What’s your favorite holiday movie? Is it White Christmas? Love, Actually? A Christmas Story? There are certainly many to choose from. My ultimate favorite holiday movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacationfrom 1989. A synopsis from the library’s copy of VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever says, “The third vacation for the Griswold family finds them hosting repulsive relatives for Yuletide. The sight gags, although predictable, are sometimes on the mark. Quaid is a standout as the slovenly cousin.” Now that doesn’t sound very promising, does it? But no matter how many times I have seen it, I swear – every time that darned squirrel flies out of the tree and the family all screams and runs for their lives – I end up laughing with tears in my eyes. The movie stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Johnny Galecki.
Just because I’m a bit confurious (confused + curious) sometimes, I decided to search the library catalog using the word “holiday”. My reasons are a bit convoluted, but it boils down to – “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”.
I was honored this year to be Mrs. Claus for the city of Gardiner in their Christmas Parade. I was not sure what I was in for. The fun began with co-workers and friends offering ideas for my costume. Being a thrifty person, I looked for things that I had on hand to wear. Thank goodness, I knew someone who works with theater students and had a perfect wig, apron and white gloves. Oh, the endless blessing of friends.
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