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Chaos In A Box
My Annual Christmas Page
December 25, 2007

Well, folks, here it is! My annual tribute to all things festive! This, ladies and gents, is how I celebrate the holidays. And I can do it again, with Christmas specials on TV and eggnog and turkey and all that crazy stuff they didn't have in Japan! So, scroll on down! Let's get festive!

Favorite Christmas Movies
How can we forget these movies? It's just not Christmas until we've watched one or two of them on TV. For this year's revision, though, I took a tip from
my Disney animated movie list and linked these films to their entries in the Internet Movie Database. Click on the title to find out more about the films than I could ever tell you!

Miracle on 34th Street - My mother makes me watch this every year, and I've got to admit it's pretty cool. This is, of course, the original from the '40s, not that re-make that came out a few years back.

Home Alone - Macaulay Culkin is now legally an adult, but you've got to admitthat this is still one darn funny movie.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - My dad makes me watch this one every year, and it is pretty funny. Definatly Chevy Chase's finest hour.

The Nightmare Before Christmas - I just love this movie! The look, the characters, and Danny Elfman's songs! Also notable in that it also doubles as one of my favorite Halloween movies.

Die Hard - OK, the only thing that makes this a Christmas movie is that it takes place at Christams time. But, you've got to admit, it is different from the standard holiday movie.

The Santa Clause - Tim Allen mutates into Santa. What conveys the spirit of the holidays more?

It's A Wonderful Life - Oh, come on, it's not a list of Christmas movies unless this film is on the list.

My Christmas Columns!
Every thing festive I've written! If I write one for this year, look for it to be added! I think I should add one. I haven't written a festive-themed column in a while, it looks like.

Christmas Edition - My Christmas column from my old university days, published back in 1997. Jeez, have I been doing this for that long?

Who Is This Woman? - This Christmas column from 1999, in which I muse aloud why we don't know anything more about the origins of Mrs. Claus.

A Christmas Rambling - My Christmas column of 2000, in which I just reflect on the state of the holidays.

Favorite Christmas Specials
Once again, it's not Christmas until you catch a couple of these on TV! Actually, I can watch them whenever I want! When I was a kid, and VCRs were new to the world, Mom got the bright idea to start taping these Christmas specials. When Mom grew tired, I picked up the torch and ran with it. Now, a full 15 years later, I have three tapes and 18 hours solid of holiday specials! I should really sit down and catalogue them, like I do every two years because I keep losing the catalogue (Oh, and again, I linked these to their
Internet Movie Database entries.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - We can all identify with Rudolph and his "special gift."

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - A delightful fantasy about the origin of Santa Claus.

A Claymation Christmas Celebration - Who could ever forget that stirring rendition of Rudolph, sung by the California Rasins?

A Wish For Wings That Work - Novel becase it stars Opus the Penguin and the cast of Outland/Bloom County comic strips. And, it's pretty cute, too!

A Pinky and the Brain Christmas - This time, the Brain's diabolical plot for world domination is to use Santa to distribute his mind-controlling toys to the children of the world. Favorite plot point: Pinky and the Brain infiltrate Santa's workshop by diguising themselves as "Canadian elves."

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Oh come on, this is the Christmas special. You didn't think I was going to forget it, did you?

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - A true classic! The live-action movie version pales in comparison to this!

Frosty the Snowman - One of the few I look forwards to every year. And a lot better than that stupid Frosty Returns sequel they made. You can't beat the real thing.

A Garfield Christmas - I still think this is an under-rated classic.

Christmas Songs

With my laptop still being repaired by the folks at Future Shop, I've been attempting to rebuild this list, thanks to Kazaa and the good folks all over the world. One is still eluding me, though. Try to guess which one it is!

Santa and Jesus Duet - One of the glaring omissions from Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (aka The South Park Christmas Album) was this song fromt the same-named episode. Who could forget this classic Vegas lounge act, featuring Jesus and Santa singing some of the best known songs written about themselves?

The Crypt Keeper's Christmas Rap - A spin-off from the early 90s anthonlogy show Tales From The Crypt came this song, performed by the show's living dead host, the Crypt Keeper. It's a wonderfuly morbid rap song as he tells Santa what Jason, Freddy Krueger, Jack the Ripper, Dracula, and all other sorts of monsters want for Christmas.

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey - A wonderfully, goofy infectious pop song. Please don't think less of me.

The Santa Claus Boogie by the Tractors - One of the few country music groups I still call myself a fan of produced this toe-tappin,' line-dancin' Christmas song a few years back, and I still find myself humming it.

The Muppets 12 Days Of Christmas - Yes! It's Kermit, Miss Piggy and all the rest doing the 12 days of Christmas! One of my fondest memories of my childhood is driving off to Grampa and Gramma's house for Christmas, lying in the back seat in a semi-conscious state, and hearing this on the radio. Ahh, memories....

Six White Boomers by Rolf Harris - Whenever this song is played on the radio every Christmas, everyone in my home drops every thing to hear it. The classic Aussie Christmas song about an orphaned kangaroo being taken home by Santa, and Santa's sleigh being pulled by six large kangaroos called "boomers." Dude, I think this could be the basis for an animated Christmas special.

And now,
the reason for this page....

My Christmas List

Know what? No list this year. I get so hung up on getting everything I want.... So, instead, enjoy this classic McDonald's Christmas commercial! When I was a lad, just wasn't Christmas unless I saw this on TV!

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