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Monday, January 5, 2015

Year in Review (2014)

Before I move on to new content in the new year, I thought I'd provide a little look back on the previous year.  I was a little surprised by a few of last year's most popular blog posts and reviews--maybe you will be surprised too.  Here they are: 2014's most viewed posts:

1.  1993 Christmas episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Maybe this episode is popular because it includes a musical performance by 90s pop music hitmakers Boyz II Men.  Now I have their song "Let it Snow" stuck in my head. 

1964's "Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk" from Gilligan's Island.

2.  The Gilligan's Island Christmas episode
This 1964 episode is often overlooked as a classic Christmas TV installment.  Not only is it from the first season's black-and-white episodes, but the title doesn't contain the word "Christmas" and it's a retrospective, clip show.  It pleases me that people are digging around on the internet looking for information about it.

3.  The post that introduced our Christmas in July blogathon
It makes sense that people would be clicking on this post over and over--it introduced our very popular mini-questionnaire and instructed participants how to join in the fun.  Don't miss the conclusion of our Christmas in July party.  Here is the link to the list of all 33 participants and their replies to the mini-questionnaire.  I was very pleased with the response last year.  Should we do another mini-questionnaire with all-new questions for this year's Christmas in July?  Or should we do something different?  Let me know what you think.

4.  My commentary about the 50th anniversary of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The golden age of Christmas TV animation is always a popular subject.  Hold on to your hat: A Charlie Brown Christmas turns 50 years old later this year.  What a perfect time to reflect back on what these animated TV specials mean to us personally and as a culture.

5.  2014 TV movie The Christmas Secret
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries network has recently begun airing their own original holiday programming (2013 was their first year doing this).  I saw that The Christmas Secret broke the network's ratings record.  Good for them.  Did you catch this new Christmas TV movie in December?

As I plan my upcoming schedule, do you have any requests?  Let me know in the comments below.  Happy New Year!  May all the best things in life come to you in 2015.

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