Thursday, December 08, 2005

"Christmastime is here......"

This year, I'm introducing my (almost) 3-year old daughter to the Christmas special classics that I enjoyed as a child myself. We have a number of them on DVD, so we've been playing one per night this week. We started out with "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" on Monday and followed that up on Tuesday with "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer". Those two are my favorites. Last night, we popped in "The Year Without A Santa Claus" -- one that I fondly remembered mainly due to the Heat Miser and Snow Miser and their dueling songs. Well, after watching it last night, it is a little less fondly remembered. We're looking forward to enjoying "Frosty the Snowman" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to cleanse us, though.


At 12/08/2005 01:43:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

Heather and I had the same thoughts last year. I think we have pretty much the same collection you mention on DVD and/or VHS.

We played them around Christmas last year, and Christopher, our oldest (4Yrs. old now)took a sliver of interest. Watched them a couple of times, but in the end the Wiggles Christmas, Thomas in the Snow and every other modern kids show Christmas special won out.

I learned an important lesson . . Don't attempt to relive your childhood through your own children. They just don't have the same appreciation for claymation and puppet cinematography as we do. I guess the world of digital imagary will be their memories.

Probably means they won't have much of an interest when I break out the Atari 2600 or ColeCovision either.

At 12/08/2005 03:25:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

That's hillarious! I loved those as a kid as well, especially Heat Mizer and Snow Mizer. My older kids (18 & 16) were fairly easy to sell those to. My six year old? After cutting his teeth on Finding Nemo? He just looks at me with that "WTF?" look.

At 12/08/2005 04:42:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

As long as we're talking generational stuff, I happened to turn on the TV today and The Three Stooges were on. While I sat there basically guffawing and laughing my you know what off, my 13 year old daughter just blankly stared at the screen. I asked her if she thought it was funny. Just a simple "no" was the answer. Man, what high tech does to our kids...

At 12/08/2005 10:20:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Actually, my (almost) 3 year old loved "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Rudolph." She got bored with "The Year Without A Santa Claus." We watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" tonight and she loved it. In fact, earlier tonight, she was asking to watch "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" again, so I feel good about that.

The funny thing is, the really good specials like "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" or Charlie Brown can't be shown in public schools nowdays because there are some pretty overt Christian messages in them.

Oh, and Rtwng, I think the real problem is that 95% of women don't get the Three Stooges at all. It's not a generational thing, it is a gender thing. (See Lethal Weapon 3 for a more complete analysis that is pretty much spot on.)

At 12/08/2005 10:20:00 PM, Anonymous marty nohe said...

Kris and I took the kids to Florida for a vacation last week and we drove Kris' car, which has the built-in DVD player. (We were initially opposed to this feature but now are glad we wewnt against that instinct since we do a lot of long distance driving with the kiddos.) The drive was 17 hours each way and we brought about 150 hours worth of DVDs, just in case. On day two of the drive, the kids were really wound up and would not be still or quiet, much less even try to nap. In an attempt to break the streak of "Modern Disney Classics" (Nemo, Incredibles, etc.) she put in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Little Drummer Boy".

The kids were asleep before the reindeer games even began. Later, we tried "Charlie Brown Christmas" and discovered that they have no idea who Charlie Brown or Snoopy are at all or why they should care.

So they watched Lion King again.

At 12/09/2005 08:37:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Riley seems to have beaten me to the punch on the Stooges thing. It has nothing to do with age and everything to do with gender. I have three boys (16, 13, 6) and they love the Stooges. My wife and daughter? Not so much. Show me a guy who doesn't find the Stooges at least reasonably humorous and I'll show you a guy who probably shaves his legs. Of course, if you meet a gal at a bar who says she loves them, do yourself a favor and check for an Adam's Apple!

At 12/09/2005 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

I never thought of that perspective. It's probably correct. I will have to watch LW III again to get the full analysis. Of course the women in my household don't like that movie either, except for looking at Mel.


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