Today's Top 3: Christmas Traditions, Movies, and Tunes

December snuck up on me this year. My tree hasn't been decorated (because we haven't cut one down yet), our halls haven't been decked, and you won't find any eggnog in our refrigerator, but I thought it would be fun to bring a little Christmas cheer to the blog today with a yuletide version of Today's Top 3. Here's a look at some of my holiday favorites:

Top 3 Christmas Movies

  • Home Alone. When I was growing up, it was hard to decide which was funnier: watching Home Alone or watching my dad watch Home Alone. To this day, my sister and I look forward to watching this movie with him when Christmas rolls around because he laughs so hard when the thieves get electrocuted, take a bowling ball to the head, and fall down slippery steps. Nothing like some slapstick humor to get my family in the Christmas spirit.
  • Elf. Because Christmas just wouldn't feel like Christmas without Buddy the Elf. There are so many great lines from this movie and Will Ferrell plays the part of an innocent oversized elf to a T. "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."
  • Miracle on 34th Street. Another one of my family's favorite Christmas movies when I was growing up. It's a sweet mix of humor, Christmas spirit, and love winning in the end. This movie may not be quite as popular as the first two, but it's a sweet storyline and it brings back great childhood memories. 

Top 3 Christmas Traditions

  • Chopping down the Christmas tree. The day after Thanksgiving, my mom would pile us into the car and make my dad drive up windy Virginia mountain roads to cut down our Christmas tree. It wasn't my dad's favorite tradition, but he usually put up with it while my mom hunted down the perfect tree and my sister and I made up silly games like "I spy something green." Now that I've gotten older, it only seems right that I carry on the tradition. 
  • Ornament exchange. My family is big on ornaments. My mom, sister, and I go crazy gifting them to any and everyone in our family, and I've carried on the tradition with Jake by getting him a special ornament for each year we've been together. The first was a photo of us on our first date, the second was a newlywed ornament, and last year's was a felt black lab for us to remember our first pup, Tebow. Thoughtful ornaments make decorating the tree so much sweeter!
  • Christmas cookies. Another childhood tradition that we've carried on throughout the years. My mom, sister, and I (and now my nieces) get together one day each December to make way too many cookies while listening to Christmas carols. While the cookies make good gifts, my favorite part of it all is laughing in the kitchen and making sweet family memories.

Top 3 Christmas Tunes

While there's nothing like O Holy Night and O Come All Ye Faithful to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, I do love some poppy holiday tunes. I'm bringing the 90's/early 2000's back with these 3:

Now that I've told you all of my favorites, it's time for you to share yours! What are your top 3 favorite Christmas traditions, movies, and poppy holiday tunes?