Fruitcake

Fruitcake

There has perhaps never been a dessert that has received as bad a rap as fruitcake. Late night icon Johnny Carson once joked that there was only one of them in the world and that it simply gets passed from house to house. A tradition during the holidays, some people adore it while others graciously accept it, then quickly discard it when nobody is watching. Either way, it has made quite the impression on all of us. Continue reading...

John Denver

John Denver

John Denver loved all things green, from the forests in his beloved Colorado mountain-scape to his frequent duet partner, Kermit the Frog. He was a skilled songwriter with fourteen gold records to his credit, and though his folk music might seem uniquely American, he was incredibly popular around the globe. The 70's certainly wouldn't have been the same without him, and it's hard to imagine Christmas without his TV specials. Continue reading...

Trading Places

Trading Places

Director John Landis rose to the top of his profession on the heels of the talented alumni from Saturday Night Live. He first hit gold in the late 70s with the box office hits, Animal House and The Blues Brothers. Then, in 1983, he paired Dan Aykroyd with big-screen newcomer Eddie Murphy in the socially-conscious comedy, Trading Places, one of his most endearing films to date. Continue reading...

The Year Without a Santa Claus

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Based on a children's story published in Good Housekeeping in 1956, The Year Without a Santa Claus imagined every child's worst nightmare - what if Santa decided to take a year off? The story might have faded into obscurity, except stop-motion animation gurus, Rankin-Bass decided to give it new life in 1974, with a star-studded television special that won the hearts of many a kid. Continue reading...

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A Christmas Story

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoirs of his youth in the early 1940's were compiled into a Christmastime feature in 1983, with Shepherd himself as the off-screen narrator. The result was a film that may have looked and sounded like a period piece, but A Christmas Story's nostalgic wit turned it into an undeniable, modern-day holiday classic. Continue reading...

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Earthlings have a long-held affinity for the jolly bearded fellow in the red suit who hands out Christmas presents each year. Is it any wonder that other planets might be a little jealous that we haven’t shared St. Nick with the rest of the Cosmos? Well, that all changed in 1964, when Martians took matters into their own hands in the campy sci-fi classic, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Continue reading...

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Babes in Toyland

Children of all ages have long held an affinity for the Victor Herbert operetta, Babes in Toyland - which joins the many beloved Mother Goose characters in a musical story that has seen numerous incarnations over the years. Laurel and Hardy starred in the popular 1934 film version and by 1961, the master of family entertainment, Walt Disney, decided he wanted to take the classic for a spin with his own inimitable style. Continue reading...