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REVIEWS- December 8th

Christmas is right around the corner at only 24 days away! We have officially entered the time of Hallmark movies and hot chocolate.

Christmas is a great time to read books and watch T.V. shows and movies. Here are a few Christmas past times to get you started!

The Polar Express is a children's book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1985. The book is now widely known to be a classic Christmas story for young children. One Christmas Eve many years ago, a boy lies in bed, listening hard for the bells of Santa’s sleigh, which he has been told by a friend do not exist. Later that night he hears not bells but a very different sound. He looks out his window and is astounded to see a steam engine parked in front of his house! The young boy enjoys the wonderful adventure of a train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Frosty the Snowman is a movie that has been with us for many generations. My mother and older sisters all grew up enjoying the movie. It was released in 1969 and directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass. As soon as the movie came out, it was a big hit. Families from all around loved watching Frosty dance and sing. If you aren’t familiar with the movie, it is all centered around a snowman who came to life! He had corncob pipe, a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal. The children placed a black silk hata on his head and he immediately began to dance around. He could laugh and play! He used to tell the children they should have some fun before he melted away. To see if he actually melted away, you’ll just have to watch the movie. Frosty the Snowman is a warm, Christmas movie full of happiness and laughter. If you have any time to watch a Christmas movie this season, I recommend Frosty the Snowman be at the top of your list!

Christmas is a great time of the year to spend with friends. Many T.V. shows have a Christmas edition during the Holiday Season. Friends, the very popular show from the late 90’s to the early 2000’s, is no exception. In Season 7, Episode 10, “The One with the Holiday Armadillo,” Ross dresses up as an Armadillo to teach his son, Ben, about Hanukkah. Also during this episode Chandler dresses up as Santa to bring Christmas cheer and Joey dresses up as Superman. Chandler and Joey ultimately dress up in fun costumes to bring joy to Ben during the Holiday Season. Even though Chandler and Joey’s gestures were meant for good intentions, Ross did not ask for their help. This resulted in trouble between the friends, because what child wants to listen to an armadillo when Santa and Superman are around? In the end, Santa and Superman worked together to tell Ben the great stories of the Holiday Armadillo. This episode shows you no matter the trouble, your friends will always be there for you, especially during the Holiday Season.

We provided you with few Christmas spirit past-times. With The Polar Express, Frosty the Snowman, and Friends. We hope you take the time during this amazing part of the year, to watch or read one of these Christmas past-times which hopefully turn into a family or friend tradition. We hope in your extra time this month, you’ll sit down with your family and friends and enjoy these Christmas Specials!