something old, something new (to me)

Jules —  December 10, 2006

In response to Carl’s 2006 G.I.F.T. challenge, I watched the movie A Christmas Story for the first time. It was so cute and funny. I don’t have to tell you why I liked it as I’m sure nearly everyone out there has seen this Christmas favorite. One of the best things about the movie is the kitchen. I love the appliances and dishes!

I remember getting my mouth washed out with soap once. My sister and I had bickered all day and my poor mother had finally had enough. I totally understand now, Mom! I could relate to the snow suit, too. I remember having to wear one of those to school whether I liked it or not.

I purchased a Christmas memory today as a Christmas present to myself. My mom has a 1977 copy of a Norman Rockwell Christmas Book full of pictures, poems, recipes, stories and songs. I loved looking at the pictures and reading the poems when I was a child. I’d take the book behind the wood stove and study the pictures. Each of Rockwell’s beloved Christmas paintings fascinated me. I hope to receive my own vintage copy by mail, quickly!



16 responses to something old, something new (to me)

  1. Funny….I purchased a Rockwell painting book at a garage sale this summer. I was going to give it to someone, but decided to keep it for us to enjoy– I love his paintings.

    Connor was dressing to go on a campout this weekend. He was all layered in his winter wear and gave us all a laugh when he stuck his arms straight out and whined, “Waaaaa…I can’t put my arms down”–just like little brother Randy from the Christmas Story movie. It’s funny how we all notice different things in movies….I don’t even remember the kitchen and dishes in that movie other than the dogs running through the kitchen and the dad picking at the turkey (and I’ve seen that movie over a dozen times!!!)

    In response to the GIFT challenge we just watched another Christmas movie we hadn’t seen before—Miracle on 34th Street. An old black and white Santa movie, but cute all the same.

    Has anyone seen the new “Nativity Story” movie that’s at the theatres right now?

  2. I know it’s funny that I like the kitchen scenes the best. I like the family dynamics around the table and the retro kitchen stuff. Dads seem so scary when your little. I remember being intimidated by everyone’s dads. I love the little brother asleep under the tree with the presents.

    I am not a movie reveiwer like Carl.

  3. I’m glad you are doing the challenge, too, Deb. Keep sharing!!!

  4. Jules,
    I love all the retro stuff too. I love the old stoves and fridges. I love old pictures like you have on this post. I love old diner pictures.
    Good job Jules…

  5. I went to find “Christmas Vacation” All sold out in two stores….I was bummed…Oh well.

  6. We bought that one about three years ago. We haven’t watched it yet this year. We saw Elf and A Christmas Story this weekend.

  7. I love all Christmas movies. Tho I think I’ve OD’d on A Christmas Story. Too many marathons of it on TBS.
    That Rockwell book looks very neat!

  8. I don’t know how I managed to miss seeing this movie. James swears we rented it one year and I fell asleep. I sure didn’t remember any of it.

  9. I have the movie”A Christmas Story” It was Richards and every year he would watch it just before Christmas and cry thru the whole thing. He said it’s just the way it was, when Ralph and I were growing up. It was just like his own home.

    My other favorite is “Miracle on 34th Street” I guess I like these better than the new ones, because they relate to the time I was growing up. I guess that’s true with each generation. :p

  10. By the way I did have the chance to see “ELF” when Trish was here. They brought it. But Trish and I couldn’t stop long enough on the visiting, to watch it. We saw some of it. It is cute.

  11. I’d much rather visit than watch a movie. You’ll have to go get it though and watch it all the way through. It’s so funny. You’ll be tempted to answer the phone, “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color!!”

  12. Glad you finally watched this! It is such a great Christmas movie. I too remember getting my mouth washed out with soap, being a picky eater, etc. Lots of memories when I watch that film.

  13. And Norman Rockwell is fantastic, I’m excited for you that you were able to get a copy of that.

  14. I am looking forward to having my own copy.

    I never did figure out how to get the trackbacking to work. James didn’t know either. I need to ask the blog tinkering king, Rob.

  15. I think Dr. Seuss has a good message in The Grinch
    I love the music too! Erin bought the Christmas Shoes and it is really sad.

  16. Marilyn alias(Punkie) December 11, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    We watched Elf several times since Trish has been here, & Miracle on 37th street, I liked that. Though I wondered why he didn’t just twik his nose and show them he was Santa instead of going thur the trial. Guess they needed it for the plot. Don’t know if I have seen Christmas story or not. Maybe it will be on again so I can watch it.