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Monday, July 18, 2016

Christmas in July 2016: DX Ferris

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

Charlie Brown is the longtime champ, but the Community musical episode ("Regional Holiday Music") is pure Christmas magic.

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

This American Life episode with Truman Capote reading a truncated version of A Christmas Memory. The year I realized one of my kids was 8 like little Buddy, man, Niagara Falls. I first read A Christmas Memory in school: I stumbled across it in an English book and read it when I should have been doing something else. I don't know if I've ever felt that alone and overwhelmed in my life, suddenly having that riveting, depressing story rattling around in my head in the middle of Tuesday, stuck in school.

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

"Now, more than ever, it is important to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Charles' Dickens' immortal classic, Scrooge: YOUR LIFE JUST MAY DEPEND UPON IT." — Francis Xavier Cross

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

Speaking as a parent, I find Frosty the Snowman terrifying. Poor Karen is out in the snow in shorts. And she has so little parental supervision, she's allowed to wander off for a day or two, nearly catch her death of cold, then return at all hours of the night. Whatever is going on in her household, she is barely better off for returning to it. No, I shouldn't say that; maybe her mom's a single mom who has to work a lot. Maybe there's another town cop who's been desperately trying to find her. Maybe. Even when I was a kid, that special stressed me out.

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

Charlie Brown. The poor little guy just wants things to be good. He's so wrapped up in his own head — and a black cloud of bad luck — that he can't figure out how to make it happen. And nobody ever wants to take the ride with him. Did you say "identify with"? I mean, that reminds me of somebody I know. Somebody else, totally. Not me. I'm not crying. You're the one who's crying. My allergies are bad this year.


  1. A Christmas Memory - what a great answer! The book and TV movie bring me to tears, too.

  2. Oh my goodness, 'A Christmas Memory' is such an emotional tearjerker. I just adore Buddy and his older cousin Sook and the close bond they share together. It is truly beautiful! Have you seen the movie of it, starring Patty Duke? It was wonderfully adapted from short story to film, which is often a rarity.

    Also, I love your reference to Frosty the Snowman! I, too, have often wondered about poor little Karen missing. Surely they were very concerned. How far away must one travel in order to get to an entirely different climate?

    Great answers!
    Blessings, Net

  3. A Christmas Memory has a special place in my heart too. I love the 1966 TV adaptation with Capote himself narrating the story. His voice brings authenticity and a sincerity that makes the TV special even more emotional. Thanks for participating Ferris.