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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christmas TV Party 2014: Net at It's A Wonderful Movie

Meet Me in St. Louis
Christmas TV Party 2014: Net at It’s a Wonderful Movie

1) What is the first Christmas special you remember watching?
As a child, I remember watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. Oh, how I loved Charlie Brown and his sweet little tree that just needed a little love! And, of course, it is such a precious moment, in the middle of all the chaos and confusion, when Linus tells Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas!
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” –Luke 2:11

2) Name one Christmas program/movie you enjoy watching all year round.
While It’s a Wonderful Life is my absolute favorite at Christmas, I also love Meet Me in St. Louis! I completely adore this classic Christmas musical, starring Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien, all year long, especially since it has so many seasons in it. It’s such a lovely film... from the costumes, the memorable lines I cherish and say along with them, and the dancing and music, as well! I love all the songs, too… “The Boy Next Door,” “Skip To My Lou,” “The Trolley Song,” the title song “Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis,” ‘You and I,” and most of all, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Meet Me in St. Louis is like an old-fashioned Christmas card come to life… with sleigh rides, sledding, snowfall, snowmen, and traditional Christmas Carols. The realness of the family, the film, and the era, in which it takes place, makes one long to meet there - today!

Terrible Imogene in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

3) Name one overlooked, or under-appreciated Christmas program.
I love the sweet little one hour special The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s about the Herdman children who are poor, dirty, and bullys who take over the local Christmas Nativity Pageant. However, when the meanest of them, Imogene, portrays Mary… something beautiful happens. It’s a precious, very special, Christmas story.

4) Send us to 3 places on the internet.
The Dove Foundation - your source for family friendly movie reviews
Movieguide - Movie reviews from a Christian perspective
Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers, by The Metzinger Sisters 

The family together again on Christmas morning on The Waltons.

5) What are your 3 favorite Christmas episodes of a TV sitcom or drama?
I love The Waltons Christmas Special: The Best Christmas.  At first, no one arrives home for Christmas Eve, but then everyone returns home just in time for Christmas Morning! Plus, I love the Dennis the Menace and Father Knows Best Christmas Specials, too! Oh, it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, just thinking about them!


  1. Classic stuff here. I have never seen Meet Me In St. Louis from start to finish. Will have to rectify that this year.

    1. Oh, I do hope you see it all of it, Caffeinated Joe. Judy Garland is truly spectacular and it's a perfect film for any season. Although, the Christmas scenes are my favorite!

  2. Oh, Thank You, Joanna... for letting me share my Christmas favorites! I'm thrilled to be included in the "Christmas in July" TV Party!

    Also, thank you for using my movie pictures and for the lovely addition of The Waltons on Christmas morning! I love it!

    You are so sweet to share your web-site with all of us this month! Happy "Christmas in July" everyone!!!

  3. Good write up Net as usual!!! I'll need to look for The Best Christmas Pageant. I've heard of it, but have never found it. :)


    1. Thank you so much, Cathie! By the way, Amazon has the DVD of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I'm amazed they still have it! It's probably one of those specials that won't be around forever. It's perfect for family viewing!

  4. Net--thanks for participating. It's nice to include you--your much-beloved site has been referenced again and again!

    1. Thank you so much, Joanna! I've had lots of questions since my post and I've sent more Christmas Movie watchers your way. I hope they all take the time to send in their favorites, too!

  5. Very interesting pick with "Meet Me in St. Louis." That's one of those movies that don't scream Christmas all over the place (like "We're No Angels" or "Going My Way"), but are an undeniable part of the time.

    1. You are so right. However, Christmas really is the big climax of the film with the decision to stay or go being made, plus Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"... it truly is a classic beautiful Christmas movie moment.

      I guess that's why I chose it as the one I love all year because the movie is all year, as well!

  6. Great choices, Net! Love that you mention The Best Christmas Pageant Ever... definitely not very well known but a wonderful production.