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Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas in July 2016: Jakki

Christmas in July 2016: Jakki of Christmas Movies & Music Yahoo group, and Christmas Movies & Music on Facebook.

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

This is probably a common response, but for me it would definitely be A Charlie Brown Christmas. While it was certainly a favorite as a child, even as an adult the opening ice skating sequence with "Christmas Time Is Here" playing immediately gets me in the Christmas spirit.

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

The final scene of It's A Wonderful Life when George finally realizes how much he's impacted the people in his life. The compelling transition from complete hopelessness to pure joy is an overwhelming tear jerker every time!

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

I just love when Linus calls out "Lights, please!" and quotes the passage from the Gospel Luke about the birth of Christ. In the midst of all the festivities and family drama, it's truly a reminder of "what Christmas is all about."

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

Without a doubt, The Polar Express creeps me out. Not just the animation, but the overall vibe of the film. This especially culminates during the North Pole scene, with the eerie music playing overhead and the crowds gathering in Santa worship. I love what Santa represents, a symbol of the Christmas spirit, but not a deity, which is kind of how he is represented in this film. It's a little too much if you ask me!

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

I guess I would have to say good ol' Clark Griswold. I definitely relate to his enthusiasm for trying to make Christmas just perfect for the family, the way he always remembered it. Even though sometimes things just don't go the way you want them to, or maybe your memory was better than reality, but it doesn't stop you from trying the next year and the next.


  1. So enjoyed reading your responses, Jakki! We said the same thing for #1. You're right, Charlie Brown has been a popular answer. There's just something extra special about the way he touches all of our hearts! And, Linus' speech is beautiful, as well... the true meaning of Christmas!

    As for the second question, 'It's a Wonderful Life' is also a perfect response... I'm usually in tears, too, by the time the bells ring!

    Your joy & enthusiasm for Christmas came out in all of your answers, Jakki! Enjoyed them all!!! :)

    Blessings!!! Net

  2. I'm back and forth on Polar Express. Good story, but odd animation.

    And who doesn't love Clark!? :)

  3. That opening scene of Charlie Brown really is the embodiment of the holiday season for so many people. We listen to that song all the time. And I feel the same way about the opening credits of Christmas Vacation ... Never fast forward through them and adore the song.

  4. Clark Griswold's drive to keep going IS inspiring. Thanks so much for the reminder. Thanks for participating too :)