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Friday, December 13, 2013

Author Posting by Vicki Batman

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 apr├Ęs 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!:
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off
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

Your fancy tickled? Great! Find "The Great Fruitcake Bake-off" at all e-retailers and at: http://bit.ly/HXeo7h

Happy Holidays!!


  1. Thank you SO much, Vicki, for your suggestions for Xmas movies. I, too, along with my husband, always watch Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer and I, too, sing along. I love that movie. We also watch some of the Charlie Brown stuff. I am in my "watching Xmas movies" mode and saw one last night on Hallmark. They have great Xmas movies.

    1. Hi, Patricia! You should try Millions. It is a totally original script done by Danny Boyle who did Slumdog Millionaire. There's great editing and photography.Hugs!

  2. Hi Vicki,
    I guess I'm the only one who doesn't like that version of Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer. Even as a kid I didn't like it. I know anti-Christmas. But I love all the other suggestions you mention. I'm going to have to find Millions. Yes tonight at our house we are not having a Friday the 13th marathon (that's what the husband and son wanted) but rather a Miracle on 34th street night. And if they give me crap we'll watch both versions because I love them both. Yep, I'm a sentimental sap.

  3. Hi, Sylvia! As a kid, that was one of the first holiday programs geared toward our age group. And I think the characters are adorable. I'm with you on watching Miracle on 34th Street. I love when they see the cane... oops could be giving something away. Be a sap! It's allowed. hugs

  4. Vicki, I also confess to watching Rudolph and Charlie Brown still. My son used to be my excuse but I admitted a few years ago I just love them and they remind me of Christmases past every year. I'm enjoying soppy movies on Hallmark this year while I bake and stay warm. I'll check out Millions -- sounds great. I love your book cover! Fruitcake sounds like a fun read, too.

  5. Hi, Gemma! I proudly admit I watch these and yes that makes me a sap. I can live with the name. lol I love snuggling on a couch with my needlepoint, a blankie and watch a holiday movie. I caught Christmas in Connecticut the other day. Delightful! Thank you so much about Bake-off! I had a blast writing this. As my sissie said, "Who could resist a book where a man bakes?" lolol

  6. FYI, talked #2 son into helping me decorate and we're watching Stalag 17. Yep, a WW2 movie set at Christmas time with superb acting by William Holden.

  7. I saw "Star in the Night" one Christmas season. It was featured as a filler between two regular length movies on a cable movie channel. I wondered how to get it on DVD. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi, Angela! It is truly such a sweet movie. All the actors you have seen in movies from long ago. Share the link!!! hugs,

  9. Your favorites are a lot of mine but I also love the other claymation ones like Year without a Santa Claus and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Not to mention, Frosty the Snowman.... :)

  10. Hi, Melissa! I didn't forget Frosty or Santa; I've alternatives!! lol. What about Bridget Jones' Diary? Or While You Were Sleeping? Two set at Christmas and very fun. Happy days, my friend.

  11. Vicki, I watch and love them all. Tune in the 30 days of Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel, watch all the DVD's and reruns of everything from White Christmas to the A Christmas Story marathon :)

  12. Thank you, Twinsie Talk, for having me visit with you today!! Happy holidays to you and yours.