It has been a busy week of seasonal joys...Grace's school chorus performed their Christmas concert at both the school and in Downtown Dayton. Is there anything sweeter than children's voices gathered together in song? Grace loves performing with the group and we so enjoy hearing them.
Saturday we spent the afternoon with Grace's best friend's extended family at their annual Christmas Party. Great food and conversation and wonderful people.
Sunday we attended the 11 am service at our church so we could be there for the children's Christmas pageant. That is always such a sweet event!
In the afternoon we took Grace and her BFF bowling then out for an nice Italian dinner...their choice! Oh my but the restaurant had added a delicious risotto dish to the menu! I love risotto!
All in all not a bad weekend...the weather is turning iffy tonight, wind, freezing rain and snow. We are headed out to see Santa so the snow will just add to that delicious feeling of Christmas joy! You know the one I mean...right? Sparkly, bright, happy and filled with joy!
It looks like I am becoming a holiday movie reviewer these days! I just like to share my love of film and there is just something so perfect about gathering the family, cuddling under a cozy quilt, sharing a bowl of popcorn and viewing a sweet, uplifting film!
Our dear blog friend Sue at Rue Mouffetard and I seem to share a respect for character actor Monty Wooley. She
reminded me of another classic film that could be considered a Christmas time treat.
"Since You Went Away" stars Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple., Joseph Cotton, Monty Wooley, Hattie McDaniel, Robert Walker and Agnes Moorehead. It is truly a
sentimental portrait of the World War II home front with its trials, fears, heartbreaks, and its tribute to 1940's American family values...a simple message of pulling together in times of need for the better good of all. Something that all of us in 2008 could pay heed to!
My Mother loves this film and we watched it together many times. If you watch it for nothing else, look at the lovely house decor that these films always had! So it seems a little overly dramatic by today's standards, it is still retains a certain charm and innocence that is so refreshing. I have a great love and fascination of the 1940's and so films of this nature call to me.
The richness of the black-and-white film, the basic camera work, the perfect sets. It's why I love these old films so very much.
This sweet, tear-jerking film begins with a written introduction: "This is the story of that unconquerable fortress - the American home, 1943."
Here is a brief synopsis...
While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the home front. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct.
Thank you for stopping by to see me and please excuse me when I can not always visit you, or leave a comment on your blog. I think of you all so often and love you all. I know you understand how busy this time of year can be so blog time is compromised greatly!
I appreciate each one of you, treasure you and send each one of you many hugs and all my love!