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by rocky-o

As you gather ‘round the ol’ tv set this year for your holiday viewing time with friends and family, you’ll notice that Christmastime doesn’t seem to shine as much as it used to from the ol’ tv tube…

It seems that television stations are finding less and less of an audience for the classics we so dearly love…and what’s another viewing of “It’s A Wonderful Life” when you can watch a fresh new episode of “Jersey Shore”…(sarcasm for Christmas…ya’ gotta love it…)

Anyway…for those die-hards who still like a little ho-ho-ho whether there’s snow-snow-snow or not, here’s a brief list to get your chestnuts roasting (with very few spoilers added)…

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”…I start with this delightful little ditty, simply because of the struggle Charles Schultz went through to keep his ‘true holiday message’ in tact…and thankfully, the tv studio agreed…

“Christmas In Connecticut”…a very overlooked selection, starring the most wonderful Barbara Stanwyck, who, through humorous circumstances, finds herself falling in love…(and please make sure it is the original, NOT the remake…)

“Miracle on 34th Street”…Now this one is interesting, simply because it’s one of the few where the remake is actually just as good as the original…The perfect Christmas tale of shopping and believing, with the original starring Maureen O’Hara, and the remake starring Elizabeth Perkins…make it a double-feature for two fine actresses in one great scenario…

“A Christmas Story”…o.k…this one has become the classic for the current generation of adults who still appreciate an old-fashioned Christmas story about a boy and his b.b. gun…C’mon…how can ya’ not love Ralphie?…

“Call Me Claus”…Whoopi Rules…’nuff said…

“White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn”… here’s another great double feature to hang your stocking on, if you enjoy a little singing and dancing along with your eggnog…these two have always been linked, due to the popular holiday song (“White Christmas”) having first appeared in the Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film “Holiday Inn”, then reprised in the Bing Crosby-Danny Kaye-Rosemary Clooney film named after the song…

“It’s A Wonderful Life”…There are people on both sides of the fence on this one, but…love it or hate it, it’s a classic fable that’s been used in time and again…Starring Jimmy Stewart, it’s simply about as a man who gets fed up during the holidays (as if you don’t know the rest of the story already…)…

and last but not least…

“A Christmas Carol”…even if you took out the ‘moralistic’ ending from this Dickens classic, (which you wouldn’t want to, but), you still have one of the finest works of literature sprawled out for you to view…and please…there are many ‘variations’ of this flick floating around out there…some are o.k., some not so much, but definitely watch the Alastair Sim version…it’s the best you’ll find, trust me…

This should get you through some of those cold holly days ahead, and more than that, I wish you peace always…

rocky-o…


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