For my third entry in the 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge, I read The Christmas Candle, by Max Lucado. This was a touching, short story about faith and miracles. Every quarter of a century an angel visits a candle makerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family, touching a certain candle and miracles happen.
While very short, this was a great little Christmas story that provides more meaning to the season than the usual stories. Max Lucado remains one of my favorite authors for his style of writing and the depth and insight he gives to everyday life.
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I saw two Christmas movies this weekend. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be giving both reviews today, as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be out tomorrow getting more tests done at the hospital. So here are two out of four of my entries for the 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge.
The Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who have made bad choices in men and find themselves single right before Christmas. They decide to switch homes for the holiday (in L.A. and England), just to get away and be alone. Both women realize they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily want to be alone, but just want a change. This movie was incredibly heart-warming and funny. The double leading men, Jude Law and Jack Black, were wonderfully sweet in their roles as well. I found myself tearing up quite a few times throughout the movie. Though, that had a lot to do with an old man that Kate WinsletÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character befriends.
This was a perfect, romantic, feel-good movie for the holidays.
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I finished yet another drawing of my favorite X-Man, Angel. Though this is still my favorite one, I wanted to do something different. The piece to the left is done in prismacolor. A larger version can be seen here.
Colleen has presented a fun and meaningful contest. This week, for every good deed you post as a comment under this post, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a Venator Survival Kit (see her post for more details) in honor of the countdown to the release of her new book, The Rest Falls Away! It’s more about doing good deeds and “paying it forward” than the reward though, right? Let’s see how many good deeds we can do for others this week, and in the spirit of the season!
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Portrait of Anthony Michael Hall, of 80’s Brat Pack fame and star of The Dead Zone.
TNT’s original movie The Librarian – Return to King SolomonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mines airs Sunday, December 3rd. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the sequel to The Librarian – Quest for the Spear that aired back in 2004. I enjoyed it so much, that I had to buy the DVD when I saw it available at Blockbuster.
In Quest for the Spear, Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle) is hired to be the new librarian at the New York Public Library, specifically for a mysterious room full of fantastic artifacts. His qualifications? He holds 12 bachelors, 6 masters, and 4 PhDs in various subjects. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a career student in his mid-thirties. Full of humor, action, adventure, and mystery, The Librarian is a swashbuckling comedy and somewhat a spoof of Indiana Jones.
Bob Newhart has a great role as the museum curator and FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s boss. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad to see that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be in the sequel as well. Nicole Noone (played by Sonya Walger) was FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bodyguard and love interest in the first movie, but it looks like sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be replaced by Gabrielle Anwar as his new lady friend. Olympia Dukakis will also be returning as FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother, who nags him about settling down.
The Quest for the Spear will air again on Sunday at 1 am on TNT, for those wanting to catch the first tv movie. And Return to King SolomonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mines will air several times on Sunday night starting at 8/7 Central.
And check out the Librarian website for info on the movie, a fun look at the LibraryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s museum artifacts, and a preview of the Librarian comic.
Carl has issued a 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge.
My choices to review will be:
1. Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause
2. The Holiday
3. The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado
4. Christmas Letters by Bret Nicholaus
And probably a few othersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
And on the subject of Christmas, quite a few blogs have been doing a Christmas Tag. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been fun to read everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s answers.
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Both, though a little Egg Nog goes a long way.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
His elves wrap them. He knows how to delegate.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White. Looks much classier.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I would, but thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no point this year. Unless I meet someone pretty fast!
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