New Year Movie Dates for Those Who Plan to Stay at Home
If you’re planning to stay indoors on New Year‘s Eve but would like to still experience the fun and excitement of waiting for the clock to strike 12, then your best option is to watch movies. Not just any movie, though, but masterpieces that can help you ring in the New Year!
To help you decide which New Year movie to watch, we’ve come up with our own list. Take your pick from the masterpieces below:
1. When Harry Met Sally. This is probably the most famous New Year movie of all time. It’s a romantic comedy that anybody can relate to. It’s about friendship and love, and how the two can sometimes get mixed up and the results are not what you expect them to be. This endearing classic stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, who play Harry and Sally respectively. Friends for years, the two try to find an answer to the question “Is it possible for a man and woman to become really close friends and not have (or think about) sex with each other?”
This 1999 Nora Ephron classic is rated 91% by Rotten Tomatoes and 7.6% (out of 10) by IMDB.
2. About A Boy. One of the best movies of Hugh Grant, this comedy-drama film is an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel of the same title. You’ll love getting to know the two main boys in the movie – Grant’s Will and 12-year old Marcus (played by a young Nicholas Hoult). Will is what you would call “immature” or even “uninspired”. Since his father left him quite a lot of money (courtesy of a hit Christmas song), he treats life as a leisurely walk in the park. But that us only until he meets Marcus, the son of a friend’s friend. With Marcus in his life, Will is forced to find a deeper meaning for his existence.
Rotten Tomatoes gave About A Boy a 93% rating. Additionally, Grant received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film.
3. New Year’s Eve. This movie did not get five star reviews and a fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, but in my book, it is a good movie to watch on New Year’s Eve because it is fun and so full of the holiday spirit.
The movie brings together an all-star cast that includes Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfieffer, Hilary Swank, and Halle Berry, among others. It tells of different short stories that all take place on New Year’s Eve, when just about everybody is busy preparing for the big Times Square New Year event. Among other characters, there’s a terminally sick father who has not seen his daughter for years; two couples trying to race each other in giving birth to the first New Year baby in return for a bonus; a delivery man who helps a newly-unemployed secretary fulfill her New Year’s resolutions (something like a bucket list); and a New Year’s Eve hater who gets stuck in an elevator with an aspiring singer.
This is a movie that will make you laugh while also tugging at your heart strings. Not an Oscar or Golden Globe material, but definitely one that has feelings.
4. Cary Grant’s Holiday is also perfect for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day viewing. The story of Johnny Case (Grant’s character) is something that can happen to anybody.
Case falls in love with Julia Seton and soon decides to marry her. Conflicts arise when he learns that Julia comes from a wealthy family, especially since he is every inch a self-made man. Then things begin to get more confusing as he meets Julia’s sister Linda, who is actually more fun to be with since she is more open-minded about people and things. Linda is played by the late Katharine Hepburn.
Holiday is a movie that will make you think twice about your relationships and how you value them.
5. Finally, there’s the story of Bridget Jones and her determination to turn herself into a person in order to meet men and find the partner destined for her. Bridget gets pumped up after meeting a suitor in unfortunate circumstances on New Year’s Eve. Bridget Jones’s Diary is a simple movie with a simple story – one that you will find fun and definitely entertaining!
Experiencing Bridget’s story will make you want to create a better version of yourself —- something that you should be doing on New Year’s Eve..
Well, there you are! A list of interesting choices for your New Year’s Eve movie marathon…
Happy New Year, everyone!…and Happy Viewing!!!!
New Year: Celebrating It the Right Way
Ever since mankind learned how to party, we have been chasing that perfect New Year’s Eve celebration. I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but that perfect New Year’s Eve party that you’ve been looking for every year is a myth. There is no such thing as a universally perfect New Year’s celebration. It is only as perfect and memorable as you want it to be. So stop chasing the white rabbit down the hole and start thinking about what is important to you as the New Year comes along.
You could be spending your New Year’s at Time Square and watch the ball drop from the One Time Square building as it counts down to the New Year, or you can stay at a rich friend’s house in Beverly Hills and celebrate the New Year there. But it will still not be the perfect celebration that you have always wanted if you are not surrounded by the people you love and care about. Keep in mind that celebrating the New Year is all about new beginnings and new resolutions. It just wouldn’t be complete if you can’t share it with your closest friends and family.
To prepare an awesome and inspiring New Year celebration, you need to make sure that everyone who is important to you is available for the party.
Call them up in advance and invite them to your little gathering. Obviously, moms and dads who are in the military won’t be able to attend the party, but don’t let that ruin the mood. The kids can always Skype with their dad (or mom), who’s serving in other parts of the world, during the party to make the celebration more complete. After all, what’s the use of all the advancements in social media if you can’t take advantage of it during such times, right?
Once the guest list is set, you need to think about the theme of your party. What kind of a New Year celebration do you want? Ask for suggestions from your family members and friends. Do they want a Chinese themed New Year celebration, a Filipino style New Year’s Eve, or the traditional American way of celebrating the New Year’s? Chinese New Year celebrations are loud and usually involve firecrackers to ward off evil spirits and bad luck to make sure that everyone faces the New Year with a clean slate.
The Filipino way of celebrating the New Year, on the other hand, is more family oriented and has a lot to do with food. Families feast on traditional home cooked meals as a way of getting acquainted with the New Year. Then, there will most likely be singing, dancing, and of course, drinking. Children, even the small ones, will be awakened before midnight so they can celebrate with the adults. And long after midnight, some kids will still be up and about playing with other kids. As an American kid who has celebrated New Year’s once in the Philippines, I can tell you that it was one of the most memorable New Year celebrations I’ve ever had.
So wherever you are this coming New Year’s Eve, always remember that all you need to make your celebration more memorable is your family and friends. Whether you’re spending New Year’s Eve with them in Time Square or in the comfort of your own home, it is their presence that makes the moment memorable; not the location, or the food, or the band that’s playing. And even though there are some of us who can’t make it home for the New Year’s, especially the men and women in the military serving abroad, just a short email, video message, or call to your loved ones in the armed forces will certainly make their celebration extremely meaningful and memorable.
Christmas is just around the corner.
For people looking to earn some extra cash for the holidays, selling Christmas-themed items and crafts online is a viable plan. From gift ideas to holiday themed decorations, you’ll never know where your next profitable pet project will come from.
Individuals who have excellent crafting skills can definitely benefit from the extra consumer demands during the Christmas holidays. Custom-made Christmas tree ornaments and other unique themed home decorations are bestsellers during this time of year. And all you need is time, a small capital, the appropriate crafting materials and tools, and a good marketing strategy to effectively get your products to the people who want them.
If you are truly committed to the idea of selling Christmas themed stuff online as a way to supplement the increasing expenses every time the gift-giving season grows near, the first thing you need to consider is the type of product you want to sell. Once you figure it out, everything will be relatively easier so long as you commit and devote your heart in the project.As a craft enthusiast and a potential entrepreneur, you will need to spend money in order to earn money. You have to set aside a few dollars for materials and, if you don’t already have it, crafting tools. You don’t need to spend a lot for the materials; you could just dish out enough for a few sample products. And once the orders start pouring in, you can then go out and purchase more materials.
Time is another aspect that you’ll need to invest in to make this financial venture work. Spare a few hours of your day to make the products that you are going to sell. If the project requires a significant amount of time to complete, you can encourage your family members to chip in to make the production effort more efficient. This could be a good family activity/project – especially for the Christmas holidays – and the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your kids and spouse.
In the world of business management, marketing is among the more challenging aspects in the field; even more so if you are still trying to establish your brand. Now, I know that we are not talking about multi-million dollar business ventures here; it’s just something to help with the Christmas expenses. However, like any type of business, whether big or small, introducing your products to the consumers is essential. Luckily, these days, the Internet can take care of most of the marketing fundamentals that were considered quite tricky before the onset of online media.
Social networking sites and other forms of social media can make a huge difference when it comes to marketing specific products. Your Facebook friends, for instance, can be your initial customers. What about your email contacts? You can do your own email marketing scheme by sending product information emails to some of your acquaintances and closest friends. Email marketing is a popular strategy used by many of today’s most successful online marketers.
Additionally, you can also let your kids bring some of your crafts to school to show off to their classmates and teachers. You never know who’s going to come calling to buy several of your products (especially items they can give as Christmas gifts)!
Coupled with determination and the passion to succeed, all these tips will help you fulfill your goal of earning extra income for the Christmas holidays. Before you know it, you will have earned enough profit to treat your family and loved ones to a more-than-decent Christmas vacation.
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Christmas Special: Tips for Becoming Productive During the Holidays
The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year. For many, however, it is also the most expensive season of all! As soon as the Thanksgiving rush settles, people start to get the holiday fever. Christmas trees and decors are taken out, and thousands begin trooping to the stores to get their gift shopping early. It is no wonder then that a lot of people find their pockets drained and empty long before Christmas Eve.If you work at home or run a home business, you can earn extra income for additional expenses during the Christmas holidays. You won’t need to shell out more money, or to start another business. All that you need to do is work harder in order to profit more. You will need to increase productivity.
To help you figure out what you should do, here are three important tips for becoming extra productive during the Christmas holidays.
Tip number ONE:Being productive is easy if you work in an area that is off limits to anybody else in the house. If you do not have one yet, find a corner or a room in your house that’s comfortable, safe, and private. Once you identify that area as your own, let each member of the family know that it is the one room in the house that is yours and yours alone. If anybody needs something from you, he or she should get your permission first before entering the room. It may sound a bit cruel to you, but this is one of the best ways to be productive. Your home workspace should be just as sacred as your old office or boardroom. Tip number TWO”
Following a schedule may not be your cup of tea, especially if you want to be as flexible as you can when working at home. But having and sticking to one is essential if increased productivity is your goal. List all the important things that you need to accomplish every day, and check each one off as you finish them. Knowing that you have a daily timeframe will help you become more efficient in all your tasks. If you finish everything according to schedule, you will have more time for yourself and your family. Thus, you still stick to the flexibility aspect of your business.
Tip number THREE:
If you think that you have too many things to do but so little time, maybe you should think about hiring someone to work for you. No, he or she does not need to set up an area in your home office; you can work with each other online. Or you can ask him or her to report to you twice a week. It depends on what agreement is most viable to you. The important thing is that you outsource the extra work that you won’t be able to get your hands on. Don’t try to be superhero, because doing so will only endanger your business. You will need to spend some for your worker’s salary, but the pay off will be more than what you can imagine.
These tips may sound elementary to you, but trust me, they really work! If you have the determination, perseverance, dedication, and hunger for success, you’ll get double (or triple) profits for your home business in no time! I guarantee you; that will be the best Christmas gift you can give your family!
Start being productive now and enjoy your Christmas holidays!
Family Time at Christmas
The holidays provide an excellent opportunity for family bonding. With family members, relatives, and some of your closest friends coming over for family gatherings, this coming holiday season is a perfect time to get re-acquainted with loved ones who are either working or going to school away from home. For a typical working class family, where both parents are working, celebrating the season through fun family activities, games, and even outings, can only strengthen your family’s relationship with each other – not to mention establishing family traditions that everyone will most certainly cherish forever.
Believe it or not, activities that encourage the participation of every member of the family are slowly losing its allure to video game consoles, iPads, and other self absorbing electronic gadgets. Don’t get me wrong; fiddling with an iPad or playing with a Sony PSP is fun, but it does not allow the individual to interact with the people around him. In fact, it’s quite sad that some kids in their early teens are slowly becoming a recluse to their own family because of such devices. Isn’t being an adolescent teen hard enough?
These days, it’s hard to get close with your own kids without having to deal with them playing too much video games or planting their faces in front of computers and smart phones, tweeting about mom and dad revoking their Internet privileges. Keep in mind that this scenario frequently happens all year, which is why making a conscious effort to engage in fun family activities this coming holiday season is the best time to re-establish memorable holiday traditions.
Of all the holidays in a year, Christmas is probably one of the most family-oriented. During this period, most traditional families spend quality time picking out their Christmas tree and taking it home for a nice make over. It may not sound as enjoyable as playing Angry Birds on your iPad, but most of us would probably agree that during our childhood years, trimming and decorating the family Christmas tree was undeniably one of the most memorable family activities. Apart from opening Christmas presents, of course.When I was younger, setting up the Christmas signaled the start of the holidays. Of course, to a 10-year-old like me, Christmas also meant awesome gifts and mouthwatering goodies. It did not dawn on me at the time, but placing Christmas ornaments on a six-foot tree was one of the best moments with my parents and siblings. This is actually one of the traditions that I have eloquently shared with my own family.
Singing Christmas carols with the entire family is another longstanding tradition that has slowly diminished in the recent years. Family caroling can be a fun holiday activity. You can go around the neighborhood singing to your neighbors and showcasing your family’s hidden talents, very much like the Von Trapps in “The Sound of Music”.
On the other hand, if you prefer indoor activities for the family, you can try cooking or baking. The girls can help mom prepare the ingredients for that delicious family recipe, while you and the boys man the grill.
Any home activity that requires the participation of the entire family is perfect. It does not have to be elaborate or prestigious. Just remember that the point of all this is to cherish and enjoy the moment with your loved ones. Even if the activity is as simple as preparing sandwiches for the family picnic, it will be special because you are doing it with the people you care about.
Holidays…the best times for families and friends to get together and exchange gifts, share heartfelt season’s greetings, and drink eggnog.
Unfortunately though, this is also the time where household expenses can blow holes in a working man’s wallet and put credit cards on fire. With the addition of gifts, clothing, and Christmas decorations, utility bills could potential go up as well, because of rows upon rows of Christmas lights that will be used to light the tree and the front porch. Simply put, celebrating the holidays can be rather expensive, especially for a nominal income family just trying to make ends meet.
So what can a work at home dad do to earn extra cash for the coming holiday season? Apart from your main source of home based income, there are things you can do in order to earn enough money to buy gifts, Christmas decorations, or even a decent vacation package for the entire family. Whether you are an online marketer, a professional blogger, or a content writer, there are part time home based jobs you can try out that may bring in a few extra bucks, just enough for you and your family to enjoy the coming holidays without having to pawn jewelry or get a loan with outrageously high interest rates.
One of the most common ways for earning quick cash for the holidays is to offer services that are in demand during this time of the year. For instance, since some families go on a vacation during the holidays; you can check and see if one of your neighbors is planning a family trip and you can perhaps offer to house sit for them. If you are good with electronics and electrical wiring installation, then maybe you can offer to install your neighbor’s Christmas lights and other holiday decorations that require skilled work. This way, you can earn a few extra cash while your neighbors can save on costly fees that normally come with hiring professionals.Another good way to boost income during the Christmas season is to find part time online work. If you already have a full-time online job, then landing an additional part time work online should not be that difficult. In fact, many content writers often make extra cash by writing articles for different clients that only have a per-article work to offer. If your home based job follows regular work hours, then maybe you can put in some overtime – just make it a point to check with your employer first, to make sure that you will be paid for all the extra work.
Finally, having more than enough cash for the holidays does not always mean that you will have to find additional work or an alternative source of income.
Sometimes, what you earn is already enough; you just have to keep a close eye on what you’re spending your money on. This means getting rid of unnecessary expenses. More often than not, we spend a lot of money on things that we don’t really need. If you cut down on unnecessary spending, by the time the holiday season comes along, you will have enough money saved for presents, decorations, and maybe even a nice family trip down south for a warm and sunny holiday vacation; or up north for that nostalgic white Christmas.
It’s no surprise most business owners, entrepreneurs, marketers, salespeople, and self-employed professionals haven’t heard of these unconventional persuasion tactics before.