Friday, December 14, 2007

It's a Wonderful Life, the Grinch & Charlie Brown

Christmas will be here soon, and I have taken out the Christmas DVDs. I have "It's a Wonderful Life," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." I started watching them right after I recovered from my Thanksgiving turkey hangover.

"It's a Wonderful Life" is one of my all time favorites. I cry my eyes out every time I watch it, even though I have seen it hundreds of times and I know how it's going to end. There is something magical about Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and the direction of Frank Capra that makes you believe in family, faith, and angels named Clarence getting their wings. It makes me stop and realize that one person does make a difference and touches so many other people, even though they might not think they are anything special, or that they have done anything spectacular in their lives. Lessons that I can carry with me throughout the year.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is one of my favorites, the animated version. I thought the live action version with Jim Carrey was good, but there is something about the voice of Boris Karloff as the narrator and the Grinch, and the animation of Chuck Jones that brings me back to when I was little and watched it on television. Same with "A Charlie Brown Christmas". The speech Linus gives at the end with the children singing at the end, still makes my eyes water, but it shows how the meaning of Christmas can get lost in all of the commericalism.

So, sit with your kids, your friends and family and watch a little bit of Christmas tradition. And don't forget the tissues!

1 comment:

Sandy Lender said...

Omigosh, yes! I'm not a television viewer (as you know), but when How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes on, all other activity stops and I park myself in front of it for the half hour. I don't even multi-task at writing or editing while I watch it (usually). I bring out this stuffed animal that Santa gave me when I was 8 that looks like Max, and we watch it together. Crazy? Yes. I admit to the insanity. But it's just a great cartoon. I blogged about how reruns are supposed to remind us of great moments in our lives back in December and how I just don't have time to sit down and watch reruns to get back great moments in life, but this show is the one that I'll make the time for.

Hmmm. Happy thoughts now.
Thanks, Laura!
Sandy L.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."