Magic in the Air   4 comments

Nov 15 With the slew of holidays coming up at the end of the year, do you have a watch list of shows/movies you like to watch to celebrate? What are they?

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My Holiday Favs

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Holidays involve a lot of tradition and I love many of them. For me, it all starts around Thanksgiving which is my favorite holiday. Because I grew up in Alaska pre-TAPS construction, I actually grew up watching Thanksgiving television specials at Christmas and Christmas television specials sometime in January, which may be why many of the movies I’m going to mention play a dual purpose for Christmas and Thanksgiving for me.

Although a lot of people consider it to be a Christmas movie, I love to watch It’s a Wonderful Life during Thanksgiving weekend. I feel that it is a perfect message of “Be grateful for what you have and the contributions God allows you to make. You never know how much good you’re doing while you’re just living your life.” I think it’s a great way to set up the beginning of the lunatic commercial season and we usually would play it instead of going to Black Friday sales.

When our kids were young, we’d often watch Home Alone because it was a fun silly comedy and it had a similar message to Wonderful Life — “Don’t wish your world would change just because you’re annoyed over minor things. You might get your wish and come to regret it.”

We remain big fans of Peanuts’ holiday-themed cartoons – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as others. There are a number of perennial TV specials that played when I was a kid and still love when I can find them. We’re slowly adding them to our Vudu account as I rediscover their names. I wish I’d been able to locate them back when our kids were little. I like the older versions of classic Christmas tales like A Christmas Carol.

I don’t particularly care for more modern Christmas-themed movies as they often center around cruel humor or they lack an understanding of what Christmas (and Thanksgiving) are about. I clearly don’t require a religious theme, but an understanding of the cultural significance of these holidays is necessary for me.

One exception is my husband’s favorite “Christmas” movie – Die Hard. I enjoy it too, but not as a Christmas movie. He loves it, though, so we watch it just about every year.

Posted November 15, 2021 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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4 responses to “Magic in the Air

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  1. Charles Schulz was a genius with a marvelous story-telling ability.


    • He was! He tends to get short-shrift because he was a cartoonist, but his stories could have been written by a novelist. They’d be less accessible than his cartoons, but he was no less of a storyteller because he told his stories largely in pictures.


  2. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, but we’ve often watched Home Alone at Christmas when our boys were small.


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