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Flashback Friday-Christmas Edition-Will You Merry Me? (2008)

You know it’s Christmas when Hallmark movies start to pop up on the television schedule.

In 2008, Hallmark semi-diverted from their standard Christmas movie to tell the story of Jewish girl engaged to a Christian boy in Will You Merry Me?.

Rebecca Fine (Vikki Krinsky) comes from a Jewish family living in Los Angeles. Henry Kringle (Tommy Lioutas) comes from a Christian family living in Madison, Wisconsin. While Rebecca and Henry are happily in love and eager to start a life together, their families are not quite as eager to see the young couple walk down the aisle. Of course, Hanukkah and Christmas collide, adding to the misunderstandings and miscommunication. Will Rebecca and Henry say I do or will their families pull them apart?

Let’s put it out there. It’s a Hallmark Christmas movie. It’s predictable from the word go. But, it’s nice to see that the creative team attempt to add a little diversity to the usual narrative.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

A Christmas Carol is the progenitor of every Christmas story has been published since 1843.  The Charles Dickens novel has not only become synonymous with the holiday, but also with the idea of being kind to our fellow mortals.

The new film, The Man Who Invented Christmas, stars Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens. With the recent success of Oliver Twist,  Dickens is under pressure to write his next novel. But with the creative well running dry and his bank account running equally as dry, he has to do something. Soon the idea for his next novel will start flowing, but so will the tension with his wife, Kate  (Morfydd Clark) and his father, John (Jonathan Price). He must also contend with the characters that are talking to him, including the man who will soon be known to the world as Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and face his own past.

 

As a writer, it is always fascinating to see how other writers go on their creative journey to create their work. As an audience member, for me at least, it is fascinating to watch how a screenwriter can expand not just upon the myth, but on the everyday human struggles of their characters, especially ones that are as well known as Charles Dickens.

I recommend it.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is presently in theaters. 

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Christmas, SNL Style

Merry Christmas!

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Dear Retailers

Dear Retailers

Today, if you are not aware is November 4th. Halloween was five days ago.

The weather in New York City was comfortable today, the only requirement to stay comfortable was a light jacket. The leaves are falling, Thanksgiving is in a few weeks.  Fall is in the air.

And yet, the Christmas blitz has begun.

I understand that the holiday season represents a good chunk of your annual revenue.  You need to get us, the buying public, excited about the holidays, so that we will buy your stock. I get it, I start thinking about holiday shopping this time of year like anyone else.

But truth be told, I don’t want to think about the holidays in November. When I think of the holidays, I think of cold weather, of snow. I think of putting several layers just to take the garbage out.

When did the Christmas season become about playing “top that” on gifts and decorations? Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it’s about family and tradition. It’s not about the latest and greatest gift which has a good chance of becoming a dust collector in six months or the newest piece of technology which will be outdated in less than a year with next model.

And I won’t even get into black Friday (which at this point, for some stores, is bleeding into Thanksgiving).

In short, I would like to enjoy my fall.

Sincerely

A shopper

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The Holidays

It’s that time of year again. The stores are advertising massive sales, the lights are on the houses and the weather has become rather chilly.

Christmas and Kwanzaa are just around the corner. We are halfway through Chanukah.

There are some, in the name of diversity and multiculturalism who believe that instead of referring to the individual holidays, we all should use the generic Happy Holidays message.

While I understand where they are coming from, I don’t quite agree with them.

If I see someone who celebrates Christmas, I say Merry Christmas.

If I see someone who celebrates Chanukah, I say Happy Chanukah.

If I see someone who celebrates Kwanzaa, I say Happy Kwanzaa.

If I see someone who has no particular religious faith, I say Happy Holidays or Happy New Year.

I believe that to foster co-existence and respect, we have to acknowledge the fact that our neighbor may celebrate a different holiday. To lump all of the holidays together out of fear that someone may feel offended does not do justice to this very multicultural country that we call home.

That being said, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. May we all enjoy this holiday season and the joys that come with it.

 

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Too Soon

One of the stores by my house has already put out some of their Christmas stuff.

Kmart has already come out with their not a Christmas commercial.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has started to air their commercials.

Is it me, or is Christmas starting to be advertised earlier than it was ten years ago?

I have nothing against Christmas. Spending time with family, giving gifts, etc, is enjoyable and wonderful.

However, with Christmas comes winter. With winter comes snow, cold temperatures and putting multiple layers just to take out the garbage.

I understand the stores reasons for advertising Christmas early, but I would like to enjoy my fall first.

It’s too soon.

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