A few weeks ago I blogged about the things that get me into the holiday spirit. Thanks to my cable subscription and two daughters under the age of eleven, I’ve recently been reminded of a key element in my Christmas mojo; holiday classics.
Now classic is a pretty broad term. For most, the word “classic” brings to mind, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol.” But the truth of the matter (for me anyway) is that there are all kinds of “classics.”
Feel Good / Reason for the Season
This is the bucket where I’d put “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol.” I find it interesting that “A Christmas Carol” has been remade a jillion times, but “It’s a Wonderful Life” hasn’t. (Has it?) My favorite version is the one with George C. Scott done in 1984. Not sure why really. Maybe because those were my teenage years and I was young and impressionable? But you have to admit, George C. Scott does grumpy pretty well.
What is it about that old Rudolph special that makes us watch it over and over again? According to Wikipedia, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & The Island of Misfit Toys” first aired on December 6, 1964. And it’s still going. When I was growing up, seeing this holiday special officially meant it was time for me to sharpen my pencil and get my list ready for Santa Claus. Other favs for this category:
- It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- Frosty’s Winder Wonderland
Quotable “Adult” Classics
These are the ones I get sucked into today. The ones that bring a “Princess Bride” aspect to the holidays because they’re laden with quotable bits:
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
A Christmas Story
What about you? What are your categories? Your favorites? The quotes you repeat over and over again for the sheer joy of it all. Just for fun, let me give you something that will linger in your head the rest of the day.