Christmas

  • 12 Holiday Comedies To Binge Watch This Holiday Season

    Raise your hand if you aren’t into those sappy Hallmark Lifetime Christmas movies. I personally can’t deal with them. They’re literally all the same. I prefer holiday comedies to help get me through the season. You already know I hate the Christmas season so, yeah I need all the laughter I can get around this time of the year.

    Since there are 12 days until Christmas here are 12 holiday comedies movies to watch every night of the week leading up to Christmas Eve.

    Bad Moms Christmas

    Bad Moms Christmas is the follow-up to Bad Moms and this time we meet their moms. Now our three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms do everything imaginable to rebel against the challenges and expectations that are placed upon mothers during the Christmas season.

    Rent
    Holidate 

    Sick and tired of being single on the holidays, two strangers agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long only thing is they break their main rule as they start to catch real feelings along the way.

    *Watch on Netflix

    Last Christmas 

    Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions.  Kate, wannabe singer, works in an elf in a year-round Christmas store, and her decision making skills are quite questionable. Then she meets Tom then everything in her life changes.

    *Watch on HBO or HBO Max

    Surviving Christmas

    Simply put, Drew is a lonely and obnoxious young millionaire who pays a family to spend Christmas with him. This movie goes exactly how you envision it would.

    Rent
    Office Christmas Party

    When Carol, an uptight CEO threatens to shut down her brother’s branch, the branch manager has an idea to throw an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and prove the branch is worthy of staying open, but of course, the party gets way out of hand and all hell breaks loose.

    Rent
    Noelle

    Santa’s daughter goes on an epic adventure in order to find her brother who vanishes after getting cold feet when he newly inherits the role of Santa following their father’s retirement.

    *Watch on Disney+

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    It’s the Griswold’s. What more is there to say.  The family is staying off the roads and remaining home for Christmas and predictably it all turns into one big disaster.

    Rent
    The Holiday

    Two women on opposite sides of the world are having guy-problems.  So they decide to swap homes in each other’s countries to get away from the men in their lives only for the unexpected to happen.

    Rent
    Trading Places

    As part of a bet, two callous millionaires swap the lives of a snobbish investor and a street con artist to see which one would prevail. The bet doesn’t go exactly how they planned.

    Rent
    Bad Santa

    A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

    Rent
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    One year after Kevin was left home alone he finds himself alone in New York City and as luck would have it he runs into the escaped burglars that broke into his home the year before. All the hijinks of the first ensues but on a bigger scale as Kevin uses NYC to spoil the burglar’s plot.

    Rent
    Elf

    A man raised as an elf at the North Pole discovers that he’s actually human and he then decides to travel to New York City to look for his real father.

    Rent

     

    Holiday Comedies mommyrandr

    These are but a few what are your favorite holiday comedies? Comment below with your favorites so that we can keep this list growing.
  • You Need This Yummy Ginger Pear Bread Recipe In Your Life

    In the mood for a new holiday baking recipe? Well, look no farther as this Ginger Pear Bread recipe is just what you’re looking for. It takes no time to prep and just about an hour to bake. My favorite thing about this recipe is you don’t need to be a world-renowned chef to make it. It’s THAT easy.

    Let’s get into it.

    Ginger Pear Bread: Prep: 15 mins / Bake: 1 hour

    Ginger Pear Bread Recipe mommyrandr

    Ingredients:

    Topping Ingredients:

    1/4 C light brown sugar (firmly packed)
    1/4 C pecans (chopped)
    1/2 TBSP flour
    1/2 TBSP unsalted butter (melted)

    Bread Ingredients:

    1 3/4 C flour
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 tsp grated ginger
    1/2 tsp salt
    6 TBSP unsalted butter (softened)
    1 C brown sugar (firmly packed)
    1 large egg
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 C whole milk
    1 ripe/ firm pear (peeled and firmly chopped)

    Directions:

    Topping Directions:

    Add brown sugar, pecans, and flour in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Then add butter and mix well. Set it aside.

    Bread Directions:
    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Prep loaf pan with non-stick spray. Then add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
    3. Divide the flour mixture into thirds and set aside.
    4. Add butter and brown sugar to a mixing bowl and with the electric mixer beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until it becomes light and fluffy.
    5. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
    6. Reduce the mixer speed to low and carefully add 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix to combine.
    7. Add in 1/2 of the milk and mix lightly.
    8. Add in the second 1/3 rd of the flour mixture. Mix to blend.
    9. Add in the second 1/2 of the milk, mix.
    10. Add in the last 1/3rd portion of the flour mixture and mix just enough to combine.
    11. Stir in the pears.
    12. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan and use a spatula to evenly spread the batter in the pan.
    13. Sprinkle the topping over the batter and with your hands press the topping down gently into the batter.

    Baking Directions:

    Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the bread has browned. Insert a toothpick in the center of the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean the loaf is done. Set aside the loaf of bread in the pan for about 10 minutes to allow it to cool. Finally, flip the bread out of the pan unto a wire rack to cool it completely – then serve.

    Ginger Pear Bread Recipe mommyrandr

    Enjoy!

  • Bah Humbug: I Hate Christmas. Here Are 10 Reasons Why

    i hate christmas valerie pierre mommyrandr

    I’ma just come right out the gate and say it, I hate Christmas. Did you gasp? Most people gasp at the disbelief that there’s someone who openly admits their disdain for the holiday season. I can’t tell you why or when my hatred for Christmas started, but what I do know is, the closer November and December get the more aggravated I become as I consider them the worst months of the year.

    Why do I hate Christmas so much? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

    Christmas people

    You know who these people are. They’re the ones who start the Christmas countdown in June and go on incessantly about their love of the holiday season. And for this reason, I avoid these people like the fucking plague since I’m trying to enjoy summer, fall, daylight savings, Halloween and most importantly Thanksgiving.

    And what I wanna know is, you know Santa isn’t real so what the fuck are you so excited about?

    Black Friday

    There’s nothing more hypocritical than people giving thanks for the shit they have on Thursday and before the turkey digests, they’re at the mall Thursday night/Friday morning fighting someone over a fucking big-screen television. That’s not how any of this works but commercialism says otherwise and people fall for it every year.

    And answer me honestly, do you really need all that shit you elbowing people over?

    Christmas music

    I’m trying to figure out why people get all excited over holiday music. It’s literally the same 7 fucking songs sung in different tones. They all say the same shit – Santa on a sleigh, Jack Frost, and a mistletoe. The worst are the radio stations that play non-stop holiday music. Ughhh, all I want for Christmas is your regular musical rotation.

    I’m looking at you Lite FM.

    Christmas bells

    Nothing rolls my eyes harder than hearing holiday bells. They’re annoying and it seems like there’s a person on every corner ringing one.

    Christmas shopping

    I hate Christmas shopping for people, which is why I give out gift cards. I don’t know what you like and since I don’t here’s some cash, treat yoself. After all, it makes better sense for you to get your own gift rather than me give you some shit you can’t use, which you’ll probably end up regifting anyway. And let’s not talk about those who say, “money isn’t a gift.” Um, the fuck it ain’t?! But since you feel that way, I’ll keep my money in my pocket.

    Spending obscene amounts of money

    Speaking of gifts, why do people feel the need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on presents? Don’t get me wrong, pricey gifts here and there are great, especially if its something someone really wanted. But random expensive gifts for everyone? Every year? Nah son, chill. The expectation to get that $300 fantasy gift that person will use once over the $40 practical one they’ll use every day is real. There’s no reason why folks are po broke from buying gifts. I’m shopping what I can afford, and for immediate family only.

    Crowds and tourists

    People flock to NYC during the holiday season like they’ve never seen damn Christmas decorations before. It’s just a tree with lights and garland. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Relax. The influx of tourists also makes traveling around the city unbearable. Thankfully, I live in Brooklyn so it’s not so bad in certain spots. But I won’t go into Manhattan until after everyone’s said Happy New Year and goes home.

    Spending time with people you can’t stand

    Just because it’s Christmas that shouldn’t mean that I have to look at your mug across the dinner table. I mean, if I didn’t like you Jan 1st – Dec 24th why would I want to spend time with you on Dec 25th? The answer is, I’m not. Which is why I don’t spend holiday time with my in-laws, but that’s another conversation for a different post.

    The “war” on Christmas people

    These are the people who wait on bated breath each year to see what kind of cup Starbucks puts out so they can boycott it. Why? Cause it ain’t Christmassy enough. Ma’am, it’s a damn cup. Stop it. Get some help. No one has ever or will ever stop you from saying Merry Christmas. There is NO war on Christmas.

    Romantic Christmas movies 

    All of these movies are the same, a big city girl who feels incomplete moves to small-town no man’s land meets a lumberjack (who may or may not be a secret millionaire, they fight then fall in love and live happily ever after. Give me a damn break. It’s the same plot for every movie yet people watch full of excitement like they don’t know what’s gonna happen.

    But all of that aside, there is a silverling to the holiday season, and that’s, the END of the holiday season.

     

    Oh please, don’t act like you’re not the least bit excited when the holiday season ends. I know you are cause I hear quite a few of y’all talking about happy you are for it to be over. It’s okay to admit it. Cause the truth is, it IS the best time of the year. Besides all your guests going home and your kids preoccupied with the new toys they got you also get, next year’s holiday shit for 75% off, plus those beauty gift sets and clothing for at least 50% off. It’s a gotdamn free-for-all, and I live for it!

    How many of you hate Christmas? I know I can’t be the only one out here.
  • Holiday Stress Got You Down? Here Are Five Easy Ways to Manage It

    holiday stress valerie pierre mommyrandr

    The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes holiday stress. For many people, that means dealing with a lot more stress than usual. You’re planning/attending holiday dinners, getting gifts for everyone, keeping the kids occupied on winter vacation, and of course your in-laws. If you like yours consider yourself lucky for one less stress in your life. For the rest of us, their visit cannot end fast enough.

    The point is, the holidays can be overwhelming on top of the challenges you face each day making it easy to feel stretched too thin. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the stress.

    Here are five ways to manage holiday stress:

    Don’t be afraid to say no

    If you don’t want to cook, host a holiday party or can’t do something cause you don’t have the time, then don’t. If that perfect gift puts a strain on your bank account, don’t feel obligated to spend money you don’t have. Instead look for something else that’s within your budget range. The point is, saying no will save your sanity and finances in the long run.

    Take time for yourself

    Having some alone time gives you a chance to slow down, catch your breath, and think about something besides everything that needs to be done for the holidays. Read a book, go for a walk, craft or watch a movie. The important thing is that you do something YOU enjoy.

    Make a list of everything you need to do starting with the most important

    Planners and to-lists will help you stay organized and keep up with everything much easier. If you see there is more to do than you can handle, you’ll have time to recruit some help instead of stressing over how you will take care of it all. If you don’t have a to-do list or a 2019 planner you can get one here.

    Be realistic and don’t set impossible goals

    Volunteering to cook dinner for the family, bake holiday cookies for the office party, and taking care of all the shopping may seem like a good idea. However, trying to actually do all of this shit may prove to be way too stressful.

    Get some exercise

    Exercising helps to clear your mind and improve your overall mood. You’ll also feel more energetic so go jogging, workout at home or go to the gym. If you can’t make it to the gym, no worries. Take some time to yourself and give these health and wellness podcasts a listen.

    Do you have any tips that help you manage holiday stress? Share in the comments below.