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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Christmas in July 2016: Donna Bock

Christmas in July 2016: Donna Bock

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

Well, I've said it in your past two Christmas in July extravaganzas...Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will always come to mind,  I've loved it for so long.  It's my favorite, it puts me in the holiday spirit, and it screams CHRISTMAS!!!  In November, I start checking out the TV listings to see when it will air (I'm 60 years old).  When my kids were little, I couldn't wait to watch it with them.  When we bought our first VHS recorder, we watched it over and over again. Now I have a grandson, and I watched it with him last year, I will be spending a lot of time with him over the summer, and I will surely sneak it in at least once!

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

In Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland singing to little Margaret O'Brien, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," always brings me to tears.  Then Tootie destroys her snow people.....stick a fork in me, I'm done!

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

I love Christmas Eve on Sesame Street's song "Keep Christmas With You."  The whole scene gets me teary eyed.  And when they start signing the song....FORGET IT!    (This could be part II of question 2)

"Keep Christmas with you
All through the year,
When Christmas is over,
You can keep it near.
Think of this Christmas day
When Christmas is far away."

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

This is a long story....and it's not really a Christmas program. 
When I was little..very little (remember I'm 60), The Little Rascals had a short program where a burglar broke into one of the Rascal's homes.  The little kid woke up to see a dark bearded man over his bed.  The kid asks him who he was, and burglar says, "I'm Santa Claus." This upset me to no end, I'm a big Santa fan.  When I questioned my mother about this dark bearded Santa, she told me he was a fake/bad Santa.  For the longest time, every time I watched the Little Rascals and this show was played I had to say out loud, "You're the fake/bad Santa, You're the fake/bad Santa,You're the fake/bad Santa." Also, whenever I went to sit on Santa's lap, I would always ask my mother if I was going to the real Santa or the fake/bad Santa.

Moral of the story, don't tell your kids negative things about Santa (or anything else), it may stay with them forever!

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

Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas.  I want to sing "Sisters" with Vera Ellen so bad!...and maybe kiss Bing Crosby too!


  1. Glad to see that Christmas eve on Sesame Street got some representation! always one of my favorites!

  2. "Keep Christmas with You" is such a wonderful song--year round! Thanks for the reminder and thanks for participating Donna :)

  3. Hey...it's my Betty Haynes/Rosemary Clooney friend! My two cousins always sing the Sisters song at family reunions. They're bad and hilarious.

  4. Frosty the Snowman is such a treasure! I love your enthusiasm! How beautiful it is when they all find (eventually!) unconditional love... and, the misfit toys, too!

    I'm always a goner with 'Meet Me in St. Louis", as well, just as soon as Judy Garland begins to sing! And, I had never heard that Sesame Street Christmas Song before, but those lyrics are so beautiful and touching! Thank you so much for sharing it, Donna!

    Blessings!!! Net