Saturday, December 1, 2007


Why review Christmas specials?

First off, both of us grew up during the 70s and 80s, remembered by some as a “golden age” of Holiday specials.

This was before the days of cable, vcrs, dvds and multiple airings of the same show each season.
When Rudolph, or the Grinch was on tv in the 70s and 80s, it was an event. Everyone at school would be talking about it the day before and the day after. “Are you gonna watch the Grinch tonight??” Miss it and you had to wait ‘til next year.

Now we have the luxury of dvds and pretty much on-demand viewing. When we were getting out our Christmas stuff this year, we counted more than 20 holiday dvds, to say nothing of holiday episodes contained in tv show season box sets and a couple of additional dvds purchased within the past couple of weeks. As certifiable Christmas geeks, we thought that posting reviews would help remind us of the “special-ness” of the holiday specials.

We will be reviewing tv specials, holiday-themed episodes of tv series and theatrically released holiday films. Some will be familiar to everyone (‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’) and some will be obscure to all but the completists (‘A Family Circus Christmas’, ‘A Very Merry Cricket’).

We will be primarily covering Christmas shows, but we’re using the term “holiday film” so we can leave the door open for reviews of movies & specials dedicated to other holidays (Easter, Valentine’s Day,etc.)

We hope our reviews will help you remember how much you enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy, in some cases) watching these shows & movies.

Thanks for reading,

J.A. Morris
December 2007

Our rating system:

4 candy canes = Holiday Classic - not to be missed

3 candy canes = Very good but not quite essential yearly viewing

2 candy canes = Not awful, but not all that great either

1 candy cane = Skip it unless you're a hard core fan of the characters

Lump of coal = Thirty (or so) minutes of your life that you'll never get back

(Half a candy cane, obviously, will mean that something falls somewhere between categories!)

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