Archive for the ‘Christmas Reviews’ Category

Barbie in a Christmas Carol

Barbie’s latest movie “Barbie in a Christmas Carol” (2008) is an absolute hit. It’s awesome and as long as you have children, grandchildren or stay young at heart, Barbie in a Christmas Carol is one movie you can add to your yearly must-watch Christmas movies collection.

Oh, and mind you; I’m not alone in my critique and opinion either! I just finished watching the new DVD with my 10 year old daughter and the movie had her oooh-ing and aaah-ing but also at times dancing around.

Anyone familiar with Charles DickensA Christmas Carol knows the story and will easily recognize it in Mattel’s rendition.

Barbie stars as Eden Starling, a true Ebenezer Scrooge if ever there was one!

Watch the Barbie in a Christmas Carol DVD trailer preview to get a glimpse of what’ll happen (no spoilers!):

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The movie stays true to story and thus provides insight, some laughs and really good Christmas cheer. This was the first Christmas movie my daughter and I watched this season (well, no, we watched and old VHS recording of Garfield’s Christmas Special last week but this was the first Christmas movie) and we ended the movie in a real feeling of Christmas spirit.

The artwork is as we’re used from Barbie movies: fabulous. Check out this scene where the ghost of Christmas past brings Eden Starling (played by Barbie) back to a Christmas kept bleak by her aunt but so enriched by her friend’s family.

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As you see, the ghost of Christmas past is a cute fairy. The ghost of Christmas present is a jolly lady, very hearty and kind. The ghost of Christmas future is very well done; Mattel hints at her being dreary but within seconds she takes off her cap and looks like a regular lady … albeit one who seems sad that she has to bring a bad message. Really nothing scary here and you can absolutely watch this with young children.

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Barbie herself certainly has her own ideas about this movie and the clothes she’s wearing in it. We were able to catch an interview with Barbie about her starring role in A Christmas Carol.

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Apart from full-price new ones, sharply discounted versions are already available on Amazon.com — as always including Amazon’s regular consumer protection in place.

Barbie A Christmas Carol Wallpaper

A little Christmas gift for those with the movie of for those who don’t have it (yet?): free Barbie
wallpaper with scenes from Barbie’s A Christmas Carol. Want to make your own Barbie custom T-shirts for Christmas? You can
do that too, and all online for your convenience.

Click on the image for the large desktop background version.

Dewey the Library Cat – Perfect Christmas Book Gift

Dewey is a special cat; you could almost say a miracle cat.

Librarians one morning found him in the returned book chute, almost frozen stiff.

They brought him in and gently defrosted him.

Grateful for his life Dewey didn’t want to leave the library. And, as it turned out he didn’t have to either.

The head librarian lobbied for and finally received permission to keep Dewey in the library.

He became a fixture. He would attend the weekly meetings and in the morning he would greet early visitors right at the front door.

Some people became so and there was him they wanted to check them out, just like a book!

“Dewey never left the library. He was a come-visit-me cat.

I always knew he could be famous. I knew he was special.

Dewey always surprised me. I’ve learned that his magic was going to go on, and it did. Dewey always took care of me, and he still is.

Dewey’s eyes were very, very special. They said volumes.”
— author Vicki Myron

As it goes, people talk. And those people talk to other people. Pretty soon became a local celebrity, then the statement celebrity… then national television arrived… and finally even a Japanese movie company. He even starred on calendars.

But all good things must end. Especially when you’re suffering from bad health…

The book starts with the defrosting of the cat, the warming of our hearts. It ends with a Kleenex box of tears and to look in the rearview mirror of what small-town America used to be.

Dewey the library cat is an absolute must as a Christmas gift. It’s the perfect book for animal offers, a thoughtful gift for readers. It’s worth every word, every read, every time: this is one book you’ll want to read again.

Where to buy Santa suits?

You probably don’t know this nor would you guess it, but one of the hardest things for Santa Claus every year is buying clothes. It’s not like you can walk into just any store and say “give me a pair of red trousers and the hat to go with it.”

And those times that you do find a Santa Claus costume it’s usually one for kids whereas, as we all know, Santa Claus needs an adult Santa Claus costume. And to make things worse, searching for “adult Santa Claus suit” at times leads to places where Santa rather doesn’t go.

Fortunately for you and I – because who would want to see Santa Claus in a pair of jeans? – there’s a great place on the web to buy Santa suits: buycostumes.com.

There are well over 30 suits on buycostumes.com. Most of these are your traditional Santa Claus suits.

We did spot two rather odd ones: they’re blue! And unfortunately there was one “adult” costume. Nothing bad but it’s a theme you don’t easily associate with Christmas.

Now, as there aren’t a lot of Santa Clauses around the world, and so his clothes can’t be mass-produced, prices can get rather steep. But fortunately for Santa, who also feels t Yahe recession, there’s also an economy Santa suit.

economy Santa suit

That’s good too because some of these suits are really very pricey. I would go as far as saying expensive. I have the idea that a good number of them are aimed more at public appearances than one-off in-house appearances. And war is if your job is Santa Claus a good suit is a good investment.

Most costumes come with the basics with a lot of extras being available elsewhere on the site. There is for instance a Santa belly…

In all, and this really is the most important thing, the Santa suits are very convincing. They don’t look like cheap rip-offs which merely hint at what they’re supposed to be. If you have kids or work with them you’ll appreciate what I mean :-)

Now as for the actual quality of the suits I can’t say much. I’ve seen them on the website and haven’t tried them myself. That said, while researching the company I haven’t found any indication of malpractice: in fact, when you do find something written about buycostumes it’s in the positive. People tend to be very, very satisfied both with the product and the service.

As a specialty costume maker buycostumes also provides other costumes, such as Halloween costumes. Taking that into account, that buycostumes makes it money solely from specialty costumes, I feel comfortable reviewing the site in the positive.

Christmas Lights Planner

Christmas Lights Planner lets the family join in the fun of designing a Christmas light display for your home.

Load a digital image, shot in the daytime, of your house onto a PC.

Open Christmas Lights Planner and the image of your home.

When your home is visible on the screen, a computerized image of a front door will appear.

Size the computerized door according to your front door to get the exact dimensions to start designing with lights — every type of light imaginable is included, along with decorations.

Once your creative masterpiece is completed, print out a shopping list that includes an estimated number of lights and decorations needed. Software program supports all sorts of lighting including energy-efficient LED lights.

See Christmas Lights Planner