Top 10 Christmas Movies

Top 10 Christmas Movies according to a girl who loves Jesus, Theatre, and Tim Allen. So take it for what it’s worth.

1. The Santa Clause

Because Tim Allen. And literally everything else about this movie.

2. White Christmas

Because Bing Crosby. Mama didn’t raise no fool.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version fo sho)

Because all I ever wanted was to be a who on Whoville, holding hands and singing around the Christmas tree. I also wonder where Christmas is sometimes.

4. Home Alone

Because all I ever wanted was an adventure of this epic magnitude.

5. All of those stop-motion clay animation TV shorts.(Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town)   

Because those animations filled my heart with joy and warmed my soul. And I know they did the same for you, let’s be real.

6. Jingle All the Way

Because this is Arnold’s best acting. Clearly. And because of Turboman. And because of the extent in which you can get emotionally involved in this film. I get stressed just thinking about it.

7. Elf

Because Francisco is fun to say.

8. The Polar Express 

Because it’s ALMOST as good as the book. My kindergarden self can’t get enough of this story. All you have to do is believe, guys!

9. Kerry Swanson’s favorite Christmas movie. 🙂

Cause I forgot #9 and he called me out. Good ol’ Mortar Board Prez for the win.

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas 

Because of the peanuts gang have life figured out. Truly. “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”

Have such a beautiful Christmas!


Emily the “Jesus Freak”

This Advent, I’m bringing light to the darkness in my life and, hopefully, to the lives of those around me.


It’s time to make a change.

I’ve been surprisingly scared to post this next video… But, as I (and MJ) stated above, it’s about time I make a change… and take my own advice, to kick fear in the face.

Many of my friends are still completely FREAKED OUT that I’m working as a FOCUS missionary this year. They don’t understand and there is no reason they should. I’ve never fully, truthfully, explained why I’ve taken a complete 180 towards the big JC (Jesus Christ, guys).

Welp. Here it is. My life in 20 minutes, a testimony I would later share again with over 400 people at an event that marks one of the best days of my life and the closet I’ve ever felt to God.

We can all make a change to better ourselves and the lives of those around us. Maybe that means plugging the meter for the car next to yours. Maybe it means being honest with the people you love. Maybe it means finally standing up for what you believe in.

For me, it means being real. For the first time in my life, this actress is learning how to be real. Real with myself, with the people around me, with my students, and with God.

Real life.

Please feel free to share this video if you think it will help someone who feels lost. When I was far away from everything that made sense, all I needed was one person to let me know I wasn’t alone and it wasn’t too late.

To end, feel free to call me a Jesus Freak and/or a Drama Geek…

Cause ya nailed it. In fact, I’ll do you one better.

I’m more than geeky for drama. I’m going to do it as a career.

And I’m more than freaky for Jesus. I love Him.