen times growing up. Bill Murray became an extension of our family by the time I was a teenager, which was fitting, because I’m convinced he’s more normal that several members of my extended family.”
Turkey and ham may be standard holiday fare, but we like to shake things up. If you’re going to make a holiday feast fit for Hudlies, be sure to include the following:
Chocolate covered cherries
Wine. Lots of wine.
A staple of any kid’s Christmas (and maybe some grown Hudlies, too) is the gleaming pile of presents under the tree. Rather than ask everyone what they hoped to receive this year, we’re throwin’ it back to their favorite gift growing up.
“Nintendo 64. Hands down.”
“My parents never let us have a dog growing up, so they let us have great (annoying) things like a Poo Chi.”
“Three words: Life. Size. Barbie.”
“A Walkman. I pretty much idolized Marty McFly as a pre-teen.”
“A Power Wheels Jeep.”
“My brother and I got this awesome laser tag gun set one year. You could use them inside or outside, and they had this sweet HUD (heads up display) that flashed different colored symbols whenever you hit someone or you were hit. Coolest thing ever back in the day.”
“An Easy Bake Oven. Looking back, they’re kind of a rip-off. But everyone had one, so it was awesome.”
Presented without comment.
There’s a good chance our memories aren’t what they used to be, and we forgot some pretty awesome movies, songs and gifts. Feel free to fill us in on your favorites - or back a Hudlie’s contender - with a comment or two.
Our blog is taking a break between now and next week while we head home to spend time with family. Have a happy Thanksgiving!