Tuesday, November 24, 2009

DMoG, Day Twenty-four

How do illustrations figure into word count? I'm thinking of putting in just one, right where I'm at now, and while it's a pretty straightforward drawing depicting exactly what I intend to tell the next person who suggests I write a 50,000 word novel in the 2nd busiest month of the year, I still hope it takes a full page. I want that finger to have maximum impact, clearly emphasizing that some pictures really are worth a thousand words.

24: I'm thankful for Christmas movies. This week we'll start watching our favorites, and they'll pretty much be the staple of all things visual for the next month.

Who doesn't cringe with ghoulish delight when Flick sticks his tongue to the flagpole? And do you love the logic behind why the kids all leave him out there, snowed on and fused to that pole? "The bell rang!" HA! We're all so Pavlovian, not a one of us sees any flaw to that reasoning.

Or how about the line, "Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense." Poetry! Sheer poetry, Ralph!

My favorite Christmas movie is The Grinch with Jim Carrey. I love that he does his own singing on "Mr. Grinch," and the best line in the movie is, of course, "Blast this Christmas music! It's joyful AND triumphant!" Absolute genius.

Is there anyone who wouldn't know exactly what is meant by the words "Charlie Brown Christmas tree"?

I once got in trouble for doing the "I'm Mr. Green Christmas" dance from "The Year Without a Santa Claus" in school. It wasn't that Mr. Bailey was opposed to dancing, it was mostly that he disapproved of my doing it during a history exam.

And speaking of men named Bailey, please tell me I'm not the only one who has to suppress an urge to smack ZuZu Bailey right upside the mug when she insists that her father George repair her damaged flower petals. Either they made two-year olds a lot taller back in the 40s, or that kid needed a serious reality check along the lines of "Hey, kid, you're at least 10! You're only just now figuring out how flowers work? C'mon, you little dingbat, snap out of it!"

In December I'll post the Christmas movie quiz I did for our family Christmas letter last year. It will take up at least 12 minutes that you would otherwise spend stressing over how to keep the dog from whizzing on the tree or whether your mother-in-law will notice that you re-gifted the "Holly Hobby" table runner she gave you last year to the Foundation for the Elimination of Obscenely Tacky Holiday Decor.

Meanwhile, break out the popcorn and the eggnog, turn on that 'major award' gleaming in the front window, and cozy up with Ralphie, Randy, and the most insensitive department store Santa ever to grace the silver screen.

This Thursday, that's exactly what me and mine will be doing.


Lara said...

Can't wait to break out the Christmas movies and music on Thursday!


Maureen said...

Am I the only old-timer here, or does anyone remember the old Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol and that silly song about Razzleberry Dressing??

Becca said...

The tree has been up for 10 days, and we've already watched "It's a Wonderful Life" (and the whiny "paste it, Daddy!" is seconded only by her older sister's whiny "Oh, Daddy..." when he tells her to keep practicing, already.) - I love that movie. Donna Reed is one of the most beautiful women in the history of film. (Also Ingrid Bergman, but I don't think she's in any Christmas movies, so there.)

Kristina P. said...

I HATE It's a Wonderful Life. My kids will be uncultured, because I will never show it to them.

The Garden of Egan said...

My all time favorite Christmas movie is the Claymation Christmas....it really helps if it's two in the morning and you are already exhausted, then it's twice as funny.
Hope you enjoy your moviefest!

L.T. Elliot said...

Hey, I didn't tell you to do Nano. And if it helps, I'm totally giving MYSELF that picture. ;)

I'm with Egan on the claymation. Who can resist the Winter Warlock when he says, "I guess I'm not such a loser after all!" Ah. Good times, good times. Although Santa's full of crap. Switching from bad to good being as easy as your first step? Has he HAD a toddler? I guess I'll end up staying bad then because that step is frickin hard and takes a lot of work and I'm a total quitter.

In light of that, Happy Thanksgiving!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

What's up with Kristina McScrooge?

Despite ZuZu (which is one of the most annoying character names ever), I love it's a Wonderful Life. And I agree with Becca about Donna Reed; I always liked her.

One of my favorites to watch at Christmas (but I admit it's a little cheesy) is the Fourth Wise Man. I just love the message of it.

wonder woman said...

Thought about you today as I heard Bing and Carpenter's crooning on my radio.

My all-time favorite Christmas movie would have to be White Christmas. I was raised on the traditional classics, and never saw A Christmas Story until last year. Now I'm a huge fan, and kinda mad at my parents for keeping it from me for so long.

R Max said...

I never had a tradition of watching movies at Christmas since we were usually down at the beach having a barbie! Christmas being at peak summer. I am willing to learn some winter traditions though!

Karen said...

It's a Wonderful Life is one of my very favorite movies.

But no line holds a candle to "My father wove a tapestry of obscenities that, to the best of my knowledge, is still hovering in the air space over Lake Michigan."

Gloria (The Mamafamilias) said...

Okay, when you're talking the Movie Talk, you're speaking to my heart.

1st) A Christmas Story makes me burn belly fat every time I watch it.

2nd) Claymation. Ha! My favorite part is the Hunchback directing the Carol of the Bells.

3rd) Cheesy or not, I also LOVE The 4th Wise Man.

4th) Now here's the real kicker - "Small One". I know, I know - "How old is this person?" you ask. Don't care. Small One is a favorite.

5th) And if you've never seen "A Wish for Wings that Work", I hate it for you. I'll drop a tear for ya while I'm drinking my spiced apple cider and watching it this year.

How about we all meet somewhere in the middle of the country and have a Christmas movie fest?

(Speaking of mother-in-law gifts, how about mine gave me some glass ash trays for Christmas a couple of years ago. Excuse me - ASH TRAYS? Ah, I thought after 27 years she had figured out I don't smoke, and WHY I don't smoke. Not to mention the fact that they had been in her attic all of those 27 years. How do I know? Because, a) they were in the original box and it had turned yellow and b) they matched the glass pitcher she gave me the first year we were married) Maybe somebody can make a movie out of that. And believe me, this has to be true, because you just can't make this kind of stuff up.

Rebecca Irvine said...

Some of my absolute favorite movies are Christmas ones!! Especially It's a Wonderful Life.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving. I am thankful for your blog!

AS Amber said...

I don't know if I can read your blog anymore. Clearly I don't fit in here. Because after 12 comments, no has mentioned "Christmas Vacation". Which is, without a doubt, the BEST Christmas movie ever. EVER, I tell you!!!

"Eddie if I woke up tomorrow with my face sewn to the carpet I wouldn't be as surprised as I am right now."

"Got a little knot, here."

"Are you serious, Clark?"

"Two hundred and fifty strands with 100 lights on each strand for a grand total of 25,000 Italian imported twinkle lights."

"Those little lights aren't twinkling, Clark."

I could go on and on and on and on and....

See ya tomorrow!!!

AS Amber said...

Oh and guess what else? The only part of "It's a Wonderful Life" I've ever seen is the little clip the show on...."Christmas Vacation"!!!

"You couldn't hear a dumptruck driving through a nitroglycerin plant."

OK, I'll stop.