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Another one of those days where I didn't want to get out of bed. Another front blew in last night, I didn't sleep good because the dh went out with his band....I'm not ready for Christmas, but I'm ready for Christmas break!

The night before last, we watched The Year Without a Santa Claus. (Remember, my son is 16. He rolled his eyes all the way through.) I love the Heat Miser and Snow Miser scenes. The rest I could do without. But we were explaining to this child, who has had VCRs and now Tivo his whole life, what a big deal it used to be when the specials would come on.

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Rudolph, Charlie Brown, The Little Drummer Boy...now THAT was appointment TV, because if you missed it, you didn't see it for another year!

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There was one, though, that I remember. We just HAPPENED to see it on Christmas Eve when we were eating dinner when I was a kid. It was called The Night the Animals Talked. I've seen it once since, and have only ever met one person who saw it. Have you seen it?

Other than that, my favorite is The Grinch, the cartoon. I can recite it, because the ds watched it so much as a kid.

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What's your favorite Christmas special?

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8 comments:

Kelly Boyce said...

The grinch (the cartoon, not movie) and Charlie Brown's Christmas are my favorite. But every Christmas Eve I stay home in front of the fire and watch Love Actually on DVD. Althought his year I'm doing a double feature of Love Actually and The Holiday.

Trish Milburn said...

I've not seen The Night the Animals Talked, never heard of it. I like those old black-and-white classic holiday movies like Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life.

Jennifer Shirk said...

LOVE The Year Without a Santa, Rudolph, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and It's a Wonderful Life.

Boy, it's been ages since I saw The Little Drummer Boy! I guessed I missed it again. :)

Natalie Damschroder said...

The original Miracle on 34th Street is probably my favorite. I don't know if I ever watched IAWL all the way through. And the cartoon and stop-motion favorites creep me out now.

My kids got a complete set of Charlie Brown holiday videos a few years ago, and never really watched them much. It makes me sad, on the one hand, to lose that tradition of, as you said, REAL appointment TV. But looking at some of the shows, they don't necessarily send the messages I want my kids to have.

For example, one of the Patriots sportswriters went on a rant on a recent podcast about the Nazi-like actions and attitudes in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and I was like, "Yikes! He's right!" Even just the simple idea that it's okay to make fun of someone if you apologize when you need him to help you is horrible!

MaryF said...

I need to see Love Actually again. I don't remember the Christmas part ;) I'm with you on the Grinch cartoon!

Yeah, Trish, NO ONE'S ever heard of that show, except one teacher I used to work with. I'm not crazy about the old movies, sadly. I've been watching new ones, but have found no classics among them ;)

Jennifer, I didn't see Drummer Boy this year....I wonder if it's not been on yet?

Natalie, you're right about the messages - Rudolph was made in 1964, and going to look for Rudolph was "Man's Work." Yeesh.

Tracy Montoya said...

Appointment TV was awesome at Christmas. I was just thanking my Dad for what had to be a major effort to let us know when those specials were on. We watched them EVERY year, and I'm sure it would have been easy for our parents to "forget" they were on so they didn't have to sit through them again. I just Tivoed It's a Wonderful Life and am looking forward to watching it this weekend. Our community had a Grinch party last night, and they put the cartoon Grinch on this big outdoor screen (only in Florida). The girls loved it, and to tell you the truth, so did Jose and me. I love Charlie Brown, too. (We have the DVDs now.)

Tracy Montoya said...

Oh! Do you remember The House Without a Christmas Tree? That was my absolute favorite. I need to see if it's on DVD. I never saw the Night the Animals Talked.

MaryF said...

Tracy, after reading your post, I thanked my mom for making the shows such a big deal. She loved them as much as we did, though.

The Grinch party sounds AWESOME!

I remember The House Without a Christmas Tree. I read the book till it fell apart, too!

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