'Tis the Season for Binging on Everything... Including Netflix

I think this is my favourite part of the festive season. The hurry scurry of shopping and wrapping is done, the excitement of Santa and gift exchanging has died down, the seasonal visiting is almost at an end, yet we are still in full-on holiday mode. There's no work or school on the horizon just yet and we have all the excuses in the world to just stay home and enjoy all the lovely things Christmas has brought us.
Can't take her eyes off the screen to pull a cracker...
We're having lazy mornings where the kids go downstairs by themselves to forage for cereal and watch their favorites on Netflix (I love that they're finally marginally self-sufficient!) and I'm staying up way too late binging on my own favourites... and lots of treats, in the evening.

Lile and Sábha are currently obsessed with The Book of Life and, although it's more appropriate for Halloween than Christmas, they have watched it at least five times in the last week! Sábha is also in love with the Beethoven movies. She loves dogs, so I put on Beethoven's Christmas Adventure when she was home sick a few weeks ago and she adored it and wants to watch it all the time now. She branched out yesterday and gave Beethoven's Big Break a look and has given that a thumbs up too.

They are also enjoying season two of Beat Bugs, season two of Mia and Me and are watching Luna Petunia right now as I type. It is keeping them very quiet so I assume they are enjoying that too!

My current favourites are The OA - which is just brilliant television and has me completely hooked. This Netflix Original begins with a missing blind girl in her twenties, Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), who comes home to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven years missing with the FBI or her parents. Her story unravels as she tells it to the unlikely group of confidants she has enlisted to help her and it's really quite a story! Check out the trailer and I'm sure you'll be just as intrigued as I was.

Devo and I have also started watching Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Another Netflix Original which actually has some similar themes to The OA and proves that my penchant for dark, weird things hasn't waned in the slightest... BUT at least there is plenty of light relief in this one. Check out the trailer here and see if you can figure out what the hell is going on - because I certainly can't yet!

It's not all doom and gloom around here though. I'm also looking forward to 90's classic, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air being added to Netflix. On 31st December all 6 seasons will become available for Irish members and it will be the perfect binge for New Year's day.

I also have Minimalism: A Documentary added to my watch-list. The excesses of December always leave me craving simplicity and I'm hoping this will inspire a fresh approach to the New Year. This documentary features people who are dedicated to rejecting the mindset that 'things bring happiness'  and show the virtue of less is more. This year Devo and I bought concert tickets for each other for Christmas rather than 'stuff' in an effort to have more experiences rather than more clutter in our lives. Santa also kept things very simple for the girls. It actually feels really good not to have to find a home for lots of things that might only gather dust. We are far from minimalists but definitely on-board with the less is more philosophy!

As the long winter evenings continue into January and February I'm sure I'll be adding to my watch-list. So, what are you watching? I'd love your recommendations!

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team I received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV box in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews. All opinions are my own and I am not being paid to give them. I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.


  1. We watched Minimalism the other night. We've been making a big effort lately to get rid of a lot of unnecessary stuff so it was very interesting. Not quite so sure about the 'huggers' though.

    1. I've been slowly getting rid of stuff over the past year. I don't think I'll ever be a real minimalist what with my love of craft stuff and books and my lethal stationery habit... but I do love a clear surface or two ;) I'm intrigued with what the huggers might be...


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