25 days of (nerdy) Christmas!

“O Nerdy Night!”

Day 13: Holiday Movies

Every Christmas my family and I go to the movies. It’s a tradition and we always look forward to the holiday releases. This year the options are:

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (The most likely choice as it is the nerdiest!)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

 

Saving Mr. Banks (Second most likely choice. We love Disney and this is a family friendly movie!)

Saving Mr. Banks

 

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (The underdog of choices as it seems really heart-warming, but will most likely not have a chance against The Hobbit)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

 

 

47 Ronin (Looks awesome, but action rarely makes the Christmas cut.)

47 Ronin

 

 

American Hustle (The big NO! Not one member of my family wants to see 5 of the most attractive movie stars look like 1970’s trailer trash! No matter how much critical acclaim it garners.)

American Hustle

 

 

Justin Bieber’s Believe (No one saw the first one and this is what… a sequel?)

Justin Bieber's Believe

 

 

Walking with Dinosaurs (We may all be giant children, but none will be tempted by this film about talking dinosaurs.)

This is going to be the best movie ever. I know it!

 

 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (My personal choice. With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, this is both important and inspiring. Sounds like Christmas to me!)

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

 

 

Frozen (Strong possibilities. It will still be in the theaters, but I have yet to see it, and chances are the members of my family haven’t seen it yet either. And I mentioned the deep love of Disney!)

Frozen: Elsa the Snow Queen, coming this Thanksgiving. Excited!

 

 

Grudge Match (Again with the big no! Granny would never go for this film about 2 old timers duking it out years past their prime!)

 

Grudge Match | Poster

What will you be seeing this holiday season?

25 days of (nerdy) Christmas!

“Dork the halls with boughs of holly.”

Days 8 & 9: Vintage Decorations

There’s nothing like pulling out that old box of Christmas decorations and discovering lost treasures. I don’t mind telling you that my box of Christmas things has been in that same box for the whole 7 years I’ve lived here. Not once have I pulled any of it out to decorate any of my New York homes for Christmas. Not sure why. Maybe I was lazy. Maybe I didn’t have the time. Or maybe it just never quite felt like home. This year I was determined to make it different. So I pulled out that old box. And here’s what I found.

Christmas Trolls!!!
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My tiny Christmas tree.
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A bunch of classic favorite ornaments that have never seen the boughs of a tree.
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Coming up on Sat, Dec 14th. The unofficial Elf tour of New York City!! 3pm come join us… stay tuned for more information.

LOTR Christmas Recap

On Christmas Eve 2012, my family and I gathered for our unique Christmas tradition.
In the past there was Harry Potter Christmas, Narnia Christmas, Star Wars Christmas and now Lord of the Rings Christmas.

The younger generation is not the only one to get into the spirit of Middle Earth. From me to my mother to my sister-in-law to my 92 year old Granny. No one is immune from the fun of LOTR Christmas.

We take photos in front of our huge green screen and have even incorporated themed gingerbread construction.

It is a festive affair.
Take a look at the continuing tradition:

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First a stop at Denny’s for their Hobbit inspired menu… in full costume, mind you.

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I dressed as Legolas.

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Many came as Hobbits.

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My dad was Gandalf the Grey.

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All the Hobbitses.

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Balrog and Shelob living the villain life.

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The dwarves Gloin and Gimli.

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My little Granny as Bilbo Baggins.

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And Grandma as Rosie Cotton.

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My mom dressed as Pippin.

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My brother as Gloin father of Gimli.

Then there was gingerbread and cookies:

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The Shire.

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The ‘happy place.’

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Tower, eye of Sauron and the one… 3 rings.

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The dwarves and Gandalf.

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Minas Tirith.

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The eyebof Sauron.

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Assorted LOTR shapes.

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And the waterfalls of Rivendell.

Stay tuned for edited photos of everyone in true Middle Earth scenery. (We don’t play around!)

Also, next year will br Doctor Who and I will be a weeping angel.

Pics

Here are the pics from Star Wars Christmas. Last time I posted, my computer was not being my friend. But we made up and now it likes me again. So without further ado I present… STAR WARS CHRISTMAS!!!

Me as Queen Amidala in front of the green screen
Another of me
Here's mom as Aunt Beru
Dad won the costume contest for his AT-ST costume. Rightfully so!!
My granny, the Imperial Guard.
Uncle Bruce's Boba Fett
My brother Doug
My cousin Sterling and her fiancee Wes in what I like to call the perfect engagement photo!!
My brother and his wife: Admiral Ackbar and a Bothan.
Aunt Beck's festive take on Yoda
Grandma's fancy interpretation of Mon Mothma
Uncle Lint as Obi Wan
All the cousins.
Group shot!!

 

 

Thanks to Uncle Lint for the photos and all the digital work!! These take time and talent. He has it!

A Full Accounting of Eastbank Family Christmas: Star Wars Edition

As previously mentioned, in my family, we celebrate with a bit more pizazz than your average Joe. We vote the previous year on what our theme will be. This year was Star Wars. The ultimate theme. All of us have a pretty even love of it. (Except my Grandma, but even she got in the spirit) Then throughout the year we all individually research who we want to be and start claiming characters. This process can be viewed at www.sterlinghutchinson.com/christmas

When it comes to the day itself we all show up to my Granny’s house in full costume and resume Christmas as usual. Including breakfast, stockings, presents, pictures and videos in front of the green screen and a new tradition… the singing of the themed carols. Yours truly penned a few Star Wars Christmas Carols. ie: “Leia, It’s Cold Outside”  “God Rest Ye Merry Stormtroopers” “O Jedi Knight” and countless others.

This year we had some extra joiners. Non family members who were just interested in the phenomenon and wanted to be apart of it. So take a look at the photos here and if you’d like to join next year just remember two things: 1. The theme is going to be Lord of the Rings and 2. Costumes are not a suggestion… they are mandatory!

Twachtman Family Christmas

Christmas is swiftly approaching. For many this means decking the halls, trimming the tree, shopping for gifts, planning the holiday meals, booking travel, etc. This is all true for my family as well. But most importantly for us is preparing our Christmas costumes.

Past family Christmas themes have included Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. But this year is the piece de resistance. STAR WARS!! Which means lightsabers, Star Wars Christmas Carols, green screen photos, and so much more!!

Long has our family had a deep and abiding love for the Star Wars universe and last year’s voting reflected that love. It’s my favorite series of movies and it binds our family together!!

Here comes my dilemma. So little time, so much to sew!! I’ve chosen to be Queen Amidala from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The celebration costume at the end of the movie to be specific

So as I rush to finish in time for the big family Christmas celebration taking place on December 23rd, make sure to check back and see my progress.

Also check out our website for a more comprehensive accounting of the Twachtman Family Christmas shennanigans!!! http://www.sterlinghutchinson.com/Christmas.html