Holiday Movie Marathon Ideas

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Christmas break is here, and it’s the perfect time to cozy up on the couch with your favorite snacks and enjoy some holiday classics. Light up the Christmas tree, fire up the fireplace, and snuggle up with your warmest blanket for a holiday movie marathon (see some of our favorites below). But first, you’ll need some snacks. Whether you are marathoning solo, or making it a group event, you’ll need some grub to get you to the snow-covered finish line. Here are a few recommendations …


Pumpkin Seed Party Mix

Ingredients:

2 cups pumpkin seeds, shelled

2 cups small shredded wheat cereal squares

1 cup pretzel sticks, broken

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  • Toss the pumpkin seeds, cereal and pretzels with the melted butter until the dry ingredients are well coated. Stir in the garlic, cumin, Worcestershire sauce and salt.
  • Spread the mix evenly onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. It’s ready when the pumpkin seeds begin to pop and you can smell the garlic.
  • Allow to cool completely before eating or storing.


Popcorn Balls

Ingredients:

3 quarts popcorn

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup corn syrup

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

  • First, pop about 3 quarts of popcorn. Then start making the syrup, which will give the popcorn balls great flavor and holds all the corn together.
  • In a large saucepan combine the sugar with the corn syrup, and add water, butter and salt over medium high heat. Now, cook this stirring constantly until all of the sugar has dissolved. Next, stop stirring and let it continue to cook until it reaches a temperature of 270 degrees or until the syrup forms a ball when dropped into cold water. Then add the vanilla for a little added flavor.
  • Just pour this syrup over the 3 quarts of salted popped corn and mix it together. Grease your hands with butter and shape them into balls. Once you pour the syrup in you need to work fast because it will harden.

Everyone has their favorite holiday films, but if you need a few recommendation we suggest you begin with…

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Elf

Comment below with your own favorite holiday films and snacks!

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