By John Matonich
I have always been a fan of the holiday season. People for the most part are in a good mood and you seem to have more folks looking for ways to help or share than other times of the year when you might hear more complaining. I’ve already shared my love of traditional holiday treats, so I won’t go down that path again.
One of the other things I have enjoyed at this time of the year is the selection of traditional movies shown on many channels. You don’t get to see them most of the year, but during this time, they are hard to miss. The list of those kinds of movies grows larger each year as newer films are added to the list of classics and time is made to play them for our enjoyment.
One of the movies I remember watching each year was the 1951 version of Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Story”. It is a black and white movie starring Alastair Sim. It was a little scary as a young lad, but I’ve always enjoyed watching it. I have seen a number of versions of the Dickens classic, but this one to me is one of the best.
On the lighter side of holiday TV viewing, we always made time to watch the animated version of “Rudolph the Red -Nosed Reindeer”. It is a classic story of misfits at the North Pole looking for a place to call home. The music was great and Burl Ives did a super job of singing the kinds of songs that got everyone in the holiday spirit. I haven’t watched the movie in a while, but I think I can still sing many of the songs I remember listening to for years.
Today, we have new classics that dominate the airwaves during this time of year. One movie that my kids fell in love with when they were young is “A Christmas Story” starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle and the movie highlights the trials and tribulations Ralphie goes through in his quest to have Santa get him one. Both of my kids are grown and have spouses, but I think they still try to find a marathon of this classic to watch around Christmas Day. If you have seen the movie, you know the importance of the table lamp Ralphie’s Dad gets in the mail. I won’s say any more about it other than my son also received one of those lamps for Christmas one year and it was a proud possession of his for a long time.
I do think the list of good Christmas movie watching is a large one, but to me that means you should be able to find one that catches you fancy and delivers some enjoyment during this season and might even help put a smile on your face. I know that my bride and I will be looking to find a few for us to enjoy this season. Hers will have to have a horse in it, I am sure, but that’s ok. It is Christmas and I will simply enjoy some time together with her. From Steph and I to all who take the time to read these ramblings, I hope you have the best of holiday seasons.
And that’s the situation as I survey it …
After a 35-year career downstate livin’ amongst da trolls, during which he built a successful engineering and surveying business, John Matonich is back home in da U.P. His column will appear here occasionally, don’tcha know. His book “Surveyin’ Da Situation” is available on Amazon.com.
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