Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Chance for Christmas Spirit

Still not entirely in the Christmas spirit?? Hurry, there's not much time left! This one always does it for me:

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.


  1. An amazing show anytime of the year but I don't miss a Christmas without it! Thanks for the videos.

  2. Wow...Yes, I have my favorite Christmas movies every year and I usually cry in all of them. In fact tears came to my eyes reading your post. I'm a sap too and my adult children usually end up crying right along with me. Charlie Brown is my favorite, and I agree with Charles Schulz that the TRUE meaning of Christmas should be told. I really love how Linus takes the stage to tell it too. I just love that movie.
    Now that I am finally wrapping up with Christmas projects, I plan on spending all of next week to watch every one of them. It will be like a little vacation for me :)
    Thank you so much for sharing such a meaningful post. I so appreciate it.

    I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

    Christmas blessings

  3. I haven't seen Prancer - thanks for the recommendation. I the Charlie Brown special is one of my favorites, too. It is a great way to get the true meaning of Christmas out to today's youth.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  4. Oh how I love Charlie Brown Christmas. We watch it every year with our kids. Funny how clueless executives totally missed the boat on this classic. "If we don't tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?"...I love it.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I thought I was the only one that liked Prancer. My son and I also like to watch Denis Leary in "The Ref".Merry Christmas!

  6. Merry Christmas. I just watched Charlie cheer up myself. It is an all time favorite. I am glad Schultz had the foresight to leave it as it was originally created.

  7. Just watched Charlie Brown tonight. Merry Christmas.

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kathleen!!!

  9. A very happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and your family!

  10. Know exactly what you mean about Prancer, watched it last year, pfffff, tissues nearby hihi! Have a Merry Christmas with the ones you love and a healthy 2011! XXXD

  11. Ihave to say that my all time favorites are Christmas Vacation and The Santa Clause! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  12. Kathy, I wish you very nice and warm chritmasdays whit your family, take it easy and e very good 2011.

    warm greetings, Jeannet

  13. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank-you for all you do!!

  14. gosh, but you *are* a kindred spirit, Kathy - I too love the Prancer film and try to watch it each year. Mine's on VHS - thinking I ought to find it as a DVD, perhaps?
    In Stitches,
    Beverly in Ohio


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