A Few of My Favorite (Holiday) Things

Holiday Movies

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1938 version with Reginald Owen)
  • It Happened on 5th Avenue
  • O. Henry’s Full House (Cop & Anthem, Clarion Call, Last Leaf, Gift of Magi, Ransom of Red Chief)
  • Room For One More (Carey Grant & Betsy Drake)
  • A Christmas Story (red ryder BB gun is my Snoopy Sno Cone Maker – refer to 12/7/10 entry)
  • Rick Steve’s European Christmas (I have an incurable travel bug so I live vicariously through Rick)

TCM Greatest Classic Holiday Films has a four set DVD that includes: (1) A Christmas Carol; (2) It Happened on 5th Avenue; (3) Christmas in Connecticut; and (4) Shop Around the Corner.

Holiday Music

  • Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack “A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Lifetime Music presents “Christmas Belles
  • Celine Dion’s “O Holy Night
  • London Philharmonic Handel’s Messiah Hallelujah Chorus
  • Whitney Houston’s “Do You Hear What I Hear


Warm & Fuzzy Moments

  • First snow of the season
  • The smell of hot apple cider and roasted nuts
  • Watching the nieces and nephews shake presents under the tree like they’re still toddlers
  • Playing Rummikub or Scattergories with the family
  • Receiving Christmas cards ( I keep them for years)


Ronda Lee
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Ronda is an attorney, writer, and entrepreneur. She is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. Originally from Chicago, she has lived in Los Angeles and New York. She loves to travel and is passionate about education equity, especially for first generation college students.