Monday, December 24, 2012

favorite Christmas cartoons

Well the other day I made a list of my favorite movies and today’s list is cartoons but not the obvious ones. These cartoons are some that have a Christmas spirit to them. Cartoons can be fun and still convey the heart of the season, can’t they? I think they can, hopefully this something we can all learn. Let's keep the true meaning of Christmas and still allow a little fun in our holiday. Can’t we worship Christ and still enjoy the stories of Santa and Rudolph? I think we can, hopefully someone out there agrees with me. So on to the list, I have not included the obvious ones that everybody knows, “Charlie Brown Christmas” or “Santa Clause is coming to Town”. This list is of cartoons that our family has found throughout the years. Some more known than others, in no particular order.
  • The Very First Noel
  • Buster and Chauncey’s Silent Night
  • Tom and Jerry A Nutcracker Tale
  • Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
  • Flintstones Christmas Carol
  • Mickey’s Once upon a Christmas
  • Walt Disney’s Classic Holiday Stories
  • (hard to find) Peace on Earth Christmas classic cartoon from MGM 1939
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol

I know the holiday season is almost over and it seems silly to make this list now but it has been a busy holiday for our DVD player since the networks aren't playing much on the tube holiday-wise. Today is Christmas Eve and tomorrow is Christmas, but that doesn't mean it is over. For most families with kids there is still a week of vacation to enjoy. At some point in the next week the TV will surely be turned on. At my house we don’t shut down the day after Christmas, we keep the holiday festivities going up until the last day possible, and why not, it’s Christmas. So,

From our family to yours

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Favorite Christmas Movies

Well it is here Christmas once again. It seems to have gotten here so fast this year that many have not taken the time to enjoy the season itself. I hope everyone has a moment or two to stop and enjoy the holiday for soon it will be over and a new year will begin.
As some may know I am a big movie buff, and the movies from the 40’s are my favorites, black and white movies don’t bother me at all. I thought I would take a moment and name a few of my favorite holiday movies, some you will know and maybe some will be new to your list. All the movies listed will be from my oldies collection, so here we go and not in any particular order.
  •          The Shop Around the Corner
  •          The Man Who Came to Dinner
  •          It’s a Wonderful Life
  •          Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version)
  •          Meet John Doe
  •          Holiday Inn (first time for Bing Crosby to sing White Christmas)
  •          White Christmas
  •          Going My Way
  •          Christmas in Connecticut
  •          The Bishops Wife
  •     A Christmas Carol (Alastair Sim 1951)

Many of these you can find on TCM and some you can get through Amazon and other outlets. These are some of the warmest and funniest movies of the holiday. Like many, I need a distraction from today’s definition of what Christmas has become. Maybe it is the artist in me but these movies help me refocus my head and heart during the Holiday and help to remind me of what Christmas can and should be to all of us.

 Merry Christmas