Christmas wouldn't be Christmas to me without taking time to watch some sappy Christmas movies. Most Christmas movies are sappy, aren't they? But they warm our hearts. I do love the traditional holiday movies like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" but this one is at the top of my list of all-time seasonal favorites - "Prancer!" Never heard of it? I'm not surprised - it never makes anyone's list. Don't know why; it's so cute.
I love this movie and I watch it every single year. And every year it brings tears to my eyes. My kids laugh at me. Okay, okay, maybe it's not a GREAT movie, but you gotta love that little girl who tries to save the injured reindeer as well as her broken family. If you especially love rural snow scenes, you should definitely rent it. The winter scenery alone is worth it. It just may get you into the Christmas spirit.
And, if I need a little more help, I always get into the spirit by watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special and reflect on exactly why we celebrate Christmas - in case it gets lost in the crass commercialism of the season:
In 1965, when The Charlie Brown Christmas special was set to air, network executives at CBS were horrified - positive it would be a ratings flop. They wanted to cut the scene with Linus reading from the Bible, saying it wasn't relevant to a children's show. Charles Schulz insisted they keep it and is quoted as saying, “If we don’t tell the true meaning of Christmas, then who will?? The show went on to win an Emmy and a Peabody and is now considered one of the most popular holiday classics of all time. Brings back a lot of '60s memories for me.