“Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart and hand in hand. “
Here comes one of the best times of winter, in my opinion: Christmas! Christmas is always special to me because of the memories I have of all my family together, especially our Christmas Eve celebration. Everyone comes over to our house and after a traditional Polish dinner (the highlight being my grandmas home-made Pierogies! mmm) we all gather in the living room for some musical fun. The wonderful thing is that most of my family plays a musical instrument. I play piano, flute and some guitar, and my cousins and Uncles also play several instruments. Since I was a young girl, we’ve played and sang Christmas songs together. The best song for a laugh in my house is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” We all take a verse and inevitably, my grandpa always manages to come up with some variation on the verse–NOT intentionally!
What I love , too, is the cozy nights with hot chocolate or Soy Nog and a good, classic Christmas movie. The movies are part of the tradition too–if I don’t watch It’s a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown or The Grinch (cartoon version), then my Christmas is not complete! So–get out that blanket, start a fire, make some cocoa and let it snow because you’ve got these movies to keep you company:
It’s a Wonderful Life: A pure, genuine classic that never gets old. James Stewart is magnificent as George Bailey, the troubled man who gets the unique opportunity to see what life would be like without him. By far one of my favorite movies of all time! It just makes you feel good.
Miracle on 34th Street: I love this original version best, with Maureen O’Hara, Edwin Gwenn (as Kris Kringle) and a pint-sized Natalie Wood! The movie will make you believe all over again.
A Christmas Carol: There have been tons of re-makes of this movie, and several are good, but once again, nothing truly beats the original (Although I’m fond of the Muppets one, especially with the little froggy Tiny Tim!) There’s not much for special effects, but a heartwarming story.
Charlie Brown Christmas: No matter what age you are, who can’t help but love the Charlie Brown gang? With his little tree that needs some TLC, Snoopy’s antics, and Linus spotlighting what Christmas is all about!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: “He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” The grinch teaches us all a lesson!
Original Christmas Classics: Ruldolph, Frosty, the Little Drummer Boy, and Santa Claus all come to life as animated puppets. So cute.
The Santa Claus (1, 2 and 3): I think Tim Allen is so funny. Just his facial expressions alone can make me crack up!
Shop Around the Corner: This is a really cute story, starring James Stewart as Alfred and Margaret Sullavan as Klara. Although the two fight all the time when they are working, little do they know that they are each others unanimous pen pals! Not directly about Christmas, but the holiday spirit plays a part near the end of the film.
*Happy and Peaceful Holidays to All*
Sarai is the Publicity Coordinator/Library Assistant and is dreaming of a white Christmas…