Christmas Time on TV

One of the great benefits to the TiVo is that you can find all of those old Christmas shows that are rather kid-friendly.  In fact, it’s amazing that there are SO many old shows out there.  Of course, my favorite was and is ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’.  My dad and I always watched it together; he got so tickled at the song lamenting how bad a person the Grinch was.  I mean, there’s just something humorous about saying you wouldn’t touch someone “with a 39 1/2 foot pole” or “You’re a triple decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauceeeeee (silly music following)”.  Also, I always really liked the clay / still figure animation Santa Claus / Rudolph films by Rankin & Bass.  There are several; we have a DVD set with two of these classics along with other shows like two about Frosty the Snowman.  The Santa films that are great are: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (even with the psychedelic song with the future Mrs. Claus — very 70’s!), The Year Without a Santa Claus (with two of my favorite characters: Snow Miser and Heat Miser), and Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.  They seem rather innocent now when I watch them with the kids, even though those days were fairly tumultuous in the culture (mid-60’s to mid-70’s).

There are also a HOST of other shows.  For example, A Christmas Story, Mickey Mouse’s adaption of the Christmas Carol, et al.  The Charlie Brown Christmas show was especially good, as I watched it with the kids the other day.  Charlie Brown is plagued by the commercialism of Christmas (and that was 1965!) and he wonders aloud if anyone knows the real meaning of Christmas.  Then Linus steps forward and recites the narration of Jesus’s birth from the account in Luke.  This show did a good job bringing home the true intent of the Christian holiday, however it was polluted with secularisms and myths down through the years.  Good job.

Merry Christmas … from TV (or TiVo) Land!

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Published in: on December 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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