Favorite Holiday Movie

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The Plinky Question for this week is:  “What is Your Favorite Holiday Movie?”

This question may look easy, but it’s not.  Where would a person start?  With the traditional classics?  Would I pick “It’s a Wonderful Life“, “White Christmas“,  or “Miracle on 34th Street“?  (Of course there would be a problem if I picked “Miracle on 34th Street” as I would then have to chose The Original, or The Remake.)

I’d really be in trouble if I said my favorite holiday movie is “A Christmas Carol“, as there have been four releases of this story, going back as far as 1938 for its first debut, and coming all the way up to as recent as 2009 starring Jim Carrey.  Oh, and of course I would have to include in this group the special Jim Henson version in 1992 “The Muppet Christmas Carol” starring Michael Caine as Mr. Scrooge, and Kermit the Frog who played the ever loyal assistant Bob Cratchit.

Perhaps I should stick to more family-centered movies, like “A Christmas Story“, or “Home Alone (#1 or #2?)” or perhaps a mighty belly laugher, gut-splitting anti-Christmas comedy movie like “Christmas With the Kranks“.  And speaking of Tim Allen, who plays Jolly ol’ Nick three times in the blockbusters “Santa Clause 1“, then “Santa Clause 2: the Mrs. Clause“, and finally “Santa Clause 3:  The Escape Clause.”   Aaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!  Too many choices.

And let’s not forget the animated movies that we all love, like “Mickey’s Christmas Carol“, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie“, “Frosty the Snowman” and let us never forget”The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”  All of these terrific movies cannot be simply brushed away if I were to pick one and only one and claim that this is my most favorite holiday movie.

So what is the answer?  Well, we decided there must be some happy middle ground, and this is what we finally came up with.  As much as possible over the years, we have saved up money and collected these various movies so that we have a whole section of one binder dedicated to “Christmas Movies”.  And each year, for the most part, we start watching the first movie about 2 weeks before Christmas, and each night from that point on, we will try to watch another Christmas movie.

And what is the final Christmas movie that we watch on the evening of the 24th, the night before Christmas?  Inevitably, it is “The Muppet Christmas Carol”  So now I guess you have caught me in my words.  If we had to choose one above all the others, this wold be the one.  We laugh, we cry, we sing along.  And in the end, we raise our voices and say along with Tiny Tim (who does not die), “God bless us, one and all.”

The End

Final P.S.:  So what is your favorite holiday movie, and why?  Come on, you can tell us.

Chocolate or Vanilla?


The answer is definitely CHOCOLATE. What’s funny is that it was many years after we were married before this fact became known to the family.

So here’s how it happened. After Jill came home from shopping and we were putting the frozen foods away, I decided to ask the question that had been on my mind for a while.

“Why do we always buy Neapolitan ice cream?” I said.

And Jill said, “Because it’s your favorite ice cream.”

Now i wondered how she could come to this conclusion. Hadn’t anyone ever noticed that when they had picked up the ice cream bucket that all the chocolate had been carefully carved out? So all that was left was a mixture of strawberry and vanilla ice cream with huge craters around them where I had dug to find the chocolate.

“So tell me how you came to this conclusion?” I asked.

“Well, whenever I visited you at your parent’s home before we got married, all I ever found in the freezer was Neapolitan ice cream. So I figured that was your favorite ice cream,” she replied.

So finally the whole story was out. It was because my father controlled the “sweets” department in our family that we always had Neapolitan ice cream in the freezer. And after being married for almost 10 years, I finally let my family know that I eat chocolate ice cream, and that is what Jill now buys for me.

Oh, and by the way, if you had checked the ice cream bucket at my house when I was young, you would have also seen huge craters carved out of it, and that the chocolate ice cream was always missing.

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