Home for the Holidays with Lauren at Bookmark Lit

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Well, here we are! The very last day of “Home for the Holidays” in 2017. It’s been a wonderful two weeks and I’m so proud of the fabulous guest bloggers that were featured this year. They all put so much hard work and love into their posts and I can’t thank them enough for their holiday cheer!

Today, I’m welcoming Lauren from Bookmark Lit! Lauren and I met a few years ago through the On the Same Page Secret Sister Project and have been buddies ever since. She’s one of my very favorite bloggers out there and I’m so thrilled to have her here today, sharing some of her holidays faves!

I’m SO excited to be here for a third round of Sarah’s Home for the Holidays series! I’m such a huge fan of Christmas and the rest of the holiday season that I seem to never run out of ideas to share here. This year I’ll do a bit more of the same – some ways I make my holiday season merry and bright, the media I plan to binge (specifically a LOT of Hallmark movies this year!), and what I’m doing while I’m away from home during the month of December.

Making the Season Bright

Holiday reads | Every year I try to read at least five holiday books. This year is definitely no exception and honestly I think I may double that! I love feeling cozy and Christmassy pretty much all of December and November. I have my holiday roundup post herethat features books, movies, and posts from past holiday seasons on my blog. The books below are some of the highlights I plan to read, including one book I recently finished (I’m totally binge-reading the Haven Point series right now! Half of the books are Christmas-related and the other half alternate in-between with summery books.)

The Afterlife of Holly ChaseWe'll Always Have ChristmasWinter Solstice (Winter #4)Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point, #5)The Best Little Christmas Shop

Christmas movies | I am usually a fan of watching the same Christmas classics over and over again. My favorite ever is The Santa Clause and I try to watch it repeatedly each year. This year I’ve noticed I’m super drawn to the cheesy Hallmark movies though! I have so many recorded on my DVR and can’t stop finding new ones to add to the queue. I’ve already watched Coming Home for Christmas (based on a book I loved!) and Let It Snow. Here are some more in my DVR right now… (not the full collection! Whoops!)

Seasonal clothing | I don’t just mean dressing warm! I’ve recently acquired quite a few holiday-related clothing items for some reason. I just want to really feel Christmassy! I’m bummed I forgot to bring a couple of my sweatshirts back to Maine with me, but I hope to definitely wear them the week we’re home for Christmas. Most of them are ugly sweater-style, as you can see, but I also have the holly LuLaRoe leggings featured at the top of the post. The ones below feature The Room, Stranger Things, and Sailor Moon.

Cozy apartment | I haven’t decorated as much as I usually do because we didn’t bring any of it up to Maine with us, but we do have a cute little tree! It’s my first fake tree, which I absolutely hate, but we’ll use it in later years as our second tree. I usually insist on a real one but I didn’t want to deal with it in our current apartment complex. I ended up not being able to resist though and got a mini real tree from the grocery store.

Exploring a new place | Since we currently are living in Maine, I’m excited to do a little bit of Christmas exploring around here! Obviously I’m used to a picturesque New England Christmas because I’ve grown up with it in Connecticut, but there is definitely some more magic in Maine. Portland has a big tree in Monument Square that I’ll be headed in to see later this week (as of early December ) and I’m investigating other holiday fun in the area too.


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Home for the Holidays with Morgan from The Bookish Beagle

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One of my very favorite things about the holiday season is curling up on the couch and watching a movie. It can be funny, romantic, animated or just plain cheesy…doesn’t matter to me! I LOVE them all! I will say though, my very favorite kinds of holiday movies are those of the Hallmark Channel variety. I could literally sit and watch them all done long. As a matter of fact, I have! There’s just something about the over-the-top cheesiness and happily ever after that I adore. I’m so excited to be welcoming Morgan from The Bookish Beagle to Home for the Holidays today, so she can share some of HER favorite holiday movies with all of us. I see some of my faves in there! Do you see any of yours?

I just love the holidays and I’m excited to be back for another year of Sarah’s wonderful feature! I’ve had my tree and menorah up for a couple weeks now so I am definitely ready for the season 😀 Here are a few lists for you all.

Morgan’s Must Watch Movies

  • Elf– this might be on once or a hundred times this month 😉
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation– a hilarious classic
  • Just Friends– the whole friend zone thing isn’t great but Ryan Reynolds is so good in this movie! And it’s really funny and Christmasy.
  • The Mistle-tones– acapella, Tia Mowry, a surprisingly diverse cast, and a really cute romance with Christmas spirit. Such a good one!
  • 12 Dates of Christmas– Zack Morris meets Groundhog’s Day! A really fun premise and just the right amount of cheesy.
  • Love Actually– By far my favorites are the Christmas concert, “Eight’s a lot of legs, David,” and “I hate Uncle Jamie!” Love actually is all around 🙂

  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas– Ohh JTT. This is almost painfully 90’s but in that classic teen movie kind of way. It’s worth watching if you can find it!
  • A Muppet Family Christmas– my very favorite Muppet movie! They all go to Fozzy’s mom’s house for Christmas and meet Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock too!
  • Merry Madagascar- part of the Dreamworks Christmas special, King Julian is SO hilarious and I love their misunderstanding with Santa. Very cute.
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original cartoon)- nothing compares to the animated version!
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas- a surprisingly good sequel and a charming Christmas movie.

Bonus Movies

  • A Bad Moms Christmas: definitely R-rated but with some great family moments, a lot of hilarity, and a lot of Christmas spirit!)
  • Little Women: maybe not a traditional Xmas movie but there are a few Xmas scenes, it’s very cozy and lovely, and the family moments make it a forever favorite.

Movies That I Want To Watch Again

  • The Santa Clause
  • The Holiday
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Preacher’s Wife
  • White Christmas
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

What are some of your favorite holiday movies to watch?


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Home for the Holidays with Andi from Andi’s ABCs

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Well, friends. We’re in the last few days of my Home for the Holidays feature, and I have to say, it’s been another stellar year. I have so much fun pulling this feature together and it’s in large part due to people like my girl Andi who is our guest poster today. I met Andi through bookish Twitter about four years ago, and she’s been an amazing blogging mentor and even better friend. It’s always a treat when she guest posts on my blog and today is no exception. Check out her delicious recipe and then try it for yourself. I know I am! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Andi from Andi’s ABCs”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Rachel from Hello, Chelly!

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There are so many things I love about the holidays! The music, the food, the lights and decorations. There’s something magical in the air and I just can’t help getting swept away with all of it. But, for me, the holidays would be nearly as special if it wasn’t for the time spent with my family and friends. Some of my best memories are from holiday parties with my closest friends and family dinners that go late into the night. When I first read Rachel‘s post below, I was immediately filled with such a sense of familiarity, and although our traditions may not be the same, that feeling of love and happiness by spending time with those you love, is universal! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Rachel from Hello, Chelly!”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books

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Welcome back to the second half of Home for the Holidays here at What Sarah Read. This really is one of my very favorite features of the year and I am so thrilled to be bringing it to you for the fourth year in a row! I’m equally as excited to be welcoming the fabulous Alexa from Alexa Loves Books as a guest poster today. She’s here to tell you all about one of my very favorite places…Disney World! I am SO excited for Alexa and maybe just a teeny bit jealous that she gets to spend Christmas as the happiest place on earth! I am absolutely LOVING this post and everything she has planned for her holiday visit. You better believe I’m taking notes, because someday I WILL spend Christmas at Disney! Thank you for such an amazing post, Alexa! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Angie from Read Sleep Repeat

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I can’t believe the first week of Home for the Holidays is already coming to an end.. It’s been such a great week filled with tasty goodies, holiday music, gorgeous candles and holiday warm fuzzies. I’m so thrilled to be closing out this special with the fabulous Angie from Read Sleep Repeat. Angie is here today with a fabulous post that includes some of your favorite books and some of your favorite holiday songs! Many thanks to Angie for stopping by and helping us all get into the holiday spirit! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Angie from Read Sleep Repeat”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl

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I’m so excited to be welcoming Jana to the blog today. Jana’s Bookish Little Christmas feature was one of the inspirations for the Home for the Holidays feature, here at What Sarah Read, so it’s such an honor to have her here today. In a perfect twist of fate, I also created a top ten post for Jana’s Christmas feature, and I love how similar but personal both lists are. Between Jana’s list below and my list over at That Artsy Reader Girl, we have the best of the holidays totally covered! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Ginger from GReads Books!

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You guys! I am so excited to welcome my dear friend Ginger back to the blog today. She’s been a frequent guest poster here at What Sarah Read, and has even participated in my Home for the Holidays feature for all four years. Needless to say, Ginger holds a very special place in my heart and I am so happy to have her here today. I was even more thrilled when I saw what she would be posting about, since I have just recently become obsessed with bookish candles, and the ones from Canterbury Road Co are some of my very favorites! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Ginger from GReads Books!”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Melissa from Live Love Read

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I want you to help me in welcoming Melissa from Live, Love, Read to the blog today. She’s here to spread her own holiday cheer as part of my Home for the Holidays feature with her top ten list of Christmas songs. Now I’m going to be difficult here and say I couldn’t disagree with her #1 choice any more than I already do, but the rest of her list is pretty great! Sorry Melissa, but every time I hear your #1 choice I die a little inside. But that’s ok, I still love Melissa and won’t hold that one poor life decision against her. Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Melissa from Live Love Read”

Sarah