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But I know that even though you're all readers, you also sometimes want to just watch a movie, to let the images of Christmas peace and hope lull you into a better place, so you can forget all about this tumultuous year we've all been through.
So here are my favorite Christmas movies and TV shows. Even though my kids and toddler grandsons won't be here on Christmas morning to celebrate with us, the husband and I will still eat lots of cookies, cook our traditional beef tenderloin with puff pastries dinner, and try to squeeze in a waddle around the neighborhood to check out the Christmas lights. And we'll spend some time watching our favorites from years past.
We've already watched The Santa Clause where Scott Calvin learns the true meaning of Christmas--I love the scene where he's arrested and the Elf Liberation Front has to come to his rescue!
Last night we watched the black and white classic The Bishop's Wife--every year I root for Loretta Young to ditch her boring nerdy bishop husband David Niven, for the sexy angel Cary Grant--but she never does.
We'll watch White Christmas, so I can sob over the scene where the general is welcomed into the inn, to see all of his men gathered to honor him. Plus I love Danny Kaye!
We'll watch the old black and white Miracle on 34th Street, to see the world-weary female learn that there really are "lovely intangibles" that make life worth living--if you believe in them enough.
And my all-time favorite Christmas movie is The Cheaters. It's a black and white movie--the mom is played by Billie Burke, who played the Good Witch Glynda in The Wizard of Oz. If you've never seen it, try to track it down. It's well worth it!
On Christmas Eve, we'll watch the Alistair Simms version of A Christmas Carol. Did you know that Patrick MacNee, of The Avengers British TV show (with Lady Diana Rigg) is the young Jacob Marley? Even more surprising is that Benny Hill (yeah, now the theme song is in your head, right?) plays the young man who wants to dance with the reluctant maid in the scene where Scrooge goes to his nephew's house to celebrate.
And on Christmas Day, we'll watch all of the cartoons and TV shows we shared with our kids when they were growing up. Charlie Brown's Christmas Special, The Grinch (the cartoon), Rudolph, and The Tick's Christmas episode where he fights Multiple Santas (just watch it!)--and all of the Animaniacs' Christmas cartoons--it's not really Christmas for me until I get to laugh at Wakko's belching out Jingle Bells. Then we'll watch the Hercules and Xena Christmas episodes also. Nothing like some swords and sandals entertainment to scream, "Happy Holidays!"
Traditions are the glue that binds us to other people we love. May you enjoy the traditions that make you feel good this season, even though it will be different from others. I appreciate all of you readers who have enjoyed my books, and hope you continue to do so in the new year. Happy Holidays to everyone!