Favourite Christmas Movies

By: palmettobug53 , 3:04 AM GMT on December 16, 2012

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Everyone has their favourite Christmas movies. Here are some of mine. I hope the sound quality on them is OK. Since I can't hear them, I can't tell!

White Christmas:



Out of the numerous adaptations of A Christmas Carol, these three are my favourites:

Alastair Sims' 1951 version, which should only be seen in black and white. A pox on those colorized B&W movies!



The 1999 version with the ever delectable Patrick Stewart:




And last, but not least, The Muppet Christmas Carol, featuring Michael Caine:



The Polar Express:



Here's "Waterworks" Margaret O'Brien and the divine Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis":




Of course, watching A Christmas Story is an absolute must!




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40. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:22 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
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39. Proserpina
12:24 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
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38. palmettobug53
3:16 PM GMT on December 22, 2012
Quoting Ylee:
Don't worry; there's an all-new software package waiting for you when you get the current one mastered! :)


Oh, don't you know it, Ylee!

Sandi, I know you'll enjoy having your sister visit. You read my mind: I'm thinking about doing a large, bone-in ham tomorrow. That will solve Sunday dinner, leave plenty for Christmas Day (thus eliminating some of the cooking) and will leave me with a nice bone to fix either soup or a pot of beans later.

Though we were forecast to go down to 29F last night, I don't think it even hit freezing. The birdbath didn't have a bit of ice this morning.

I have some errands to run today, the laundry needs doing (I have a load in now but may hold a load or two for tomorrow - pace myself), the house needs picking up and some cleaning done.

I did take Monday off and the office is closed Tuesday, so I can spread some of the chores out over the next 2 days. The only thing I plan to do Christmas Day is cook something to go with the ham.

I have not gotten anything done in the house all week. Every single night since Tuesday, I've nodded off in my recliner around 8:00 or 8:30 and haven't waked up until 9:30, 10:00, 10:30. Thursday night, I didn't wake up until 11:15. I got in a two hour nap last night.

I don't know if it's old age (shudder....), stress and exhaustion from work or if my B12 levels are low again. Probably a combination of all three.

I take a daily B12 supplement, on the advice of my physician, rather than going in for monthly shots. I don't know if they're no longer working for me or if I have a bad batch. The FDA does not oversee supplements, so the quality can vary. The ones I'm taking are the brand I always buy. Even though they're a long way from the expiration date, it is quite possible that this is a weaker batch. That's one thing I plan to get today: get another bottle of B12 and toss the current one. See how that does.

I was nodding off in my chair almost every night for several months before he did the B12 level blood test about 3 years ago, just like I'm doing now. Once I started the supplement, I was awake in the evenings again. There was a short period, when I was nodding off again and a new bottle of B12 pills did the trick.

I'll try it and see. If it doesn't work, I'll go in and have him run another test.
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37. sandiquiz
5:37 AM GMT on December 22, 2012
Morning, hope you survived the week...and managed to get some refreshing sleep.

I have my sister and her hubby arriving at lunch time. They are setting off early and go to my aunts for an hour or so about 10am, then coming down to me for about 1pm. It will be lovely to catch up with her. The last time we spent some time together I was in hospital and the time before was their wedding, which I had to leave early :-(

We are going to the local Chinese restaurant tonight to save me cooking, but I did make a large roast ham yesterday so I could prepare sandwiches at lunchtime.
Will be back tomorrow after they have left, possibly late afternoon.
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36. Ylee
5:38 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Don't worry; there's an all-new software package waiting for you when you get the current one mastered! :)
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35. palmettobug53
5:29 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Hi, ho, Shore!

Sandi, I copied that thing and sent it to all my good friends here at work!

Ylee, yeah, I woke up and was still here. Guess the Mayans miscalculated. LOL

Yes, I have some time off for the holidays. They won't be very relaxing, as I still have shopping to do. The office is only closed Christmas Day.

I really can't afford to stay out long. Though we're still tweaking things, today's the first day I haven't felt like the whole thing was hopeless. I still have a long ways to go yet before things are running smoothly and my desk is back where I want it to be.
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34. Ylee
4:49 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Chin up, bug, the world ain't ended, yet! A few more hours, and you're off until Wednesday!

You ARE off for the holidays, aren't you? I hope so!
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33. sandiquiz
4:39 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Oh dear, you are not having a good week, are you. :-(



It is the weekend, and then only a one day week before you have another day off!!
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32. shoreacres
5:40 PM GMT on December 20, 2012
Bug! It's a patented flyby to say hello before I go back and read everything. I'm going to spend the afternoon trying to remember the joke that has the punchline, "Hum, bahbug!" LOL
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31. palmettobug53
5:38 PM GMT on December 20, 2012
I was going to check in last night, while watching 'White Christmas.' Had my lappy set up and everything. the movie started at 8:00.

I didn't even make it to the film clip in my header, which is only about 30 minutes after the movie starts. I nodded right off and didn't wake up until 10;30 with a horrible crick in my neck. The lappy's battery had run out.

work is, well, I'm not going to talk about it.

Hubby was a sweetheart and did see my cards by the door in time to get them in the mailbox before the carrier came by.

the luncheon today is OK. Kinda top heavy on desserts and chips and dip. I've got a headache and not much appetite, so I really don't care. someone brought a wonderful Italian pasta salad with the spirals and black olives. or so I thought. Got back to my desk to find that they'd put teeny shrimp in the thing. Bleah.

I had a piece of fried chicken and a few pieces of melon.

Ho, ho, ho, bah humbug.
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30. sandiquiz
5:04 PM GMT on December 20, 2012
It is Thursday, only one day left...well one and a half if we are being precise!

I know you have the Christmas event today, so might not get on line at lunchtime. What did you take in to nibble on? Hope it went well and everyone was full of Christmas 'bon ami' :-)

I went to meet my Thursday garden centre friend - the first time since the beginning of October. It was good! :-)
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29. janetlee
2:30 PM GMT on December 20, 2012
I hope you are having a better day today!
Did you by any chance watch the animation versoin of A Christmas Carol last evening? I started but did not make it to the ending. Those 11 pm endings finish me off first everytime.
Take care~~
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28. palmettobug53
5:35 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
I had written up a nice reply last night, then lost it because somehow or other, my wifi switch got turned off.

By the time I figured out what the problem was, I didn't feel like doing it over again.


Here's the abreviated version:

Karen, glad your enjoyed your boat tour and dinner.

BF, I don't think I've ever seen that one. I tend to avoid Christmas movies except for specific ones I like to watch over and over. I'm sure I miss out on good ones but there's just SO many of them, coming at me from all directions, I just run!

Sandi, the luncheone was fine. I managed to get out of there with enough to fill me up for only $5.50.

Santa and Mrs. Claus came while we were gone. I was rather disappointed not to see them.

Finally finished up cards and... OH, DARN IT! I forgot to put them in the mailbox this morning before I left for work. AUGH!!!!!!

Hubby is home; I hope he sees them and puts them out. He'll probably walk right past them, just like
I did. They're right by the door.

This is me at work: A Day In The Life Of A Screaming Banshee.
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27. sandiquiz
7:00 PM GMT on December 18, 2012
I hope the 'pay-before-you-go' lunch wasn't too bad, and you enjoyed yourself.

What are you taking for the lunch in the office on Thursday? Something you can rustle up quickly on Wednesday evening?
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26. Barefootontherocks
5:35 AM GMT on December 18, 2012
Hi Bug,
I have a new Christmas favorite. The Family Man. Never saw it till a few weeks ago. Cute. Love-y. Well done. Maybe not as classic but, in a way, seems kind of like a modern-day It's a Wonderful Life.

Trailer for The Family Man.

'nite. Have fun at your holiday parties.
:)
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25. SBKaren
4:53 AM GMT on December 18, 2012
My most favorite Christmas movie is It's a Winderful Life. Even though I can probably recite the script, I still cry at the end. I also like Home Alone (#1).

You have already received over 40" of rain? Wow, that would flood us. I think our yearly average is about 12".

We made it through our boat tour with no rain at all. It was a very pleasant evening. We puttered by my aunt's house, so I called her and she went out on her back patio to wave at us. She lives up on the hill a bit, but we saw each other.

We all went out to dinner at the Old Spagehtti Factory. This was a delightful generous treat from our daughter and SIL. It was their way of thanking the grandparents for all the babysitting all year long. Somehow I need to make them realize that I believe we are already the bigger benefactors! They'll get it when it's their turn!
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24. palmettobug53
2:40 AM GMT on December 18, 2012
It looks like we got about a third of an inch. From the amount coming down, I'd have expected to find more in my gauge but that was it. It moved through fast.

We're still about 8 inches behind normal for the year. According to this, we've had 41.38 inches since Jan 1. Normal is 49.53.

I will not be checking in from work during lunch tomorrow. My unit is going out to eat for our Christmas luncheon.

We're having a covered dish luncheon Thursday, which will be for the entire office. We have a fairly decent sized break room and rearrange the tables in there to serve buffet style. We can't accommodate a sit down dinner in the office, so we eat in groups, wherever we can pull chairs together. You can eat at your desk, if you prefer.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting our office sometime tomorrow morning. A husband and wife couple that retired some years ago have been dressing up and visiting around the hospital and offices for the last few years. I'm not sure if they try to go everywhere but they do visit us. The wife worked in a department that our office has a lot of contact with. I'm one of the few left in our office that remember her. It will be good to see them.
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23. whitewabit (Mod)
10:36 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Looks like you just had some heavy amounts of rain passing thru your area .. stay safe ..

How much did you get .. sure wish we could have a few of those rain storms ..
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22. palmettobug53
5:53 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
He goes over Greenland on that flight? I would have thought they'd take a more southern route.


New system still stinks but I thing I've gotten my equanimity back. Humming a little "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" helps.

Still very busy.

The back and eyes seem OK.

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21. sandiquiz
3:09 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
The wounded solider is on a plane heading over Greenland as I type this.

Hope the workload, new system, back and eyes all behave this week!!
How much time do you get off next week? Just the one day?
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20. palmettobug53
3:05 AM GMT on December 17, 2012
Wab, you're not the only one running late. I'm right behind you. Still have a few gifts to do. I finally got about 2/3 of my cards done and ready for the post tomorrow.

Sandi, glad I could help. Too bad that I didn't come up with the idea before someone had already gone arse over tip on the deck. Falling like that is NOT fun.

I just hope it works as adverted.

I'm rather let down this evening. I saw in the TV listing for tonight Turner Classics was going to air "Scrooge." One of my favourites; the one with Alastair Sim. I'd been looking forward to it all day. It comes on and it's the lovely original black and white; not that nasty colourized version. But there's no captions. What a let down. I'm still keeping half an eye on it.
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19. sandiquiz
8:47 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Oh, Bug - thanks for the link, I never knew it existed, but now one is ordered from Amazon!!

Yeah!!
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18. whitewabit (Mod)
8:31 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Hey Bug .. dreary here today .. 42 degrees and overcast..

Going to go finish up Christmas shopping for the G-kids in a few minutes and then will be done .. a little late in getting it done this year..
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17. palmettobug53
8:26 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Isn't that the funniest thing, Sandi? I adore the Simon's Cat videos so much.

Can't you put down some type of rubber matting or carpet on the deck to provide some traction? Something like this? Not just for C; it would be a good idea for you, too. Maybe two: one for the deck and one from the front door to your car.

Janet, I hope you're feeling a bit better. We were dreary early this morning, then the temps shot up to 75F and the sun came out. It's getting dreary looking again. Rain is on the way. I'm sure I'll have fun during my commute tomorrow. Whoopee.

I watched that George C. Scott version one time, when it first aired. Simply because I love the story. It was on last night but I didn't watch it.
Scrooge is coming on tonight and I'm going to be right there! The 1951 version with Alastair Sim.

I'm going to work on my cards between supper and then. Get some of them out.
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16. janetlee
8:02 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Pros, The Match Girl, I wish I could tell you how many times I tried to read that story to my D when she was small. I do not think I ever made it through. I'd have to put the book away and ask her to pick another because I would be in tears so bad I could not continue.
My all time favorite Christmas movie is "The Christmas Story"., followed by "Scrooge" (but not the George C Scott one I think that is one of the worse movies ever made.)

We are still having damp dreary weather up here. It is the kind that just seeps in and gets to the bone.

Take care..
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15. sandiquiz
5:47 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Oh, that Simon's cat is just delicious!

PS - Bug, see how Simon is sitting at the end of the clip? That's how a certain person finished up when he slipped n the decking today! lol
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14. palmettobug53
4:34 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Oh, gosh! That is just TOO funny for words! Just like a cat.

I'm glad to see that Simon's Cat is not being 'humanized." I loved the early Garfields. He was a cat, then. Once he started walking on his hind legs and lost his 'cat-ness,' I lost interest.
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13. shoreacres
4:21 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Hey, lookie! There's been a new Simon's Cat published! Ice fishing!

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12. palmettobug53
3:14 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Pros, I'm not surprised to hear that Hallmark did a version of 'Gift of the Magi.' I don't think I saw it. I remember seeing something on Kinescope. Or I might be thinking of 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'.

Cal, I remember seeing the George C. Scott version and enjoyed it. I've always like him as an actor. I just prefer my Ebenezers to be from across The Pond, rather than American.

Way to go, Shore! So, I'm not the only one still running behind with her Christmas cards and mailings. I need to as much as I can in the mail tomorrow.

Still... I think some folks will get my Christmas mail after the 25th.

I never get myself organized; I swear each year that I'll do better and I never do. Too, this year, I've had some things going on that have rather kept me from doing what I wanted, when I wanted.

A word of advice: Don't start watching that movie until after you've done the things you needed to do today.


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11. shoreacres
2:08 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
That's it! Tonight I get out my DVD of "A Christmas Story" and start my marathon watching!
I love that film - partly because it's such a perfect portrayal of my growing-up years. Some of the details just crack me up, like the Dad behind the newspaper, utterly oblivious to so much going on around him. Well, that and trying to deal with the coal furnace. We had one of those, too, and it was a trip. I loved coal delivery days - there was a chute down into a separate room in the basement. Such a racket!

It's entirely possible I'll have my cards finished tonight and ready to mail, and the tree decorated. It's been a bit of a slog, because I keep getting distracted and end up doing things I didn't intend on doing. For example: cleaning all the dust out of the computer. Yes, it needed to be done. Did it need to be done now? Well, as the old saying goes, if not now, when? Maybe today I can stay on track better!
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10. calpoppy
2:04 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
George Scott starred in a tv version of 'A Christmas Carol' back in the eighties which remains my favorite version. Since my grandfathers name was Ebenezer I always liked the story.

Two great animated shorts were ' The Snowman' and my childhood fav 'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol '. If you watch ' The Snowman' be prepared and have tissue at hand!
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9. Proserpina
1:28 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Good morning, yes, The Gift of the Magi was a Hallmark production for TV. I did see that and I did like it. I've also seen made for TV Christmas Carol productions, I recall one of them was very good too.
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8. palmettobug53
1:11 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Good morning!

We're fairly warm this morning, around 54F. It is overcast, with dense fog and we've got about a 60% chance rain through tomorrow.

Ylee, yes, A Charlie Brown Christmas would have been called an animated short. I try to catch it every year. It aired about 3 weeks ago. I wish they'd do it closer to Christmas, though.

Another sleepless night, Pros? I'm really sorry. It seems like you have been having a lot of those lately.

If you like A Christmas Carol, you'd probably enjoy any one of the versions that have been made. I've watched a lot of them and enjoyed seeing the story acted out. The three in my header are just my top three.

I believe there was a live broadcast of Gift of the Magi waaaaay back in the 50's. You might be able to find it on tape/DVD.

Sandi, you, too? Up in the middle of the night? At least, you had a lie-in this morning.

I don't think I've seen or heard of Mrs. Miracle or the sequel. I'll have to ask Uncle Google.

I still have two loads to be washed. But they're small loads and I can hang them inside. I need to go to Walmart for some groceries and gas. I'm thinking I'll cheat on dinner today and get one of their deli's rotisserie chickens and potato salad. I can fix some butter beans to go with them.
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7. sandiquiz
8:45 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
It is 8:30 here and I am following nightshift worker and sleepless in Seattle, no sorry, Virginia! (Hi Pros) around the blogs.
Love your selection of videos, and if I wake up in the middle of the night, as I did last night, hence I am still in bed after 8, I shall come and watch a video, and not play scrabble.

One of my favourite Christmas movies has become Miracle in Manhatten, the sequel to Mrs Miracle. I prefer it and find it a most enjoyable Christmas story.

Another one I watched this year is the movie about Thomas Kincade, called Christmas Cottage. That is a great film, if you see it advertised this Christmas....
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6. Ylee
8:35 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
If it wasn't originally broadcast on TV, it'd be called an animated short! :)
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5. Proserpina
8:00 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
I wish I could say that I have a favorite movie but I cannot. I just am not a movie watcher, not that much. I do have favorite Christmas stories such as Dickens "Christmas Carol', and "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry'. I do have lots of favorite Christmas songs, and a few poems. I also have a favorite story told to children (at least when I was growing up) during the Christmas season, "The Match Girl' by Hans Christian Andersen.

I like the blog and it gives me a chance to visit and leave a comment at 3am. Yes, I should be sleeping but cannot.
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4. palmettobug53
4:01 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
Nope; not a movie. I did mention it as one of the things we like about Christmas (my last entry).

Sorry you can't enjoy the videos, Ylee. I know you're blocked from viewing them at work. Phooey.

Well, it's past time for me to be in bed. I'll check in tomorrow.

Night, all!
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3. Ylee
3:57 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
No Charlie Brown Christmas? :)
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2. palmettobug53
3:18 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
LOL... It took me a minute or two to realize that I needed to right click on the video at YouTube and copy that URL to your link generator. I might be a little slow on the uptake but I get there, eventually.

I can't leave this entry up too terribly long. We'll be posting in more vids and it'll get too top heavy for those that use dial up. Like my Dad.

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1. RobDaHood
3:11 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
Wow, look at you with all your vids!
Very cool. Glad to be of help.
What I do is nothing compared to all you folk that make WU such a great place to hang out.

Thanks!
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