A List of What I Don't Enjoy
Christmas music? Just kill me now, or rather, back in mid-October, when a lot of stores started playing Christmas carols. Christmas movies? Cheesy. I'm basically the prototype for the non-cheery curmudgeon in every Christmas movie ever made, from Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, to Maureen O'Hara in Miracle on 34th Street and James Caan in Elf.
I swear, I'm a lot more fun than I sound...
Exceptions to the Rule
Still, there are a few Christmas albums and movies that cheer even my two-sizes-too-small heart:
- A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio is the original soundtrack to the CMS special of the same name. The songs are inventive renditions of traditional Christmas carols, and the album is nostalgic and sweet, without being saccharine.
- A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! is Stephen Colbert's 2008 Christmas special. It's silly and irreverent, and chock full of musical guests ranging from Willie Nelson to John Legend. John Stewart makes an appearance and sings "Can I Interest You in Hannukah?" If you enjoy The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, you'll get some giggles out of A Colbert Christmas.
- Lion in Winter Alright, so it's only nominally a Christmas movie. King Henry II puts his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, in prison and then decides to celebrate Christmas with her, their sons (who are scheming to be named heir to the throne), his mistress, and her brother, the King of France. Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins make your family's holiday drama look extremely tame.
Even if you're not a massive grump, these are some enjoyable holiday treats.
Photo credit: john curley
Nicole Pasini has worked on library programs and collections for teens, children, and adults. She still gets choked up when she watches It's a Wonderful Life--Curse you, George Bailey!