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Holiday movies for the rest of us

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose… In the words of my favorite 80’s cartoon character, gag me with a silver spoon. This is the time of year that radio and television stations bombard the citizenry with all things Christmas. Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and sweet baby Jesus rule the airwaves from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. (We shall not discuss those radio stations that started playing Christmas carols BEFORE Thanksgiving. There is a special place for people like you.) Like family dinners, with all that is awesome about the holiday season there is bound to be some funkiness. In this case, it’s a (less than) surprising lack of diversity in what…

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Your favorite classic holiday movies started as books

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Holiday practices such as the Christmas tree, caroling, and exchanging gifts are rooted in traditions that go back generations. But for people of the modern age, there’s a new tradition without which the holiday season would be incomplete: gathering the family around the television and watching our favorite Christmas movies. Most of these beloved stories have their roots on the printed page. So this year, instead of switching on the cable box or firing up the DVD player, how about enjoying some Christmas the old school way? Pour some eggnog for your family, light a fire in the fireplace, and read from these holiday classics. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Various editions) The undisputed king of Christmas stories, Dickens’…

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Your holiday movie companion: What to sip, snack and bring

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‘Tis the season of cozy nights by the fire and holiday movies on the television. This year watch in style by pairing your favorite movies with the perfect drinks, food, and friends. Here’s our easy guide to making the most of your holiday viewing this year: It’s a Wonderful Life   Sip: Mulled wine. Heavy on the cinnamon, light on the cloves. Snack: Popcorn. Bonus points if you made it on the stove and string the rest into garlands. Wear: Vintage pajamas and a scarf. Bring: A box of tissues. You know you’re going to cry. Again. Companions: An angel would be nice, but anyone who can pass the tissues will do just fine. Home Alone Sip: Milk from a…

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