12/20/2005

Christmas Traditions (Part 2)

It isn't really Christmas unless you watch Holiday Inn. This dated (black and white), gleefully politically incorrect, and almost completely unbelievable story is nevertheless one of the touchpoints of the season--even though it has almost nothing to do with Christmas. Best known for introducing the Irving Berlin classic "White Christmas" performed by Bing Crosby, it serves as a reminder of a much different time...and yet who wouldn't want to watch Fred Astaire and Bing sing and dance and fight over girls?

It also isn't really Christmas unless you go out and look at lights, and then come home and drink hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. (Living in Arizona may require the use of air conditioning for that last part.) People who don't decorate for Christmas are missing out.

And for what it's worth, the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is vastly superior to the Jim Carrey live one.

1 Comments:

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOLIDAY INN! Yea man! I just watched the whole thing at Dad's last night since we saw almost no Christmas movies this year due to our Mexico trip. Remember one time we got up at something like 3:00 a.m. to watch HOLIDAY INN on Daddy Byers' old black and white TV in the days before videos allowed you to watch whenever you will?

Rebecca

 

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