Category Archives: Holiday

What’s This? Celebrating 25 Years of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas #4: Sandy Claws

For a movie called “The Nightmare Before Christmas” the story spends very little time developing Christmas town and the jolly old elf in the red suit. Santa first appears as merely a shadow when he opened the door of his … Continue reading

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What’s This?: Celebrating 25 Years of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas #3: Sally

Like  everything else in the Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton and Selick’s take on the classic Frankenstein myth has its own twist. The creature is not a big lumbering hulk, but rather a lithe female, leading her not to look like … Continue reading

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What’s This? Celebrating 25 Years of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas #2: Halloweentown

Part of the reason  it seems strange to see the seasonal displays for Christmas and Halloween at Target is the simple, and obvious fact that they seem have very little in common. The most enduring symbol of Christmas is a … Continue reading

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Coming Soon to this Blog…

Dinosaurs. Wookies. Vulcans. Hobbits. Fauns. Superheroes. A kind little alien far from home. Even a beagle with a big imagination. These are just some of the wondrous creatures Jonathon D. Svendsen has already examined. Now, what’s this? He has another … Continue reading

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Meaningful Gifts

This Christmas season has been especially hard for my family. Among other reasons, it is the first we’ve had since my grandmother Elsie Bogart ( on my mom’s side) passed away from cancer this past spring. There are a number … Continue reading

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That’s What Great Christmas Specials Are All About, Charlie Brown

Times certainly have changed since I was a kid. Looking through my mom’s extensive collection of Christmas DVD’s I see plenty of movies that had been made specifically for television had been shown on network TV for a couple years. … Continue reading

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Tis a Gift…

Around this time of year, there’s an old Shaker Hymn that is frequently heard called “Simple Gifts.” You probably know the tune and have heard the lyrics, but in case you haven’t here they are:   “‘Tis the gift to … Continue reading

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