It’s a wonderful life

It wasn’t the plan to spend all day watching Christmas specials and movies, though there were one or two I did intend to catch. But with the missus still feeling the after-effects of two days of stomach pains and other issues, she just wasn’t up to going to the family gathering.

And when you’re not feeling your best, you can often find yourself plopped down in front of the TV. I kept Tina company so we could spend time together. Thus we ended up catching bits and pieces of the marathon items like “A Christmas Story” and “The Princess Bride” that were running on TV, capped the night with the new Doctor Who Christmas special, and in between picked out the following Christmas items:

  • A Christmas Carol (1984)
  • Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer, “Amends”
  • Warehouse 13, “Secret Santa”
  • Eureka, “O Little Town”

Some will see this list as Christmas movies followed by some oddball sci-fi TV. But A Christmas Carol (and the Muppet version) both feature ghosts, not to mention visits to the past, other present and future. Why is watching a sci-fi show using some of the same tropes (or others of their own devising or borrowed from other sources) any different?

If you haven’t seen any of the above, give ’em a shot. You might find out you like it. That’s what I did this year with It’s A Wonderful Life, which played on the big screen nearby on Christmas Eve. I’d never seen it before, and couldn’t resist the idea of going to the theater for my first viewing. I enjoyed it, and will look forward to catching it next holiday season.

We didn’t get to spend the day with family except for each other, but it was still an enjoyable day. And that’s really the key, finding a way to make every day enjoyable despite the circumstances.