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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Christmas in July 2019: Drew Flowers

Christmas in July 2019: Drew Flowers, ChristmasMoviesandMusic

1. What is your favorite Saturday Night Live Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year's sketch?

This one was actually a spoof commercial promoting a Christmas album called "Dysfunctional Family Christmas."  I thought Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey were hilarious with their songs.

2. Do you most look forward to watching holiday episodes from series? Specials? Movies? Animation? or, all of it?

I think each category has a level of excitement for all Christmas fans but the specials are always a unique feel. Specials like Christmas at Rockefeller Center, Christmas in Washington DC, Christmas at Disney to name a few are always great to catch each year.

3. What's your favorite soundtrack from a holiday program? (it doesn't have to have been officially released as an album--just what program features your favorite collection of music?)

Definite tough one here because there are so many to chose from. I think the soundtrack to Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is always a terrific listen that will bring you back to your childhood each time you listen to it. The same goes for A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.

4. What one program are you patiently (or impatiently) waiting for me to review on this blog?

There was a CBS special aired in 1987 called A Hobo's Christmas starring Gerald McRaney and Barnard Hughes. I believe it was a one and done Christmas special but I remember it well. Would love to read a review on this one!

5. What change in Christmas entertainment have you noticed over the years? Do you like the trend?

There have been a few but the first one that comes to mind is the marathons. I remember being a kid and A Christmas Story was on randomly the month of December, a few airings on TBS, some on TCM, Some on TNT.  Suddenly it became a 24 hour marathon on TBS and not aired the rest of the month. I know for me Christmas Eve is a busy day/ night and its tough to sit down and enjoy this classic during that 24 hour period. Also, the new movies have become "sappy" and overly romantic which is a Hallmark staple. I am happy to see people want to watch Christmas movies and it still is a
strong market but how about a few more "funny" Christmas movies.


  1. I'm particularly fond of "Carol of Intimacy." I wish I had thought of that SNL skit.
    I think several of us are going to be on the same page about the sappy, romance movies.

  2. Good choice on the SNL skit!
    I'll have to find "A Hobo's Christmas". I love those made-for-TV one-off specials. And you can't go wrong with Barnard Hughes.
    I agree about the Hallmark Specials. They used to be good and covered a wide variety stories. Now they are cookie cutter romance all with the same actors and plot lines.