Would you believe I saw The Miracle on 34th Street
for the first time the other night?
The holiday classics hold special nostalgic feelings for me . . .
they capture a place in time that was so magical.
The movie took me back to the days when we would go with my Nana to visit her sisters and brothers on Thanksgiving morning. I remember the smells of Thanksgiving dinners being prepared and tables of pastries laid out on tables in the dining rooms. The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was always playing in the background. I felt so special joining the adults in a cup of cafe con leche to go with the pastries. Great memories I will never forget!
It also made me think of how the world would react if Santa came to us as a real person as he did in the movie. Would we be skeptical or believing? Since I was devastated to find out he didn't really exist, it always made me think of how awesome it would be if he were real and imagine what he would be like as a person. The movie pleasantly helped to fill in some of those gaps.
It made me sad to see Natalie Wood as a sweet little girl, knowing her life was cut short by a horrible accident. She was so beautiful, even as a child!
Although I love the old movies, the animated holiday cartoons of my time really bring back the warm and fuzzy Christmas magic. Rudolf and the Grinch That Stole Christmas were my favorites, although I still love them all. The Grinch always reminded me of my dad . . .