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12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 11 Classic Christmas Books {Eleventh Day}

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According to recent research by the Pew Research Center:

“[Y]oung adults – those ages 18 to 29 – are more likely than their elders to have read a book in the past 12 months. Fully 80% of young adults read a book, compared with 71% of those ages 30 to 49, 68% of those 50 to 64 and 69% of those 65 and older.”

This holiday season, let’s improve on those statistics. You probably have at least one of these classic Christmas books in your home right now. If not, go get one or more of them from the library or the bookstore. Gather the family. Kids. Mom and Dad. Grandpa and Grandma.

And read. Together. It’s one of the best ways to develop strong family bonds. Combine that with embracing the nostalgia of the season (which also strengthens personal connections and bolsters positive thinking), and you have the makings for a most magical, memorable, merry Christmas.

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12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 9 Christmas Movies and a New Way to Think About Them {Ninth Day}

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Everyone and their dog has made a list like this.  And they have done so, year after year, after year. Just Google “top holiday movies” or “top Christmas movies.”

Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

See? Dozens and dozens of lists just like this one.  Some have 10 movies.  Some 25 or 50. Some have 100.

I dunno . . . seems like a “Top 100 Christmas Movies” list would cover just about every Christmas movie you could possibly want to watch. One wonders what kind of horribleness your Christmas movie has to be to not make a top 100 list . . .

In any event, you may be asking yourself: why should I read another Christmas movie list? What could The Nostalgia Diaries possibly add to the conversation?

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12 Days of Christmas: 8 Holiday GIFs {Eighth Day}

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I’ll be the first to admit my love of GIFs, the soundless animated images that seem to have taken the social media world by storm. From Twitter to Facebook to Tumblr, they’re everywhere.

Heck, even the newest OS on the iPhone gives you the ability to text an animated GIF for those times when words and emoticons and emojis just can’t communicate your feelings quite right. It was just a few weeks ago that I discovered this feature on my phone, and when I did, I spent the better part of my evening texting back and forth with a friend, one GIF after another, laughing to myself. (I’ll also admit I don’t have much of a social life.)

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12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 6 Ugly Christmas Sweaters {Sixth Day}

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According to uglychristmassweater.com, one of the likely reasons ugly Christmas sweaters has risen to great popularity in recent years is nostalgia:

“Ugly Christmas sweaters have that vintage Christmas appeal.  They remind many of us of the days when Christmas meant going to bed so Santa could bring those presents and waking up with an anticipation we would rarely if ever experience otherwise.  In other words, it reminds of what Christmas was before it was merely the Super Bowl of business transactions.”

For a long time, finding ugly sweaters meant raiding your Grandmother Mildred’s closet or Uncle Clyde’s dresser drawers. No ugly sweaters in the family? No problem. A trip to Goodwill or the Salvation Army or other second-hand stores could net you a pretty sweet ugly cardigan, v-neck, or pullover. Now, ugly sweaters are big business, with shops popping up all over the internet and every big and small national and local clothing store looking to capitalize on the ugly sweater craze.

Today, instead of having to search for vintage ugly sweaters (or make your own), companies like Tipsy Elves manufacture and sell intentionally-ugly sweaters (and other outrageous Christmas attire), and the offerings are legion. Ugly sweaters actually have become part of the “Super Bowl of business transactions” and ugly Christmas sweater parties—now a staple of the holiday season—drive the sales of these dreadful duds. Not only do families and friends gather to show off their ghastly garments, but bars and other businesses sponsor contests and award cash and prizes for the worst-of-the-worst ugly sweater fashions.

The bottom line is that ugly sweaters provide impetus for friends and family to gather together, enjoy each other’s company, and provide plenty of fodder for laughter and the making of nostalgic memories-to-be. And anything that promotes a connection with loved ones is something we are happy to recommend here at The Nostalgia Diaries.

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