Posts Tagged ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

Well, did you?  I’ll bet you did IF you weren’t the one making Thanksgiving dinner.  And if you have kids…parking everyone in front of the TV for a couple of hours, gives you the time you need to prep and set the table and catch a few floats.   I’ve watched the Macy’s parade for decades; (oooh that makes me old), as a kid, as a young adult, as a parent with my kids and I took each of them to the Parade at some point when they were growing up.  Born in New York City in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is not just a New York tradition, it is watched by millions all over the country.  It even plays an important role in one of everyone’s favorite holiday movies, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Curbed NY ran a feature about the years of Macy’s parades and I would like to share some of the photos with you.  All of the photos in this blog post were taken from Curbed NY.

Macy's Christmas Parade

Macy’s Christmas Parade

1924: Macy’s Christmas Parade

Bye Bye Dachshund

Bye Bye Dachshund

1929: A dachshund balloon was released after the parade

Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor

1934: Balloon in the likeness of Eddie Cantor


Mickey Mouse

1934: Mickey Mouse is the first balloon created with Walt Disney



1940: Santa rounds the corner

The Macy's E;f

The Macy’s Elf

1947: The Macy’s Elf

Harold the Firman

Harold the Fireman

1948: Harold the Fireman

Bull winkle


1961: Bullwinkle makes an appearance and is captured in color.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman!

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman!

1966: Old World Superman

Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann

1984: Raggedy Ann

Hello Spidey

Hello Spidey

1991: Spiderman makes his first apperance

Kermit the Frog

Kermit the Frog

2002: Kermit is greener than ever!


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Christmas postcard, 1911

Christmas postcard, 1911

T’was the day before Christmas and all through the morning

No one was talking but I could hear all the groaning.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, not a good day to be mad,

‘Cause Santa knows who’s good and who’s bad!

No breakfast to eat, no paper to read,

Please go get me the Starbucks, I so desperately need.

Oh my how the years have come and gone by

No turkey to roast, no baking of pies.

The tree is much smaller and actually pink

Because we’re in the cottage, what did you think?

One or two gifts litter the floor

Hardly like Christmases years before.

It’s quiet around here, no sirens or noise

And of course no grandkids and noisy toys.

The cats hung their stockings in hopes that St. Nick

Will show up tonight and bring them  cat nip.

A different Christmas eve’s about to begin

Left-over pastas and martinis with gin.

Not trusting the programmers of commercial TV

We stocked  the house with Christmas DVDs.

First on the list is The Bishop’s Wife and 

Soon to follow, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Only the classics for us old folks you know

We like what like from years ago.

Last year was a gala ugly-sweater event

Tonight  a few friends but there’s no lament.

Although there’s no sitting by the fiery log

Or getting tipsy on killer egg nog,

None-the-less, we’ll enjoy the leftover food

And glasses of wine put all in a good mood.

As we clink our glasses filled with good cheer,

We wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’ll put out the cookies and milk with a wish

That tomorrow morning I’ll find an empty dish.

Then I’ll know that dear Santa Clause stopped by to see

How clean the house was and how pink the tree!

I sent him my letter early on in the season

I wanted him to know I had a good reason.

It would take him some time and certainly some doing

Some planning, some cutting and lots of gluing.

I hope, I hope,  he thinks I’m not  too absurd

For wanting a “55 pink Thunderbird!

Oh YES!!!

Oh YES!!!

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Cover of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole...

Cover via Amazon

We all have our favorite Christmas holiday movie – we established that last week.  But when are they playing on TV and on what station?  This is as much a mystery as how do reindeer fly? In hopes of finding The Bishop’s Wife or Bells of  St Mary, I thought I would try to check the TV listings for the next couple of days and look at channels I don’t ordinarily watch – but then again we already know I am not in control of the remote so if it isn’t on TCM or MSNBC chances are I won’t see it.

An hour or so on the web and I’m not sure that A Christmas Story is showing on any channel other than TBS! Well for sure I didn’t find either of the two I mentioned above.  I do love It’s A Wonderful Life and if I don’t set an alarm on my blackberry for 8pm on Christmas Eve, I won’t get to see that also 😦

T’is the season for sharing so I’m posting your all-in-one-place Christmas movie TV guide – right here in my blog.


12:00 AM – Holiday in Your Heart – Lifetime

8:00 AM –  Once Upon A Christmas – ABCFH

9:15AM – Holiday Inn – AMC

10:00AM – Twice Upon A Christmas – ABCFH

1:51PM – The Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

4:30PM – Polar Express – ABCFH

6:00PM – Deck the Halls – Lifetime

6:30PM – The Santa Claus – ABCFH

8:00PM – Holiday Switch – Lifetime/Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas – ABC

10:00PM – An Accidental Christmas – Lifetime


12:00AM – Santa Jr. – Hallmark/Remember the Night – TCM

2:00AM – The Santa Suit – Hallmark/Meet Me in St. Louis – TCM

4:00AM –  Mrs. Scrooge – Hallmark/Bell, Book & Candle – TCM

6:00AM – Moonlight and Mistletoe – Hallmark

8:00AM – Santa Jr. – Hallmark/An Accidental Christmas – Lifetime

10:00AM – Miracle on 34th St. – AMC/A Christmas Proposal – Lifetime

11:00AM – Marry Me – Lifetime/The Flintstone’s Christmas – ACFH

12:00PM – Recipe for a Perfect Christmas -Lifetime/Pinnochio’s Christmas – ABCFH/Where God Left His Shoes -IFC

12:15PM – White Christmas – AMC

1:00PM – T’was the Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

1:30PM – Rudolph’s and Frosty’s Christmas in July – ABCFH

2:00PM – Holiday Switch – Lifetime

3:00PM – Miracle on 34th St – AMC

3:31PM – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer + The Island of Misfit Toys – ABCFH

4:00Pm – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Hallmark/The Road to Christmas –  Lifetime

5:00PM – A Christmas Wedding – Lifetime/

5:15PM – White Christmas – AMC

5:30Pm – T’was the Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

6:00PM – A Secret Santa – Lifetime/Jack Frost – ABCFH/Scrooge – TCM

7:00PM – Eve’s Christmas – Lifetime/Frosty’s Winter Wonderland – ABCFH

7:30PM – T’was the Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

8:00PM – Miracle on 34th St – AMC/Disney Prep & Landing – ABC/Battle of the Bulbs – Hallmark/It’s A Wonderful Life – NBC/The Bishop’s Wife – TCM

8:30PM – Phineas and Ferb’s Christmas Vacation – ABC

9:00PM – A Boyfriend for Christmas – Liftetime/The Year Without A Santa Claus – ABCFH/The Santa Claus – ABC

10:00PM – Eloise at Christmastime – Hallmark/Rudolph’s Shiny New Year – ABCFH/On Strike For Christmas – Lifetime

10:15Pm – White Christmas – AMC


12:00AM – Ernest Saves Christmas – ABCFH/ **

7:00AM – A Flintstone Christmas – ABCFH

8:00AM – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – ABCFH

9:00AM – A Christmas Carol (1938) – TMC/The Year Without A Santa Claus – ABCFH

10:00AM – Miracle on 34th St – ABCFH/Susan Slept Here – TCM

12:30PM – Santa Buddies – ABCFH

4:30PM –Home Alone 2 – ABCFH

7:00PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – ABCFH

8:00PM – A Christmas Carol (1984) – Fox/Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas – NBC

8:30Pm – Christmas Attack Zone – NBC

10:15Pm – Surviving Christmas – TBS

** Midnight till 8pm – A Christmas Story –  TBS/Scrooged – AMC

Since posting this blog I’ve found TCM’s Christmas schedule and Yay The Bishop’s Wife and others are now in the schedule.

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