Ten Lesser-Known Holiday-Viewing Favorites of Mine

We all have our favorite Holiday-themed shows and movies to watch at this time of year. And while I enjoy all the classics — A Christmas Story, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, etc., I also have some favorites many people might not have heard about. Allow me to share them here, in no particular order.

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The Christmas List (1997) — This ABC made-for-television movie is better than many would suspect. It’s a cute movie that demonstrates the magic of Christmas and the fact that things will get better if you have a little faith.

A Season for Miracles (1999) — Another made-for-tv movie, this time by CBS. This film demonstrates the power of love needed to make it through life’s struggles and the importance of never giving up hope.

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Disney’s Christmas Fantasy on Ice (1992) — A special featuring characters from Disney movies and famous ice-skaters. This is sure to entertain and warm the heart, and it’s really easy to sing along.

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Snowbound (1994) — Based on a true story, this CBS made-for-tv movie demonstrates the importance of love, family, and never giving up, even when everything seems hopeless.

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Christmas Every Day (1996) — Here’s another made-for-tv movie that stands out from the crowd. I personally enjoy this movie a lot more than Groundhog’s Day.

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Twilight Zone’s Changing of the Guard (1962) — An episode of Rod Serling’s original Twilight Zone series that is sure to bring a tear to the eye and never be forgotten.

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Annabelle’s Wish (1997) — A direct-to-film movie with a beautiful soundtrack. Although marketed to kids, I love it just as much now that I’m an adult.

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A Garfield Christmas (1987) — This half-hour tv special is another of my Holiday-viewing favorites. I enjoyed it as a child and still try to watch it every year.

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Black Christmas (1974) — If you’re looking for something a little different this season, you might be looking for this film. It’s a Christmas-themed horror film. And it’s really good.

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From All of Us to All of You (1958) — This tv special made by Disney is great viewing for the whole family. It includes different sketches or skits with different characters. Now in my late 30’s, it’s also one of the first shows I remember ever watching on tv.

Do you have any lesser-known favorites you’d like to share with me?

My Favorite Movies Set in One Location

Some of my favorite movies are those set in one location (or primarily set in one location). I enjoy the dialogue-driven, suspenseful, tense, dramatic nature of these movies. I’ve compiled a list, in no specific order, of some of my favorite movies in this category to share with you. Let me know if you enjoy these movies as well and which ones are your favorites!

1. Conspiracy (2001)

2. Twelve Angry Men (1954)

3. Rear Window (1954)

4. Rope (1948)

5. Dial M for Murder (1954)

6. The Reservoir Dogs (1992)

7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

8. Clue (1985)

9. Murder By Death (1976)

10. Deathtrap (1982)

11. Wait Until Dark (1967)

12. Carnage (2011)

13. Ex machina (2014)

14. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

15. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

16. The Tenant (1976)

17. The Interview (1998)

18. Retribution (2015)

19. The Hateful Eight (2015)

20. Le Trou (1960)

21. Sleuth (1972)

22. Locke (2013)

23. Tape (2001)

24. The Invitation (2015)

25. Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

26. The Big Chill (1983)

27. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)

28. Panic Room (2002)

29. Phone Booth (2002)

30. Lifeboat (1944)

31. The Human Voice (1966)

32. Buried (2010)

33. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

34. Frozen (2010)

35. Devil (2010)

36. Exam (2009)

37. Quarantine (2008)

38. Ghost Ship (2002)

39. Room (2015)

40. The Mist (2007)

42. Cube (1997)

43. Misery (1990)

44. Red Eye (2005)

45. The Breakfast Club (1985)

46. Gerald’s Game (2017)

47. The Commuter (2018)

48. Train to Busan (2016)

49. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

50. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

51. I am Mother (2019)

52. Enter Nowhere (2011)

53. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

54. And Then There Were None (1945)

55. The Man from Earth (2007)

56. Non-Stop (2014)

57. Closet Land (1991)

58. Flight plan (2005)

Let’s Talk Hobbies

Some people have many, some a couple, some none. Some are expensive, require a lot of skill, and/or take up a lot of time. Some are free, require no special skills/talent, and/or can be done anytime/anywhere. Some people prioritize making time for them, while others only do them as an afterthought when they’re bored.

What are your hobbies? What do you consider the definition of “hobby” to be? According to dictionary.com, it’s “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation”. Using that definition, my hobbies are reading, writing poetry, watching movies, gluttony, taking sit-down showers (more about this in another post!), taking drives, and — my newest! — blogging. I hope to add exercising to that soon, although I guess there are definite non-pleasurable aspects to that activity when you’re first starting out in the pitiable shape I’m in. In listing them, I notice many of my hobbies are passive, solitary, and/or unhealthful.

Do you find you have the time/motivation to put into your hobbies after taking care of your daily responsibilities? Do you consider them important enough to prioritize as part of self-care so that you don’t get burnt out and so your entire identity doesn’t become worker/parent/spouse/etc? I’d love to hear what place (if any) hobbies have in your life.