Hello all! Today is my last day as a Bookending Winter host. It’s been such a fun few days, I’ve loved coming up with prompts for people to write in response to. However, I’m feeling a bit sentimental today, so today’s prompt is less of a prompt per say and more of just a discussion of my personal favorite Holiday books and movies. There’s always a few I go back to each and every year, and I’d love to share them with you all today.
Prompt Title: Holiday Traditions
Explanation: Discussion of my favorite books and movies to reread/rewatch in the winter and why.
I’d love to hear if there are any books/movies you traditionally watch during the holidays, and if you have any other holiday related traditions.
- Little Women
Little Women was one of the first classics I read growing up, and every year when it starts to get cold out and get dark early, it is one of the first books I pick up. Perhaps it’s my Pilgrims Path book in a way, but Little Women has always had such a warmth to it that reminds me of Christmas. It could also be that the book begins around Christmas time as well, but either way, its not really the holidays until I begin to reread it.
- Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is also another winter time novel for me. That one in particular still has a lightness to it, and just this indescribable feeling of Christmas to it. Perhaps it’s the reminder of how precious family and friends are, and the joy of finding a place to call home. Maybe it’s because my family loves to watch it when we’re all together, and is something we all bonded over. Whatever the case, I always itch to pick up the first book when the holidays come around, so naturally I end up rereading the entire series.
- Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls series)
You’ve all probably heard me mention this series at some point, and more frequently as of late. It is one of my favorite werewolf series and is perfect for a wintery read. When it starts to get cold outside, I can’t help to think about these books. I love Sam and Grace’s relationship, and how hard they fight for one another. This series is practically based around ice but is filled with so much emotion and warmth. I love rereading this series whenever it starts to get cold, and let my imagination roam when I look out at the frost covered world.
There are a few more movies than books listed, mostly because I end up rereading the entire Harry Potter series and Wolves of Mercy Falls series, which is about 10 books. I always start them around the holidays and finish in the new year.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Golden Compass
- Harry Potter
- Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Home Alone
- The Santa Clause
These are some of my absolute favorite movies to watch during the winter! I love a good laugh and am drawn to comedic but wholesome family movies. I think How the Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carrey of course) and Home Alone are tied for first place. The three based on books all have some sort of winter-ish vibe to me, as well as a lot of fond family memories. I rewatch the Harry Potter movies probably more than I reread the books, and though the first one is the most Christmas feeling to me, my favorite is actually the third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
These are Ra my top movies and books for the holiday season! There is just something comforting about having my favorite stories with me during the holiday season. They have turned into a personal tradition of sorts that I look forward to every year. I like trying new stuff as well; have you seen The Man Who Invented Christmas? If you haven’t, go look it up right now! It is honestly the absolute best movie that I fully intend to add to my rotation this year.
Do you have any books or movies you like for the Holidays? Do you have any seasonal traditions? Make sure to tag me if you answer today’s prompt so I can see all your wonderful answers!