Christmas movies – an English myth
Posted on December 20, 2008 by yankeebean
I’ve been keeping an eye on the TV guide this Christmas so I can see all the classic Christmas movies. Wait, no, I’ve been keeping an eye on the TV guide since TWO THOUSAND AND FIVE so I can see all the classic Christmas movies.
Where are they??? Where’s Rudolph? Frosty? Charlie Brown with his sad-but-triumphant-tree? Garfield? Bing Crosby in White Christmas? Jimmy Stuart in It’s a Wonderful Life? The Grinch? The Muppets? How can be Christmas without the Muppet’s classic line “Light the lamp, not the rat! Light the lamp, not the rat!!”?
And there’s plenty more where that came from…
Sometimes I think I paint my American memories with a big sparkly silver lining (especially this time of year), but I swear you couldn’t turn on the TV after December 1st in America without being accosted by something Christmassy. (And I say this as good thing)
I didn’t realize until this year how much I missed it, especially a the Muppet’s Christmas Carol and White Christmas… oh, and Linus’ speech in ‘It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown’…
I guess if I step back and look at the situation, it’s not surprising. It’s just a different scene. In general, English people don’t like cheese, sop, or cheer in large quantities and those are the 3 main ingredients of any good Christmas movie experience.
It seems like people would rather watch a news brief about the Lapland fiasco than sit down in front of a sparkley 1950′s musical extravaganza. (Image this next part with lots of echo, like in a big cave) - nooooooooooooooooo!!!!
I’m surprised they don’t show It’s A Wonderful Life, though… it’s essentially a long drawn-out suicide-attempt filled with despair, but with a really happy ending.
But I have that one on DVD anyway…