But why would we stop there when we can do a full marathon of favorite Christmas movies leading up to the big day itself?
And what better way to start it than with those stop-motion classics, the Rankin/Bass holiday specials.
I know, I know, it doesn’t seem fair to make them all share a day. With classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and The Year Without a Santa Claus, and the list goes on and on, they could easily have had their own Christmas countdown (and then some).
If you have never seen one of these movies you have my pity and my strong recommendation that you remedy that problem immediately.
These movies contain traditional holiday messages and valuable life lessons. For example:
- Adults don’t believe in Santa Claus period (unless you’re the father of the protagonist)
- Magic only works if you’re pre-nice list conversion (Winter Warlock) or Santa Claus.
- Mother Nature can fix anything, including sibling rivalries.
Of course they don’t answer all of the questions, for instance:
- Why did The Little Drummer Boy need a sequel?
- Why did Mrs. Claus give up her totalitarian teaching position ( I don’t recall any other school teachers in Sombertown) for a man?
- Why was Jack Frost not even a little bit sad about having to sacrifice his mortal form and perhaps true love in order to save the woman he loved?
Ah well, sometimes difficult choices must be made, a lesson that these classics have taught us, even if certain underlying plot points are a little dated.
Love them or hate them, but you can’t deny these gems have become a permanent part of the holiday season.
…it’s not exclusively Christmas, but it’s surprisingly poignant:
I know many people don’t share my opinion, but I love snow.
It was like Christmas morning for me when I peered out my apartment window today and saw speck size snow flakes falling from the sky.
Okay, so the snow falling now barely qualifies as flurries. It still counts. Winter has officially started!
I said, “Winter has officially started!” Where’s the cheering and general excitement?
Oh, I see, you have an issue with the exclamation point. You don’t like winter, and you really don’t like snow. For you this statement instills panic.
If you’re fighting the urge to run to the store and stock up for your winter long hibernation, and have visions of black ice, pot holes, and holiday travel delays dancing before your eyes, then I suggest you peruse my list of the positive attributes of snow:
- It’s pretty- don’t mock, you know it’s true.
- It’s soft- unless it’s coming down at 100 mph, but at least it’s not ice.
- It’s really the only socially acceptable substance that you can randomly throw at someone.
- It’s soft- for the exceptionally clumsy it needs repeating. Snow is a lot more fun to land on than the uncovered ground.
- There’s really nothing like walking over freshly fallen snow.
- It’s soft- this one is for those unfortunate ones who are at the receiving end of number three.
I realize that some of you are hardly going to be convinced by this short list. However, I’d just like to point out that it’s going to snow whether you like it or not. You might as well be happy about it.
I admit that come February, it becomes a lot harder to appreciate snow. For now, at least it’s somewhere near the 30 degree mark, and you can still make it more than five feet out of your front door without seriously considering giving up and turning back.
So suck it up, and enjoy it while it lasts. You’ll be looking back fondly on the balmy days of early December come January and February (and possibly by the end of December).
…some snow and a song that everyone can appreciate: “Let It Snow“
…and what would the beginning of winter be without a snowman (Barney Stinson style): Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman