Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Even in Florida, it's fun to snuggle up and watch a holiday movie with your family

BY ALEXA BEAULIEU

St. Petersburg High

The weather outside might not be frightful, and a fire is certainly not often delightful, but Floridians can still enjoy some aspects of the winter holidays. Cookies can be baked and hot chocolate consumed with whipped cream mustaches, and with cookies and cocoa go holiday movies to enjoy, no matter the weather. Traditions can last year after year, or new ones can be discovered, as long as everyone's together and the best holiday movie is running.

St. Petersburg High sophomore Caroline Barnett's family has established a holiday movie tradition. Each Christmas Eve, Barnett and her mother pop Miracle on 34th Street into the DVD player. Not just any Miracle, the original one with Natalie Wood, accompanied by hot cocoa and homemade peppermint bark. That is, if there's any bark left. "It's usually gone by Christmas Eve," Barnett admits.

Another sophomore at St. Petersburg High has her own holiday movie ritual. Sonya Ivanova watches all kinds of holiday movies with her family. Among them, Christmas With the Kranks, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Finally, a family favorite, The Polar Express. Sonya's mom even bought a silver bell to hang on their Christmas tree in honor of the movie. The family makes sure there are Bulgarian cookies dipped in chocolate to eat during each film.

Of course, a set-in-stone tradition isn't necessary. Your movie routine could be as simple as Kasey Lineberger's. The sophomore from Osceola Fundamental High said that at least once during the season her whole family has to watch a holiday film together. It doesn't matter which movie, as long as the whole family is together and cookies are baking in the oven.

Traditions also don't have to be lifelong; it's easy to start a new movie tradition, because there are so many movies out there waiting to be watched. Watch A Christmas Story and take a swig of eggnog every time Ralph is told he'll shoot his eye out. Or sing along to all the reindeer names in Rudolph. It's even easier to watch all your favorites with ABC family's 25 Days of Christmas, with classics playing all the way to Dec. 25. Don't forget to pop some cookies in the oven and settle down with a mug of something delicious. No matter the weather outside, it's nice to snuggle up in a blanket and enjoy a film. It doesn't have to be cold for it to feel like the holidays.

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