Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Christmas List

Back in college, my roommate Kim and I discovered a little made-for-TV movie called The Christmas List. It's one of those so-bad-it's-good movies with classic moments, like the one where two twins (played by impossibly awful actresses) are buying perfume and one says, "But I don't want to smell like my sister." The movie stars Mimi Rogers as Melody, a department store perfume saleslady who has "the nose". She can ask you a series of questions (like, what is your favorite flower?) and instantly know what scent is perfect for you.

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One night, Melody makes a Christmas list. It's just for fun, she thinks, so she puts down crazy stuff, stuff she wants but knows is unattainable (a car) and stuff she wants but won't allow herself to splurge on (pink fuzzy slippers). She then shows the list to her friend and co-worker who yanks the list from Melody's hands and puts it in the "mailbox" of the mall Santa Claus.

After Melody's list is "delivered" to Santa, things start happening to Melody. She starts getting the things on her list, although not necessarily in the ways she had hoped.

The whole thing is super cheesy but Kim and I loved this movie so much that we made it a point to watch it on TV every year while eating pizza and Oreos. We don't get to watch it together anymore and dumb old ABC Family is making it incredibly difficult for us to watch this movie on our own during the holiday season. The Christmas List used to be part of the 25 Days of Christmas programming and then it got moved to the COUNTDOWN to the 25 Days of Christmas programming in November. And now it seems that (according to this blog) instead of airing this wonderful movie, ABC Family is choosing to air ridiculous crap like The Dog Who Saved Christmas (vomit), Home Alone 4 (didn't know they made that many...) and the entire Harry Potter saga (what do those movies have to do with Christmas?). That doesn't mean that The Christmas List won't air. It might, just not as part of this special programming. Last year (or maybe it was the year before) I was home (don't know why - I think it was a Monday??) and I turned on TV to watch while I ate lunch and The Christmas List was on!

Why don't I just buy the movie and watch it whenever I want? BECAUSE THEY DON'T PRODUCE THIS MOVIE ON VHS OR DVD. Seriously. You don't know how much this stresses me out.

Anyway, the point of all of this is this: In the spirit of lame Christmas movies, I decided to make my own Christmas List chockfull of stuff that's kind of unrealistic in terms of me getting it, as well as stuff that I want but just haven't bought for myself.

1. The Christmas List on DVD (Come on already!!!)
2. anything from my wish list:
3. a new car
4. a gift subscription or a scrapbook kit from any of the following kit clubs:
5. nude and black trouser socks
6. a Clip it Up
7. these cute TOMS shoes in a size 7
8. white socks to wear with tennis shoes (Is it sad that I don't buy myself socks?)
9. gold flats (still miss my old broken pair)
10. brown kitten heels
11. new black kitten heels
12. braces/Invisalign
13. trip to Germany
14. more colorful flats!
15. Old Navy/GAP gift cards
16. massage
17. work from home
18. mini curling iron
19. Whole Foods/Trader Joe's gift cards
20. wreath storage holder
21. Dr. Scholl's insoles and heel cushions
22. 12x12 scrapbook albums
23. mailing labels
24. supportive walking around the house shoes/sandals
25. Tupperware containers for cereal, chips, cookies, etc.
26. a remodeled master bathroom
27. new cabinets and countertops in the kitchen - and I want the kitchen painted in Martha Stewart colors, the kind on her Macy's kitchen collection
28. Pur two-stage water filters
29. a new dining room set
30. book reading light - sometimes I get on the bus and the seat light doesn't work, so then I can't read because it's dark outside
31. Catwalk by TIGI Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm
32. paddle brush (for hair)
33. to win a good Mega Millions or Powerball

So what's on your Christmas List? Go crazy! You never know...


  1. Haha! Honestly, I would love people to donate to World Orphans project in Iraq ( or the Hopemongers for Uganda ( and that Steve would get a new job!!! :)

  2. Fantastic idea! I'm going to work on one!

  3. I have a bunch of those cheesy movies that I am probably the only person who would know them. They are the best!