Today is the seventh day of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2015!
The featured topic is – Christmas Television and Movies – and the focus is on . . .
Whether it is the movie It’s A Wonderful Life or A Charlie Brown Christmas on the telly, what is your favorite television program or movie? What are your memories of first seeing it as a child and did your family have certain traditions related to the show or movie? Are there different versions (such as The Christmas Carol) and have you found modern favorites? Tell us about your favorite Christmas television program or movie and your memories of Christmases past.
When I think back to all the Christmas television shows and movies I’ve seen through the years, I cannot deny my personal favorites today are still those films and shows I watched as a child.
I grew up during the 1960’s. The first Christmas film I remember was the animated TV musical of Charles Dickens’s, “A Christmas Carol” called – Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962). Remember that TV movie? Yes, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo as Ebeneezer Scrooge visited by three spirits which help him learn the true meaning of Christmas is still my favorite! Other 1960 films I enjoyed were Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), The Little Drummer Boy (1968), and Frosty the Snowman (1969).
Besides those animated favorites I mention above, another film I probably watched more than any other holiday comedy classic growing up was Miracle on 34th Street (1947). I was 10 years old and just learned there was no Santa the year I saw this film. So I found the court case surrounding a man who was institutionalized as insane because he claimed to be Santa Claus fascinating. Other Christmas comedies I enjoyed as I grew older were Remember the Night (1940), The Bishop’s Wife (1947), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) and White Christmas (1954).
What are some of your favorite Christmas television and movies? Seen any of the films I mentioned? Let me know in the comment section if you care to share!