I’m sure I’m not the only one whose family gets a little too involved in the holidays. We’re naturally really competitive people, so it should be no surprise that what started as a friendly family activity during the holidays has grown into a competitive battle each year. This year, I’m looking forward to diffusing the tension by seeing a movie together this Christmas—Daddy’s Home looks hilarious. Seeing this movie together guarantees we’ll spend time laughing, not bickering. With my family, we’re sure to be quoting it for days, and Daddy’s Home looks particularly quote-able.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at the trailer.
Like the characters is this movie, our family is pretty hiliarious and a bit competitive also. But it’s not board games, sports, or talk of politics that brings out our competitive sides—it’s our annual pie contest. Years ago it was just a few simple pies and some friendly judging, but over the years it has grown into a full-fledged showdown in the kitchen. Whoever happens to be visiting for Christmas makes their best pie, and we judge them all in different categories. The most envied prize is “Best Overall Pie”, which gets the baker’s name on the plaque that hangs year round in the kitchen. People prepare for the contest for months and there is some serious competition.
Over the years, we’ve had quite the collection of “friendly” quarrels, baking disasters, and delicious pies. One of the most memorable experiences was early in our marriage, when my husband and I thought it would be a good idea to invite his family to compete alongside my family in the pie contest. I don’t think we adequately prepared my in-laws for the trash talking that would take place, and they were a little shocked with our kitchen “insults” (that are all in good fun, of course). After a little intervention and explanation, we could get on our way and enjoy a feast of pies. They even recovered enough to give the pie contest another try a few years later.
It’s time, people: Christmas is on the horizon. That means it is now perfectly socially acceptable to start watching holiday movies.What’s the holidays without a little family time, anyway? That’s why I’m so excited for another one of our family’s traditions—seeing a movie together on Christmas Day.
This year, we’re looking forward to see Daddy’s Home, which opens in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. We can hardly ever agree on a movie, but this has something for everyone—a hilarious plot about a stepdad battling for his spot in the home (my brother will love that), Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg (for my husband and mom, of course), and a good family message (my choice). I think we’ve got all the ingredients to avoid another Christmas tradition squabble.
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