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5 Tips For Surviving The Holidays

Happy Holidays! Well…happy-ish is a more correct description for some people. For some, the holidays mean joy. Others, it’s stressful. Here are some quick tips so we can get through this season with our sanity.

1. Remember the REAL reason:  Simple enough, right? We’d like to say so, but even for creatives, we sometimes get caught up in new light arrangements or our church’s Christmas program. So take time to read the true Christmas story- the birth of Christ- or take time out of your day to meditate on the fact that Jesus was born for US to die…for US.

2. Find new music: Before you murder me for trying to get you to delete Bing Crosby (or maybe throw out your records?), I’m not. I’m merely saying there are plenty of updated versions of songs that, while not exactly Nat King Cole, are still pretty good. So maybe browse the iTunes store or listen to the Pandora Christmas station. You may fall in love. (See below for some suggestions)

3. Quiet time: This is the season of spending time with family that you may or may not normally see. And although we are excited, take it in moderation. Don’t be afraid to spend some time alone, in God’s word, or just doodling. We may explode if we don’t spend some time to relax every now and then. With all the excitement, some of us could probably use some boredom.

4. Try something new: Whether it be trying a new recipe for fudge (yum!) or trying to sew a Christmas sweater, you’ll be creating new memories that will make the holiday season worth it in the end. This is also a good way to relax 😉

5. Movie time!: Following the vision of Joshua Porter of Showbread, I’ve tried to watch a Christmas movie every day. Now, I haven’t succeeded in watching one every day, but the ones I have watched have been enjoyable. So try a “One-Christmas-A-Day” event and rate the movies. It’s very fun, especially when you watch movies that aren’t necessarily “good”. So grab some friends or family and watch a cheesy Christmas movie. 😉

Music Suggestions

Albums

  • Hawk Nelson- Christmas
  • Relient K- Let It Snow Baby… Let It Reindeer
  • Hillsong- Born Is The King
  • David Crowder* Band- Of for Joy

Songs

  • Coldplay- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Jack Johnson- Rudolph
  • She & Him- The Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  • Zee Avi- Frosty The Snowman
  • FM Static- Snow Miser
  • Thousand Foot Krutch- Heat Miser
  • House of Heroes- O Come, O Come Emmanuel

-Zack

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In Honor of Johnny Depp

So its almost Halloween. In honor of it, I thought it’d be fun to make a list of some of the best “scary” movies of all times. If you agree or disagree, let me know. Add your own in the COMMENT section.

1. Evil Dead

   I tried to avoid it, but I couldn’t. One of the greatest movies of all times. The mixture of slapstick comedy and horrifying hand walking will bring any movie-goer to their knees, although the reasons will be different for everyone. Sam Raimi’s greatest movie….Well, it’s better than Spider-man 3. Starring Bruce Campbell, this film did so “well” that he made sequels. The band Showbread has even written an entire song about the trilogy.

Hail to the King, Baby.

2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

   The Grandfather of the Zombie, George A. Romero, directed this amazing movie. The remake has nothing on the original. I mean, how could it get better than slow, pasty zombies who enjoy their meals, rather than the gluttonous zombies in the remake? The slow, gimp-y zombies in this movie are much more believable (haha) than the Olympic-worthy zombies in current zombie movies.

Mr.Romero, Come to My Wedding

3. The Crazies (2010)

Yes, notice that I put the remake. Sorry, George, but your original Crazies didn’t do it for me. (The only case an original Romero movie has disappointed me). This movie, starring Timothy Olyphant and the guy from Across the Universe was interesting. Basically the movie is about a virus that sweeps across the town, infecting everyone. The story implies, however, that this is a government virus that got out of control. Sounds pretty basic, but the execution was done well. Watch it.

Maxwell, without the accent.

Apparently, I’m a horrible movie critic because I’m too lazy to do more. But basically, I wouldn’t put any Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, OR Jason movies on here. Sorry, not a fan. Those aren’t fun. =) I would put the original Night of the Living Dead (the black and white one) and, don’t kill me, The Number 23. Maybe The Box, too.

Thanks.

-Zack