My Reawakened Love of Christmas Carols and this Year’s Top Ten

“That’s someone shooting Tiny Tim for his PS3” Of Christmas, the wise Ebenezer Scrooge cynically but rather sensibly wondered, “What was Christmas but a time for running into debt and getting one year older without getting even one hour richer?” That was 1843 and not even the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come could foresee … Continue reading My Reawakened Love of Christmas Carols and this Year’s Top Ten

Other Christmas Movies – off-beat, under-seen, non-traditional, obscure, forgotten and alternative Christmas movies

Come September of every year and kid-friendly Christmas movies began to dominate the airwaves. Movies with muppets and toys and Frosty and Santa and Rudolph. Movies like Babes in Toyland (1961), A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978), A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Elf, Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), A Flintstone Christmas (1977), Frosty the Snowman (1969), Frosty’s … Continue reading Other Christmas Movies – off-beat, under-seen, non-traditional, obscure, forgotten and alternative Christmas movies

Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era

            Happy St. Nicholas Day! For your enjoyment, a little somethin’ to break the monotony of all that hardcore Christmas that has gotten to be a little bit out of control… Santa Claus (1898) was directed by George Albert Smith (Weary Willie, Making Sausages), a former portrait photographer and member of the UK‘s Brighton Set. … Continue reading Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era

California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

INTRODUCTION I finally got around to exploring Newport Beach. I say “finally” because that particular coastal city in South Orange County has held the top spot in the California Fool’s Gold poll for more than a year. You’d be wrong if you assumed that my procrastination has anything to do with unfortunate (but typical) Angeleño bias against Orange … Continue reading California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core

INTRODUCTION I recently explored Downtown‘s Historic Core neighborhood. The exploration was undertaken in two parts. I first began exploring the district a few days before Christmas. Thus the days were short and the sun set when I was only halfway done. The distractions of the holidays caused me to forget about finishing the task for … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core

Pan-Asian Metropolis – Visiting Moonlight Forest

A couple of nights ago, Una and I visited Moonlight Forest, a lantern festival currently taking place Wednesday through Sunday nights at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Its one of several local winter light festivals happening right now, along with Griffith Park’s LA Zoo Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Festival Train Rides, … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis – Visiting Moonlight Forest