Category Archives: Holiday

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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How to Avoid a Very Mustafar Valentines

One of my favorite moments in the new Star Wars film Rogue One ( and believe me there are many of them) is getting to see Darth Vader’s personal fortress. The idea of Vader’s citadel has been a notion long … Continue reading

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How the Grinch Celebrated 50 Years

Thanks to the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and Freeform (formerly ABC family, in one of the worst network renaming attempts since the Sci-Fi Channel adopted Sy-Fy), there is no shortage of brand new Christmas movies to watch on TV each year. … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Classic: Celebrating 70 years of It’s a Wonderful Life

I grew up in a house with out air conditioning. Thus in the sweltering heat of a Minnesota summer night, my family and I would “camp” in our basement, turn on a huge fan and watch Christmas movies to beat the … Continue reading

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Why Star Wars is a Perfect Fit for a December Release

Along with Spielberg’s Jaws, the entire concept of the summer blockbuster owes it’s existence to Star Wars. I can still remember the fun of cosplaying as Anakin Skywalker while my best friend went as Palpatine for the release of Revenge … Continue reading

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Days of Christmas Future Past

“‘Bear but a touch of my hand there,’ said the Spirit, laying it upon his heart, ‘and you shall be upheld in more than this!’ As the words were spoken, they passed through the wall, and stood upon an open … Continue reading

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“Nothing but Sincerity as Far as The Eye Can See”: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

I grew up in one of those families that didn’t celebrate Halloween. For the most part I didn’t even know what that day of the year fully was until I started kindergarten and even then much of my exposure came … Continue reading

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