If you don't know what I'm talking about (or if you think I mean the one with Tim Allen), click here to see what I mean and if it brings back any memories for you.
This movie used to come on every year on Christmas Eve, but I don't think I've seen it on tv in years. Never fear - I found it on DVD quite a while back so that I can watch it each year.
I've had it on tonight as I've been wrapping presents and making cookies for a party I'm going to tomorrow and getting excited about only having two more days of work before Christmas break... and even though I know exactly what happens and can anticipate the cheesy jokes, I still love it.
I think that this movie illustrates what I always pictured when I thought of the North Pole. And Santa Claus. And elves. Even with watching as an adult, it stirs up a sense of nostalgia regarding what I believed as a child.
I sometimes think that the newer Christmas movies just aren't as good as the old ones like this one... of course, this one was made in 1985 when I was 2, so it's truly a movie of my time. But I also love the truly old ones like Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas.
I think that sitting and watching these movies while baking and wrapping presents is a big part of what makes it "feel" like Christmas for me. I've really been enjoying my evening.
I've been busy attending Christmas parties and making plans with friends who are in town for a few days and planning for an upcoming trip. It's definitely a fun time, and I have to say that so far it's been one of the more enjoyable Christmas seasons that I've had in a few years.
Oh, and I went for my first post-Huntsville run today. I just did a gentle 5.5 miles or so at about a 10:00 pace. I felt pretty good, though I have a nagging ache in my butt that I suspect could be a touch of piriformis. I don't intend on running a ton between Huntsville and Goofy. I'll do some short runs here and there, but I don't think more mileage will really do much other than tire me out at this point. I want to keep my legs loose but fresh. I can't believe it's only a few weeks away!