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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas in July 2016: Net

"Lights, please!"
Christmas in July 2016: Net from It's a Wonderful Movie (Your Guide to Family Movies on TV)

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas! Because, it tells the true story of Christmas - and it gives that cheerful, hopeful, Christmassy Spirit!!!

The Linus moment is my favorite, of course, but I also adore when Sally, with her child-like innocence, dictates her letter to Santa Claus - to her big brother, Charlie Brown!

A Charlie Brown Christmas has it all... "Santa Claus, HO HO HO, and Mistletoe"... and best of all... what Christmas is all about - the birth of the Christ child!!!

I always get chills when all the children sing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" at the end... it's simply heavenly!!!

from Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980)

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

Mr. Krueger's Christmas with an older Jimmy Stewart is so incredibly touching. It always brings me to heartfelt tears. As we watch Mr. Krueger celebrate Christmas alone, our hearts are drawn in to this lonely man and his cat George... and his day-dreams on this lonely, but sweet Christmas Eve.

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

My absolute favorite line of dialogue comes from It's a Wonderful Life... at the very end when Harry Bailey returns home and lifts his glass to his brother and says... "A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town." I gulp every time I hear Harry say it, and seeing George's reaction is priceless! Truly one of the most beautiful cinematic moments ever! 

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

The only thing I can think of is the last ghost in A Christmas Carol. Sometimes, depending on various versions, he can be rather spooky! Overall, the story is beautiful, though!

Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis.

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

I would have to say Esther Smith from Meet Me in St. Louis... along with the happy, loving, musical family!!! Like her character, I love singing, scheming, and dreaming!!!


  1. Definitely agreed on #4 - some of them appear to be very scary, and almost take away from the Christmas feeling. However, knowing that it took all three ghosts to change Scrooge's heart means they all had tremendous impact on him.

    Good answers, Net!

    1. Thank you, Jim! Glad you agree with me on #4! I usually hide my eyes for that scene. You are right, though, because of intensity, it does have a greater impact!

  2. I've never seen Mr. Krueger's Christmas. Being a big James Stewart fan, I'm going to put that on my must watch list.

    1. Oh, it's a good one... definitely tugs at those heartstrings. A must watch for all fans of Jimmy Stewart!

  3. Thank you, Joanna, for this opportunity to share my Christmas favorites again! It is always so fun to participate and read everyone's responses! I sure hope you plan to do this again next year!

    Also... Love the 'It's a Wonderful Life' video clip you included above!

    Blessings!!! Net

    1. My pleasure Net. And thank YOU for participating :) It wouldn't be such a wonderful gathering if everyone didn't join in. I'm glad you enjoy it too.

  4. glad to see Mr. Krueger got some kudos! that is a very heartwarming special that should get more TV time!