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Survived Another Xmas

Another Christmas has come and gone.

I have to admit, Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays. Christmas has always been too stressful, at least since I became an adult (a long long time ago). But this year's was relatively mellow. I spent it at home with Parris, friends, and cats, and a good time was had by all.

There are things I like about Christmas, though. Watching Christmas movies, especially. A CHRISTMAS STORY is a favorite, and I also like to binge watch all the various versions of the Dickens classic CHRISTMAS CAROL. Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, Reginald Owen, Mickey Mouse, Albert Finney, Bill Murray... they all have their points, and it's fun to compare and contrast. On balance, I still think the Sim is the best of the adaptations. And when you cross over to the parody side of the ledger, there's nothing but nothing comes close to the Blackadder version.

This year we also watched FOOTLIGHT PARADE, which has nothing to do with Christmas but is a fun film. One of the last of the great pre-Code films, it's amazing to see how risque it is compared to what Hollywood would be making a year later and for decades to follow. And the musical numbers are unforgettable, especially Cagney in "Looking for My Shanghai Lil."

Anyway... merry merry to all my friends, fans, and readers out there. I hope Santa was good to you. At least those of you who were nice. As for those of you who were naughty.. come sit here next to me.


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Dec. 27th, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
All the best to our favourite Santa lookalike!
Things have been pretty quiet here. I'm currently at my Dad's in Hull; he's recently been diagnosed with an inoperable tumour, but he's hoping to keep going for while yet. I've told him there are a couple more seasons at least of GoT to look forward to, as an incentive! I'm looking forward to the next book, too!
Joey Kalmin
Dec. 27th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)
Christmas Movie Opinion

I'm glad you had a Merry Christmas, and I wish you a Happy New Year. I do have one question for you, if you don't mind. Do you consider Die Hard to be a Christmas movie? Thanks!
Dan Koifman
Dec. 27th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas George. Your alien may be tired, but I'm glad to see you in good spirits. All the best to you and yours.

Santa Fe Kremlinologists on the internet say that when you display your the froggy icon, it is a good sign. I'll take it.

Edited at 2016-12-27 04:19 pm (UTC)
Becca McGhie
Dec. 27th, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas!! Wishing you and yours the best 2017 ever
Dec. 27th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas George!

My girlfriend got me a signed copy from yourself of the Illustrated Game of Thrones book.

Best present ever!

Only issue is now I don't want to touch it to read it so need to get another one!!!
Dec. 27th, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
Christmas Story!
George that's awesome haha, every year me and all my family just sit back and keep the 24 hour A Christmas Story marathon playing throughout the day. Me and my cousins grew up watching that film on Christmas Eve, such good memories and a hilarious movie.
Dec. 27th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
New Year
Are you releasing a big New Years message again this year George?
Dec. 27th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Not Patrick Stewart's? Very good. I Netflixed FOOTLIGHT PARADE. Thanks for the rec.

Best to you and yours in 2017!
Dec. 28th, 2016 12:10 am (UTC)
Dear Mr. Martin, what do you think of all those "GRRM wrote the script for 2016"jokes regarding all those celebrities deaths?
if this is off-topic forgive me, the "survived.."title of this columme reminded me of it ;-)
hope you are all well and thanks for your time!
greetings from Europe
Dec. 28th, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
First Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

How nice to hear someone else discovered the joys of FOOTLIGHT PARADE. Amazing cast, nicely naughty and amazing dance numbers by Busby Burkeley. I have always loved Ruby Keeler's dancing, but James Cagney is always amazes.
Johnny Marchetti
Dec. 28th, 2016 12:30 am (UTC)
Michael Caine's Scrooge
George, I'm very concerned that you left Michael Caine of your list of most excellent Scrooges.
Dec. 28th, 2016 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Michael Caine's Scrooge
Agreed!!! This one is something we watch every Christmas in my house at least twice!
Ashleigh Halderman
Dec. 28th, 2016 03:52 am (UTC)
Jean Shepherd
If you love A Christmas Story and you have not checked out Jean Shepherd's "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash" it is a wonderful read. Nostalgia at its best.
Dec. 28th, 2016 06:40 pm (UTC)
Christmas Carol
Agree that Sim's version remains the best - ghosts of prosperous men trying to help woman with child remains one of the great cinema images of the season.

But truth be told I got started as a kid with the Mr. Mago version and still love rewatching.

Merry Twelve Days of Christmas - enjoy them all.

(You should invent an equvailant celebration for Westerous. The Seven Days of Yule?)

Dec. 29th, 2016 09:29 am (UTC)
Is christmas christmas without blackadders christmas carol? No, it's not.
Ariel Silberman
Dec. 30th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
Hope your holidays were wonderful, Mr. Martin. Personally, I choose unconventional movies for Christmas. I'll watch Elf with the siblings, then the minute they are gone, either Die Hard or GoT. Santa was VERY good to me, nearly doubled the size of my library. Despite the fact that i retain a place of honor on the not so nice list. But then, is a Lannister ever on the nice list? I'd bet not!
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