Month: December 2014

Hanukkah Harry Saves Christmas

This is one of my favourite Holiday sketches from Saturday Night Live. The plot is that Santa is too sick to make his Christmas deliveries and calls on the help of his friend Hanukkah Harry (played by Jon Lovitz) to save Christmas. The premiss starts off amazing but the sketch itself gets a little slow near the end but there are some pretty good laughs along the way. This was the only link I could find to the sketch. You can also click below to see listen to the theme song. Enjoy!

Underrated Christmas Movies

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
It’s that time of year again, Kwanzaa time! And how do we celebrate this great season? By talking about Christmas movies of course! In this post I am going to throw a few underrated Christmas movies at you that don’t get the praise/constant re-runs during the holiday season that they deserve. So without further delay, on Dasher, Dancer and Vixen! (they are the only reindeer that appreciate these movie picks) Mickey’s Christmas Carol This is one of my all time favourite Christmas movies. Like Home Alone this is a movie I need to watch every Christmas season…and I do…and I like it… The story is a re-imagining of the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Released in 1983, the movie still holds up today and if I am not mistaken is the introduction of Scrooge McDuck who would later go on to star in another classic from childhood, Duck Tales. This used to be a staple on the Wonderful World of Disney during December but it’s been years…

You look good for your age: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 50

This year marks 50 years since Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made his glowing debut on television. I know right? I thought it was way more than 50 years, anywho… The stop-motion animated musical debuted December 6th, 1964 on CBS and has since become the longest running TV Special in history (Christmas or otherwise). Rudolph’s success would bring about more Christmas specials in following years such as The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Frosty the Snowman (1969) , Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970) and The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974). Truth be told, I’ve only watched this movie in it’s entirety maybe twice. I found it a little long as a kid and now I only periodically check in on it when it’s on TV. My fondest Rudolph memories will always be the MADtv parody (Godfather style) and the California Raisins’ amazing rendition of the song. MADtv Rudolph   California Raisins: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer   Congrats Rudolph on 50 years and here’s to another…I dunno…100 years?…. Merry Christmas!

Aunt Linda’s Tasteless Turkey

For years my Christmas Day Family Tradition consisted of driving 45minutes to my Aunt and Uncle’s, where we would watch some television, gossip about other family and sit down for turkey dinner. My Aunt always had her hands full with dinner. The turkey would be just a little overcooked, the mashed potatoes were always lumpy, and the gravy was even worse. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was exactly like the dinner scene from Christmas Vacation, only without Chevy Chase. Randy Quaid was there though.