I will never, ever outgrow Christmas specials. I watched most of them when I was a child at other people’s homes but, when my children were little, we had a television so we would all gather around the television and lose ourselves in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and any and every other special that came along, falling love with some and horrified by others.
Then one year, one of my children tried to convince me that Christmas specials are for little children. I told all three of my children that they can’t outgrow them until I outgrow them. At least, they couldn’t so long as they lived under my roof. Now that they are scattered to the winds, I don’t know which, if any, they watch. I don’t know if they look to see what new specials are airing and make time to watch them in hopes of finding a new treasure.
Here is what I do know.
I know that A Charlie Brown Christmas is Marc’s favorite and that he would stand up and dance whenever Schroder, instead of letting the pageant rehearsal continue, started playing music. And that, even when he’s too old to watch them all, he’ll probably still find time to watch this one every year.
I know that there are some charming Christmas specials that aren’t available on DVD and I wish someone would re-release them. (Hint: For Better or For Worse: The Bestest Present and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.)
I know that Joe says his favorite is How the Grinch Stole Christmas and that I was surprised to learn that nobody has given Bibi the book. I think it’s one of those things where everyone thinks someone else will do it or has already done it so it never happened.
I know that Rob loves Christmas specials as much as I and we go out of our way to watch the new ones. We don’t necessarily watch them all. We don’t necessarily watch them all the way through. But we take great pleasure in finding a new one to make our ho-ho-holidays just a little brighter.
So tell me, do you ever watch holiday specials? If you do, which ones are your favorites?