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Joyeux Noël!

Alexandra Ardelean

Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. Today, I want to share with you my favorite Christmas movies and the money lessons I've learned from them. I would love to hear your favorite Christmas movies and the money lessons you've learned from them in the comments below.

But first, let me tell you about a game that would make a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list. It's called Taffle. Taffle is a category game that is perfect for family game night, parties, or just hanging out with friends. It's suitable for ages 12 and up, so it's great for teens and adults. To play Taffle, you draw a card with a category on it, like "Things You Do at the Beach" or "Famous Landmarks." Then, you have 30 seconds to come up with as many things that fit that category as you can. It's fast-paced and fun, and it's a great way to create memories with your family and friends. You can find Taffle at Walmart, so pick up a copy today and get ready to have some fun!

Now, let's get into my favorite Christmas movies and the money lessons I've learned from them.

Film préféré #1: "Les vacances de Noël"

I absolutely love "Christmas Vacation." It's one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies, and I watch it every year without fail. There are so many hilarious moments in this movie, but there's also a great money lesson in there too.

In "Christmas Vacation," Clark Griswold is expecting a big holiday bonus from work, and he has big plans for how he's going to spend it. He starts spending the money before he even has it in his hands, and he gets himself into all kinds of trouble because of it.

The lesson here is simple: don't spend money you don't have. This is something that a lot of people struggle with, especially around the holidays when there are so many tempting things to buy. But it's important to remember that until the money is actually in your bank account, it's not yours to spend.

I've definitely been guilty of this in the past, especially when I was working on commission income. I would get a big check one month and immediately start making plans for how I was going to spend it. But then the next month would come around, and I wouldn't make as much money, and I'd be left scrambling to cover my bills.

That's why it's so important to have a budget and stick to it. If you're not sure where to start with budgeting, I highly recommend checking out EveryDollar. It's a great tool for creating a budget that works for you and helps you stay on track with your spending.

Film préféré #2: "Elf"

"Elf" est un autre de mes films de Noël préférés.

One of the things I love most about "Elf" is how innocent and lovable Buddy is. He has such a childlike wonder about him, and he truly believes in the magic of Christmas. It's impossible not to smile when you watch him running around New York City in his elf costume, spreading joy wherever he goes.

But there's also an important money lesson in "Elf." In the movie, Buddy gets caught up in all of the holiday advertising and ends up buying way more gifts than he can afford. He thinks that spending a lot of money on expensive presents will make people happy, but he quickly learns that thoughtful gifts are much more meaningful than expensive ones.

This is something that a lot of people struggle with during the holidays. We're bombarded with ads telling us that we need to buy this or that in order to have a perfect Christmas, and it can be really easy to get caught up in the hype and overspend.

But the truth is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to show people that you care about them. In fact, some of the best gifts are the ones that don't cost anything at all - like spending quality time together or doing something nice for someone else.

So this holiday season, don't fall for the advertising hype. Instead of focusing on buying expensive gifts, focus on spending time with your loved ones and creating meaningful memories together. That's what Christmas is really all about.

Favorite Movie #3: "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"

"Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" is another classic Christmas movie that I love watching every year. It's just as funny and heartwarming as the first "Home Alone" movie, and it never fails to put me in the holiday spirit.

There's one scene in "Home Alone 2" that always makes me laugh - but it also serves as an important reminder about being responsible with your money.

In this scene, Kevin McCallister checks into a fancy hotel using his dad's credit card without permission (which is definitely not something I condone). He proceeds to live it up at the hotel - ordering room service, renting movies, and even getting his own limo - all on his dad's dime.

But then things take a turn when Kevin tries to use his dad's credit card at Duncan's Toy Chest (a fictional toy store) and it gets declined because it has been reported stolen (by Kevin himself). Chaos ensues as Kevin tries to escape from the store while being chased by Harry and Marv (the Wet Bandits), who are now posing as police officers.

While this scene is obviously exaggerated for comedic effect (and probably wouldn't happen in real life), there is still an important lesson here about being responsible with your credit cards (and debit cards too).

It can be really easy to overspend during the holidays - especially when you're using credit cards or debit cards instead of cash. But overspending can lead to all kinds of problems down the road - like high interest charges on your credit card balance or overdraft fees on your bank account.

That's why it's so important to keep track of your transactions and make sure you're not spending more than you can afford. One great way to do this is by using EveryDollar - which allows you to link your bank accounts so you can see all of your transactions in one place.

By keeping an eye on your spending throughout the holiday season (and beyond), you can avoid getting into financial trouble like poor Kevin McCallister did when he got his dad's credit card reported stolen.

Film préféré #4: "Le Père Noël"

"The Santa Clause" is another one of my favorite Christmas movies - both because it's hilarious and heartwarming, but also because it has some great lessons about family and responsibility.

Au cas où vous ne seriez pas familier avec "Le Père Noël", voici un résumé rapide: Tim Allen joue Scott Calvin, un père divorcé qui cause accidentellement la chute du Père Noël de son toit la veille de Noël.

There are so many funny moments in this movie - like when Scott starts gaining weight inexplicably or when he tries to explain his new job as Santa Claus to his ex-wife (who understandably thinks he's lost his mind).

But there are also some great lessons about responsibility - especially when it comes to overcommitting yourself during the holidays.

One scene that always makes me laugh (but also makes me cringe) is when Scott decides he wants to make an elaborate Christmas dinner for his son Charlie (who still believes in Santa Claus) before they go back home after their unexpected trip to the North Pole.

Scott goes all out trying to make everything perfect - from roasting an enormous turkey (that barely fits in his oven) to making homemade cranberry sauce from scratch (which ends up exploding all over his kitchen). He even tries to make chocolate mousse for dessert using cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips because he doesn't have any chocolate chips on hand (which does not end well).

As someone who loves cooking (and eating), I can definitely relate to wanting everything to be perfect when hosting a holiday meal or party. But trying to do too much can lead to unnecessary stress - which is exactly what happens to poor Scott Calvin as he struggles to get everything done before Charlie wakes up from his nap.

This scene serves as an important reminder about not overcommitting yourself during the holidays - whether that means taking on too much at work or trying to do too much at home. It's okay if everything isn't perfect - what matters most is spending quality time with your loved ones and creating happy memories together.

So this holiday season, don't stress yourself out trying to make everything perfect. Instead, focus on enjoying yourself and making meaningful connections with those around you - just like Scott eventually does with Charlie by taking him out for Chinese food after their disastrous attempt at making dinner together.

Film préféré n°5 : "Le Grinch"

"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" has been one of my favorite movies since I was little girl! The story teaches us so many valuable lessons about kindness, generosity, forgiveness...and yes...even personal finance!

In case you're not familiar with "How The Grinch Stole Christmas," here’s a quick summary: The Grinch hates Christmas because he feels like everyone else loves it too much! So he decides that if he can't enjoy Christmas...then no one else should either! He devises an evil plan where he dresses up as Santa Claus...sneaks into Whoville...and steals all their presents!

But despite stealing everything...the Whos still celebrate Christmas! They sing songs...they hold hands...they eat roast beast...and they have fun together! And seeing this makes The Grinch realize that maybe...just maybe...Christmas isn’t about presents after all!

Une de mes répliques préférées de ce film vient à la fin quand le Grinch dit:

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store…maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Cette ligne nous rappelle que nous ne devrions pas mesurer notre bonheur par la quantité de choses que nous avons! Au lieu de cela... nous devrions nous concentrer sur la construction de relations solides avec nos amis et les membres de notre famille! Parce que ces relations sont ce qui compte vraiment!

Et en parlant de relations... Je veux que vous sachiez combien je vous apprécie !

I hope YOU have an amazing holiday season filled with joy & laughter! And remember...the best gift YOU can give someone else doesn’t come from a store…it comes from YOUR heart!