Christmas TV Specials!

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Christmas TV Specials!
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Sat, 12-05-2009 - 11:54pm

Lots of holiday stuff on TV right now if you're interested.

Here's a great link to a TV critic who explains what's new, what's classic and when you can find it:

http://blogs.courant.com/roger_catlin_tv_eye/2009/12/christmas-tv-special-roundup.html

And here's just a simple link to a schedule... if you get the "Hallmark" channel, you'll get even more than this:

http://classic-tv.com/2009HolidaySpecialsTelevisionSchedule.html

And since I seem to have already missed Scrooged, the Charlie Brown Christmas special, and I see no mention of the Boston Pops (with their awesome, horse-imitating trumpet players), these are the main ones I would deem worthy of turning on the TV:

DECEMBER 2009
Santa Clause 2 ABCFAM Dec 12, 6:00pm
It's a Wonderful Life NBC Dec 12, 8:00pm
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer CBS Dec 12, 8:00pm
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys ABCFAM Dec 15, 7:00pm
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York ABCFAM Dec 15, 8:30pm
Frosty The Snowman CBS Dec 18, 8:00pm
Miracle On 34th Street ABCFAM Dec 23, 7:30pm
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys ABCFAM Dec 24, 3:30pm
It's a Wonderful Life NBC Dec 24, 8:00pm
A Christmas Story Marathon TBS Dec 24, 8:00pm
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory ABCFAM Dec 25, 1:00pm
Miracle on 34th Street ABCFAM Dec 25, 3:30 pm

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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 3:00pm

I love Scrooged! and I love the Boston Pops, too!

Disney has a new holiday special this year called PREP AND LANDING. It'll be on ABC on Tuesday, December 8 at 8:30 p.m. (Immediately following THE CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL which airs at 8:00 p.m.) and the girls are staying up past bedtime to watch it! I'm making Christmas cookies (okay, I'm buying them), and hot cocoa for the event! I can't wait to see it!

So, Kara, you haven't missed Charlie Brown! Do you get ABC up there?

I think originally Charlie Brown and Prep and Landing were going to air on ABC last tuesday night (when we were on a plane back home) but Obama's speech intervened! A Christmas miracle! Well, not so much what he said in the speech (about more troops in Afghanistan), but the timing of the speech worked out!

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Registered: 08-26-2003
Mon, 12-07-2009 - 4:15pm

Which movie has a line that goes something like:


Yes, Olivia (it could have been another name), THERE IS SANTA CLAUSE!



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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 6:38pm

There's a commercial that is playing that line right now. It's for Macy's dagnabbit. But it is really directly from a real letter written by a real girl to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. This is from the newseum website:

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

"VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 8:20pm
Ashley you're the queen of randomn pop culture
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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 8:22pm
So NOW do you believe in Santa Claus? :)
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Sun, 12-13-2009 - 10:03am
So while I like some of the xmas classics, all Matthew seems to be excited to watch is things like IChristmas (Icarly) and Merry Christmas Drake and Josh! He does love home alone though.
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Sun, 12-13-2009 - 2:37pm

Prep and Landing was SO GREAT on ABC last week. I'm not sure what I expected, but it was a wonderful little special! We're going to watch it again this week (It is on ABC on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.).

Seriously, if you haven't seen it, try to catch it. It's definitely up there with TOY STORY. And, it's only 1/2 hour long.

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Tue, 12-15-2009 - 11:02pm
Update! Prep and Landing is on Wednesday night at 8 pm on ABC - not 8:30!
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Sun, 12-27-2009 - 10:54pm

Ashley, I forgot to mention that we caught Prep & Landing, the first time it was on, just by chance?

I let the girls stay up an extra half hour to watch it because it looked so high-quality? :)

It was really cute! I enjoyed it.

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