T’was the Month Before Christmas…

Topic this week:
Do you have a favorite Christmas holiday novel? What about your favorite movie? Do you restrict reading/viewing of Christmas/holiday themed books/movies to the holiday season?

We’ve covered holiday movies in the recent past, but I am game!

Yes, I restrict my holiday movies and generally do the reading, to the seasons. It make them all the more special, puts me in the mood and it’s something more to look forward to. My mother used to make special recipes only during certain holidays. When I tried to do some more often, well, they just weren’t the same. Only some of the recipes I make during holidays will be made year round.

George C. Scott’s version of “A Christmas Carol” is a must-see,as are “It’s a Wonderful Life”,
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”,  “Claymation Christmas” and yes, “Die Hard”, (I generally kick off the Christmas season with that one). The newest obligatory movie here is “Christmas in the Clouds”, the best Christmas movie that almost no one knows. I make guests sit down and watch it, and have not had one person who did not have a great time with it.

Although it’s nowhere near like seeing it onstage, I will watch “The Nutcracker” or check out other versions when I find one streaming.
(I was sorely disappointed in Baryshnikov’s version).

Apart from Charlie Brown, other Christmas cartoons get run, if only by The Husband. We have several collections of short cartoons from throughout the decades.
Believe it or not, there is an early “Wiggles” Christmas special that I generally run as well, only for myself. It is particularly cute with a bunch of kid pirates.

I almost forgot “While You Were Sleeping”, one of the best romcoms ever. As for “Hallmark” movies, most are a far stretch. However, “The Twelve Dates of Christmas”, which is basically a “Groundhog Day”, I found truly likable and may try to find again.

As for reading, “A Christmas Carol” is really great. “The Night Before Christmas” doesn’t need to be read, as I had it read to me, I read it for myself, I read it to my nieces, then my sons and my grandkids, so many times that long before the last generations I had it memorized, but  I love the pictures in most books.
“The Christmas Mice”, and a few other kiddie books were read over and over here. I should pull them out for myself, although the nearly-three-year-old is supposed come for a visit from Nevada and I will use that as an excuse.

I wrote a children’s story based on a real situation in our family. I sent it off only once, I believe; I should really submit that again, just to get it out there.

I chaperoned a field trip for my grandson about ten years ago to see a play. No one warned me that “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was so touching! Although I was determined not to sob, I could not control the tears completely. I picked up the book afterward and found that the story is even better.

It’s worth reading; I’ve done it several times.

I read a few holiday-themed romances and cozy mysteries, (the Santas seem to be the favorite victims). I should indulge in a few more.

I know I will come up with many movies or stories after this posts.

So, we are kicking off the season and I hope it is truly enjoyable for all of you!


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to T’was the Month Before Christmas…

  1. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I chuckled when I read about your special recipes. It’s the same way around here too. They really don’t taste the same at other parts of the year. You came up with a few of my favorites too. I don’t know how I forgot While You Were Sleeping. I love that movie and will watch it anytime it comes on. I also like The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I’ve seen a Wiggles Christmas show. My grandson loved them. He knew all of their songs and sang right along with them.

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    • The original Wiggles were somewhat fun. (One got on my nerves big time!) However, they did a strong family-centered show and a few of their DVDs were good. My grandson loved them.
      Have you read the story of The Best Christmas Pageant?


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    wow… quite a selection. Many that I’ve never even heard about.
    I might try to track down Christmas in the Clouds.

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  3. Oh, I’ll definitely check out Christmas in the Clouds upon your recommendation. I can see from your list we have enough common interests that I’ll take your opinion on suggestions.
    Our Christmas holiday movies are: most of all, A Child’s Christmas in Wales with Denholm Elliot. It’s basically on loop after Thanksgiving every year. Then, Eloise at Christmastime, the very strange “Fay’s Christmas” (Wegman dogs), The Christmas Story, yep- Die Hard, and I have added “The Christmas Candle” to my list. Also, Tasha Tudor’s Christmas.

    Our daughter grew up enjoying The Wiggles- I’ll have to see what holiday one you’re referring to. I always did like them.


  4. And for sure, George C Scott version of A Christmas Carol. The best!


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