A Look Back and a Vision for What’s to Come

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG-nnDlnWrA January 3, 2021, will mark the eighth anniversary of my first post on the blog and I have learned quite about about myself, blogging, fitness, and pop culture since I started it. Some of those things have been obvious and others not so much. I can be a little dense at times. Initially meant …

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On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me A White Christmas

I hate musicals. I really do. I don’t know why. They are just not my thing. I don’t like them in person and I don’t like movie musicals. Perhaps the only one I enjoyed growing up was The Wizard of Oz, if you want to call it a musical. I do love Christmas music. I counted …

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On the 2nd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me A Victorian Classic

This next entry is probably the most frequently-adapted Christmas story of all-time. In the tradition of ghost stories told this time of year since the days before a Christmas holiday became a thing, this tale has been told on screen since the 1930s. From live action to animation and muppets, this story will endure forever. …

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On the 3rd Day of Christmas My True Love gave to Me A Holiday Memoir

Peter Billingsley (right) and Jeff Gillen in A Christmas Story. This next entry sure has touched a few nerves in recent memory. I read an article or a blog post, I can't remember which, vilifying this film. I was stunned by the writer's condemnation. Whoever said that Christmas stories were required to be tales of …

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On the 4th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me A Vacation

Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in Christmas Vacation. When I was growing up we had specific things we did as a family. We went to my Aunt Carole’s for Thanksgiving. We did our own Christmas Eve and Christmas morning (and usually dinner) and eventually found my way to my aunt’s house for evening festivities. I …

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On the 5th Day of a Christmas My True Love Gave To Me a Dr. Seuss Classic

Back to 2D animation, folks. After two-straight live-action entries, we go back to what most people would call a "cartoon." For some reason, in recent years folks have decided that it would be a good idea to reimagine this classic. I have no idea why. This stands up after all these years and the story …

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On the 6th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me A Special Entertainer

The great Bob Hope entertaining American servicemembers during an overseas USO tour. As I have mentioned ad nauseum, I get nostalgic this time of year. Perhaps no other entry in this countdown evokes more feelings of nostalgia than this one. In recent years, during my career with the Oakland Raiders football team, I found professional …

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On the 7th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me A Modern Interpretation of a Classic Tale

David Johansen and Bill Murray in Scrooged. All but one of the first five entries in the countdown of my favorite Christmas shows/movies/specials has been animated in some way - from traditional 2D animation to Supermarionation. Today's entry is the first full-length live-action feature on the list and it won't be the last. I was …

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