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“Look to the future now, it’s only just begun…” (some lovely Christmas videos)

Christmas makes me rather melancholy. It has for as long as I can remember. The melancholy is a bittersweet poignant longing for things both tangible and intangible. But I’m no Scrooge, and I would never complain about Christmas. There’s something quite lovely about it, and I do enjoy giving gifts and such. The melancholy, though, is never far away.

So, in an attempt to cheer myself (and, I hope, perhaps some of you) up, I bring you a random collection of some of my favorite Christmas-related videos. :)

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I love Handel’s Messiah, especially when it’s performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s so very gorgeous. Here’s “Part II, No 44. Hallelujah” from a 2006 performance:

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“A Patrick Swayze Christmas” from MST3K is absolutely hilarious. I love it to bits. “Well then grab hold of your socks and read on, Joel Robinson!”:

It’s my way or the highway, this Christmas at my bar.
I’ll have to smash your kneecaps if you bastards touch my car!
I got the word that Santa has been stealing from the till.
I think that that right jolly old elf had better make out his will!
Oh, let’s have a Patrick Swayze Christmas, one and all.
And this can be the haziest…
This can be the laziest…
This can be the Swayziest Christmas of them all!

Hee!

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“Another Christmas at Home” is a fun & sweet song from lovely indie-pop band Eux Autres:

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If you don’t like Slade‘s awesome and ridiculously charming “Merry Xmas Everybody”, then I probably don’t want to know you ;)

Look to the future now,
It’s only just begun…

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“Linus and Lucy” isn’t the most poignant or beautiful of Vince Guaraldi’s songs from  A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it’s definitely the most fun, partly because of this hilariously cute dance scene:

I’m pretty sure that I’ve imitated most of those dance moves at one point or another. When watching with friends, it’s almost impossible not to. I’m especially fond of the Frankenstein’s Monster Kid (WTF is he doing?) and the Kid in Orange, who has some serious game, am i rite? And Linus and Sally are adorable as always.

But dear god, Charlie Brown is such a damn killjoy (in every manifestation of Peanuts, not just the Christmas special). Seriously, kid, stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. No one wants to hear it, and that’s why you don’t get any Christmas cards. It’s not because the universe is unfair to you or whatever. You’re not Job. You’re not living in squalor. You’re just insufferable. Life is short and beautiful and glorious, Charlie Brown. I understand what it’s like to feel unhappy (and far worse), I do, but, kid, the world is not your therapist. Just stop it. Be more like Linus, or Sally, or even Lucy, okay? God.

(I can’t be the only one who feels this way about Charlie Brown, right? :) )

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This is total WIN: Dean (swoon!) and Frank performing “A Marshmallow World” on a Christmas episode of The Dean Martin Showbeing their charming dapper drunken goofy darling selves:

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Oh how I adore the wonderful Love Actually. Even though it makes me sad, I can’t help but watch it at least twice every Christmas season. Picking a favorite scene is pretty much impossible, but this is definitely one of the best. It makes my heart ache in a bittersweet lovely way, and I never want to get to the point where it doesn’t make me cry, if that makes sense:

Oh, my…

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11 Comments
  1. Heart-touching. I enjoyed it – thank you and Merry Xmas.

    December 20, 2011
  2. Patrick #

    Yeah, Charlie Brown really was a buzz-kill. I see why Lucy kept moving the football on him.
    Sadly we don’t have anyone like Dean, Sammy, and Frank. They were the very definition of Vegas Cool. That was way before Vegas tried to become all family friendly.

    December 20, 2011
  3. These are excellent diversions from the melancholy … but the melancholy is still there, for myriad personal reasons.

    December 20, 2011
  4. Well, I always thought the Peanuts’ whole thing was about Charlie getting over his melancholy and with Linus’ good buddy help learning to find his place…That he actually is a good leader…Least he does in the Christmas show.

    Very melancholy this year…But there’s always Bill Nighy’s Billy Mack in “Love, Actually” singing that gloriously crappy Xmas song. I love the Robert Palmer version he gets to do…Where he looks so nervous as he sings about ‘needing Santa beside him…” Dean and Frank doing their dance in “Marshmellow World”… Reruns of old silly but wonderful Christmas specials…George Bailey and the Whos vs the most fun evil film villains before JR Ewing and Emperor Palpatine… Neat lights and displays… The eternal quest for a Red Ryder B-B gun…And “Christmas in the Workhouse…” Thanks as always for bringing a smile..

    December 20, 2011
  5. My melancholy is never abated by anything. I struggle with the depressive state until mid-January, and the whole commercialized circus is stowed for another year. Christmas has always had a depressive effect on me, much to the chagrin of my family, who want nothing more than happiness and cheer during this season.

    Thank you for your kind post, Miranda. I just hope I can survive once again until mid-January, and the bulk of my depression has crawled back into its inky hole.

    December 20, 2011
  6. Jason Carpenter #

    I find that this most horrible time of year is made bearable only by embracing an even greater horror. What could possibly qualify, you ask? Great Cthulhu, of course! See, it’s right there in the name.

    The classic holiday melodies fit so well with tidings of madness and woe that it seems as if these carols of the Old Ones were the originally intended versions! (I suspect they were, in eons past) I recommend starting here, and let the eldritch spirit guide you: http://youtu.be/L9gRtHX6c08

    December 20, 2011
  7. Yi #

    For a music idiot, (me), this collection is enough to revel in over this particular period of time. Thanks. BTW, I have been looking for the movie, Love Actually, for a while; I remember watching it somewhere, especially that scene, but couldn’t tell its name. Thanks for bringing it up and I am going to re-enjoy it now.

    December 20, 2011
  8. Functional Atheist #

    Charlie Brown is to Peanuts what Wesley Crusher is to Star Trek The Next Generation: Schulz saw himself as Charlie Brown, Roddenberry saw himself as Wesley Crusher. While Charlie Brown’s near-perpetual melancholy is at times as annoying as Wesley’s smartie-pants goody-two-shoes routine, I still think Charlie Brown is sympathetic as a lead character.

    Charlie Brown is just a kid. From a kid’s perspective losing ballgame after ballgame, and being paralyzed by fear of rejection by the Little Red Haired Girl, and suffering all the other petty indignities and frustrations of life, can justifiably give rise to the blues. He should be grateful, of course, for living a comfortable suburban lifestyle, but he doesn’t have the perspective of an adult, and serves as a proxy for readers who also feel like frustrated losers, regardless of outward signs of comfort or success.

    December 22, 2011
  9. I like the “Peanuts Dance” from A Charlie Brown Christmas just fine – but I prefer it to the tune of Outkat’s Hey Ya. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brpub0hTbjs

    December 25, 2011
    • Patrick #

      starcrashx that is a hilarious video. It really works well together. Almost as good as the mash up of Van Halen’s Jump ( lyrics) and John Lennon’s Imagine ( music ). Look that one up sometime.

      December 27, 2011

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