How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ask any random group of people what their favorite holiday television show is and you will get more than a few votes for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on a children’s book written in 1957 by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), his characters were brought to life (in animated form) on television for the first time during the 1966 holiday. Over 40 years later, there are no signs of diminished popularity. Continue reading...

Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling

What we talk about when we talk about caroling -- a small group of festive singers moving door-to-door in the neighborhood regaling residents with holiday songs -- is actually the practice of wassailing, which has a history dating back to pre-Christian times. Carols, which are sung by people when they go wassailing, were originally circle dance songs associated with religious mystery plays. Continue reading...

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

From the Production Company of Rankin/Bass, creators of such timeless holiday classics as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, came another beloved stop-action animation offering for the Christmas season – The Little Drummer Boy. And, like most of their seasonal offerings, it is fondly remembered by many who still make it part of their annual viewing tradition. Continue reading...

Home Alone

Home Alone

When it came right down to it, Kevin McCallister had a few more sadistic tendencies than your average kid. And it turns out, we rather like that in a young hero, especially during the season of giving. Make no mistake, Kevin had plenty to give, in the way of bowling balls, staple guns and blow torches – all in the name of protecting his beloved family home. His entertaining antics and precocious demeanor won the hearts of the millions who made 1990’s Home Alone one of the most successful movies of all time. Continue reading...

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The residents in the town of Halloween take delight in fright. Each creepy and ugly, they aren’t malicious; scaring is just part of their job - in the delightful 1993 holiday offering by director (and former Disney animator) Tim Burton - The Nightmare Before Christmas. In this merging of two beloved holidays, Burton brought his delightfully macabre story to life with the utilization of stop-motion animation and a wonderful musical score by composer Danny Elfman. The result was a film that quickly became a must-see during every holiday season. Continue reading...

Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

When it comes to Halloween, The Monster Mash may be the unofficial anthem, but Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House has served as the holiday’s soundtrack for nearly five decades. Released by Walt Disney Productions in 1964, this novelty record is beloved by millions of former kids for its spooky sound effects and campy skits, and has been played at countless Halloween parties over the years. Continue reading...

Jack-O-Lanterns

Jack O’-Lanterns

Also known as a winter squash, our friend the pumpkin is renowned the world over as a popular food source. And when autumn rolls around, the large orange globes find their way into numerous dishes, most notably those delectable pies served around Thanksgiving. But the pumpkin also plays another role in October, one slightly more sinister, by serving as an ominous source of nocturnal illumination in the form of the jack o’-lantern. Continue reading...

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Those lovable Peanuts characters certainly have a knack for showing up each year without fail, just in time to help us welcome in some of our most beloved holidays. One such occasion is Halloween, which means it's time to huddle around the television for an annual viewing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. First airing in 1966, it has remained a beloved classic for millions of current and former children, and a testament to the genius of a kind man named Charles M. Schulz. Continue reading...