I think I first encountered Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever when a teacher read it to our class. I’m not sure exactly which grade I was in when this happened, but I do remember I found the story of the Herdman clan invading the annual Christmas pageant a lot of fun.
I think I checked this book out of the library at least a hundred times growing up. Of course, it got very popular during the Christmas season, so I’d get in my seasonal reading of the book in early to late November each year.
The Herdman family comes from the wrong side of the town. They’re dirty, rude and have a terrible reputation. Somehow the Herdman family catches wind of the annual Christmas pageant and shows up for tryouts, bullying their way into some of the prime roles in the play. As rehearsals unfold, the Herdman family proves to be disruptive, leading up to a funny performance. Continue reading
Filed under books, Christmas
Each evening at the dinner table, my parents would ask my sister and I what we’d done that day at school. Most of the times, I tended to not really address the central question in any great detail. But for some reason when I learned about verb tenses, I shared this information with my family with some enthusiasm.
A couple of days later, my dad told me about this great story that could help keep the concepts of the past, the present and the future straight for me. He said it was called A Christmas Carol and that a recorded version had come out. He said it starred Disney characters and it featured Scrooge McDuck as Ebeneezer Scrooge.
He related some of the story, whetting my appetite to hear the entire story. And so it was that I was given the LP version of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. I believe the record was issued released before the animated version hit theaters and then home video.
The record features the story of A Christmas Carol along with a few songs along the way. I have to admit these songs were kind of catchy and I could hum them for days after I’d listened to the record. Continue reading
A Charlie Brown Christmas aired as part of the Christmas season for the fiftieth time last night.
It seems like a lot of the things I enjoy are celebrating milestone anniversaries these days. But there aren’t many that I’ve watched longer than A Charlie Brown Christmas.*
*I suspect I’m not alone in this.
Growing up, it seemed like the special aired a bit closer to Christmas than it does now. This created a bit of an issue when my family was stationed in Hawaii for four years. This was in the days before satellite television and so television programs were generally shown in our fiftieth state a week behind their transmission date in the continental United States. ** This sometimes meant that certain Christmas specials would air the week after Christmas. This was also the days when VCRs were a bit luxury item and we’d often say that if we had one, it would be worth it to record all the Christmas specials one year and then watch then the next year leading up Christmas instead of after it
** Of course, we could also go to the beach on Christmas day. It’s all a trade-off! Continue reading