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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope that you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah celebration.

We had a grand day not-at-the-shop. Tryptophane coma FTW!

The 'Varks are thankful for family, for friends, and for customers.

For a country with still a modicum of freedom, and for increasing numbers alarmed at encroachments upon that freedom.

For wise men who foresaw such encroachments and designed remedies, if we will but take the medicine.

For the fact that tomorrow I will no longer have to kvetch about Christmas ornaments being up too early, and what's with CBS showing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" before Thanksgiving?

Merry Christmas (or whatever your holiday of choice may be)!


Michael W said...

Yes, NOW we can officially start the Christmas Season. The tree goes up this weekend.

And be grateful that at least CBS is bothering to show "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". If they ran "A Charlie Brown's Christmas" I wonder if anyone would watch?

The Aardvark said...

Yes they would, if only for the nostalgia.

I listened to the first CD of Christmas music for the season today.

Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack for "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

Michael W said...

Some of the best jazz ever composed for the second half of the last century was by Guaraldi for the "Peanuts" specials.

And now, because you listened to your first Christmas music CD of the year, here's as good a place as any to list my Christmas Traditions (some of a musical nature):

1. I have to watch a version of "A Christmas Carol" (preferably the 1971 animated version, directed by Richard Williams and produced by Chuck Jones. Second place goes to "Mr. Magoo's A Christmas Carol").

2. I have to listen to Eartha Kitt sing "Santa Baby".

3. I have to put some money in the Salvation Army pot. But I insist on some ground rules. The pot must be outside and attended by someone in uniform who must be ringing the bell.

4. Watch the Yule Log on television.

5. (A recent addition) I have to watch the video for Bob Dylan's "Must Be Santa".

The Aardvark said...

Add Tiny Tim's "Santa Claus Has Got the AIDS This Year".

Rigel Kent said...

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all.

I would watch it, and I will watch it when I go to my brother's house for Christmas. Even if I have to buy a DVD myself.

Other traditions are watching at least two versions of A Christmas Carol. One classic version and then Bill Murray's Scrooged.

Try to avoid A Christmas Story for as long as possible (avoiding it completely is impossible) until a niece or nephew sandbags me into it.

Other than that it just depends on what my brother's doing.

The Aardvark said...

As to "a Christmas Carol", I must watch the musical "Scrooge"! The Alistair Sim version is a late favorite of mine, and of course, Magoo!

Kitt's "Santa Baby" is infinitely better than her "Catwoman".

I hate to say it, but for me, anything of Jones past 1960 is self-derivative, and is comparable to the difference between Carl Stalling's music, and William Lava's.

I'll spot you "Gay Purree" and "Rikki Tikki Tavi".

and "The Bear That Wasn't".

"A Christmas Story" and Jean Shepherd are acquired tastes, to be sure.

Michael W said...

I absolutely LOATHE "A Christmas Story".