I couldn't wait, so saw The Lemon Drop Kid last night! I broke tradition and we watched it early. It was such a clever movie with lovely snow scenes and humor. As always, Bob Hope was fun to watch and I always enjoy Marilyn Maxwell singing Silver Bells.
I too felt sorry that the Christmas traditions have changed over the years. Yes, the programming has changed and so have the decorations.
As a young child I remember the street lights had garlands strung so closely together that it was like a beautiful fairyland driving through the shopping districts in L.A. At night time for block after block it created a beautiful illusion - a magical illuminated forest-like atmosphere. Today we are lucky to have them every ten feet! My husband thinks it is money allocated to the city budgets. I would not be a bit surprised at that.
Yes, the TV viewing has changed as well. I remember that we did not rush the holidays as much. Christmas vacation was typically around the 21st of December and we returned to school after January 2nd or 3rd. In recent years you see Christmas ads as early as Halloween time.
I am hoping they will show more older Christmas films like Remember the Night and Christmas Holiday. They were both poignant films with sentiment and holiday values worked into the story.
The recent mention of The Bishop's Wife is a welcome one. I will be seeing it again very soon on my Christmas line-up. The story is a delight and very touching. From the beautiful, joyful music at the beginning to the snowy atmosphere and the story of the Bishop and his wife and the autocratic and lonely Mrs. Hamilton (Gladys Cooper) and the lovely voices of the boys choir - all of these create a beautiful holiday potpourri for the viewer. Loretta Young, Cary Grant and David Niven are outstanding in their roles. Also, it was greatly enhanced by Monty Woolly as their old professor friend and Elsa Lanchester as the devoted maid in the Bishop's household..
My very favorite scene is when Dudley tells Debbie the story of David and the beautiful music in the background as he charms and enchants the entire household.