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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Christmas in July 2017: Jakki

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1) Who's your favorite Santa Claus?

My favorite Santa Claus would be the one from Ernest Saves Christmas, played by Douglas Seale. He is perfect in so many ways, down to his jolly nature and the twinkle in his eye. I especially love his child-like innocence, which is perfectly displayed in the scene while he is watching them film a horror movie called "Christmas Slay," but thinks it's called "Christmas Sleigh." He is so delighted as the family in the scene is preparing for St. Nick's arrival, when a monster busts down the door and begins to attack them. He finds the idea of "terrorizing children at Christmas" so appalling that he actually assaults the director. Now that's a Santa that won't let anyone mess with Christmas!

2) What's your favorite Christmas episode from a TV series? 

My favorite Christmas episode would have to be "Met Someone" from Mad About You. This is a flashback episode where Paul and Jamie first met. For anyone who is familiar with the show, it's known that they met at a newspaper stand, but this episode not only shows that first encounter, but also what happens next. Paul finds out where Jamie works and in an effort to win her over, endures her office Christmas party and a line of questioning from friends. It ends in a sweet moment as their life together begins, proving once again that miracles abound at Christmas.

3) Do you enjoy watching Christmas entertainment year round or do you only like watching it during the holidays? And, why?

I get what I call the "Christmas Fuzzies" throughout the year and usually indulge by watching some obscure Christmas movie or TV episode that I probably wouldn't have a chance to watch during the Christmas season. We usually stick to the classics in December, so it's during the other months of the year that I get to delve deeper into my love of Christmas. Of course Christmas In July is another great excuse to do so!

4) This is the 21st century--how do you watch TV and/or Christmas entertainment?

I usually watch most of my Christmas entertainment on DVD or online (Netflix, YouTube etc). When it comes to holiday episodes, I like to rip my favorites onto a digital media format and keep them organized for easy access. Then I usually watch them on my computer or connect my usb storage through my Bluray player to watch directly on the television. I love the many options now available to us these days so we no longer have to wait for these episodes to air.

5) If you were to be stranded on an island (maybe Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean!), what three Christmas movies, specials, or episodes would you like to have with you?

Only 3?? That's incredibly difficult, but I'd go with ones that never seem to get old...White Christmas, Home Alone & A Charlie Brown Christmas - all three have a terrific soundtrack to boot!


  1. Don't recall that Mad About You episode, but it's a charming series that I haven't thought about for a while, so I'll have to check it out.

  2. Never saw the Mad About You episode. Sounds sweet. Home Alone is a great choice for the island!

  3. Fun answers, Jakki! I'm going to have to watch Ernest Saves Christmas again and be sure to really check out Santa. I do recall him being a very kind soul.

    Love the idea of using your USB storage media and directly plugging it into your Bluray player- I've gotta try that!

    Your island picks are all great, too... I still adore Home Alone, even if I've seen it a million times... So, it's actually a perfect pick!!! We certainly know it's rewatchable since we've already viewed it repetitively many times -over and over again!!!

    Happy Christmas in July! Net

  4. Three votes this year for Douglas Seale. YAY! In almost everything I had seen Seale in prior to Ernest, he played a butler. Even did a series of Campbell Soup commercials as -- you guessed it -- a butler. But he was so good as Santa as I mentioned on the 14th (I'm Randall, by the way).

    1. He also played the butler in the musical TV series RAGS TO RICHES. I enjoyed seeing him there.