When I was growing up, there was a family that lived just up the street from us that we spent a lot of time with. The Steeles were my second family. They had 3 kids and their youngest daughter, Nan, was my age. Nan, my sister, Gina, and I played together almost daily. Our parents would get together at least one night every weekend and play canasta. Our families spent enough time together that it was natural for us to celebrate Christmas together and exchange gifts. One year, one of us kids received a Spirograph set for Christmas. I think it was my sister. We all were playing with the Spirograph set. We were at the Steele’s house and we were playing at a folding table that was set up in their living room. Our parents were at the kitchen table playing canasta.
I consider myself to be a movie lover. There are a handful of movies that I consider my absolute favorites that you would think I would watch them on a regular basis that I can go for years without watching. But I always watch my favorite Christmas movies every December. This is not intended as a complete list of every Christmas movie that I like. It only includes the ones that I absolutely have to watch every year. If you haven’t seen these films, I highly recommend them all. This is not intended as a review of these films, only a recommendation list and a few of the reasons I suggest watching them.
For a long time, I have been a fan of cult films and movies that are considered “bad”. I am always looking for bad films that I haven’t heard of before. A few years ago while looking at the CNN website, I saw a link to an entertainment article that said “A Room with a Cult Following”. Before I clicked on the link, I assumed the article was about the film A Room with a View and I wondered why it would have a cult following. It turned out to be about a film called The Room by a first-time filmmaker called Tommy Wiseau. I found a copy of the film and decided to watch it by myself. I was sleepy the night I started watching it but didn’t want to fall asleep on it, so I stopped about halfway. The next night, I finished watching it. I had watched it in our living room and my wife was already in the bed for the night. She had not fallen asleep yet when I walked in and told her that I thought I had just watched the worst movie I had ever seen in my life. She could tell I was serious. She had watched with me many of the worst films ever made and for me to declare this one as the worst was saying something. She was sick and stayed at home from work the next day. She watched it that day and she agreed. While she was watching, she texted me a running commentary about how bad it was.
A few weeks ago, I performed Inflatable Baby Jesus during the worship service at our church. Hopefully, you have listened to the song and know that there is a ukulele part. My pastor plays ukulele and played that part during this performance. I put together a chord sheet that we used during the performance. I thought you ukulele players might like to have a copy so you can play along with my recording.
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