Movie Moments That Make Me Happy I’m Home For The Holidays

I looked at the calendar today and realized that I’ve been in one place for exactly one month – a phenomenon that hasn’t occurred in exactly three years. I mean, my house in Philadelphia and my mom’s place in South Jersey has always been a home base, but when I really sit down and think, not a month has gone by in the past three years where I’ve actually been in one place for a solid four weeks. And what better time to be home than during the holidays! To celebrate, here are a few of my favorite Christmas Movie Moments!

Christmas Vacation Tree Burning – 1989
My last name is Kennedy, and if there’s anything I’ve learned in these 23.5 fantastic years on earth is that Kennedy’s are an accident prone people. This EXACT thing happened to my family a few Christmas back – but instead of a Christmas tree, it was a brand new white couch.
Pretty much this whole movie is fantastic. I watch it every year, and every year I spot some subtle nuance that makes it all the funnier.


A Christmas Story Santa Clause Freak-Out – 1983
Somewhere out there in the world is a photo of me doing the same thing Ralphie’s little bro does. My face all tore up.


Jingle All the Way “Put that Cookie down NOW!” – 1996
My mom is one of the best backers this side of the Mississippi and coming home to her sweets is always… well… sweet. But God forbid if I go for a cookie before she’s ready to serve them. She sounds like this when I try to sneak a quick bite.


Drunk History – Twas the Night Before Christmas – 2011
Even though I’m an adult now, living on my own in my own South Philly home, my mother still reads this epic poem to me every Christmas Eve. To top it off, it’s a pop-up book that she recites the story from… I swear I’m an adult.


Favorite Holiday Song – “No Place Like Home for the Holidays” by Perry Como – 1954
Not a movie moment, but I’m sure we can all relate to the song “No Place Like Home for the Holidays”. It is one of my favorites because it reminds me of the year’s travel, the people I encounter and the places I saw. Because no matter how far away I roam, there is nothing like traveling home for the holidays.

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