Growing up in the 60's, I clearly recall the first time I watched Rudolph, or Charlie Brown, or the Grinch. I would sit as close to the television as I possibly could and be totally absorbed in the annual holiday tales. Fast forward to my 50th year on this planet and I still enjoy watching the classics just as much as I did when I was a wee lad. As a matter of fact, I doubt I've ever missed a year of their network broadcast.
While I own my holiday favorites on DVD, there's something that just says, 'Christmas' watching them on network TV. My routine is still pretty much the same year after year.. I'll curl up on the couch or in my easy chair, snuggle under a nice warm throw, and enjoy the show. Silently I still cheer when Rudolph saves Christmas, and I get a tear in my eye to hear Linus share the true meaning of Christmas.
My musical theater days come to mind when I watch "White Christmas" with Bing, Danny, Rosemary, and Vera. I can picture myself in grand dance form, twirling about to "The Best Things, Happen While You're Dancing." Or, dressed in a velvet Santa outfit for the final number, "White Christmas." Musical movies of the 1950's were the BEST. You know you want to sing it... go ahead... "sisters... sisters.. there were never such devoted sisters..."
I stumbled upon a blog that makes finding your favorite holiday special or movie easy; "It's a Wonderful Movie." This site has a calendar of all the air times for the various holiday specials and movies for this year. It's a great resource for a holiday special sap like me!
What's your favorite holiday special or movie (or both!)? Grab a cup of hot chocolate and share your favorites!