You watch what???
Yep, I am a real sap for holiday shows. I've already watched "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer" and yes, sang all the songs. (Just ask Handsome.)
I even DVrd "Charlie Brown Christmas" (thank you to my sons who long ago pointed out I could buy the DVDs and watch them whenever. It isn't the same.) And again, sang all the songs and danced like the beatnik-looking girls. Who couldn't get sobby over Linus' speech about the true meaning of Christmas?
There are the crybaby movies that really pull at the heartstrings—"It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Bishop's Wife."
I do have newer selections:
"Millions" – there's the precious scene with the boy talking to his late mom (pass me a hankie).
"Love, Actually" – rock star, jilted writer, employee in love, devoted wife, friend in love—something for everyone.
All three "Home Alone" – the defense stuff is terrific fun! And sometimes, I feel like slapping my cheeks and screaming.
"The Santa Clause" – as the poor man eats and eats and grows and grows… Hey, don't most of us do this every year too?
Here's a few oldies:
"Christmas in Connecticut" – a Martha Stewart type columnist invites a war hero home for Christmas and all havoc breaks loose—love, her ineptness, mixed up boss.
"White Christmas." Is there any song more fun to sing with sisters than "Sisters, Sisters"?
My sister introduced me to… "Star in the Night." I highly recommend it.
It's a simple, heart-warming nativity story done in the après WW2 old West, not very long and again, pulls at you. "Star in the Night" won the Oscar® as Best Short Subject. It's available with a DVD of "Christmas in Connecticut," however, I found this from YouTube:
So I'm betting most of you have favorite holiday programs. Care to share? Do you sing and dance and recite all the lines like me?
Here's a blurb from "The Great Fruitcake Bake-off," a funny holiday classic by me!:
To defend her five wins, Samantha Greene, has to find a new entry for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off and teams up with new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, only what they discover is baking a award-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn't just about a ribbon.
Important stuff about Vicki: Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm--the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"
Find Vicki at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/ and other social media sites
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