I love seeing movies during the holidays. In fact, we have a long-standing family tradition to go to the theaters on Christmas day after opening presents. It’s a welcome rest from what has inevitably been a few busy days. I’m excited to introduce a new movie coming out for the holiday season (it’s in theaters TODAY!) and to give a reader the opportunity to head to the theater with their family this season. Samples & prizing are provided by CBS FILMS, but all thoughts are my own. Amazon affiliate links may be used.
When I was growing up, Christmas Eve was the best night of the whole year. Part of what made it so special was that my entire extended family on my mom’s side would gather at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house for a fantastic feast. The kids would all run around Grandma’s house while the adults would get the food ready. We’d eat and then we’d gather around the Christmas tree for caroling and gift exchanges.
I remember my grandma or my uncle sitting at the piano, with my aunt often accompanying the piano on her harpsichord. We sang and sang…and even after 20 years or so since my last Christmas Eve with my extended family, I still miss singing Christmas songs together.
Another highlight of Christmas Eve was the annual gift exchange. The cousins would all get another cousin’s name to exchange gifts, but as much as I loved opening a present that night, the real fun was in the adult’s white elephant exchange. We had several gifts that made it back to the exchange year after year…like the infamous taco bender (the trick was disguising the package so no one would know what was inside).
This year, we’re spending Christmas in Florida with my extended family of in-laws, and I can’t wait. We may not sing Christmas carols around the piano and harpsichord, but I think Christmas Eve on the beach will do just fine…
How do you celebrate the holidays? What are some of your favorite memories from holidays of the past?
LOVE THE COOPERS – In Theaters Today!
Love The Coopers follows The Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
Directed by: Jessie Nelson
Written By: Steven Rogers
Produced By: Michael London, Jessie Nelson, Janice Williams
Starring: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde
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One (1) winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card to see LOVE THE COOPERS in theaters with your family! This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only. Giveaway ends 11/22 at 11:59 PM ET, after which a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Good luck! Prizing courtesy of CBS Films.
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