The decision by a radio station that seasonally plays Christmas music to “flip the switch” and begin spreading the Yuletide cheer must be a difficult one. Flip the switch too soon and you risk offending your listeners with a barrage of songs they do not yet want to hear. Flip it too late, all the Christmas-philes out there might already have gotten their fix somewhere else.
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With Christmas only a week away, I’ve started to notice the beginning of the annual marathon of Christmas movies that will go on until the 25th. Over the past few days, as I watched personal favorites like “A Christmas Story” for the 300th time, I have started to ask myself what makes for a classic Christmas movie.
What is it about the Christmas season that makes one so nostalgic? Seems like all I can do these days is sit around and think about the old days. Sometimes, those thoughts bring back joy and sometimes, well, not so much. But one such thought left me pondering the state of cartoons.
I am making a list and checking it twice and no, it has nothing to do with Christmas presents. I have finished with my Christmas shopping. Now I am on to planning my New Year’s Eve feast. Yes, I said feast. I am ready to let 2014 go.
Twice in the past week, my two-year-old coonhound Skeeter has exploited a fissure in the fence I built him and taken a Christmas vacation of his own.
Finally, last night, I got to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” for the first time this season. After watching Christmas movies since the day after Halloween, I was really ready. I know every generation has to have their new holiday movies, and the world would get tired of watching the same old stuff over and over again, but some of the stuff that has flooded the television airways this past season has been a terrible imitation of the Frank Capra classsic.
One of my favorite quotes from the TV show, “The Office,” goes like this:
While I enjoy it just as much as the next person, sometimes I don’t understand the love affair some people have with bacon. For me it has always been something for special occasions; a treat for hard work. However some people just seem to take it too far.
Recently I read a piece in RedBook about how the movie “Love Actually” would be different if it were made in today’s world with today’s technology. For those who can’t remember, the movie was made in 2003. Yep, way back then.
I often write about life’s funny things. However, life also has many less humorous, more poignant moments.