Longing For Home At the Holidays

When you are a senior in High School there is one feeling that sets in, almost as soon as September rolls around. It’s a sense of wanderlust, a desire to get out and move onto the next thing. For some this, involves going to college. You can’t wait to get out of your parents house, be on your own and have a little more freedom. It’s a natural and important part of life.

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Some Thoughts on Christmas Music

I love Christmas music, so much so that I even have an IPod playlist of at least 140 Christmas songs. Glancing through this list, it’s not uncommon to find multiple versions of a many songs. Hymns like “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night”, or “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” that has been around for over a century are going to be pretty well covered. Songs like “White Christmas”,  “Silver Bells”,  “Somewhere in My Memory”, ” Where Are you Christmas”, and “Believe” became seasonal standards because of their immense popularity through films.

Charlie Brown and Friends Singing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Charlie Brown and Friends Singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Peanuts Worldwide/ABC/United Media)

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FICTION: What Does Santa Do When He Goes On Break

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, my dear readers. During the past few Christmases my family has actually worked as Santa’s helpers. One question that always persists among our quests, after the guys who come up to the set to ask for the time, is why Santa has to go on break and what it is he does. Much of this comes from the kids who hoped they would see Santa right away. To that end, I’ve written a little story for those kids, inspired by their question.

 

What Does Santa Do When He Goes On Break?

Santa

Santa

 

Round about each December, to the mall you may go to visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick.

You’ve been good, you’ve waited long, you’ve made your list, and now you go to stand in line.

Yet when you get there you may find Santa’s left his throne.

The sign it says that Santa’s gone on break.

45 minutes is all it will take,

but 45 days it seems to you.

Just why does Santa need a break,

and what does he do when he leaves his throne?

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A Farewell to Middle-earth ( on film) #OneLastTime

We come at last to the passing of an age. December 2014 will mark the end of Middle-earth on film with the release of the final Hobbit movie. It is a bitter sweet moment for many fans, regardless of how they feel about the movies. Since 1999 we have been following not only the journey of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, but the journey of one filmmaker Peter Jackson and his quest to bring Tolkien’s epic tale to life on the silver screen. Now all that will be left is for me to wait for the release of the Extended Edition DVD or Blu-Ray of the final film.

Posters for all six films in the Middle-earth film saga.

Posters for all six films in the Middle-earth film saga.

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A Door Into Another World: My First Trip Into Narnia

Around fourth grade there was very little that I liked about going to school. I liked recess and library time, and like any kid in school back in the 90s I eagerly looked forward to going the Mac Lab to play Number Munchers, and Oregon Trail. However, every month or so we received the ever exciting school book orders. Those orders were as exciting to me as the annual Sears Wishbook that used to come out. In fact, school book orders were even better as they came in every month, introducing me to new worlds and new friends.

Narnia book cover

Narnia book cover

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ThanksGIVING

Long time readers of my blog know that when this time of year rolls around I like to take a moment to write about the subject of thankfulness and gratitude. I have even written my share of posts regarding the topic of “Black Friday”. This year however, I’d like to take a break from writing about thankfulness to write about the second half of the word “Thanksgiving”…”giving”.

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“Holy Nostalgia, Batman!” Celebrating the DVD release of the classic 1966 Batman TV show

Thanks to my recent guest lecture on superheroes I was able to put aside some money for the long awaited DVD boxed-set of the complete series for the 1960s Batman TV show. While a vocal minority may not have been pleased by this news, I was part of the majority that signed every petition I could find on-line and at comic conventions to get this classic released on DVD. Long before the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy would generate Oscar Buzz, and everyone was saying how awesome Batman was, this was my gate way into the Batman mythos when I was four years old. Due to the release of the 1989 Batman one of the local Fox affiliate would show reruns of this show in syndication. And every afternoon eagerly eating up the adventures of The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, at least until it was taken off to make room for the equally great Batman: The Animated Series.

 

Holy DVD Boxed-sets, Batman!

Holy DVD Boxed-sets, Batman!

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