Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

I’ve said in a previous post, how I didn’t believe in Santa growing up. My parents felt that lying to me would be bad, and instead told me the story of the “real” Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas. They told us that the Santa people believe in today was more of a feeling, than an actual person.

Even though I wasn’t a believer, I still liked Santa Claus, including the most famous Christmas carol featuring him, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. 

This is older than you probably think, having been written in 1934 by John Fredrick Coots and Haven Gillespie. It was originally performed by Harry Reser but since than has been covered numerous times by countless artists.

Of course my all-time favorite version is from the claymation Christmas special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

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Not only is this special great in how it tries to answer every question kids have ever had about Santa, and does one amazing job, but Fred Astaire and company do a great job of singing the song.

No matter what, when I hear this song I just want to join along!

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For more on Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, go to 25 More Films of Christmas

For more Fred Astaire, go to 25 Films of Christmas

For more Christmas carols, go to Winter Wonderland

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You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

I LOVE the Grinch.

I love it

Out of all the Dr. Seuss books, this was the one I used to read over and over and over again. I just couldn’t get enough of that grumpy grinch.

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One year I even ate a ton of a certain type of cereal just to send away for a special Grinch keychain.

So of course one of my all-time holiday favorites is to watch the How the Grinch Stole Christmas the 1960s version.

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It was a great animated feature with Boris Karloff narrating. Besides just fantastically bringing to life the Seussian story, it has one fantastic song.

This song was written by Dr. Seuss, composed by Albert Hague, and sung by Thurl Ravenscroft.

So much awesome. This song just embodies who he is.

I’m so glad they brought back for the live action film, which I also went to see as soon as it was out in theaters, this version being covered by Jim Carrey.

Say what you want about that movie but man was the makeup fantastic! He looks just like the illustration!

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For more on How the Grinch Stole Christmas, go to 25 More Films of Christmas

For more on Dr. Seuss, go to It’s A Fan World After All

For more Christmas carols, go to A Real Life Saver

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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I just found this book the other day in the library that is a reprint of the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story published in 1939. The story was cute and more fleshed out than the song, but not exactly like the movie (featured above). Whatever the differences, it reminded me of how much I used to love the Christmas Carol and film as a child.

It started as a simple marketing scheme, but quickly became a sensation. First the booklet in 1939, a song in 1949, and then a stop-motion Christmas Special in 1964. I just love it. Rudolph is a character we all can connect to as at one point in everyone’s life they have been picked on or bullied, and like Rudolph, we need to realize that we too contain special and useful traits.

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So let’s hear it for Santa’s best reindeer, Rudolph.

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For more on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, go to 25 More Films of Christmas

For more Christmas Carols, go to When I Get Into a Novel