Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays From Us To You

      And so here we are at last, it is finally Friday and the holidays are upon us, truly one of the best times of the year. From family dinners, to gift exchange, to visiting old friends and making new ones, from eating till you drop and singing Christmas carols, to being among family enjoying a Hanukkah dinner, tis' a season to be jolly and merry, tis' a season where miracles happen, tis' a season of joy.

      It is true that not everyone celebrates the holidays, but even to them this is a time of peace, there is something magical about this time of year, we're about to have the last few days of the year, and with year's end we have a sort of compassionate atmosphere that comes into the equation. There have even been cases within history where there is a ceasefire between warring nations and even a gift exchange between them, Wikipedia has a very well written article on the 1914 Christmas truce, I recommend you check it out, definitely worth a read. LINK

     One of the greatest things about this time of year are all the new releases that get announced, specially new movie previews, phone upgrades, new games and overall hype to prepare us for the new year. The movie previews that you must take a look at right now, like legit drop everything and watch em', are Batman: Rises, Prometheus, The Hobbit, Men In Black III, The Hunger GamesUnderworld: Awakening, and Wrath of the Titans. That's a heavy list of titles which all deserve your attention, I'm specially looking forward to the new Batman installment, The Hobbit, MIB III, and The Hunger Games, 2012 will be an epic movie year, a lot to look forward to.

     This is also a good time of the year to rest and catch up on some reading, or movie watching that you didn't get a chance to do while the year's hectic troubles were upon you. Personally I drive home every Christmas in order to be with family, that means driving from Texas to South Florida which is a 22 hour drive. This year I accomplished the trip in a day, I do not recommend this...ever, but the only way I did so was by purchasing the Hunger Games audio book, I got books one and two, needless to say I didn't even notice where the time went, I only stopped for gas twice and once to change the books on my Iphone, a solid choice overall, I recommend this book. When it comes to books being made into movies I'm on the boat of those that believe that you should read the book first, and that by doing so the movie will mean a lot more to you, thus I cannot help but recommend that you read The Hunger Games prior to the movie coming out, a fantastic read.

    Season finales on TV are also something worth looking into, except for Dexter's finale, I was underwhelmed and disappointed, but thus is life. There are a lot of new shows starting next year worth checking out as well, that list is way to big to include here, so make sure to go to your favorite television channel's website and look em' up, always worth being informed. And of course, how could we not talk about the NBA finally getting their act together and bringing us some good old basketball competition, nothing worse than rich people complaining with other rich people about how much richer they should be, thank god that's done and over with.

    Well, that's a basic recap of everything you should take a look at, look forward to, and enjoy during the end of this year. Do remember to do something nice for a stranger during this Holiday season, try and spread joy around you, this doesn't have to be a big act, small things sometimes make a much larger impact than extravagant things. So go out there and be nice to that family member you dislike, make peace with someone you are in discord with, and try to be the difference, by being the difference you will make a difference. And if all else fails remember the advice in the movie Elf "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing aloud for all to hear", this sounds cheesy but it works, it's a strange thing but it works, trust.

     We hope you have a fantastic Holiday Season full of joy and laughter, and that this weekend will be a restful one.

Love from your humble blogger,

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