This past Friday was Black Friday. I’m not a big shopper and the thought of even having to go to the grocery store on Black Friday made my skin crawl. So I settled in for what was going to be an entire day of binge-watching my latest obsession, Outlander. Sadly, I never hit play on smokin’ hot Jamie (Outlander character); he didn’t even have a chance. Instead I got dragged into the depths of The Hallmark’s Channel Christmas movie marathon. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but one, very predictable Christmas movie snowballed and took over my entire day.
I woke up on Saturday morning inspired by the dueling pastry chef’s in a small town. As the story goes, there is only room for only one chef. They fall in love because they almost kiss and are interrupted, but can’t be together. Then an angel or the Christmas spirit brings them together so that they have no other choice than to share one single kiss under the mistletoe. (Seriously, every movie is the same. Give me a holiday movie that ends like ‘Closer’, Hallmark.)
This Christmas Hallmark baking movie made me believe in true love, small town living, and holiday miracles. Ok, it didn’t, BUT it did get the wheels turning for Carlin’s Correspondence Holiday Campaign.
As a kid, I dug advent calendars. I liked opening the little door to get the candy, picture, or toy and count that sucker down. The type A in me also appreciated that you had to be patient. It sucked, but it was usually worth it. So in the spirit of the holidays and because I have not sent out Christmas cards in approx. ten years, I unveil your Holiday Mixtape titled ‘First Lobster: A Christmas Countdown’.
Every day for the next 24 days, as we countdown to Christmas, we will add a song to your holiday playlist and a personalized holiday card to go with it. I know the holidays can be tough on folks for a variety of reasons. By the time Jan 1 rolls around I’m usually emotionally exhausted, stressed, and more Scrooge-y than when I started (and I’m Scrooge-y). This mixtape will hopefully keep you dancing, boost your holiday spirit, make you laugh, and let you be a little sad (if you want to – totally allowed). It will allow you to keep your sanity as you navigate awkward family gatherings, dull office parties, and when you curl up on the couch with a bottle of champagne and find yourself drunk and crying after a predictable Hallmark Christmas movie.
P.S. No lobsters were harmed in the making of this mixtape.