Oh Come All Ye Faithful…

…and not so faithful.   Hi! It’s Carrie the-not-consistent half of the blog team.  Better late than never, now that you’ve had time to go through Brandie’s holiday picks, I thought I’d give you mine. First, I have to concur with Brandie on Christmas in Connecticut.  It’s fantastically entertaining and just far enough over the top to be perfect for gift wrapping or enjoying a Christmas toddy- whatever that means for you.

Secondly, my Christmas isn’t complete until I have watched at least ten different versions of A Christmas Carol. Brandie, feel free to go to sleep now- I know you’re thrilled. It’s true, though. I’m no Dickens fan, but I love this story. I love all the movie versions, although many of them are pretty weak. I do prefer the “bigger” renditions. I recommend watching at least one of them each year. It’s like baking Christmas cookies- it may be the same over and over, but it isn’t Christmas otherwise. Find one. Watch it. Be joyful.

One of my longtime Christmas classic favourites is White Christmas. It’s a must for me each year. Bing Crosby, ’nuff said. Add Danny Kaye and you can’t go wrong. If you haven’t seen it (and you should; it’s widely available and AMC has been playing it quite a bit this year), it follows the story of two WWII vets who meet doing a Christmas program during their tour of duty. They team up and take show biz by storm, making quite a name for themselves. Then, they meet two sisters trying to break into the business.  Thanks to Danny Kaye, they end up joining them in Vermont where there is no snow, but lo and behold, the retired General Waverly has set up  a ski lodge. In addition to many other little schemes, they decide to pull together a big Christmas surprise for their former commander- and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Lots of  music, plenty of talent, and of course, Bing Crosby singing White Christmas– a holiday must. This movie goes down smoothly with hot chocolate or cider, and also suitable for gift wrapping.

My last pick is a rather obvious holiday favourite, but who can deny that Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown is an instant classic?  Nothing prepares you for the Christmas season like a precocious little beagle and Linus’ beautiful monologue about the meaning of Christmas.  In 25 minutes, the children, Snoopy, and Woodstock manage to summarize all the facets of Christmas from the commercial to the spiritual to the core of that warm fuzzy feeling we’re all seeking- and not just the one that sits in a steaming mug. I recommend pairing this one with peppermint, cookies and milk, or chocolate. And by curling up with a puppy, if one’s available.

Merry Christmas!

One thought on “Oh Come All Ye Faithful…

  1. I wholeheartedly agree: White Christmas is extraordinary. If you’re going to watch it on AMC, I recommend recording it first; their commercial breaks are interminable, and a two-hour movie takes two hours and forty-five minutes to show. Ugh. AMC fails, epically. But that’s another post for another day.

    And I doubly agree: the Charlie Brown Christmas special is a must-see, every single year, even without a puppy nearby. 😉

    Now, Carrie, I don’t know what you mean about my implied lack of “thrilled”-ness regarding A Christmas Carol. I admit, being preached to (as so many versions do) is not exactly my cup of tea, but I do enjoy the Mickey Mouse version of the story every year, and Patrick Stewart is a disturbingly sexy Ebeneezer in his version… (you find your joy in your way, and I, mine). 🙂

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