Saturday, December 8, 2012

You never outgrow the holiday classics

Courtesy of TV Guide.
A couple of weeks ago, my middle-aged son and his wife and I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Wizard of Oz. We three adults were as entranced by our evening’s entertainment as we were the first time around.  Although we watched the holiday shows annually at our house when the kids were growing up, it had been years since I’d seen Grinch’s transformation, or Dorothy’s realization that you’ll most likely find what you’re seeking in your own back yard.

Marlo Thomas lets us know we aren't the only ones who get all sentimental watching the holiday classics:

Someone once said that the holiday season is the "ultimate sense memory," and that is so true. We all carry inside of us our collective Christmases and Hanukkahs -- the sight of twinkling lights and glowing candles, the sound of caroling and chanted prayers, the smell of pine trees and freshly fried latkes -- and it all comes rushing back to us every December.

The holiday season also triggers wonderful memories of our favorite classic Yuletide movies and TV specials. And often after the big family feast -- when the turkey's tryptophan starts kicking in -- doesn't someone always retire to the den and find one on the tube?

And what great old shows there are to watch. No matter how many times you see Charles Schulz's fetching animated special, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), it's hard not to have your heart go out to poor Charlie as he and the Peanuts gang try to decorate their sad, little tree (though, thankfully, Linus always reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas by the end). And speaking of tinsel-trimmed cartoons, is there anyone who can't sing at least two songs from Dr. Seuss' sweet-and-sassy 1966 musical adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas ("You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch!"). That's a holiday keeper.

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