Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas culturalization

Is “Ghost” a scary movie? A.C. told me it wasn’t and said we need to watch the movie, but I don’t want to watch it if it’s scary.

One of my students needs to be “culturalized,” we’ve decided. This came after determining that she didn’t know who Cassius Clay was….she’d never watched “The Sandlot” (and therefore did not know who the Sultan of Swat was), and didn’t know why The Great Bambino was part of Red Sox lore. However, recently, we also determined that her culturalization lacks for Christmas movies as well.

I watched that Christmas movie, you know, the one with Scrooge.

This child (and I say “child” loosely, as she’s only six years younger than me) has never seen “Elf.” She’s never seen “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” She’s never seen “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I’m certain she’s never seen “Ernest Saves Christmas.”

So I made a list of Christmas movies she needs to watch over the Thanksgiving holiday to prepare her for the Christmas season:

“A Christmas Story” After all, when I start quoting, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” I want her to get the joke.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” She told me she’d never watched this one because her mom said it was sad and that all of the other reindeer made fun of Rudolph. Well, DUH! But didn’t you sing the REST of the song?

“Elf” She doesn’t know about syrup. Or “Smiling’s my favorite.” Or that singing brings Christmas cheer. Or that you shouldn’t hug raccoons!!!!

“It’s a Wonderful Life” I’m more of a comedy person, but this is a classic everyone should see.

“Frosty the Snowman” Plus “Frosty Returns,” “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” The Legend of Frosty the Snowman” and whatever other straight-to-DVD Frosty they make.

Thinking about all these Christmas movies makes me want to watch some, too! Curl up with a blanket…drink hot chocolate…oh, wait, but it has to get cold first. I’m wearing boots…and the high’s going to be 79 degrees today.

“I’m dreaming…..of a white….Christmas….”


Brooke said...

I was highly disappointed when i watched christmas story for the first time last year. although i'll agree that sandlot and elf are two musts!!

Ginger said...

Should I admit that I don't think I have ever watched It's a Wonderful Life?

Anonymous said...

Love Christmas! AND Christmas movies!! How did she make it through childhood and her teen years without watching any Christmas specials? Did she have a TV??


sara said...

wait, this person grew up in the US and never saw any of these movies?!!!

I am ready to watch some of these movies too...but must wait till I get my children home!!!!

btw, I wore a sweater got up to 83...I refused to take it off...just put on more deodorant! ha!

Terri said...

Yes, it's too warm for Christmas thoughts yet - although it's supposed to get cooler here next week!

misti said...

Ooooh! I have a good Christmas list on one of my old blog posts I might have to dig up :)

Ghost is NOT scary...but it's one of those movies I don't think I'd like if I was just now seeing it for the first time. I love it because I watched it with my Aunt Connie when I was a kid. Haha, make sense? Ya gotta see it, though!

Anonymous said...

Hello Penny! I'm on Tinsel Vixens with you so thought I'd drop by your bloggy! I saw your crawfish pic and just wanted to say you're my kinda gal! I love crawfish, seafood...and I guess food in general! On a post related note...I'm looking forward to the holidays!

sara said...

hey girl, are you still coming my way in the new year?