What I watched: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
How I watched it: DVD
Snacks: Chamomile tea
Synopsis: An adaptation of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic which sees miserly Ebenezer Scrooge forced to endure a visit from three ghosts on the eve of Christmas which teach him the value of giving at Christmas.
Why I watched: Our strongest family tradition at Christmas is the day we bake and decorate the house in and out – Joy Day (the first Sunday in December) and the day is always capped with a Christmas movie. This was the only Christmas DVD we could find and agree on this year, but it’s one of my faves.
Notes: This and Muppet Treasure Island are definitely my favourite Muppet movies, and the Muppet interpretation of Dickensian England is hilarious. Michael Caine as Scrooge is brilliant (until he tries to sing) as is the song “Scrooge,” (which has a place on my iPhone year round). “One More Sleep Till Christmas” is also a classic that really gets me in the mood for the season.
One song that should be left out is “When Love is Gone,” which is a terrible, long and tedious love song that plays during the Christmas Past portion of the story and is almost unbearable when Caine starts joining his love interest in the moody love ballad. It is the film’s lowpoint but can be overlooked.