Favorite Christmas Movies — Part One: White Christmas

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This season is one of my favorite times of year, and I love doing this series on Christmas movies. Throughout the month of December, I will post on several of my favorite Christmas films.

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White Christmas, the 1954 film about two former soldier who turn song and dance men and who help their former commander as he attempts to run a floundering ski resort, has special meaning to me. It stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney and was directed by Michael Curtiz. It features the songs of Irving Berlin.  As a major piece of American film history, that would be enough to be of interest to me, but it has a much more profound connection.

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My parents were both of “the greatest generation,” which is a description with which I agree. They were born and raised during the depression and were part of the multitudes of America who fought and supported World War II. My father was a Marine, and my mother worked in the Signal Corps.  This group of Americans had a toughness that was forged in the fire of great tumult, both national and international.

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 My mother loved this movie, and it was a tradition in our family to watch it when it aired on television, which was, if I remember correctly, every Christmas Eve. If not that night, then it was always on a nearby night. Of course, as a child who was born a while after World War II, it was all ancient history to me then, but for my mother and father, it spoke directly to their lives and to their hopes and dreams.

Both of my parents have been gone for quite a while now, over 20 years–they were married for 48 years and died within 2 years of each other. As I have become older, I have learned to appreciate what my parents did for us, which, I have to admit, when I was young and stupid, I did not. To paraphrase Mark Twain, –it is amazing how smart my parents got as I got older. And I appreciate and try to continue some of the family traditions, including watching White Christmas, but now with my beloved wife. And now my granddaughter is old enough to begin to appreciate and enjoy these films. I still feel the connection to my Mom and Pop when I watch this movie.  This movie speaks to the connection of people, of hope, of joy, of happiness, and of the power of music.

And I wish we would have a white Christmas, and I hope it will happen this year.

 

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Quotations on Reading

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“And reading itself is an amazing activity: You glance at a thin, flat object made from a tree…and the voice of the author begins to speak inside your head. (Hello!)”

                                                              Carl Sagan

 

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“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”

                                                              Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

                                                               Joyce Carol Oates

Quotations on Reading

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“Reading brings us unknown friends”

                                                                          Honore de Balzac

 

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“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

                                                                          Joyce Carol Oates

 

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“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”

                                                                         Carl Sagan

 

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Quotations on Reading

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“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

                                                                           Ray Bradbury

 

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“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

                                                                          Joyce Carol Oates

 

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“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”

                                                                          Carl Sagan

More Quotations on Reading

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“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

Ray Bradbury

 

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“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Joyce Carol Oates

 

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“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

David Baldacci, The Camel Club 

(This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it highly!)

Three Quotations in Three Days: Day 3

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“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

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This is the final day of this challenge, and I wanted to speak to the power of reading. Ms. Oates’ quotation illustrates the effect of reading of creating empathy in readers. Reading pulls us into the lives and minds of the characters in the books we read. We feel their emotions and experience their lives, and by doing so, we are enriched as people.

Reading is not only one of the great pleasures but also is one of the essential experiences of a full life. From the time we are children through the range of our lives, reading gives us the opportunity to experience, consider, and attempt to understand the lives of other peoples, often in very distant places and times.

My nominees for today because I interpret the rules as meaning nominate 3 new bloggers each day of the challenge:

RaineFairy https://tweakandshout.wordpress.com

Stephanae V. McCoy http://boldblindbeauty.com

Eddie Two Hawks https://eddietwohawks.wordpress.com

The Rules:

1.) Once a day for the next three days, choose a quotation, and write a little about it.

2.) Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their site.

3.) Nominate 3 other bloggers for the challenge, and let them know about it.

And thank you to Zanthee https://tasmatron.wordpress.com , who nominated me and who writes an excellent blog.  Please take the time to check out her blog, and thank you so much for the nomination, Zanthee!