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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Christmas in July 2016: David Branch

Christmas in July 2016: David Branch

1) What Christmas episode/special/or movie always puts you in the holiday spirit?

Miracle on 34th Street, especially when they air it on Thanksgiving nite. I think it's the perfect movie to settle down with a turkey sandwich and usher in the holiday season. It's a longstanding tradition in my family.

2) What Christmas program or scene brings you to tears?

The final scene in It's a Wonderful Life when George opens up that book and reads the inscription from Clarence. "George, remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, love, Clarence. Gets me every time. A close second was the last scene of The Flintstones when Fred realizes that Santa had gotten out of his sick bed to make his Christmas merry. "NO one can ever tell me there's no Santa Claus....

3) What's your favorite quote of dialogue, song lyric, or sentiment from a Christmas program?

"I intend to prove that Mr. Kringle is Santa Claus." said by Mr Gailey/John Payne in Miracle on 34th Street. It gives me goosebumps.

4) Is there a Christmas program that unintentionally frightens you--or turns you off?

Bad Santa initially turned me off with the language and sexual situations, but I have since grown to really enjoy the movie. Willie will never change, but it was really cool how the kid got to him in the end. He just had to get that toy to Thurman Merman,lol, loved it.

5) Name one character from Christmas entertainment with whom you closely identify? and explain why.

George Bailey, the common man who genuinely cares about people and will do without personal fame and fortune if it meant that he could help a friend.


  1. As the introductory movie to the Holiday Season, 'Miracle on 34th Street' is true perfection, with Thanksgiving & Christmas! Too bad it doesn't also include New Years!

    Enjoyed reading all your responses, David! George Bailey is a great man/character to closely identify with!

    Blessings!!! Net

  2. Hooray for #3 - John Payne delivered that line confidently, but calmly, that really riled up the court room. Good one!

  3. The scene in Miracle on 34th Street when young Susan spots her dream home and jumps out of the car. She races across the lawn, goes into the home and her mother and Gailey spot the cane in the corner! What an emotional moment! Thanks for reminding me about the specialness of that movie. And thanks for participating :)