Five on Friday
November 25, 2022
“I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and – maybe even hold hands.” — Buddy, Elf
One: Christmas Movies
Thanksgiving is over; it’s time to focus on the next big holiday, Christmas. So take out decorations, cue your holiday playlist, and watch your favorite Christmas movies.
In the past, I would wait until December 1st before taking out decorations and participating in the holiday fun. This year I started celebrating in November. I went to a holiday market on November 12th that charged up my holiday spirit.
I’ve started watching holiday movies and listening to Christmas music. I’m all in on Christmas fun and prep!
I will share my Christmas spirit with you by sharing a list of some favorite Christmas movies and movies for kids.
Coming soon…. Part 3: Cheesy Christmas Movies
Two: What to watch
The Noel Diary (romance/comedy), Cleaning out his childhood home at Christmas, a novelist meets a woman searching for her birth mother. Will an old diary unlock their pasts — and hearts?
Christmas on Mistletoe Farm (comedy/family) After inheriting a farm at Christmastime, a widowed father makes a bumpy adjustment to village life while his kids hatch a plan to stay there forever.
The Swimmers (biological drama), Two Syrian sisters flee their war-torn home in Damascus, swim for hours in choppy Mediterranean seas to reach Greece as asylum seekers before going on to compete at the Rio Olympic Games. From Newsweek, “By telling their story in the Netflix film, and Yusra’s dream of reaching the 2016 Rio Olympics, El Hosaini hopes to show the plight of refugees, that it is something that could happen to anyone and that desperate people shouldn’t be condemned for their efforts to reach a safer place.“
Wednesday “This spooky series follows Wednesday Addams and her years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Basically, we’re getting The Addams Family as a teen drama filled with supernatural mystery, and I couldn’t be more excited. Wednesday will focus on Wednesday’s attempt to master her emerging psychic abilities, as she tries to solve a supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago. I, for one, am pumped.” Nora Dominick BuzzFeed
Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would (standup comedy special), The comic jokes about learning German, speaking ill of the dead, judging people in horror movies, and ordering Indian food in Scotland.
The Unbroken Voice (telenovela), Against all odds, a young Arelys Henao pursues her dream of a singing career in this music-packed drama inspired by the Colombian icon’s early life.
Blood & Water (season 3), After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth.
Blood, Sex & Royalty (series), A modern take on the British royal drama, this steamy series offers a window into the lives of history’s deadliest, sexiest and most iconic monarchs.
Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich (four-part series), Stories from survivors of the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, a socialite and accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein.
Taco Chronicles: Cross the Border (series), Many of the most popular taco styles have long, rich, little-known histories. Explore some of them in this eye-opening, mouth-watering food adventure.
Welcome to Chippendales (series); this new true-crime series tells the wild story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who becomes the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest and most well-known male stripping empire. Steve lets nothing stand in his way during his rise to the top as he makes it in America the best way that he can. BuzzFeed
Heroes of the Sky: The Mighty Eighth Air Force, special
Life and Death in Paradise: Crocs of the Caribbean, special
The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Disney+ original premiere
The People We Hate At The Wedding (comedy), “There are some movies you look at and just know it’s for a lazy Saturday afternoon, and The People We Hate at the Wedding is one of them. In this latest film from Prime Video, Kristen Bell and Ben Platt star as siblings (suuure, okay) who, with their mom (Alison Janney), attend the wedding of their estranged half-sister, Eloise (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). This probably could be paired perfectly with Bell’s other hater-at-a-wedding movie, You Again.” Vulture
Good Night Oppy (2022 documentary film), Charting the remarkable true story of Opportunity, a NASA exploration rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years.
A Christmas Story Christmas (movie, sequel to A Christmas Story), Ralphie returns to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child. Long-awaited follow-up to holiday classic A Christmas Story starring Peter Billingsley.
2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Love, Lizzo (documentary film), From HBO, “This intimate documentary allows the multi-platinum artist to get candid about body positivity, self-love, and recognizing Black women for their contributions.”
We’re Here, (reality series, season 3)
National Dog Show 2022
Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, (season 1, episodes 1-6), “Yes, you heard that right. Adam Devine’s Bumper Allen, the douchey, ego driven acapella dude from the Treblemakers, is getting his own show as he ventures off to Germany to revive his acapella stardom.” Vulture
Criminal Minds: Evolution (series), The series will follow the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers as they come up against one of their biggest threats yet, an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As the world opens back up, the team now must hunt down these killers one by one. BuzzFeed
Echo 3 (series), “Echo 3” is based on the award-winning series “When Heroes Fly,” created by Omri Givon and inspired by the eponymous novel by Amir Gutfreund. Set in South America, the action-packed thriller follows Amber Chesborough, a brilliant young scientist who is the emotional heart of a small American family. When Amber goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border her brother, Bambi, and her husband, Prince — two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts — struggle to find her in a layered personal drama, set against the explosive backdrop of a secret war.
Bones and All (drama/horror/romance), From The New York Times, “Timothee Chalamet bites into a meaty role as a cannibal drifter.“
Devotion (war/action), The inspirational true story of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, and his enduring friendship with fellow fighter pilot Tom Hudner. Helping to turn the tide in the most brutal battle in the Korean War, their heroic sacrifices ultimately make them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen. Streaming on Prime Video on December 16th.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (mystery/crime), Tech billionaire Miles Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, Detective Benoit Blanc is put on the case. On Netflix December 23rd.
Nanny (horror/thriller), An African woman hopes her new job as a nanny will help bring her young son to the United States. However, when a violent presence begins to invade both her dreams and reality, it theatens to destroy everything she’s fought for. Google “After winning the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Nikyatu Jusu‘s acclaimed horror movie Nanny was picked up by Blumhouse and Amazon, and we recently learned that it’s first coming to movie theaters on November 23, 2022. Nanny will then debut on Amazon Prime Video on December 16, 2022.” Bloody Disgusting
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (romance/drama), After falling out of love with her husband following a war injury, Lady Chatterley pursues a torrid affair with the gamekeeper on their estate and begins to uncover her own internal biases. Streaming on Netflix December 2nd.
Three: What to wear
Sherpa Jacket- The perfect jacket to wear when buying your Christmas tree and shopping holiday markets. You can also buy a sherpa-lined jacket. From Wikipedia, “Sherpa is a curly piled fabric structure made of synthetic yarns like acrylic or polyester. The texture is soft and fluffy, useful in jackets resembling wool or sheepskin on the piled side. Sherpa fleece is a knitted type of fabric usable in line clothing and winter wear.“
From Refinery 29, It’s Not Cozy Season Without A Sherpa Jacket.
Four: What to Try
Self Care –
This time of year is busy with events, shopping, family gatherings, and work. Take time to take care of yourself during this busy time.
While travelling: From The Huffington Post, 8 Little Ways To Sneak In Self-Care On A Flight. “These small acts to take care of your body and mind can help you regain a sense of calm, and ease the stress of traveling. Not to mention a flight might be the only time you have to prioritize yourself.“
From Pychology Today, How Self-Care Will Make Your Holidays Feel Better. “The holiday season can be an exciting time, but it can also be incredibly stressful for many people—especially when we ignore or marginalize our self-care.“
Schedule time alone: silence your devices, relax, and take a break from family and friends.
Spa treatments: at home or at a spa, this includes face masks, massages, facials, mani/Pedi, and beauty treatments.
From Harper’s Bazaar, The 19 Best Under-Eye Patches to Minimize Puffiness, Dryness, and More.
Be creative: write, draw, or any art project that you enjoy.
Five: What to do
From American Express, “The holidays are all about giving – and the best gift you can give local businesses is your support. Get out there and Shop Small this Small Business Saturday® on Nov 26 to kick off the season in a meaningful way.“
All of the big brands are having black Friday sales but be sure to visit a small business to do some Christmas shopping. I love shopping at a local shop. Go to the main street in your town to find the small shops.
On Nantucket: Nalu (All orders over $100 Ship for Free!)
In Boston, one of my favorites in Beacon Hill is Crush Boutique. There is a sale 25% off your purchase, Friday 11/25 – Sunday 11/27.
I discovered a fun store in Andover, thanks to a person I met on a food tour in Italy: Sole Amour