Well, it’s finally the end of the year. Only one more week to go before we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in a new year. But first, we celebrate with food and friends and family and gifts.
I pray that you all get to enjoy this day and the next with whoever you choose to spend it with. I pray all of the worries and stress from this year and this season melt away for just these days at least. I pray we all wake up refreshed Saturday morning, ready to kick this year to the curb.
Whether or not you are celebrating Christmas with us, I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. And I will see you all next week!
If you haven’t yet had your fill of Christmas movies this year, or you want to rewatch some while putting the finishing touches on the festivities today, you can check out last month’s post with a list of new LGBTQ+ friendly holiday movies.
It is the middle of November! And the Holiday Season is in full swing. Retailers are pulling out the holiday themed sales and products. More people are breaking the post-Thanksgiving tradition of decorating that weekend by pulling those Christmas trees out now. And the networks and streaming services are gearing up to release a slew of new Holiday Movies.
The best part of this last tidbit is that several of those are also going to release LGBTQ+ holiday movies! And I’m not talking about those feel good stories that have a wacky gay best friend and/or roommate. I mean a feel good, cozy holiday story that FEATURE an LGBTQ+ storyline.
In case you’ve missed the news, I’ve rounded them up here. Read on for the 5 new Holiday Movies coming this season and where you can watch them.
Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis and patriarch Bill, have summoned their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell and Brandon Mitchell – home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi, his high school sweetheart. (Coming November 22 to Hallmark.)
Rising music star Layne heads home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve to break her writer’s block, but sometimes you find inspiration – and love – where you least expect it. (Coming December 4 On Demand.)
As they enjoy the local holidays together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable but as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him. (Coming December 12 to Lifetime.)
When Wyatt Burwall finally returns home for the holidays in an effort to convince his mother Deb to sell the family’s Colorado ranch, a romance unexpectedly ignites between Wyatt and their dashing new ranch hand Heath Ramos, who dreams of saving the beloved property and the ranch’s magical Winter Wonderland attraction while reawakening the spirit of Christmas in Wyatt’s lonely heart. (Coming December 13 to Paramount.)
2020 has been a rough year. So I am going to be embracing the joy of this holiday season as much as I can. And that will include watching these movies with some popcorn, a cuddly blanket, and my family. Then I will watch them again to show those networks that we want more LGBTQ+ representation in our holidays!
So tell me, which one are you most looking forward to?
If you want to watch more LGBTQ+ holiday movies this season, and want to add some to your Holiday Movie Sticks, fill out the form below. I’ll send you a list that includes the 5 new ones mentioned above plus some older ones that I’ve found.
Every year, my family and I love to watch holiday movies. Our two biggest movie watching holidays? Halloween and Christmas, of course. But our biggest struggle is that we always end up watching the same 5 movies. And then we say “Next year we’re watching (insert new holiday movie)!” But it never gets written down. So the holiday comes around again, and it gets overlooked. Twelve months is a long time to remember something!
Another struggle, albeit smaller than getting away from the same ones over and over, is deciding who gets to pick the holiday movie that night. I don’t know about you, but picking a movie when it’s just me and Lovey, or me and Boyfriend is hard enough. And then you add in kids? And what if Boyfriend and Bats are there too? All those people add up to a lot of different opinions.
Stop the Holiday Movie Madness!
So how did we fix this? How did we ensure we would get to watch all the movies on our imaginary list? And how did we ensure that the same person wasn’t always picking?
I present to you our highly sophisticated solution! (insert dramatic music here) Holiday Movie Sticks!
Okay, so it’s not actually highly sophisticated. It’s about as simple as you can get. And for a not-super-crafty person (that’s me, folx!), it was perfect! It’s cheap – you can find everything at your local dollar store, except maybe the tape depending on your how much of a craft section your local store has. But even then… you have options! It’s simple – I mean seriously simple. Keep reading, you’ll see. And it’s useful. It counts as a holiday decoration and helps you and yours get through all of those holiday movies you’ve been itching to watch!
Rated G? Or Rated R?
Of course, Halloween presented its own minor complication. There are kids to consider, and it is a holiday that embraces the spooky and gorey and down right terrifying when it comes to its themed movies. The easiest fix is to create two sets of Holiday Movie Sticks. One for family friendly movies, like Casper or The Addams Family. And one for scary movies, like It or Friday the 13th. Movies in the first set are appropriate for all ages. Movies in the second set are mostly for the grownups and the older kids who have an adult’s permission.
Mom note: If you have little ones at home, you can easily tackle this project during naptime. Or, if they are old enough, let them help you! My toddler loves helping me with little tasks. Ask them to hand you the tape, or put the finished sticks in their respective container. You know your kids and yourself best. So do whatever works for you.
Alright, on to it!
You will need
popsicle sticks (thick or thin, your preference. I recommend thicker if your handwriting is not naturally small)
Container (really anything you can put the sticks in and set out during the holiday, but then put away with the other decorations. Get creative!)
Washi tape or other decorative tape (check your local craft store, or craft section, and go nuts! Make sure it is something you can write on with a marker (so stay away from dark colors and slick surfaces). You also want to make sure that it matches the width of your chosen popsicle sticks.
Scissors (if the tape you choose isn’t tearable, or if you just want clean ends)
Sharpie (any color!)
List of your favorite holiday movies
Curate your list of movies. Look over your own collection of movies for ideas. Likewise, any google or pinterest search will net you a ton of options. You can also poll your facebook friends and family for their favorite must watch movies during the holiday.
Tip: Don’t limit yourself to movies you own! A lot of movies can be found on streaming services, at Redbox, or even at your local library!
Gather up your supplies. Turn on some background theme music. Or one of those movies from your list you’ve seen too many times to count but you still love it. Let’s face it, I’m sure we all have at least one of those.
Count out the number of popsicle sticks you will need. One for each movie on your list. I like to include a few extra to leave blank. Sometimes new ones will come out or there will be one you hadn’t thought of before, so it’s nice to have an extra stick to add the movie to that is already prepped.
Time for your tape! You want to cover about 3/4 of the stick with your tape, leaving just enough at the end empty so you can distinguish between the watched and not watched when they are all in the container you’ve chosen. I simply started on one side and folded my tape over the end to cover the other side. Easy peasey!
You could skip the tape cover, if you really wanted to. But I do not recommend it. The main reason is because sharpie on wooden popsicle sticks tends to bleed. And then the words get all blurry, which could leave you all staring at the stick you pulled and not being able to tell if it’s The Addams Family or something else. Plus, depending on the tape you chose, it could make them all the more themed.
Once all your sticks are covered, it’s time to write down those movies! Grab your list and start marking them off. One movie per stick. It’s up to you if you feel like writing the movie on both sides of the stick or not. (I recommend keeping it simple and just sticking to one side.)
And that’s it! Drop your finished sticks into their container, untaped end up. When movie night comes around, just reach in and pick a stick. Don’t forget to drop it back in upside down so you don’t pick it again next time. And if that particular movie is not available when you pull it, then you can set it aside and watch it whenever it does become available.
Happy movie watching!
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What are some of your favorite holiday movies that you have to watch every year? Will this help your family decide what to watch this year? I’d love to see pictures of yours, so please drop them below or share on our facebook page!