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  •  The kids and I always watch A Christmas Story (10+ / 0-)

    but since I was already in my 20s when it was released, it isn't a tradition from my childhood.

    As a kid, we took the specials as they came, and fought on the schoolyard about the superiority of Peanuts Christmas vs Frosty the Snowman. We were a Peanuts family (bah, Frosty the usurper with all those silly large animated feet on everybody!).

    The Mr. Magoo special wasn't always on, but we loved that when it was.

    Rankin Bass Rudolph was probably everyone's favorite with the Grinch a close second.

    Those weeks before Christmas were always full of TV rituals that really meant something. If you missed the Grinch, it was 12 months before you got another chance.

    •  I should add that my kids also make a ritual of (5+ / 0-)

      The Nightmare Before Christmas!

    •  We've always watched it too... (3+ / 0-)
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      I've made it our tradition to watch it while we put up the tree. This year, we were also lighting the Hanukkah candles on the same night!  We do both holidays here- it's sort of Hanamas or Chrismukah depending on what we're doing.  

      This year, we were watching the old Rudolph program from the 60s with our exchange student because they don't have that story in France.  None of the reindeer have names over there, according to her!  But the further we got into the show, the worse it was, and we finally had to shut it off for all it's cheeziness.  

      That said, the Rudolph story is really an old anti-bullying tale if you're paying attention.  

      I used to hate It's a Wonderful Life, but now that I'm older, it's grown on me.  I also love Holiday Inn (aka White Christmas), which no one mentions anymore.  

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