I know this is quite random, but we all have movies and other special programming we associate with Christmas.
Here’s my list. These are the things we must watch between now and Christmas.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Cartoon)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Ron Howard Movie)
- A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart)
- A Christmas Carol (Disney Animated Film)
- It’s a Wonderful Life (Jimmy Stewart)
- Jingle all the way
- Christmas with the Kranks
- A Christmas Story – my all time favorite
- Jack Frost
- Snow Day
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer
- Frosty the Snow Man
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- A Year without a Santa Claus
- The Santa Clause
- The Santa Clause 2
- Santa Claus is coming to town
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
I see a lot of lists that mention Die Hard and Christmas Vacation. I have never seen Christmas Vacation.
My brother, Jay, mentioned a few movies he thinks of as Christmas Movies; Christmas Vacation, Die Hard, and he gives honorable mention to Elf. Not a bad list. Believe it or not, I’ve never seen Christmas Vacation. Die Hard and Elf are great films, regardless of the season.
Here’s the list of movies we watch, I may miss a few, but here goes.
Of course we don’t watch A Christmas Story until Christmas Eve when TBS does 24 Hours of A Christmas Story. I watch it a few times while I’m wrapping presents for my wife late into Christmas Eve, because, you know, there’s nothing like waiting until the last minute to wrap your wife’s gifts, right?
UPDATE: 12/24 – Here’s a list that’s a bit on the dark side, I thought I’d add these while I was updating the list above.
Gadgets and gizmos are fun, I have to admit that. I’m hopelessly addicted to my iPhone and Twitter, there’s no denying it. So why does that need explaining?
I like to visit
Our family has always tried to get together for the holidays, especially Christmas, and over the past few years we’ve hosted Thanksgiving. I love the holidays! It’s a time for family and friends to get together and make merry. A big part of what makes it so special is sitting around talking about random stuff. The stuff that goes on in our day to day lives, the stuff that makes life what it is.
With the introduction of smartphones and tablet devices it’s way too easy to “feel bored”, have that desire to check your tweet stream, post a quick picture to Facebook, or send a text to your friend. Not this year.
I really hope our family doesn’t feel that way. I know our daughters may have an issue with it, tough. This is about family, no just about you or me, it’s about the collective Fahrni clan.
I can’t make people abide by this rule, I can only hope they will because we’re actually going to ask folks to agree to do this. Kim, my wife, will have a special basket set aside to collect devices as you enter our home, or you can leave it in the car. We really hope folks will agree to this so we can have some much needed, and desired, uninterrupted time to visit. Yes, we love you that much!
It’s all about the people in the room. The wider audience can wait a few hours while we enjoy the company of each other.
P.S. – Old school technology, like a standalone camera is encouraged. (no, not the one on your phone or tablet, but nice try!)