We always do a lot of business travel during the holidays. It’s our time to hit the road and help promote our artisans’ wares for seasonal gift-giving. Some years (like this one) we’re only home a few days between Thanksgiving and Christmas! But whether we’re in a motel in Minneapolis, or a B&B in Baltimore, we usually end every night by firing up our iPad and hitting “play” on some of our favorite holiday videos. Sure, we watch the classics –
It’s a Wonderful Life; Love, Actually – but our favorites are a little more off-the-beaten-reindeer-path…
This probably goes without saying, but some of our favorite holiday programming of all time are the Martha Stewart CBS Holiday specials. The first one, “Home for the Holidays” premiered in 1995. In the most famous segment of the show, Martha invited Julia Childs to create side-by-side Croquembouche cakes in her kitchen. Martha’s towering cake was perfect (of course) while Julia’s was much more, um, rustic.
“Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory'” was an annual staple in Josh’s family. As children, Josh and his brother dreaded the annual PBS broadcast of the 1960’s teleplay. But now they tease each other with Geraldine Page’s signature line: “It’s fruitcake weather, Buddy!”
The “Mary Tyler Moore Show” episode entitled “Not a Christmas Story” is one of the funniest TV episodes of all time. After a freak snowstorm, the entire team is stranded in the newsroom for the holiday.
Sometimes you need a good Christmas cry. “One True Thing” stars Meryl Streep, Cancer and Christmas – the perfect sob story recipe.
You’re either a “Waltons” person or a “Little House on the Prairie” person. We’re a Walton’s couple. This 1973 made-for-TV movie served as the pilot for the series, and even though the eventual casting was slightly different, it’s just as treacly and heartwarming as you remember.
“The Family Stone” was clearly conceived, cast and marketed to become a new Christmas classic. Somehow it didn’t stick with anyone but us. Maybe we just have a soft spot for family dysfunction and Diane Keaton.
We’ll be honest…we usually only watch about 5 minutes of this incredibly weird movie about martians kidnapping Santa. That’s more than enough. A little Pia Zadora goes a long way. But skipping it entirely means bad luck for the entire following year.
“Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol” was the first Christmas Special created entirely for television. It aired annually from 1962 to 1988, and is still one of our favorite adaptations of Dicken’s tale.
Sure, you could watch the original, classic movie version of “Auntie Mame” starring Rosalind Russell, and featuring the debut of the carol “We Need A Little Christmas.” But Lucille Ball’s version, “Mame,” is worth a watch too…if only to work-out your cringe muscles during her “singing” scenes.
“White Christmas” is definitely a classic holiday movie. We watch it each year only so we can sing along the song “Snow.” It really should be a caroling staple. Harmonize with us this year!