Christmas in July Blogathon 2021 Wrap-Up

Hello, friends!

Thank you for checking out the eighth annual Christmas in July Blogathon. Here is the list of entries if you missed any of them:

Take 3: Holly and Ivy Review (Sally)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (SG)
Arthur Christmas (Allie)
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (Rob)
6 Memorable Christmas Foods in Movies (Kim)
Jingle All the Way

And of course, what you are most interested in. Here is the full guest list to our holiday party:

That’s the wrap! I’d like to give a big thank you to all the participants this year, as well as another thank you to anyone who commented, liked, or read any of the entries.

The blogathon might be over but that is not the end of the festivities! In a few days, I will be celebrating my blogiversary. For the blogathon, I reviewed one of my Christmas guilty pleasures and for my blogiversary celebration, I will be reviewing three films from a guilty pleasure franchise of mine. Check back tomorrow to see which it is!

Until next time, cheers!

6 Memorable Christmas Foods in Movies: Christmas in July Blogathon 2021

Merry Christmas in July, friends!

Today’s holiday has two entries today. The first comes from no stranger to blogathons around these parts. I am of course talking about Kim from Tranquil Dreams, my Ultimate Decades Blogathon co-host. Kim reviews multiple genres of films and television series, specializing in Asian cinema and series. She also has a love of food, having several features relating to cooking on her site. For her entry for the 2021 Christmas in July Blogathon combines that love for food and another favorite of hers, making lists, for a unique list of memorable Christmas foods in movies.


Christmas in July Blogathon is here again! Coincidentally, Montreal just went through a heat wave and as deconfinement is actually happening while still living in the pandemic, Christmas seems almost hopeful to think that maybe this year it will have some form of normalcy…like seeing the family in person for a meal. With that said, there’s nothing like sharing a quick list on Christmas Foods in Movies. As someone who loves to talk about food and eat, this seems like a perfect chance to share some quick thoughts on some fun moments, after all, food in movies is fun to talk about. Of course, these are my choices from my limited memory and film viewing history, if you have any of your own, you can share them in the comments!

Christmas Feast – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Let’s start off a little mild! Harry Potter isn’t a Christmas movie but from what I remember, Christmas is a pretty big event at Hogwarts, further emphasized later on in the film franchise in the Goblet of Fire when they have Christmas and Yule Ball together. However, the Christmas feast that they have in the first year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is pretty epic as it shows the incredible amount of different foods they get.

Maple Syrup Pasta – Elf (2003)

It’s really hard to imagine that Elf was released almost 20 years ago. Buddy is one odd character but while others focus on Santa, this film focuses on a Human growing up as an Elf and sharing Elf habits with the human world aka other people. Nothing like watching Buddy pour sweet stuff over his food whether its his maple syrup pasta or even the breakfast scene where he makes this sugar bomb breakfast pasta that actually looked pretty gross. I just wonder whether children who watched this tried selling to their parents that they “stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup”.

Hot Chocolate – Polar Express

Polar Express is a super fun movie full of music and great animation and seeing a million versions of Tom Hanks in various roles. Perhaps what makes it a ton of fun is the roller coaster ride that the kids go through and it all starts on the train. Now, hot chocolate in Christmas movies or movies with winter scenes or even movies with Christmas celebrations is fairly plentiful. I actually went through a few choices before thinking this being a Christmas film felt more suitable. A close second being the hot chocolate in The Holiday but I wasn’t sure how popular of a scene that was seeing as that film never gets talked about enough. BUT, we’re here to talk about The Polar Express and that wonderful Hot Chocolate musical number as the waiters waltz in and pull off a dance number while serving hot chocolate to the kids on the train. How magical!

Elsie’s Eggnog – While You Were Sleeping (1995)

I’m not sure whether While You Were Sleeping is popular or not as a Christmas movie choice. For myself, it is one that I watch quite a bit for the holidays. It’s a sweet little romantic comedy set during Christmas with some great family moments. One of the best moments of the film is the Christmas family meeting together. While the eggnog is mostly mentioned a lot in the scene about how strong it is and not exactly shown, I’ve always wondered what it tastes like.

Gingerbread Cookies – Krampus (2015)

Krampus honestly doesn’t get enough recognition as a Christmas movie. Sure, it’s kind of alternate Christmas since it’s a horror comedy but it has a ton of Christmas elements and its set during Christmas. I know this is kind of an odd choice seeing as the gingerbread cookies is alive and trying to attack everyone with staple guns and even fire isn’t enough to slow it down. Plus, they look downright creepy. While I might not want to eat them while they are alive and murderous, gingerbread cookies are pretty awesome.

Roast Beast – How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The original How The Grinch Stole Christmas is the Christmas movies of Christmas movies in my opinion. It’s short and sweet. The narrator is fantastic and the movie is reading out a Dr. Seuss book with all creative words and rhymes. The music is great. I never give up a chance to share how much I love it. It also brings up a bunch of imaginary food that I’ve always wondered as a kid until now what it would be like as an equivalent to real food, from Who Hash to the final scene with the epic Roast Beast. What is a roast beast, right? Is it some kind of boneless poultry or some type of ham? I never figured out what it is and I’m sure you’re probably not meant to since Dr. Seuss is all about his imagination but then, I can’t help to wonder what Who Beast tastes like.

That’s it for this food list from mostly Christmas movies. It’s really only the tip of the iceberg and I’m sure there’s a lot more other choices as I had a few other ones as well.

A huge thanks to Drew for putting together another fantastic Christmas in July Blogathon!

As for my guest, I’d love to invite Jackson Wang, an ex-GOT7 member, founder of record label Team Wang and all around rapper, singer and dancer from Hong Kong.


Great to have you for this blogathon again, Kim! My mouth is watering now after all this talk about food. 😋

Later today, I wrap up the eighth annual Christmas in July Blogathon with a classic 90s Christmas film.

Until next time, cheers!

It Happened on Fifth Avenue: Christmas in July Blogathon 2021

Hello, friends!

We’re almost done with the eighth annual Christmas in July Blogathon. But before we can finish, it wouldn’t be a Christmas in July Blogathon without Rob from MovieRob! If you don’t know Rob, where have you been?! Rob has reviewed literally thousands of films on his blog. With that kind of catalog, you are going to find something to like on his site. Also, Rob has a new podcast – The Great Escape Minute! The Great Escape Minute Podcast can be found at thegreatescapeminute.com. Follow the Podcast on Twitter, @GreatEscapeMxM, join its Facebook Group, The Cooler, or contact them via email at thegreatminute@gmail.com. But for this blogathon, Rob is reviewing It Happened on Fifth Avenue. The stage is yours, Rob.


“The essence of big business, gentlemen, is never put one worry ahead of another.” – Aloysius T. McKeever

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two homeless men occupy the deserted home of a millionaire while he spends the winter down south.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it while seeking out a movie to watch for this blogathon that I’ve participated in ever since its inception.

I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this film was and that has much to do with the way that they develop these characters in such fun and unique ways.

The film has such a great message that rings true throughout and the way that many of the characters masquerade as members of different class system.

The cast is great and help keep things so enjoyable along the way due to the way they all act throughout.

The chemistry between these characters is amazing to watch and the way that things play out is great to watch.

This film was directed by Roy Del Ruth and he does a wonderful job with this inspirational story, but I was disappointed to hear that Frank Capra originally planned to make this film but decided to make It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) instead.

It’s too bad that he couldn’t save this for his next project afterwards because this kind of story is right up his alley.

The Christmas scene definitely stands out here and helps make the story even more poignant to watch due to the theme sand message of the story which stand out so boldly throughout the film but especially during that scene.

The film does a nice job blending in comedy and romance into the story in a very plausible way.

The dialogue is superb and helps move things along in a very powerful way.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first production of Allied Artists Pictures, the “A” picture division of Monogram Pictures. The film went thirty percent over budget. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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As for who Rob is inviting to our party, he is inviting the smart, the talented, the lovely Natalie Portman.

Thanks for joining in as always, Rob!

Tomorrow has two entries for the blogathon, the first coming from my Ultimate Decades Blogathon partner in crime.

Until next time, cheers!