Still with me? Cool. Let's get to the top 5. If you need an intro, click this link to get the first half of the list and all the qualifiers that make my list right and everybody else's wrong. Yeah, yeah, I know I'm full of it. If you have a Christmas carol you think … Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Carols (Part 2)
Before putting any top-ten list on the internet, I need to make two distinctions. First, these are carols, not just Christmas songs. Carols have more to do with Christmas itself and the religious significance than the seasonal trappings. For example, "The First Noel" is a carol, while "White Christmas" is a Christmas song. I'm only … Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Carols (Part 1)
We've all got 'em. From black-and-white classics like Miracle on 34th Street to it's-set-on-Christmas-so-yes-it's-a-Christmas-movie Die Hard, each of us has at least two or three Christmas specials we can't do without each year. So I'll keep this blog post short because I want to hear your answers more than mine: what are the Christmas specials … Continue reading What Christmas Specials Do you HAVE to Watch Every Year?
What's a Hell Scare? An old-school Christian tactic that won souls by literally scaring the Hell out of someone. Hey, don't wanna burn in the lake of fire, right? Better become a Christian, or Jesus gon' getcha! As a result, generations of Christians and non-Christians alike grew up terrified of the notions of Hell. Now Jesus … Continue reading Top 5 Hell Scares–#5, Toasty Christmases
Yet another classic neither I nor my wife had seen before. After all, how many Christmas movies can you possibly watch every year? I haven't even seen the remake with Mara Wilson. Oh, well, it's the perfect opportunity to watch the film and examine 1947 a little closer. STORY: A jolly old man named Kris … Continue reading 75 Years of Film: 1947–Miracle on 34th Street
You've probably heard the phrase "desensitized," but it's most often in terms of bad things. Like the guy who's seen so many gory movies he's no longer bothered by depravity. Or the sailor who barely even notices the casual F-bomb. The TV show "Friends" played with this when Joey and Chandler had watched so much … Continue reading Desensitized to Joy
Last in a tribute to great Christmas movies is my personal favorite--and one of my favorite films in general. While a box-office bomb, this film turned out to be one of the biggest movies ever. It's easy to see why. A Break from Christmas Movies Despite being hyped as a Christmas film, the film isn't … Continue reading Best Christmas Movie: The Case for “It’s a Wonderful Life”
What Christmas films do you watch every year without fail? Everybody has their list and EVERYBODY does a top-10 list, so instead of doing that, I thought I'd focus on four films over the next couple weeks leading up to Christmas, showing why they should be considered for the Best Christmas Movie Ever award. Tell … Continue reading The Best Christmas Movie: The Case for “The Muppet Christmas Carol”
Honorable Mention--Snow This is actually a winter thing, not just a Christmas thing, but Christmas falls in winter, so I had to cheat. Who had such a horrible childhood that they didn't enjoy the falling of snow? Little white flakes cascading through the air, building up and threatening to cancel school. True, now that I'm … Continue reading 10 Christmas Things That Make Me Feel Like A Kid Again
Some people just don't want to enjoy their own holiday. This "Freakout" is a little lighter because pretty much every Christian gets behind Christmas (except for weird Charlie with his adamant exegesis that baby Jesus was born in June). Still, there are one or two complains that I felt like addressing because I'm unemployed and … Continue reading CHRISTIAN FREAKOUTS! Christmas!…Wait, Christmas? Really?