‘Twas almost the day before Christmas, and rather than weekly posts and tweets, the NST elves are sharing favorite holiday treats:
Price Arnett: LOVE Bill Murray in “Scrooged,” an impeccable mid-80s remake of the Dicken’s classic. Another favorite from this week, courtesy of Dustin Smith at Davis Elen Advertising: SNL’s Lost Ending of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Dana Carvey is epic as George Bailey.
Tanya Johnson: We love going to Viejas to see the Legend of the Ice Princess. The nightly show is based loosely on American Indian mythology. It’s the story of Crystal, a young fairy princess whose magical powers bring winter to the holiday season. It’s a short holiday show that makes you feel good when you leave. We also love to go ice skating out there.
Mary Correia-Moreno and Michelle Livermore share a passion for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Says Mary: “Ultimate Christmas movie for me. I just love the concept behind the film – how life would have been so different for others if you weren’t there. Makes you really appreciate how each person in your life is there for a reason.” Says Michelle: “I cannot even watch the movie and just see this part and start bawling. I am crying now. What a great thing it would be to see what the world would be without me in it. Or maybe it wouldn’t – who knows. I love this whole last part. Everyone feeling sad should just watch this a bunch of times. I love that Clarence gets his wings, too.”
Janet Elk: When I was growing up in the Chicago area, every Christmas season the best short cartoons played on Garfield Goose and Friends were Hardrock, Coco and Joe, Suzy Snowflake and Frosty the Snowman. It’s amazing you can still find these classics on YouTube. I still love them! Takes me right back to being a kid.
Krystin Williamson: I grew up studying ballet and dance, so I’m a true Nutcracker fan at heart. I love the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” with Tchaikovsky’s classic score, the beautiful snowflakes dancing in formation and the exciting Arabian, Spanish and Chinese adaptations. This link happens to be from MGM’s motion picture “The Nutcracker,” but nothing beats seeing it come to life by a local ballet company.
Katie Rowland: Since I grew up watching just as many black-and-white movies as color films with my mother, it’s no surprise that the nostalgia of the holidays has me longing to cuddle up with a blanket, hot cocoa and watch “Little Women.” Although there are many film adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, the 1949 version is my favorite. Nothing conveys the holiday spirit more than the generosity of the March girls, who spend their prized pennies buying gifts for their mother and share their Christmas feast with their less fortunate neighbors.
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Aaron Blomberg: The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas is/was my favorite Christmas movie as a kid. I was so obsessed I watched it multiple times a day, every day, year-round for many years. It follows the misadventures of Ted E. Bear as he searches for the meaning of Christmas. Not entirely sure of why I was so obsessed with this movie, but I’m guessing a teddy bear named Ted E. Bear had a big part in it.
Greg Kershaw: It’s not often you get to rock out at church, but this song always puts me in the Christmas spirit (and makes my stepmom nauseous). Transiberian Orchestra’s Carol of the Bells, performed by Lincoln Brewster (at my church).
Rebecca Howe: My favorite Christmas song is My Grown Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson. This song has an inspiring message and reminds you that Christmas isn’t always about the gifts wrapped under the tree. Plus, Kelly Clarkson is among my top two favorite American Idols (the other is Carrie Underwood).