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Ten On Tuesday

This week’s topic came from my dear daughter, Hannah. I started with 10 Favorite Christmas Specials but decided there aren’t enough for any real variety and then Hannah said there are great holiday movies, too, and then she said these magic words: 10 Favorite Holiday Shows. Perfect!

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  1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. This has been my favorite since I was a little girl. I like that it explains everything about Santa Claus in a way that makes sense. Well, you know what I mean. And I love the song “Put One Foot in Front of the Other.”
  2. Year Without a Santa Claus. Who can resist the charms of the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser?
  3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas. You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. And I named my first cat, Max, after the Grinch’s dog.
  4. Elf. I can watch this one over and over. Santa! I know him!!
  5. Borrowed Hearts. Anyone remember this movie with Roma Downey and Eric McCormack? He hires Roma and her little girl to pretend to be his family and, of course, they fall in love and live happily ever after. It’s corny and I love it.
  6. It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s a classic for a reason.
  7. The Polar Express. I can’t watch it without drinking hot chocolate.
  8. Christmas With the Kranks. Gotta have that Hickory Honey Ham!
  9. Christmas vacation. Nobody puts up Christmas lights like Clarke Griswold.
  10. Christmas Story. You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!

I really enjoy a variety of Christmas specials, from the silly to the classic to the sappy. It wouldn’t be the holidays without ’em.

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  1. Actually my favorite holiday show was a version of the Nutcracker performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Both my daughters took ballet lessons at a studio that put on a production of the Nutcracker each year. My younger daughter gave up dance for horses, but my older daughter continued dancing through college. I can’t wait to take my granddaughter to see the Nutcracker when she gets older!

  2. Okay, some day we really have to meet. I taped Borrowed Hearts years ago. Watch it every year, but the tape is starting to run funny. Don’t forget White Christmas with Bing and Danny. We also love Miracle on 34th Street (the Natalie Woods edition) and While You Were Sleeping – which isn’t technically a holiday pic, but close enough. We also can’t miss The Santa Clause and Home Alone. Oh and Barbara Stanwyck’s Christmas in Connecticut. I’d better stop! Happy Tuesday, Carole!

  3. I love the “Borrowed Hearts” movie. Such fun. I had my traditional holiday “Lord of the Rings” movie marathon over Thankgsgiving (yes, I’m unusual) and followed up with my “Holiday Inn” and “White Christmas” marathon on Sunday night.

    The holidays may now officially begin.

  4. I guess I’ll go with the cartoons. Charlie Brown’s Christmas, The Snowman, and the animated knitting: Les peaux de lievres at

    On my way home this morning from uptown a bagpipe player was busking outside the subway station. And he had little toy sheep arranged in his open case to further encourage tipping.

  5. One of the best things about the holiday season is that it’s OK to be a sappy goof because everyone else is one too! Do you cry when watching It’s a Wonderful Life? I do. Every. single. time.

  6. great list! and I might add the Nutcracker (with Barishnakov – tho I cannot spell his name – hah!) and also The Santa Clause (the first one)

  7. The old Ed Asner movie the Gathering and also The Gift of Love, A Christmas Story with Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury. The old Christmas in CT too…

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