Holiday Media

December 25, 2009
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junkys_christmas_dvdWhat are your and your family’s holiday viewing, listening, and/or reading rituals?

Personally, I find Christmas Story kind of creepy and trippy myself, but I’m a sucker for:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life on TV or DVD
  • “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues and (my father’s favorite, and hence an Xmas special) “Merry Christmas, Baby” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote (we have friends who read it aloud as a group each year, and it’s a neat tradition)
  • William Burroughs’s “A Junky’s Christmas” is also kind of awesome in its own way


7 Responses to “ Holiday Media ”

  1. Nick Marx on December 25, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Die Hard. Also, Die Hard.

  2. Erin Copple Smith on December 25, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    My family watches White Christmas together every year. We even sing along. It’s pretty fabulous.

  3. Kelli Marshall on December 26, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Hmmm, no one watches NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION every year? Or maybe just no one will admit it? =)

  4. Kyra Glass on December 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Every year we watch White Christmas too and Holiday Inn, and I usually listen to il est nee le petit enfant

  5. Andrew Bottomley on December 29, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Ditto on “It’s a Wonderful Life,” though I’ll only watch it on network broadcast, which is bizarre because I hate watching films on network broadcast. It must be a childhood memory thing…

    And ditto on “Die Hard,” too. Absolutely. I watched that like 3 times this month already.

    “A Charlie Brown Christmas”… the 1960s special, not to be confused with “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” the 1990s one with the glossy animation and bad voices. And then there’s “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph,” and all the cool Rankin/Bass stop-motion anime holiday specials. How is it possible I’m the only one mentioning these?

    Music? Elvis. And I have a soft spot for old children’s choirs; I’ve got some random LPs of those that I’ve picked up over the years. But Christmas is all about politely succumbing to your family’s bad taste. I wish my parents liked The Pogues. My mom has a huge Christmas music collection of Kenny G, John Tesh, Celine Dion, etc. Christmas is about the only time I’ll listen to Johnny Mathis and actually be thankful.

  6. Lindsay H. Garrison on December 30, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    I don’t really have any regular habits of pre-Christmas television, music, etc., perhaps because most of my Christmukkahs have consisted of lots of travel to various cities each year. But as we get into the week after Christmas and impending New Year, there is in fact consistent television I make a point to watch: college football.

    I love college football in the fall of course, but bowl week is awesome. My dad used to take over the lobby television of whatever hotel he was in to channel surf through the bowl games during my winter breaks as a kid. (I know. He was that guy.) But I don’t care that there are 5,928,172 bowl games, most of them meaningless – it’s the last gasp of college football for another eight months. I could care less about the NFL really, but I will gladly watch the Meineke Car Care Bowl, or the Bowl, or the Ridiculous Sponsor Bush League Bowl and savor every minute of it.

    And I must say, this year is even sweeter given that my (undergraduate) alma mater is playing for the National Championship. Hook ’em.

  7. Christopher Cwynar on December 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Round these parts we always watch White Christmas on Christmas Eve. We never seem to tire of Bing’s mellifluous tones and Danny Kaye’s comedic sensibility. Those two make a great team, and the female leads – Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney – complement them perfectly here. I also have to salute the nosey innkeeper, played by Emma Allen, who gets most of the best lines.

    We also like to rock the Christmas music from late November to early January. Particular faves include ‘The Bells of Dublin’ by The Chieftains, The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to the Charlie Brown Christmas special, and under-appreciated Sackville All-Stars Christmas record. That last one features swinging interpretations of Christmas classics by a very tight and supple jazz quartet.