the time of year when all roads lead home via

hi friends. i hope your holiday prep is full of good cheer. there’s a holiday delay when you live in florida and i now see why people always say they like the change of season. otherwise it’s groundhog day! i guess i took that detail for granted. i left ny to escape the cold but this year i do miss certain things about winter. it’s hard to get in the holiday spirit in miami what with the sunshine and all. maybe i’m nostalgic. as a kid we’d go to get the tree bundled up wearing duck boots and flannel, dad chopped wood for the fire, mom quilted, we sledded, bing and frank crooned. and we all decorated the stairway, mantle and tree. (for starters)!  my parents’  holiday traditions and rituals are reassuring and cozy.  i’ll be back in the city on wednesday and can’t wait to really feel this great time of year.

Picnic by Ellie

i’m getting my ‘little sis‘ a copy of miracle on 34th street on dvd before i go. (she signed me up on netflix)! it got me surfing their site for other holiday movies to take to my nieces when i spend the night next week. it was around their age that i fell in love with old movies and i hope they do too!

anyway i think i did this last year too, put together a list of great classics. i thought i’d found them all but here are few i added to the cue and hope are here in time to throw in my bag.

i don’t think i’ve seen these two

but these i do love

and this is two in one.

well, it’s the first truly beautiful day in a week so i’m heading out to get the sun while it’s hot! have a great weekend and enjoy this magical time of year where ever you are!

December 11, 2010. Films, Holidays.


  1. Splendid Sass replied:

    I know that you can’t wait to see your family! Well, here in Alabama it hit a high of 65 today which is hot to me. I love cold weather.
    Well you have a great visit and a great rest of the weekend


  2. theparisapartment replied:

    thanks teresa! i went by your blog and love your lonny shots!


  3. Jean replied:

    Can’t wait to see you! Clare and Fiona love old movies, although they sometimes get annoyed when they are in black and white! We watched Meet Me In St. Louis last week, and they loved it. And of course we’ve seen the old Miracle on 34th Street (but I think they like the newer one better, which I just don’t get!)


  4. theparisapartment replied:

    oh good, well we’ll just have to see what arrives before i leave on weds. we’ll have fun no matter what, but i can’t watch the ‘new’ miracle on 34th!


    • Jean replied:

      We have Netflix built into our new television, and they have a bunch of old Christmas Classics on demand right now, so I’m sure we’ll find something good to watch! Can’t wait!


  5. Acquired Objects replied:

    I love all your Christmas movie choices, some of my favorites. There is something to be said about the cold and snow this time of year but wait until January, I’ll be whining!


  6. Karena replied:

    I just watched “Holiday” again with Isabella. Love Actually is also great!

    Art by Karena


  7. Amber barnett replied:

    Have a great time this holiday season!
    Old movies are definitely the best. There’s a je ne sais quoi to them!!


  8. Kay Ellen replied:

    I am such a fan of all the old holiday movies~~love them!

    Stopped by to say hello~~just finshed my daydreaming travel Christmas Tree..and thought of you :)

    Have a wonderful Sunday Claudia!

    Kay Ellen


  9. theparisapartment replied:

    hey kay, i just stopped by your blog and love your pretty white tree!


  10. Vicki replied:

    Have a safe trip and the happiest of holidays!!!!


  11. Bonjour ,Romance replied:

    Bonjour Claudia,
    Paris had a good blast of snow last week – this Florida girl is still getting used to it! Wishing you the best holiday season and the best New Year yet! Safe travels!


    • theparisapartment replied:

      hey mimi! sending sunny vibes your way! i guess there’s a trade off with paris vs florida. you’re braving the cold but what a payoff you get!


  12. Cris replied:

    I think you and the girls would love Christmas in Connecticut and Bachelor Mother. Both are very funny and Christmas themed. Bachelor Mother is David Nivens first movie in the US and he is very cute with Ginger Rodgers, whose character is mistakenly given an abandoned baby and makes the best of it. Have a Merry Christmas!


  13. theparisapartment replied:

    hi cris, great ideas! i haven’t seen bachelor mother or can’t remember if so. sounds cute! I’ll put them in my ‘que’ now, thanks for the tip! xc


  14. Mary Ann Pickett replied:

    Love all your movie ideas! We will be in our little ski condo for Christmas with our 18 year old son and 22 year old daughter…watching your suggestions. :)
    Mary Ann


  15. Christine replied:

    Miracle on 34th — Natalie Wood is a doll. “I believe, I believe. It’s silly, but I believe”.
    Congrats on becoming a Big Sister! Now THAT’S something to celebrate.
    Happy New Year, old friend!


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