Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Holiday flicks

I’ve been having fun the last couple of days, fun sorting through our holiday DVD and tape collection. There are some real gems. “Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas,” “The Wonder Years” Christmas shows, the famous “I Love Lucy” Santa episode, and some two-hour movies that you can’t find on DVD today, like “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” with Hal Holbrook, Eva Marie Saint, Peter Gallagher, and a young Courtney Cox. Then there are the series episodes—Northern Exposure’s “Seoul Mates” and My So-Called Life “So-Called Angels” as favorites. Both series, incredibly, are more than 10 years old. There’s also a “Buffy” holiday episode—I haven’t seen it yet but just moved it to the top of my Netflix queue.

Sappy as it is, watching these makes me happy, and it’s part of my holiday ritual. Every year I seem to add one or two things to the collection. This year, I found a DVD of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Also, “Christmas in Connecticut” finally came out on DVD this year, which means I don’t have to worry about wearing out my old VHS version.

Favorites? I love “White Christmas,” and also “The Christmas Story,” a.k.a., “The Tongue Show” (so-named by my kids years ago for its scene where a kid sticks his tongue to a frozen metal pole in the school yard). Also “A Christmas Without Snow” and the holiday “Little House” shows. And “Muppet Family Christmas.” And “The Snowman.” Okay, I’ll stop.

Your turn now. What are your favorite holiday shows? Do share, please.

The Solstice approaches—winter begins tomorrow morning at 10:35 a.m. here on the Pacific coast. The Grey School’s solstice newspaper published today, and it’s full of solstice lore and interesting goodies. If you’re interested in checking out a copy, you can download it from this page.

6 comments:

Erin Pez said...

HEY! HEY! UNTO YOU A CHILD IS BORN! (Guess what I watched yesterday)?

But muh-om, whyee did you forget to put in the Charlie Brown Christmas? Or did I just overlook it...

Other than that, you covered all of my favorites, excpet for "The Muppet Christmas Carol"

loves,
me

DJ said...

WOW I GET TO POST AFTER A POODLE, I'M SO HONOURED!! IN THE PRESENCE OF POODLES... JUST GONNA WISH YOU A HAPPY SOLSTICE!

PEACE LOVE AND BLESSINGS, ALWAYS IN ALL WAYS.
DJ

Rebecca said...

Two of my favorites for the holidays are Christmas Vacation and Trading Places.

Happy Solstice! See you in a few days.

Katie said...

I just watched White Christmas! They actually played it in a theatre here and I SO wanted to go but I couldn't make it, so I watched it on my poodlish DVD instead. Also have watched Christmas Story and The Snowman (duh) this season, although I no longer associate Snowman with Christmas as much as with the first snowfall here, which is usually in October : )

Katie said...

It's funny cause I sometimes post messages on this TV fan site on E! because it always has good Lost and Gilmore stuff, and I started a thread -- "what's your favorite Christmas episode of a TV show?" -- or something to that effect. I wrote:

- The Simpsons when Homer wins Santa's Little Helper at the race track
- The Northern Exposure with the raven pageant
- Season 1 OC Christmas show
- The Wonder Years when Winnie gives Kevin the four-leaf clover
- Gilmore Girls season 1 when Lorelai is uninvited to the family dinner - then Richard gets rushed to the hospital.
- My So-Called Life with the mysterious homeless girl/singer/angel??

So far, 40 OTHER people have replied! To see what they said, go to:

http://www.eonline.com/Insider/Boards/thread.jspa?threadID=8718&tstart=0

Moonwriter said...

Oops, forgot Charlie Brown. Duh!

My friend Amanda is coming over today to make bread. A great way to celebrate the Solstice! Expect a post later.

Rebecca-- can't wait!

Katie-- really cool on the E-site!