I love gift giving.  Nothing gives me more pleasure than picking out the perfect gifts for friends and family and seeing their faces when they open their presents. It doesn’t have to be pricey, and while I try to give thoughtful items that are curated to someone’s tastes/beliefs/values, it doesn’t always have to be something different from years past if it’s something you know the person looks forward to each year.

This is one of those years where I’m unable to give for the first time in a very long time. I’m trying not to let that ruin my Christmas spirit, and instead I’m focusing on making memories with my family.  For one thing, it’s the first time I’ve been with my parents and my sister and her family in about five years.  I’ve only spent one Christmas with my oldest niece, and I’ve never spent the holiday with my youngest, so I’m really looking forward to seeing them open presents and enjoy the season.  I plan to go ice skating with them (again, for the first time in my life…a lot of firsts here!), there will be some baking of course, and possible sledding if the weather cooperates and we get snow. Also, I’m getting my Christmas wish and I get to see Sisters WITH my sister! So there’s still plenty to do that doesn’t involve gifts.  (Not to mention the spiritual aspect of this time of year, and the ways I can give back and volunteer within my community.)

If you are giving this year, there are lots of fun entertainment gift ideas out there.  Our house is always a fan of gift cards to movie theaters or Redbox. For streaming services, there are some great gadgets at different price points, including Chromecast and the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Book lovers might enjoy Kindle or Barnes & Noble gift cards, but another fun option is the Book of the Month club–five books are selected by judges each month, and the hardcover you choose is delivered to your door, along with a handwritten note. There are endless possibilities, but I think those are all great options for the book/movie/TV fan in your life.

My gift to you? More holiday programming tonight!

Elf – ABC Family 8:45/7:45c – “Smiling’s my favorite!”

Scrooged – AMC 8/7c – “It’s a toaster!”

A Christmas Carol – AMC 10/9c – The George C. Scott 1984 version.

Transportation woes? Stranded flights and lost luggage can’t stop these holiday TV movies.

A Christmas Detour – Hallmark 8/7c – 2015 –I’m coveting Candice Cameron Bure’s black boots from this one. And her haircut.

A Very Merry Mix-Up – Hallmark 10/9c – 2013 – Alicia Witt: tied for Queen of the Hallmark movies with Candice.

The Flight Before Christmas – Lifetime 8/7c -2015 – I rarely do Lifetime movies, but I had to tape this one because: Ryan McPartlin and Mayim Bialik!

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