Christmas Movies and Specials

I am a third of the way through all the Christmas movies and shows on my annual list. You might think I am insane (you’re probably right), but I have a list of about 30 shows I watch every year. Everything from “White Christmas” to “Frosty the Snowman” to “A Very Brady Christmas”…don’t judge me. I sit down and watch something every night until Christmas.

This tradition started harmless enough when I was a kid. Back then, we didn’t have streaming apps, DVD players or even VCRs…yes, I am that old, LOL. When the holidays rolled around, we had to go through the t.v. guide that got delivered to the house or came in the Sunday paper and look for the days something would air. Then we would have to be in front of the television at that hour and watch it, because if you missed it…too bad, you had to wait till next year, because they didn’t repeat a million times like they do now.

I used to get so excited to sit down with some jiffy pop popcorn and watch. There were cartoons, movies and of course the specials. The specials were usually the variety hour style. Andy Williams was a big one. The stage would be decorated and he would sing his songs and have guest stars on like the Osmonds all wearing matching Christmas sweaters. Of course, a version of “The Nutcracker” would be on at some point and maybe the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center with the Rockettes from Radio City. I would even sneak down to catch a glimpse of the Christmas sketches on Saturday Night Live. (Back when SNL was funny)

These days, I do the same thing, but instead of looking through the t.v. guide, I look through all my apps and make a note of where everything is streaming in the month of December. Just the other night I was on You Tube looking up SNL Christmas skits. Do you have a favorite one? Mine is the Dysfunctional Family Christmas Album…look it up…really funny.

Of course, my list gets bigger every couple of years as new movies comes out that I like. I will say, and I don’t care how unpopular this statement is…I do not like Hallmark movies. Yup, I said it. Just like Lifetime movies, they all seem alike to me. But it’s o.k. if you do; we will just have to agree to disagree. I mean, there are people out there who don’t like the classic Rankin/Bass Claymation cartoons like, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “A Year Without a Santa Claus”…I don’t understand it, but I’m not going to hold it against you…okay, maybe I will just a little bit LOL. These are two of my favorite cartoons.

In fact, I think I am going to go make myself another cup of coffee with frosted sugar cookie creamer and watch them now. I hope you are enjoying the holly jolly season.

***Question for the comments… Do you like Christmas movies, cartoons and specials? What are some of your favorites and do you have any special traditions for watching them?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

15 thoughts on “Christmas Movies and Specials

  1. Love Actually tops the list. Also, Holiday Inn (little known, this is where the song White Christmas is first seen on film, rather than the film White Christmas years later). National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (every year I get scared a squirrel will jump out of my tree when I bring it home). Fred Claus is awesome. New one this year was A Boy Called a Christmas. The list goes on and on. Best time of the year!!!

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  2. Jiffy pop, hot chocolate, and Santa Claus is Comin to Town! Now it’s: all the black and white ones (watched Desk Set last night!), Rudolph, Santa Claus is Comin to Town, Christmas with the Kranks, Santa Clause 1-3, etc. Thank God for DVD and DVR! No longer Jiffy pop, but now…homemade caramel corn and my sipping chocolate.

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  3. Yep, I have to say it – I like the Hallmark Christmas .. and Spring … and Harvest movies because I’m always in mood for a cheesy love story with a happy ending. It’s funny, my uncle says they are all the same: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy tries to get girl back, … and succeeds…everyone is happy … and what is wrong with that ? – he watches them constantly 😉

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