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There are a hundred places we all wish we could be this holiday—at the neighbor’s Christmas party with the rosemary cookies she always makes, in our sister’s living room with cousins and stories and the good Bing Crosby playlist, shopping on Michigan Avenue with all the festive window displays, popping into coffee shops for hot chocolate and people watching—strangers in furry coats on their way to celebrations.
…but we are home, and we’ve made the best of it, clinging to words like “cozy” and “huddle” for the silver lining they are.
We’re big fans of our Amazon Devices and the ways they make life more convenient and connect us to things and people we love, so I thought it might be fun to share two of our favorite Amazon Devices that are bringing joy to our 2020 “Home for the Holidays” theme.
First up…our Fire TV Stick. We access all our favorite movies and shows with ours, have given it as a gift to so many of our family members and always bring it with us on trips. We have limited cable up at my dad’s cabin in Michigan, so we always bring our Fire TV Stick for our summer trips. Without it, I wouldn’t have our sweet memories of being holed up in the cabin on rainy nights, watching the Babysitter’s Club with Lainey.
This year, we’re huddling up for cozy holiday movie nights with our Fire TV Stick.
I was thrilled to find an old favorite Christmas movie from my youth on Amazon Prime Video—All I Want for Christmas—and shared it with my kids. Lainey said it’s her new favorite holiday movie.
…which brings me to the very important list of my Top 10 Holiday Movies of All Time:
1. Family Stone (Don’t even get me started. Dysfunctional families who love each other are my favorite family movies ever…see also: Dan in Real Life, While You Were Sleeping…)
2. White Christmas (this my “Me & Brett” movie. We love watching it together.)
3. Elf (does the burp scene ever get old?)
4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (another favorite to watch with Brett. Clark is his idol.)
5. Little Women (Winona Ryder version—the cozy scenes in this movie!)
6. Home Alone
7. All I Want for Christmas
8. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version)
9. Christmas with the Kranks
10. A Christmas Story
Fun little holiday bonus? Sometimes I bring my favorite holiday movies into the bathroom with the help of our Amazon Echo Show so I can take my time with my nightly ritual while enjoying a little hit of holiday joy.
That brings me to our other favorite Amazon Device, especially in a year of feeling so disconnected—our Echo Show. Our Echo Show is our most used Amazon Device. We listen to music all day long with it, ask Alexa questions with it, pull up recipes, enjoy old photos displayed on it (it works like a digital picture frame), watch shows and movies on it and make video calls to family with it. Recently, we all huddled around it to watch Nella show my 91-year-old grandma how good she can read.
It’s so nice have devices that bring us together and offer us tools to be closer to our families, especially during a year when we need it most.