The Christmas List Blogathon

Hello everyone! I’m back!

Actually I’ve been back since last Saturday but sooo exhausted from our hectic trip and the long layovers so I really had no energy to blog. I did manage to update the layout a bit as my theme got an upgrade to a wider format so I did a little bit of that. Hope you like it πŸ˜€

Well, I was doing my rounds around my friends’ blogs when I came across the Christmas list at Sati’s blog which was apparently started by Diana at Aziza’s Picks. Inspired by the gift-giving tradition of the season, she thought about what she would buy for her fellow bloggers. What a nice idea! I actually don’t come from a culture where gift-giving is a must for Christmas, but I couldn’t help but take part in this as I believe it’s just as rewarding–if not more soβ€”to give than to receive.


Therefore, if time/location/money is no issue, this is what I wish I could give ten of my blog friends. Following Sati’s cue, my list also has a bit of fantasy mixed in (I’m sure the recipient don’t mind if it doesn’t come nicely wrapped underneath the Christmas tree) πŸ˜‰

First I’d like to start with my contributor Ted Saydavalong. I hope he hasn’t got ’em already but I’d love to ship him the Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Surely it would look spectacular in his home cinema (hopefully he’d invite me, he..he..)

  • Sati – An open ticket to the next Hobbit film premiere where she’ll be personally escorted by the Elven King Thranduil himself (aka Lee Pace).
  • Novroz – I know she’s still over the moon watching the Mighty Boosh Special Edition DVD, so this Noel Fielding t-shirt might put her over the edge, ahah. She might never want to take ’em off!
  • Andina – My fellow Indo blogger loves soundtracks so I’d love to get her the CDs of Life of Pi and Intouchables that she just featured recently.

  • UnforgivenPosterMichael – Since he just listed his top ten Westerns list, I’d love to ship him the Blu-ray for each of those fine selection.

  • Terrence – Now for our TV star amongst us, I’d love to surprise T with a special guest appearance from his beloved Avenger, Black Widow for his Take 2 with Terrence show. Perhaps Scarlett Johansson could drop by around the time Avengers sequel is released πŸ˜‰

  • Fernando – A young man of discriminating taste, perhaps a Pedro AlmodΓ³var marathon is in order? This Viva Pedro collection should fit nicely under the Christmas tree.

  • Mark – I know he’d rather be at home in Glasgow than anywhere else (who could blame him?) but perhaps a pair of tickets to New York City in April to attend the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival might entice him to take a little American vacation? Who knows he might rub elbows with his hero, the film fest founder Robert De Niro.
  • Paula – For an elegant woman with a penchant for classic movies… I’d love to ship her just about every Cary Grant DVD Box Set I could find on TCM, such as this one.

  • Castor – For my fellow Minnesotan blogger who’s been working tirelessly all year long, I just want to somehow give him a month off from work so he could watch movies every single day. I’ll throw in some movie tickets as well to sweeten the deal πŸ˜€

  • Josh – For the Oscar expert amongst us, I wish I could somehow score him a ticket to the upcoming Academy Award ceremony on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood!

So MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! God’s blessings to you all.


42 thoughts on “The Christmas List Blogathon

  1. Whoaa…that’s a great way to start blogging again. I like the idea of giving things like that, if possible πŸ˜‰

    You’re so right! at first, I was planning to watch movies I have stored for so long but still have no time to see it….but the DVD makes me forget about those movies. Loving the DVD so much. Thank you again, Ruth ((hug))

    The T-shirt looks great…I might not wear it and instead I’ll put it in the frame and hang it on my wall πŸ˜‰ but if fantasy gift is allowed, can I have a ticket to London and a all around pass to the studio where Noel is preparing for his next sketch show? (like that ever gonna happen πŸ˜‰ )

    anyway…hope your trip to Jakarta and Hawaii worth your time…and Merry Christmas Ruth πŸ™‚

    1. HI Nov! Yeah it definitely is a great idea to start blogging, thanks to Diana for coming up with the idea πŸ˜€ Sooo glad you love the Mighty Boosh DVD Nov, it made it so worthwhile that I got it for you. I was so afraid it wouldn’t get through custom!

      Ahah, yeah I figure you’d probably hang the Noel t-shirt, you are too funny girl! Yes if I could shoot for the moon I’d definitely buy you a ticket to London and arrange for you to have lunch with Cillian, Benedict AND Noel! You might pass out though πŸ˜‰

      It was a wonderful trip, Nov, we were so blessed. Vacation recap is coming tomorrow πŸ˜€

      1. What can I say…the boosh boys really steal my heart…the DVD is beyond perfect, and you’re an angel πŸ™‚

        Well…the T-Shirt does have big face of Noel and his addictive smile, so it’s better to be hung πŸ˜‰
        A lunch with those three will be hilarious…Cillian too shy, Benedict too smart and Noel too childlike, what a combination!! I can imagine the awkward scene in my head πŸ˜†

        I’ll be waiting for your recap!! πŸ™‚

    1. Ahah yeah, that elk is beautiful too isn’t it? An elk fit for a gorgeous Elven King! Too bad he was only in the first movie for like 2 minutes, but hopefully more screen time in the 2nd and 3rd movies!

    1. Glad to be back, Michael. It’s been a slow going on the blogging front, but hey, nice to be away from computers for a whole two weeks! Hope you had a nice Christmas with your family.

  2. Aww man! What a way to bounce back Ruth. Boom! You nailed it. I’d love to visit NY and and the Tribeca Film Festival. Of course, rubbing shoulders with the great Bob DeNiro wouldn’t go amiss either. I’m honestly so happy that you posted this. It’s almost like receiving the actual gift itself. You know me too well Ruth. Thank you very much and welcome back. πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Mark! Glad you like my gift idea, I wish I could actually give that to you for real πŸ˜€ I haven’t been to Tribeca myself, wouldn’t it be great if we could actually do a meet-up there? Who knows maybe that’s possible, never say never, right? πŸ˜‰

      1. The thought itself is enough of a gift Ruth. πŸ™‚
        And yes, never say never. Meeting at Tribeca is entirely possible in the future. Stranger thinge have happpened. It would be great though wouldn’t it? πŸ™‚

  3. Ted S.

    Welcome back Ruth, hope you had a fun trip. Thanks for thinking of me, I actually have all of the Bond films that I like but wouldn’t mind having the whole collection. And yes they do look great on my big screen and of course you’re always welcome to watch films there.

    If you’re back at work this week, we’ll have to meet for coffee.

    1. Hi Ted, it sure was a wonderful trip but it’s nice to be back and gets in the routine going again, ahah. Sorry I accidentally omitted part of text, I meant to say the Lawrence of Arabia blu-ray as I know you already have a lot of the Bond blu-ray discs already. Not sure if you got it already.

      Yes, let’s meet for coffee this week. I’ve got a souvenir for you as well πŸ™‚

      1. Ted S.

        Oh I would love to get the Lawrence of Arabia BD, still waiting for the price to come down before I buy it.

        Cool, can’t wait to see my souvenir. πŸ™‚

    1. Oh of course Fernando. Glad to see you’re doing your own list too, LOVE your gift idea for me πŸ˜€

      Thanks for noticing the new look, too. It was a pretty easy update and definitely about time!

  4. jackdeth72

    Merry Christmas! Ruth and company:


    We let you slip away for a week and you up and rearrange the furniture on us! Liking the new look a lot.

    Hope you had a great holiday, Holy Day and vacation. Also hope you get all of your Gerard Butler fixes complied with and more through the coming year.

    1. Hello Jack! Hope you had a great Christmas, my friend.

      Ahah, thanks for the kind words my friend. It’s been a while since I tinkered with Photoshop, my hands was itchy πŸ˜€ Glad you like it.

      I did have a fabulous holiday. As for GB, well suffice to say I don’t think I’ll be blogging about him much next year after Playing For Keeps. You’ll see in my review how I feel about it. For once I agree with the Rotten Tomatoes rating on his movies! 😦

  5. Happy holidays, Ruth! Hope you had an awesome vacation. Took a mini-vacation myself and it feels weird to be back working/blogging again. πŸ˜€

    Diggin’ the new layout, BTW!

    1. Hi Eric! You went to Michigan right? How was it? Hope you had fun with your family. It took me a while to get on the blogging routine after two full weeks, I still don’t feel like writing reviews yet.

      Thanks, I’m still doing mini updates to the layout. I kind of like the wider format.

      1. Yep, I spent the weekend in Michigan. Spent some time with the family, did some skiing and had a great time overall!

        I feel the same way about blogging — thankfully I have a couple things queued up from last week, but I need to find the motivation to write some more.

        Glad to have you back, Ruth!

        1. Oooh skiing, sounds like fun! I didn’t even swim in the ocean at all in my week-long trip in Kauai! What a shame, but hey, there’s always a next time. I actually don’t ski very much here in MN either ahah, I’ve only done it once in my entire life!

          The funny thing about blogging, I thought I was going to miss not doing it but actually it’s totally fine. It was nice getting a much-needed break from my laptop, ahah.

  6. Happy Holidays Ruth! Nice to have you back. How was the trip?
    As I told you before, I’ve been back to blogging since last week and it’s been nice to drop by my fellow bloggers to see what they’ve been up to. Though it’s been a slow restart, I have plenty of ideas in the pipeline to spice my blogging up.

    1. Hi Niels, my trip was wonderful, thanks for asking.

      I’ll be checking out your posts shortly. Took me a while to get to the blogging rounds again, glad to hear you’ve been blogging again.

  7. Happy to see you back, Ruth! Hope you had fun. I LOVE my gift! And being referred to as “elegant” is pretty awesome too πŸ˜‰

    Digging the new look, I’m working on a redesign of my blog too, stay tuned.

    1. Hi Paula! Nice to be back. It was a wonderful vacation but quite hectic as well.

      Actually, my blog theme got an upgrade so I thought why not do a little updating. Been a while since I tinkered with Photoshop since my vacation!

  8. Thanks so much Ruth, I love my gift! Being referred to as “elegant” is also pretty awesome πŸ˜‰

    Actors come and go but Mr. Grant is my perennial fave. He has a birthday next month & will of course be my banner star.

    1. Sorry Paula, for some reason your first comment ended up in Spam 😦

      Oooh I look forward to your Cary Grant banner. I saw a movie of his on the plane, Bringing Up Baby, and he’s so adorable in that.

  9. Yay. so glad you are back! Did you have a wonderful vacation/holiday? It looked like you did from the photo on twitter.

    Thanks so much for the kind inclusion and for the awesome gift! Oh how great it is! πŸ™‚ You are so thoughtful as I know that Scarlett isn’t your favorite actress. You’re the best.

    So glad to see you back. Can’t wait for more here at Flixchatter!

    1. Hi T! Well I’ve got a full recap of my trip in my next post. It was definitely fun, thank the Lord it was a smooth trip, no delays whatsoever.

      Glad you like my ‘gift.’ Well it doesn’t matter how I feel about her, it’s my gift to YOU. Who knows it might happen T, never say never πŸ˜‰

  10. Hi Ruth, Merry Christmas! Thanks a lot for the gift, so nice of you πŸ™‚ I’d give you something nice like Gregory Peck T-shirt or something. Have a nice holiday! I’ve been away for some time, I don’t have much energy to blog these days. I like your new blog look!

    1. Hi Andina! Why thanks for the GP t-shirt, I’ll be wearing that proudly πŸ˜€ Thanks for noticing the new look. It took me a while to get back to blogging myself.

  11. Hey Ruth. Nice to see you did the blogathon, too, I’m glad you liked it. If I could, I would get you the obligatory Gregory Peck DVD/book and some sweets, I hope you like them πŸ˜€

  12. Is Ruth the most generous and sweet blogger in the blogosphere or what? I would love to take a whole month off to watch movies. Alas, reality is too harsh and let’s face it, I would likely not what to do with myself after 2 or 3 days of inactivity ahaha (I guess that makes me a workaholic?)

    Have a healthy and very happy new year Ruth! πŸ˜€

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