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Merry Christmas!

It’s that wonderful time of year when we are still enjoying winter. It’s not like in February when there’s no sun, the road is covered in a thin layer of ice and the snow is going through its own inner-seasonal change, going from white to a grotesque grayish tint.

Over the last 40-some days I’ve enjoyed my share of season’s festivities including the music and the movies.

I have mentioned before the best Christmas song is “Father Christmas” by The Kinks, a song about a Santa Claus getting robbed by a gang of miscreants looking for money because toys are useless to them.

Give us some money / Don’t mess around with those silly toys / We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over / We want your bread so don’t make us annoyed / Give all the toys to the little rich boys.

I also like the classics like “Little Drummer Boy,” “Tidings of Comfort and Joy,” and the Jackson 5 version of “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town.”

Christmas Movies

When it comes to Christmas movies I keep it simple; “Home Alone” and “The Muppets Christmas Carol.”

But my favorite is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name is simply spectacular. It has the technological advances available to cartoons in 1966.

There was a funny collage on Twitter the other day making fun of stereotypical Christmas movie posters. It was 12 movie posters that were seemingly identical. In all the posters there was a man and a woman (the obvious love subject of the film) in a fully decorated Christmas room.

So far that’s not much, however, in all these posters the man was wearing a green sweater, jacket or vest and the woman was wearing the same item of color but in red. In every poster, they were both smiling and staring ahead.

This got me thinking these poster people aren’t that creative. I was pleasantly “surprised” (sarcastic) by the imagination these posters had.

Turns out, after about a minute of Google searches, all Christmas movie posters are not the same. Sometimes, the woman wears green and the man wears red. Also, in some of these posters, the man was looking at the woman, but she was looking straight ahead. In another one of these where the man was wearing red, they were looking at each other. (Talk about mystery).

Anyway, this got me started down a rabbit hole and luckily I saw it coming or I could have lost hours looking at bland movie posters.

It’s not their fault, there’s only so much you can do with a couple, wreaths, lights along with the colors green and red.

And finally, have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the new year. Let’s see what 2020 has to offer.