Merry Christmas from the Seitz family!
You may not know this, but we Seitz’ like our Christmastime. We thoroughly enjoy the birth of Jesus, the lights, the tree, the baking, the traditions, the cards, the movies, the snuggling. We basically squeeze into our Buddy the Elf green tights on December 1 and don’t take them off until New Years, although we have our fair share of Clark Griswold moments to keep it real. We thought our Christmas spirit could best be expressed in a “favorite Christmas movie quote December Timeline”. Enjoy!
December 1 “Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.” – Adult Ralphie, A Christmas Story. The Seitz’ are ready with our Christmas calendar chock full of goodness and kindness and frosty shenanigans, our ice skates are sharpened and our Christmas spirit is strong, bordering on manic.
December 2 “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie-dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.” – Buddy the Elf, Elf. Each Seitz has their own favorite part of the Christmas season and we often have more things that we’d like to cram on our calendar than we have actually days in the month. A few of us really like the crafty days when we make ornaments or when we bake, Scott’s fave is stringing 8 million lights from our one sad electrical outlet out front, and Jolie could ice skate year round. But we all like to snuggle, even Jolie.
December 4 “Todd: Hey Griswold. Where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big? Clark: Bend over and I’ll show you.” – Clark Griswold and Todd the neighbor, Christmas Vacation. Once the perfect tree is cut down, strapped to the top of the minivan, carried in the house, set up just so in the front window and decorated in all its Christmas glory, you are free and encouraged to use this quote as often as you can find a way to fit into conversation in the Seitz house. It’s heartwarming.
December 7 “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” – George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life. The Seitz kids really like to give presents. By this point in the month, we have drawn names in our family and are working like Papa Elf and Ming Ming on homemade gifts and scouring the stores (I lie, I hate the mall…it’s mostly Amazon) for the perfect gift for our friends and family. We hope you like it!
December 10 “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. I’m singing. I’m in a store and I’m siiiiiingiiiiing! I’m in a store and I’m siiiiiingiiiiing!” -Buddy the Elf, Elf. Our Christmas spirit is still joyous, probably because we are riding high on the euphoria of Christmas music and hot cocoa, especially Bare Naked for the Holidays, which we are happily listening to each time we get in the car. If you see us around town, we could break into song at literally any point and Cam and Maggie are asking to play The Dreidel Song on repeat.
December 13 “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” -Clark Griswold, Christmas Vacation. This is about the time the first crack in the Seitz Christmas lovefest appears. It usually occurs when Jolie has added something absurd to her Christmas list like a laptop or another guitar or when Ella begs for a phone again, silly girl.
December 14 “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.” -Buddy the Elf, Elf. It’s okay. We’re better today. We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by the fire and rekindled our Christmas spirit. No need to panic.
December 15 “I’m eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!” – Kevin McCallister, Home Alone. What’s that? You want Christmas cookies and chocolate pretzels and peanut butter buckeyes and pistachio bark and gingerbread? You got it! We’ve been baking for two days, we’re covered in flour and everything but Harper has been dipped in almond bark. If you live nearby, you’re can bet Maggie or Cam will be hand delivering a plate of rich and creamy Christmassy goodness, whether you want it or not.
December 18 “Don’t go puttin’ none of that stuff on my sled, Clark. You know that metal plate in my head? I had to have it replaced, cause every time Catherine revved up the microwave I’d piss my pants and forget who I was for a half hour or so.” -Cousin Eddie, Christmas Vacation. As soon as it snows, you can find us sledding, ice skating, or snow shoeing outside. All the Seitz kids learned to ski last year so we’ll definitely be adding that to our list of outdoor winter fun to be had each year. Regardless of the activity, it’s almost always 90% delightful and only 10% tears from at least one Seitz who is cold, bored, tired, wet, hungry, or running low on Christmas cheer.
December 19 “Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know.” – Lucy Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Uh oh. Someone is grouchy because the kids are out of school now and acting like crazy lunatics, two fra-gee-lay ornaments have been broken by Cameron during his reenactment of the birth of baby Jesus, and the Christmas lights on the outside of the house will only blink on the strobe light setting making our house look like the Studio 54 rather than the peaceful, serene house of peace that Jamie was going for.
December 19 ”Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it.” -Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street. The Seitz’ have rallied yet again, downing a few shots of egg nog, and we’re starting to count down to the last remaining days before Christmas Day! Who wants to make snowflakes?
December 23 “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! We’ve all got warm fuzzies. We’re smiling and saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone we see, and I’m not going to lie, people might be a little afraid of us. We can barely contain our Christmas joy. I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart! Where?
December 24 “SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!” -Buddy the Elf, Elf The stockings are hung, milk and cookies are strategically placed by the fireplace (with the gas insert?), and we’ve sung Silent Night by candlelight at church without Maggie setting her hair on fire.
December 25 “And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'” – Linus Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for and it’s perfect. All is right with the world, Christmas has come.
December 26-30 “Hey, jackweed, I get more action in a week than you’ve had in your entire life. I’ve got houses in L.A., Paris and Vail. In each one, a 70 inch plasma screen. So I suggest you wipe that stupid smile off your face before I come over there and SMACK it off! You feeling strong, my friend? Call me elf one more time.” -Miles Finch, Elf
“This house is so full of people it makes me sick. When I grow up and get married, I’m living alone. Did you hear me? I’m living alone! I’m living alone!”- Kevin McCallister, Home Alone. The days directly following Christmas aren’t always our finest. We’ve got a Christmas hangover. We’ve been spending lots and lots of quality time together, we’ve barely gotten out of pajamas, mom and dad don’t know if the kids are actually brushing their teeth anymore or just eating candy canes (and they don’t care?), and it feels like Scott may never go back to work.
December 31 “Christmas is just about my favorite time. Ever since I was a little kid, I always felt like it was my own personal holiday.” – Ernest P. Worrell, Ernest Saves Christmas. As usual, we end the year on a high note and in true elf fashion, we’ll be making plans for next Christmas before you can say cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.
Merry Christmas to you! Love, Scott, Jamie, Jolie, Ella, Cameron, Maggie and Harper Seitz
Finally our real Christmas present to you is our vacation video. It’s been five months in the making, but it’s finally ready! Go watch it! We hope it makes you laugh, because by now you should all know that that’s the gift we like giving the best!