The Best Christmas Movies To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

The Best Christmas Movies To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
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So, it’s November 1st, which means Halloween is officially over.

For some people, this simply means it’s time to take down the Halloween decorations, prepare for Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it), and buy some candy that is now 50% off.

For others, it’s officially the appropriate time to start celebrating the holiday season.

If you think it’s way too early to be in the holiday spirit, that’s perfectly fine. However, if you’re not one of those people, here are Christmas movies to get you in the holiday spirit and to kick off the season. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I’ve included holiday-themed tv show episodes to get you in the holiday spirit as well!

Christmas Movies To Get You In The Holiday Spirit:

1. A Christmas Story

This one is a classic. For my family, it's even a tradition to watch A Christmas Story on Christmas day. You simply can't have a Christmas movie bucket list without this film.

2. The Polar Express

Enjoy some hot chocolate and listen closely for the jingle of sleigh bells.

3. Home Alone

Self explanatory, really. This film is a classic.

4. The Santa Clause

In a series of three movies, nothing beats the original. In this movie, Scott Calvin, Tim Allen, is faced with not only the challenge of being a recently divorced father, he must also take on the responsibilities of Father Christmas.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a cult classic film and takes on two holidays in its premise; even when the Halloween season ends, the film can be watched right up to Christmas!

6. Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas

You’re never too old for cartoons, and this one tugs right on the 2-sizes-too-small heartstrings.

However, if cartoons aren’t really your thing, there’s always the live action version with Jim Carey.

7. Elf

What would a list of Christmas movies be without the inclusion of Elf? Hilarious, heartwarming, and perfect for the holidays.

8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Pour some eggnog and join the Griswolds for your Christmas vacation.

9. Disney’s A Christmas Carol

The recent animation remains faithful to the plot of the original story - a Christmas classic.

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Every Christmas tree is a good Christmas tree, as long as there’s a little bit of love.

11. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was one of my absolute favorites as a kid, and remains to be one of my favorites to this day. You can’t go wrong with this timeless film.

12. It’s A Wonderful Life

If you’re looking for an older style film, this 1940s Christmas classic, fantasy comedy-drama is for you.

13. Love Actually

Personally, as of now, I haven’t seen Love Actually. However, those who have seen the film absolutely love it, and therefore I felt I must include it in this list!

14. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

You can never have too many Home Alone’s.

15. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Watch the origin story of Chris Cringle in this animated film, and how Santa Claus came to be.


If You Don’t Celebrate Christmas:

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Fall and Thanksgiving-food filled. Perfect for November!

2. Even Stevens: “Heck of A Hanukkah"

Relive your childhood through this holiday-themed episode of a Disney Channel original!

3. Friends: “The One with the Football”/”The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks”

Friends and the holidays, what could be better?

4. The Office: “Dinner Party”

Okay, so it’s not a Thanksgiving episode. But, it does revolve around eating a big dinner - and an awkward one at that. Fans of The Office have no greater insight to the toxicity of Michael and Jan’s relationship than in this episode.

5. Modern Family: “Three Turkeys"

Modern Family involves awkward hilarity on the norm; the holiday season only makes it better!

6. South Park: “Black Friday”

Because there’s no greater irony than spending a day of giving thanks, only to be followed by the hectic day of sales that is Black Friday.

7. Friends: “The Holiday Armadillo”

Ross tries to instill the importance of Hanukkah in his son, Ben; though his method of dressing up as the lovable “Holiday Armadillo” may not be the best method.

8. The Prince Of Egypt

If you’re more religious, this animated Disney movie explores the story of Moses and his realization as the prophet to lead members of the Jewish community out of slavery in Egypt.

This concludes the list of holiday movies (and t.v. shows) to get you in the spirit of the season! Enjoy!

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Turning your barn into a livable shed for your guests

If you ever wanted to turn your backyard barn into a livable area for your guests, then continue reading.
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If you ever wanted to turn your backyard barn into a livable area for your guests, then continue reading.

There are several reasons why you may want to do this. Maybe your home is too small to accommodate guests, or you have visitors coming over who need privacy (sometimes, too much closeness can be overwhelming).

It could also be for your kids to have some time camping out of the house. After all, every parent needs some breathing space from the kids once in a while. You could also use it as a place for working on projects away from the distractions of the home.

Whatever your reasons, here are 8 tips courtesy of shed building experts at Wide Span Sheds for converting your barn into a livable shed.

  1. Seal up holes and cracks –

It wouldn’t do for you or your guests to receive unwanted visitors such as roaches, squirrels and snakes while living in the shed. Your first port of call therefore should be to seal up all the cracks and holes you can find.

Sealing up cracks and holes also help prevent heat from going out and moisture from coming in. This is a small task that you can probably finish up in one day. If your shed is worn out or have rickety walls, you may need to have the walls replaced or shored up. You have to make the place as comfortable as you can for whoever will stay there.

2. Allow more natural light –

Depending on the size of the existing windows, you may need to install an alternative source for natural light. A good idea is to install a skylight in roof of the shed. This usually involves cutting out a part of the roof and fixing either a fixed glass or Perspex. You can also put up a movable window which can be opened to allow in fresh air. A skylight brightens up the shed and makes it more livable and comfortable.

If you are working on your shed during the rains, ensure that you fix the skylight properly to prevent water from dripping inside.

3. Install electricity –

Electricity is a basic necessity and you may need to install it in your shed to make it more comfortable. Even if you’re expecting outdoorsy visitors who enjoy the outdoors and natural light; at the very least, it can be used to charge phones, laptops and other devices. You or your visitors can also use it to power a small camp television set or stereo for entertainment.

You actually need overhead lights for reading and writing, as well as outdoor lights for evening activities. Electric lights in and around the shed is also an important security measure. Lighting your isolated shed prevents intruders and strangers from lurking around.

4. Add windows –

Sheds are usually built to serve as storage, so they may not come with windows. If your shed does not have a window, then you absolutely need to install some, at the very least, two. Without windows, the shed will be musky and unpleasant. Two windows positioned across from each other will allow for proper ventilation and good natural light. For most people, this is a simple enough task, but others may need to get an expert to handle this or every part of the project.

5. Give life to your shed with a new coat of paint –

Colours give life to anything, and your shed is no different. Regardless of how good your shed currently looks, a new coat of paint inside and outside would do a world of good. Since most sheds are tiny, this aspect will take only a small amount of time to complete.

You can choose a colour scheme that complements the main house, or you can go with a unique scheme if the shed is some distance from your home. Your colour choice however should be warm and welcoming.

6. Put in some basic furniture –

Unless you plan on spending your whole time in the shed on the floor, you need to put in some basic furniture. The type of furniture will be determined by the size of the shed and the purpose it is being refitted for. However, items like a chair or two, a table, a lamp stand, a couch or a bed are basic requirements. Some of these items can be gotten cheap from second hand goods store, or you can raid your basement for furniture you no longer use. Alternatively, you can build some of these items by hand, if you are comfortable getting your hands dirty and know a thing or two about building furniture.

7. Put in plumbing

Plumbing may be necessary if you intend to have a toilet or bath area in or around the shed. For sheds that are close to the main house, this may not be necessary. However, if you decide you need plumbing, setting up one will not be too difficult. You can simply install a rudimentary shower system. For the toilet, a simple portable toilet can serve, or you can go with a pre-fab toilet, like those used in motor homes and campers. Once you have your pipes in place, you can easily tap water from the main house source.

8. Personalize your shed and make it welcoming

Finally, after putting everything in place, you need to make the shed welcoming. Maybe add a few personal touches like your favorite foot rug, a couple of picture frames, a potted plant or even some basic amenities like a small TV set. Another way you can make your livable shed welcoming is to ensure that it is free from insects, bugs and mosquitoes. Nothing frustrates a sound sleep as much as insect infestation. It will be a good idea if you can fumigate inside and around the shed before your guests arrive.


There you have it, eight simple steps you can take to convert your barn into a livable shed. Not only is this a very easy project, it is also quite low cost. Once you are done transforming your shed, you will have the perfect place to keep visitors, and a ready getaway for a bit of quiet time.

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