Monday, December 8, 2008

Therapy & Barbie.

Are y'all wrappers? I love to wrap Christmas gifts. I mean really wrap...I only use the occasional gift bag and that's simply when an item is all funky-shaped or is so large it requires an entire roll of paper. I ain't wasting my carefully selected and color-coordinated wrapping paper, folks.

So I wrap. I get all comfy cozy in my pajamas, pop in a Christmas DVD, have my coffee within reach, and spend hours making my gifts look fabulous. It's truly therapy for me. It's not a chore, nor do I begrudge having to do it. I look forward to several marathon gift wrapping sessions each December.

On Saturday, while the snow fell, I sat on the floor and wrapped--in my pajamas!--for about 5 hours. I laughed my way through my 146th viewing of Christmas Vacation, ("That there's an RV!"), Miracle On 34th Street (I still cry when Santa speaks to the little Dutch girl in her familiar language--and then they sing together! Oh, it gets me every time!), and one of my all-time favorite movies ever, White Christmas. I adore Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney is one of the greatest vocalists in the history of recorded sound.

But my favorite part of White Christmas? Fawning over Vera-Ellen's Barbie-ish figure and glorious dancing abilities. Seriously, was her waist even 17-inches? When I was a little girl I realized Vera-Ellen was the closest thing I'd ever seen to a human being having Barbie's enviable figure...long, slender-but-shapely legs, that minuscule waist, perky boobs, and blonde hair. She. Rocks. My. World.

For those of you unfamiliar (and why are you unfamiliar with White Christmas, may I ask? It's stinking magnificent, people!), you must watch this short clip:

Oh wow, could she ever tear up the dance floor! I love watching this. It makes me feel so good about myself...while I wrap...with the snow blanketing my world...in my jammies...watching Christmas movies...and real, live Barbie dolls. Vintage Barbie, at that. Seriously y'all, it's therapy at its finest.

Good times.

45 comments:

Trish said...

Ummmm, so, well..........










I've never seen White Christmas.










Do you still love me?

And I'm kind of wondering how those twigs that she has for legs actually hold her up?

I think I'll try wrapping this year.............I need therapy.

dancinginthemargins said...

I need those yellow shoes. Every time I watch this scene I'm so jealous.

Blissful Babe said...

How can you not have seen White Christmas?????? It's a flippin classic! Heck, I watched it BEFORE Thanksgiving! I *heart* that movie so.

I, too, love wrapping. It IS therapy.

I think we might be Christmas twins, perhaps. :p

Wrap on, muh sistah!

Swirl Girl said...

I love this movie!

but wrapping is not my strong suit...I opt for bags or decorative boxes...

ugagirl30 said...

My favorite scene is the dance outside of the "club" where the guys meet the girls. You know the one. But I still wonder every time I see it how they (strangers) knew the move the other was going to make. But I love it anyway. And I am very jealous of her waist and perky boobs and skinny legs.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Confession: Never saw movie before. But I did put it on my list last week after someone else had raved about it too. The dancing scene is awesome, I'm happy I was able to hear it this morning before getting ready for work.

Well, your therapy sounds awesome girl. I'm almost jealous where I want therapy, of that kind!! We wrap too, but not for 5 hours. You need to take a picture of your presents!!!!

heathersister said...

How does she do that in those shoes? Really?

Sounds like a darn good Saturday to me!

Heather said...

That sounds heavenly.

I spent my Saturday shopping in the snow. And eating lunch at White Castle's, the only place that wasn't packed (there's a reason for that).

I would have liked to be wrapping. I'll be doing that tomorrow, while the kids are at school. I can't put them out, though, 'cause Gabe thinks he can open them. So does the dog. And the kitten.

My favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life". I cry every single time.

Heather said...

You need to go look at my weekend post. You'll appreciate it.

OH, and I love love love White Christmas. Love it.

Amy said...

KUDOS to you for wrapping, I hate to wrap, and I do gift bags...for everything.

Caroline said...

I need to watch White Christmas. I don't think I've ever seen the whole thing through.

And I'm with Trish - how did her little legs not snap in half doing all those moves.

And I think he's the one with the 17 inch waist, hers is probably 10 inches around.

Divine Chaos said...

I love love love White Christmas, but It's a Wonderful Life is my all-time favorite :-) ... and I hate wrapping. Love buying presents, love seeing them under the tree, but I hate wrapping them. It probably has something to do with the kid and the menagerie that's constantly running through the wrapping paper ;)

Robin said...

I had never seen White Christmas until last weekend. I caught it on Lifetime and it's now a favorite. I love the end scene. I teared up at the General.

As for wrapping, it makes me need therapy. I never cut it right or cut too much, and don't get me started on tape!!

Denise said...

I love White Christmas and Christmas Vacation. I also love to wrap but find it difficult to find kidless time to do it. Can you believe I've never seen Its a Wonderful Life? How can that be? How have I gone through life without seeing it?

Brandy said...

Can we not talk about wrapping? I haven't even started. You can always come to my house and wrap in your jammies. I promise to put anything you want on tv.

Actually I set up a table behind the couch, in front of the tv and wrap in front of the tube too. But I don't love it nearly as much as you do. By the 200th gift, I'm so over it.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Should I be surprised you LOVE White Christmas? I guess not, since I absolutely ADORE that movie. My ringtone for my sister is a part of the "Sister's" song from WC...

Rosemary.. seriously.. that voice... oh my gosh. NOBODY sings like that anymore.

And Bing's eyes... so sleepy and.. okay, i'm gonna say it... sexy.

OH -and the dresses that Vera Ellen & Rosemary wear in the last scene. If I had the boy for it, THAT would be what I would wear for a wedding dress... alas... I think maybe my upper arm MIGHT be 17 inches... and not in a good way...

Have you ever seen Holiday Inn? that's another great Bing one.

Kat said...

I'm covering my head in shame. I've never seen White Christmas. I'll put it in my queue right now so calm down :-)

And Vera - those legs go all the way to her neck...wow!

I love to wrap. And I get amused when I go to a friend of mine's house. And all her gifts under the tree have the exact same paper. She uses one roll till it's done, and then gets out a new roll :-)

Mama Dawg said...

Never seen White Christmas or Miracle on 34th street or any of those.

I tend to stick with A Christmas Story and others that make me laugh.

I'm just not sentimental.

We are wrappers in our family as well. I loathe gift bags.

Elena said...

I've only seen bits and pieces of White Christmas. I know, I know, I need to watch the whole thing. But my oh my, I've never seen legs that long before. She TOTALLY looks like a Barbie, all the way down to those pop on yellow shoes. Wow!

Shannon said...

Whew! Glad I'm not the only one who has not seen this movie... now I won't be singled out.

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Kim said...

White Christmas...yes, one of my all time faves also! Of course, I also like Christmas in Connecticut. And yes, you are definitely a gift wrapper. Your gifts are always beautiful!

CaraBee said...

I had a crush on Danny Kaye when I was a girl after I saw Hans Christian Andersen. I know, super weird. But I've loved him ever since and White Christmas is a CLASSIC. Bing Crosby's voice is so soothing. Those old musicals are just the best.

Kristina P. said...

I'm actually a bagger. I do like the way wrapped boxes look, but I'm sort of lazy. Although, I did have personalized wrapping paper made last year. That was awesome.

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

I think I'd be that skinny too, if I had to do that routine more than once.

That or dead.

Probably dead.

I've always been a "White Christmas" purist. Once I found out that the song came from Holiday Inn, and then this movie was made to capitalize on the song's popularity, I stuck my nose in the air and refused to watch it.

Yes, I know I was a snob. I'll try to make up for it by watching this year.

But you'll have to pry my gift bags out of my cold, dead hands.

Britt said...

I've never seen White Christmas
This is the first I've heard of White Christmas.

You are always opening my eyes to wonderful things on this blog of yours =-)

As for gift wrapping? I love the IDEA of wrapping gifts. I love the feeling of wrapping gifts. I love the vision in my head of the wrapped gift. I feel all domestic and Christmasy as I wrap ..

But the reality?

I use more tape than paper.

Which, I hear, is the wrong way to do it?

Good thing my husband is an amazing gift wrapper .. he's even been known to re-wrap gifts for me because I bungled the job so bad.

Tiffany said...

I love wrapping! And I HAVE to wrap presents as soon as I get them home...I don't know why, but I do.

I spent about two hours wrapping and watching the Polar Express last night. It was awesome!

Rhea said...

I love dance numbers like that in the movies. LOVE em.

I'm an ok wrapper. It's the ribbons and extra crap that I have trouble with.

Jen said...

Oh I would love to dance like that. I would love to dance period with out falling flat on my face a spraining my ankle.
I have not seen this movie but I think that I am going to but it on the Netflix right now.

Melissa said...

So refresing not to see her hiney when she twirls.

I don't think I had legs that skinny when I was in-utero. It's all in the DNA baby.

KimmyJ said...

Nevuh seen it...Must rent it. I want those legs for Christmas. I LOVE wrapping gifts too!

Amy said...

Good Lord, if I'm not first thing in a morning I think I'll get lost in all the comment love. :)
I love to wrap too. Although I have barely bought a Christmas gift yet. Had to get through the birthday extravaganza first!
Secondly, I'm embarrassed to say, I don't think I have ever seen A White Christmas.
I will try and watch, you know how I trust you!

Mama Kat said...

I will be wrapping all of my gifts in MY apron this year. That's just how I roll.

Kimberly said...

I can watch 'It's A Wonderful Life" a thousand times, and I never get sick of it.

Even black and white, I still love that movie. It gets me every time.

And somehow, this year, it doesn't seem any different than 2008.

2008 is the new 1929?

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

OOhhh - I love to wrap! It is therapy. And Christmas movies - Oh yes I love them so!!

TheRightWife said...

My grandmother was always the amazing gift wrapper in my family. I enjoy wrapping in theory, but I can never make mine look quite so lovely as my grandmother used to. Something to work towards, I suppose :)

I LOVED THE CLIP!! I'll have to send you a link of my favorite dance seen ever from 1941!

Becky said...

I admit I have never watched this movie, but it will go on my to do list!

It is a miracle that girl had the strength to dance! She was a twig!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

God giveth that girl legs.

April said...

Oh how I love to wrap!!!! I can't wait to get started....I have about 20 new rolls of Sally Foster wrapping paper!

Mrs de Miranda said...

i really love to wrap too, though im not good at it. I also LOVE xmas movies...and music...and just xmas in general! its wonderful!

Jenni Jiggety said...

White Christmas and Holiday Inn are my favorite Christmas movies EVER!

Carrie said...

Pretty much anything with Danny Kaye is top-rated in my book! My husband 100% does.not.get the whole Danny Kaye thing. He's dumb...

Sara said...

omg one of my holiday faves. made my husband sit through it last year and what do ya know? he LIKED it. because it's cinema gold. duh.

Vicki said...

Yeah, I've tried the tapping scene and I just cannot make my foot tap that fast. What do you think she was on? ;)

This is Du's favorite Christmas movie. I just can't get over this line: "I want to wash my hair in snow." I bust out every time and ruin any kind of Christmas mood that might be building. Oh, and why don't Bing and Rosemary just talk to each other instead of having that meddling bitty get in the way of their romance!?!?

themoonisdown said...

oh em gee. i think we may be soul mates separated at birth and by a continent.

first meet me in st louis and now white christmas... if bring out a star is born, frank sinatra or anything gene kelly i'll lose my mind from glee.