Monthly Archives: December 2011

Essential Christmas Movies, Pt. 3: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This little film will always and forever have a special place in my heart. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing not to like about it. The characters are appealing and the music is well-orchestrated. On the whole, Rudolph … Continue reading

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Essential Christmas Movies, Pt. 2: It’s a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life has become a staple of Christmastime for countless families, and with good reason. Some may scoff at its unabashed sentimentality, but for others (read: myself and my family), that sentimentality is what makes the … Continue reading

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Essential Christmas Movies, Pt. 1: The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol, released in 1992, was my introduction to Charles Dickens’ classic work, as I’m sure it was for many children my age. And honestly, I can’t think of a better way to introduce kids to this timeless … Continue reading

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A few words about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

(In between talking about Christmas music and movies, I just had to throw in my two cents on the latest Sherlock Holmes movie.) I can’t lie. A Game of Shadows has probably been my most-anticipated movie of 2011. So, after … Continue reading

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Essential Christmas Music, Pt. 3: Bing Crosby

“Merry Christmas”- Bing Crosby After two mostly instrumental entries on my list of essential Christmas music, here’s an album that’s all about the vocals. The album Merry Christmas has been a part of my family’s Christmas tradition for as long … Continue reading

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Essential Christmas Music, Pt. 2: George Winston

And now for the second installment of my list of Christmas music I can’t go without! “December” and “Forest” Where Vince Guaraldi’s jazzy tunes provide festive accompaniment for the flurry of flour we call our kitchen, George Winston’s soft, muted … Continue reading

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Essential Christmas Music, Pt. 1: Vince Guaraldi

As we near most everyone’s favorite time of year, I wanted to look into what makes this holiday so special for me in particular. I think what I enjoy most about Christmastime are the traditions that my family and I … Continue reading

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