Favorite Christmas TV
Thanks for giving me tonight's topic, Matt! I love to watch Christmas movies and TV specials, and I'm sure many of my favorites are the same as tons of other people. So, in no particular order, here we go!
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Not only does Linus do the best Bible reading I've ever heard, but I even memorized Hark the Herald Angels Sing just because the Peanuts gang sings it around Charlie's tree. Just watched it this week!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: No, not the terrible Jim Carrey fiasco - the original Chuck Jones animation with Boris Karloff's fantastic narration! Fah who for-aze!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Truly wonderful stop-motion animation, the Abominable Snowman, and the Island of Misfit Toys! What more could you want? OK, throw in a cute little doe named Clarice!
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town: Not the best Rankin/Bass special, but I know all the songs, and I like to say "Bergermeister Meister Burger".
The Year Without a Santa Claus: I'm only listing this one because I've got to hear the Snow-Miser/Heat-Miser song every year! Just watched it last week!
It's a Wonderful Life: No question about it - one of my favorite movies ever! Pass the kleenex!
The Nightmare Before Christmas: You can start watching this one on Halloween and then watch it again on Christmas. I love the story, the music, and Christmas Town looks like so much fun!
The Santa Clause: I know, it's not really a classic, but it is a great story (and I always cry over the weenie-whistle).
Walt Disney World Christmas Parade: Disney has televised this on Christmas morning for the past several years, and I always make sure to rip all my presents open in time to watch it! It's the perfect thing to see while drinking coffee and digging into a stocking full of candy!