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Getting in the Holiday Mood

November 27, 2013 - Jane Whitmore
Are you anxious? Are you ready to be there? Are you getting in the holiday mood? With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it’s time to get in the holiday mood. After a day of turkey and football, it’s time to dig out the boxes of Christmas decorations and start hanging lights and wreaths. Fresh Christmas trees are at the stores and “forever” Christmas trees are ready to be freed from their storage boxes. Emmetsburg Retail Association kicks off the season with “Home For The Holidays”. The second annual Christmas Lighted Parade will take place Friday night. Because there was such a big turnout last year, the ERA has moved the Open House and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa to the Emmetsburg Fire Hall after the parade. There will be an opportunity to take photos with the Santa couple, good music from talented local musicians, plus hot chocolate and cookies and popcorn. Saturday morning is Breakfast With Santa at the Pizza Ranch. Stop by and have some Christmas dessert pizza and little ones can give Santa their wish list. It’s always lots of fun for young and old alike. What really puts you in the holiday mood? For me, it’s the classic movies of the season. I have my favorites. How about you? “It’s A Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and the original “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947 version) are at the top of my list. I could watch these two movies several times during the holidays. I came across a news release from What To Do With The Kids® and they ranked the Top 10 Family Christmas/Holiday Movie or Television Shows. They say there were over 1,400 entries. Here’s their list: 1-- “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966 – Animated) – (#1 in 2011) 2-- “The Polar Express” (2004 – Animated) – (#8 in 2011) 3-- “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946) – (#2 in 2011) 4-- “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (1964 – Animated) – (#6 in 2011) 5-- “Elf” (2004) – (Not ranked in 2011) 6-- “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965 – Animated) – (#4 in 2011) “The Santa Clause” (1994) – (Not ranked in 2011) “Frosty the Snowman” (1969 – Animated) – (#7 in 2011) 7-- “The Grinch” (2000) – (Not ranked in 2011) 8-- “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) – (#5 in 2011) 9-- “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) – (#8 in 2011) 10-- “A Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) – (#10 in 2011) Movies that are no longer on the list: “A Christmas Story (1983) – (#3 in 2011); “A Christmas Carol (1951) – (#5 in 2011); “White Christmas” (1954) – (#7 in 2011); “Home Alone” (1990) – (#9 in 2011) Do you agree with the list or disagree? Pop some popcorn, kick back and relax when your favorite comes on.


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