Bloggerhood Etc. 12/23/13

Red berries and snow crystals

Photo: Julia Ozab

Happy Festivus to all! I just got the pole out of the crawl space, and now, in place of the traditional “Airing of Grievances,” I present the best of the week from the Blogosphere (including one of my own)…

Best Christmas Post.Cobbled-Together Christmas” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best Christmas Celebration.Christmas Comes to Life in Peanuts Flashmob” by Christine Erickson at Mashable.

Best Christmas Spirit.What We’re Doing in Steubenville” by Marc Barnes at Bad Catholic.

Best Gift List.10 Gift Ideas for Writers” by Amanda Luedeke at MacGregor Literary.

Best Wish List.What Little Girls Wish Daddies Knew” by Tara Hedman.

Best Guest Post.Santa’s Excellent Return Policy” by David Ozab, guest-posting at Momsicle.

Best Gift.The Power of Empathy” by Dr. Brené Brown and Katy Davis at BlazenFluff.

Best Song.Reno erat Rudolphus” shared by Eyolf Østrem via YouTube (provenance uncertain).

Merry Christmas!


The Best and Worst of Christmas TV

Chad Skelton of the Vancouver Sun writes today about “the best (and worst) TV Christmas specials.” His favorite?

For me, there’s no question what the best TV Christmas special is: The Grinch. Ever since I was a kid, I loved watching it at Christmas and it remains my all-time favourite. For me, it’s the perfect blend of absurdity and humour — with just a little bit of sappiness at the end.

He goes on to compliment Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, but criticizes the special itself as “boring . . . and a bit too preachy.”

Not surprisingly, I disagree. A Charlie Brown Christmas is my personal favorite. So many great moments: the so-called Christmas play that’s just an excuse for kids to dance, Lucy’s insistence on an aluminum tree, Snoopy’s first place award for his doghouse light display, and of course the pathetic little Christmas tree with the one ornament all but tipping it over. Then, when, Charlie Brown has all but lost hope, when in desperation he finally cries out “Can anyone tell me what Christmas is about?” Linus steps up and reads part of the Nativity story from St. Luke (KJV) concluding “That’s what’s Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Perhaps it’s because I’m Catholic, but I’m glad to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas each year.

So my choice for the best: A Charlie Brown Christmas (with the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas a close second).

And my worst: The live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey. If you haven’t seen it, don’t. It’s not even good for a laugh, it just sucks.