Saturday, December 3, 2011

Reverb Day 3 Magic of the Holidays

I decided to "cheat" and take on December 3rd Reverb while I have the opportunity.

I also have access to Twitter tonight, so I just did a search on the hashtag #Reverb11, and randomly picked a reverb for the day.
This was from: Melanie's Day 2 Reverb, that I am using for my Day 3.

Day 2: How Do You Recapture the Magic of the Holidays?

I work in a big box retailer.  Christmas was put up in the store November 1.  We are inudnanted with the Christmas "stuff" for two months.
The Salvation Army volunteers were out in front of the big box retailer, ringing in the day before Thanksgiving.

It's tough to maintain a Christmas spirit in this atmosphere.

But some  years are better than others.  I had decided around mid November, that I would try and adopt some more recent popular culture Christmas traditions.  By this, I mean TV shows and movies.

My Christmas TV shows, that I watch and consider "My Christmas Memories" ends in 1974.  That's the most modern Christmas show I watch.
This would be "The Year Without a Santa Claus" and my favorite brothers,the Miser Brothers:

So my earlier Christmas TV memories were based around just a few specials:
Frosty The Snow Man (1969)
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

And of course, the best special, Peanuts in "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

Who could not love Charlie Brown, and his pathetic Christmas tree?  Snoopy, and his award winning decorated doghouse?
And Linus, and his speech what Christmas is all about:

So this year, I endeavor to come into the 21st century. Venture past 1975, and watch some modern and some classic Christmas specials I haven't seen in a long time.

Two classics I want to revisit:
"The Little Drummer Boy" (1968) This was a favorite of mine. But then, it seemed like it disappeared off the TV, probably due to the 'religous' nature.  I have this on a VHS tape, so I think it's  time to rewatch it. And maybe not cry when the little  lamb dies.

My other Christmas favorite (also owned on VHS tape) is, "It's A Wonderful Life."  I LOVE this movie. I don't think I even need to watch it, as I can almost remember every line, verbatim.  Back in the 80's, I think I watched it for one week straight, as it was on  every single channel.

So then, what is my foray into the modern world?

I'm going to watch "A Christmas Story."

Yes, I have never seen "A Christmas Story." Yes, I realize people in 3rd world countries have seen this. Yes, I do know it was filmed in Cleveland and I even know where the house in Tremont is.
And I even know all about the movie, the BB gun, the tongue, and shooting out your eye. But I have never seen the movie.
So perhaps this is the year.

The second movie, is "Elf".  I've heard this is quite amusing, and it seems to be on normal TV channels quite a bit, so that is my way to gain some more Magic of the holidays!

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