my ladies

Girls, let’s go out! little-women-4-11

I was reading a Design Mom Living With Kids post and the house reminded me of my favourite holiday movie Little Women… and then as I read on, there was a discussion about how long you should leave out your Christmas decorations. Most commenters suggested it’s very okay to wait until after January 6, which is the Epiphany but THEN someone else mentioned January 6 is also Little Women’s Christmas in Ireland.

What’s Little Women’s Christmas?

“Nollaig na mBan” or “Little Women’s Christmas” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld woman” by other men. No full blooded Irish man was prepared to risk that!

But each year, after the Christmas holiday, tired women finally got a break – for one day, at least. On January 6th (the same day as the Epiphany), men would take over of the housework, offering women a chance to go out to relax with each other. (source)

This is amazing.

Apparently, women are still embracing this custom (the going out part) and I think that’s a great idea.

Photo source (I’m Beth)

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winona forever

Are you guys watching Stranger Things on Netflix? So good! Honestly, if Winona Ryder wasn’t attached to the show, I probably would of ignored it on my feed but like Kyle Chandler, there are certain actors that get my attention.MV5BMjEzMDAxOTUyMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzAxMzYzOTE@._V1_

We ploughed through the season in one week – there’s only eight episodes – don’t judge. The show is set in the early 80’s and it reminds me of The Goonies / Stand By Me / E.T. – a lot of Stephen King / Steven Spielberg and even a little John Hughes. Just watch it.

When I was eleven or so, I remember going to a sleepover party at Elyisha’s house and we watched Pet Sematary – it scared me to death and now I want to go back and watch all of the Stranger Things-like movies plus, maybe start a petition to add more Winona to Netflix.

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Winona Bests (according to me):

Reality Bites (1994): I was about 15 when this came out and Ethan Hawke was my everything. If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s a must. This is all we need, a couple of smokes, a cup of coffee and a little bit of conversation…

Beetlejuice (1988): We didn’t have cable growing up but we did have a VCR and my mom’s friend gave us a collection of movies. On one tape was Beetlejuice / La Bamba / Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, and we watched them over and over. Now, looking back, it’s kind of messed up that my childhood included a crazy ghost that haunts the living, shrunken heads, a plane crash that killed a dreamy and talented singer and a hot archaeologist eating monkey brains… oh Donna.

Little Women (1994): Why did she not choose Laurie? Besides that one devastating detail, I love this movie. Also starring Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Samantha Mathis, Eric Stoltz and Christian Bale – it oozed 90’s coolness but in an Anne of Green Gables kind of way.

Edward Scissorhands (1990): Winona and Johnny Depp – he makes her snow with his scissor hands – need I say more?

Heathers (1988): The full movie is on YouTube… (FYI). Christian Slater as a psychopath killer boyfriend and Shannon Doherty as a mega brat – how can you not watch this right now?

And finally, Mermaids (1990): Marshmallow and maraschino cherry kabobs! This movie is charming and fabulous and also starts CHER and a tiny Christina Ricci – Remember this song? You are so so welcome!

Let me know what your favourite Winona moments are… and no, I did not include Girl, Interrupted because my dislike of the Jolie trumps my love of Winona.

Oh. And watch Stranger Things so we can discuss!

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holiday movie roundup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And in my opinion, the most wonderful time for movie watching. It’s when you can re-watch your favourite movies while working away on holiday projects and there is no pressure (yet) to cram for the Oscar season.

I often have a lot of personal projects going on throughout November and December – designing, printing, cutting, stuffing and sealing holiday cards and calendars involve a lot of couch-time so it’s great to have a movie playing while the trusty paper-cutter and I work away.

There are many lists online rating the top Christmas movies, and I get it, It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic, but sorry, it is not on my top-5.

So in no particular order here are the five I will be watching at least once each.

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  • Little Women (1994 edition) : “I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.”
    How can you not love a movie with a quote like that! The writing, the acting and the set make this movie so beautiful. However, with this being said, I can’t help but wish one year, Jo March will fall madly in love with Laurie.\
  • Love Actually (2003) : “We’ve been given our parts in the nativity play. And I’m the lobster.”
    Has it really been 10 years? A great holiday movie with an amazing cast – and NO ONE can sing a Christmas song like Mariah Carey!
  • Home Alone (1990) : “Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.”
    I watched this with David last year, he didn’t get it… I will try again this year.
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) : “Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.”
    Who doesn’t idolize Clark Griswold and his lights. The lines in this movie never get old.
  • One Magic Christmas (1985) : “What do Christmas angels do?” “Well, my job is to, every Christmas, have to help one person, that’s feeling down, to get into the Christmas spirit.”
    Grab a box of Kleenex! 
    Have you seen this? Most people have no clue about this movie but it’s a Christmas masterpiece.

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