We have a tradition in this house.
In the weeks before Christmas, we work our way through the pile of seasonal DVDs in our collection.
Christmas Vacation, Christmas with the Kranks, Love Actually, and of course It’s a Wonderful Life.
We also have our selection of TV Christmas specials, such as Frasier and Father Ted.
Imagine my delight, then, when I found a huge selection of programmes on YouTube.
Some are pretty corny (Donny and Marie from 1977), but others are fun.
Last night I watched Terry and June from 1982, which saw Terry mistakenly inviting his boss and secretary over for Christmas dinner.
Some may say it’s dated, but it reminded me of my childhood, which is always a good thing for me.
Other vintage Christmas specials on YouTube include Keeping Up Appearances and Golden Girls. I haven’t got round to watching them yet but I’m sure I will.
Christmas programmes from “back in the day” are so much more appealing to me than The X Factor and other modern day versions of “entertainment”.
Perhaps the best Christmas film is A Christmas Carol and there are many versions on TV and DVD.
My personal favourite is Scrooge with Albert Finney, though I do also love the 1951 film with Alastair Sim.
There have been a few modern-day versions of the classic, but I can’t say I’m impressed.
Seeing Ross Kemp as a loan shark or Kelsey Grammer as an all-singing, all-dancing Ebenezer is not my idea of fun, but I’m sure they appeal to someone.
And on that note I shall head off to watch some more seasonal delights.