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Holiday Music in the MOVIES
Created on December 9th, 2011

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GT Bulmer
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Dec 9th 2011 at 11:45 AM

Well, it's that time of the year when I break out all of my favourite Christmas and holiday season movies and we start watching them all over again!

One thing I enjoy about these movies is the holiday and Christmas MUSIC they use as a soundtrack.

==> QUESTION: In what holiday movies do you especially enjoy the songs and music?

Share with us some of your favourite holiday movies (and music).

GT :-)


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Dec 9th 2011 at 11:52 AM

The first movie that ALWAYS comes to mind when I think of holiday movies with great holiday music is ... Home Alone, with Macaulay Culkin!

Especially when his character is 'home alone' and he's relishing the experience, getting ready to enjoy the peace and solitude that he has always dreamed of.

I like how he mouths the words to the tunes, especially Bing Crosby's 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.' That's such a great scene!

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Dec 9th 2011 at 22:17 PM

This isn't actually a movie, but it is a classic Christmas clip with a most memorable music scene.

Are you familiar with Mr. Bean's Christmas? I love that episode! And here is the music scene I am talking about:

It is when Mr. Bean comes upon the brass band playing to raise money for charity. He helps collect some items from the crowd and then hands the basket to the conductor. The conductor goes away to check out the bounty ... and he gives Mr. Bean his conductor's baton.

Well! Mr. Bean discovers the 'power of the baton' and begins conducting the band in quite a unique rendition of the famous "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" tune. I always find that bit to be hilarious!

How about you?

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Dec 12th 2011 at 14:44 PM

Once, when I was a kid, I went to a holiday movie in a theatre that was about a family that hit hard times and when the New Year rolled around, the kids found themselves homeless and without parents. I don't remember the name of the movie, but it was so sad. I think, near the end of the movie, the oldest kid might have found separate homes for each of his siblings.

All I remember is that at the end of the movie the song, Auld Lang Syne, was playing (♪♫ Should old acquaintance be forgot...♪♫ ). For years afterwards I associated that song with extreme sadness and heartbreak and could not listen to it.

Eventually, as an adult, I realized that it was just one of many popular holiday tunes and today I enjoy and accept it as such.

Do you have any holiday movie tunes that move you emotionally, either up or down?

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Dec 16th 2011 at 9:03 AM

I have to give mention to this holiday classic:

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Yes, it is an animated kid's show ... but we ALL know that it carries inspirational messages for adults, too.

And the music is catchy and memorable. There's just something about the piano arrangements in this and other Charlie Brown features that wins my attention and admiration. I can hear a few chords from another room and instantly know that A Charlie Brown Christmas is either on TV or being advertised.

Also ... who doesn't feel some degree of empathy for that sad, sparse little Christmas tree! lol

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Dec 16th 2011 at 17:14 PM
That was on last night because my daughter was watching it. Poor block head Charlie Brown always doing the wrong thing to get people mad at him.

That was pitiful tree.


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Dec 17th 2011 at 22:14 PM

I think that tree has definitely worked it's way into the popular culture of the day.

Through the Christmas season (today, in fact), I often here people making reference to the "Charlie Brown Christmas tree" they got, either this year or in a prior year. Most people (of certain generations) instantly know what it means.

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Dec 18th 2011 at 4:39 AM
Yes I know what you mean and then they will make a joke out of it and laugh about it.

It shows a sense of humor.

I believe people need more laughter in their life, don't be too serious all the time. Some people can be so serious, I love a good joke and will laugh the hardest if it's really great.


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Dec 18th 2011 at 19:31 PM

Hi, Terri. I agree that humour and laughter are so important to our emotional health. There are things we need to take seriously, but there are many times when we take things too seriously and should lighten up a little.

I think the subtle humour in Charles Schultz's 'Peanuts' comic strip was a kind of self-deprecating humour, meaning he was poking fun at himself with some of the situations portrayed. I believe the Charlie Brown character was based on Schultz, himself, at least, early on in the history of the strip.

The other 'lesson' to be learned from that pathetic little Christmas tree is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we can take even the most negative situation and find a way to produce some good from it.

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Dec 20th 2011 at 3:33 AM
I was thinking the same thing, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Charlie Brown was the only one who thought it was a pretty tree.

As for the story coming from his life, it may very well be. He had to start somewhere and when you think about it. All shows on TV have to start somewhere, people have ideas and don't you think that the majority of the TV shows is based on life situations.

A good point you brought up.




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