If quoting movies were a recognized language, my whole family would be considered bi-lingual. We quote movie lines to each other constantly! Christmas movies are our all time favorite movies to quote, especially Home Alone I & II. In fact, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know the line “Merry Christmas you filthy animal…and a Happy New Year!”
Another ritual in our family is a little tradition we call Cousin Christmas. My cousin Jill, my sister and I take one evening the week before Christmas to exchange gifts with each other and we always get each other a special ornament. I had a hard time finding a good ornament this year so instead, I made my own…. inspired by a favorite movie quote… from Home Alone II!
I swear, I’m not doing a paid advertisement for Michaels but I found these little porcelain Christmas trees in their clearance section for less than $1. I grabbed those up and knew exactly what I was going to do with them. I printed out the movie line that we have repeated to each other a hundred times, if not more, and the date to commemorate our 2011 Cousin Christmas. I tried printing it several different ways but finally landed on white lettering on a black background.
I put down a light coat of Mod Podge, pasted the letters down and set them aside to dry. Then I realized I put some of the words on backwards, had to peel them up, reapply the Mod Podge, and let them dry once again. I do things like this on a regular basis.
They dried in less than an hour and they were perfect! Total cost for both ornaments was less than $3 but worth so much more!