Dear Diary,


Friday night is movie night at my sister’s house.  It’s a tradition I would like to start someday with my daughter.  This week, my sister selected the title instead of her children who are typically tasked with that job.  When it rained a few days ago, she told her two boys in her best wicked witch voice, “I’m melting. I’m melting!”  The famous quote went  right over their heads and over their umbrellas.  They stared back in silence, so she decided it was time to rent The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz.  I too would like to share the classics–wow, am I old enough to refer to childhood movies as classic?–with my little one, especially during the holidays.  I am anxiously awaiting the 24-hour Christmas Story marathon on TBS and looking forward to curling up on the couch and pumping up the fireplace.  Here’s my top titles for the holidays that I’m hoping Baby C will give two thumbs up when she’s old enough to watch alongside her mommy.


A Christmas Story 




Home Alone




Deck the Halls




Miracle on 34th Street

Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, and Maureen O'Hara in a scene from MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, 1947.



The Muppet Christmas Carole 




The Polar Express 




A Charlie Brown Christmas 




Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer




Frosty the Snowman 




Hey DFTM members–What holiday hit would you add to the list?




About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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