Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? How about a favorite song, TV special, or food? Below is a list of my yuletide favorites.
Christmas movie: A Christmas Story (1984) – There have been a lot of great Christmas movies, but the story of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun is at the top of my list. I never tire of seeing the triple-dog-dare at the frozen flagpole, the battle with Black Bart, the pink bunny suit, the leg lamp, the pummeling of Farkus, and dozens of other classic scenes. Funny, heartwarming, nostalgic.
Animated Christmas special: Do I have to choose just one? If so, then it’s A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). A humorous and poignant reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, capped off by Linus’s memorable recitation at the end. Honorable mention to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (remember the Abominable Snow Monster and the Island of Misfit Toys?) and The Year Without a Santa Claus. “They call me Heat Miser, whatever I touch, starts to melt in my clutch.”
Christmas song: “Reason for the Season” by Stryper (1986) – Red and green may be the traditional colors of Christmas, but for me it’s yellow and black. Yes, I know a song by an ’80s hair metal band is an unusual choice for a holiday favorite. But how can you beat a tune with razor-sharp guitar riffs, a catchy chorus, and lyrics that celebrate Jesus as the reason for the season?
Christmas episode on a television series: “It’s a Bundyful Life” on Married With Children (1987) – An homage/parody of the Jimmy Stewart classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. After an accident hanging Christmas lights, Al Bundy is paid a visit by his guardian angel (Sam Kinison). The angel shows Al how happy his family would be if he were never born. Hilarious.
Christmas food: peanut clusters – As tasty today as they were three decades ago when I was a kid. It’s almost impossible to eat just one, or two, or three …
Christmas book: The book of Matthew and the book of Luke in the New Testament cover the story pretty well!