The first time I watched “Scrooged” was actually pretty cool. My parents had rented the movie the day it was released on VHS back in 1989 and I snuck down stairs before school and watched it. I laughed so hard. The movie is a Christmas classic, at least it is around here. We watch it every Christmas.
Yes, I did see Santa Claus The Movie in theaters and yes, it changed my outlook on Santa Claus. He wasn’t some jolly fat guy in a red coat. He was a toy maker that already had it in his heart to give the toys as gifts at Christmas time to children. He was chosen by elves and elders for his talent as a toy maker and his capacity to love all the children of the world. The movie really came to life for me when it hit home video for the first time. My parents actually invested in something that Christmas. It was a Sharp VHS Tape Player and Recorder and a copy of… you guessed it, Santa Claus: The Movie.
What can I say – “A Christmas Story” brings back awesome memories and bad ones too. I was a youngling when the movie was first released in 1983. I didn’t become aware of the Christmassy goodness this movie offered until a couple of years later when my parents put it on the T.V. really loud to drown out the fighting between them. I concentrated on the movie so hard so that I didn’t have to hear them and I became enthralled in the story of Ralphie.
From the first time it aired on CBS in December of 1987 – Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration was an instant classic. The trouble is that since it’s last airing it’s been kinda hard to come by. This Christmas Special doesn’t get any airplay on Television and the streaming services don’t offer it to watch either. It’s almost like the show was forgotten. Not to this 80s buff though.