How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon version, NOT the feature movie) and A Charlie Brown Christmas are two MUST SEES every year. I just can't do Christmas without them.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on the book, which I also love and MUST READ every year), this cartoon really gets me into the Christmas spirit. It reminds me that the hustle and bustle, the stress of shopping and decorating, are not what Christmas is all about. It's the love that we feel for each other that makes Christmas.
Promo info: For generations of children, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Grinch -- the annual viewing of this animated favorite, based on Dr. Seuss's children's book and narrated in inimitable style by Boris Karloff, has become as much a part of the holidays as trimming the tree. The grumpy old Grinch, an anti-Santa with "a heart two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas from the cheerful little inhabitants of Whoville, but discovers to his surprise that to the Whos, Christmas means more than just presents and holiday trappings.
If you're wondering why the full-length feature film of the same name is not on my list, it's because although there were some sweet parts to it (namely, the song Where Are You Christmas), it was over-acted, over decorated, over the top in every way. And that sort of defeats the whole point of the story, don't you think?
A Charlie Brown Christmas. What can I say? I love that spindly little tree. I love Snoopy and his crazily decorated dog house. But most of all, I love the scene where Linus recites the Christmas story from the Bible. You just don't get that in today's Christmas productions.
Promo info: Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. When he complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas paegent. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.
This movie is available on DVD alone, or in a holiday collection that also has A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Now playing on my iPod: Christmastime Is Here (theme from A Charlie Brown Christmas) performed by Vince Guaraldi