Halloween Is Over: Bring On the Christmas Movies

The Santa Clause three pack

You know what today is? OK, technically it’s the day after Halloween. But you know what ELSE it is? November 1 is the day when it’s OK to pull the Christmas DVDs back out from their lonely, dusty place on a high shelf and start making your way through them without anyone making fun of you (or, at least, you have ammunition to strike back).

Not that I let a little thing like the calender stop me. I got a sneak peek at the newly bundled three-pack of the Santa Clause trilogy on Blu-Ray a few weeks ago (it’s out on shelves now), and I didn’t care what day it was. I was ripping off that plastic faster than it takes a 4-year-old to spill the watercolor dipping cup.

I’m not sure if movies made in the past two decades can be called “classics,” but the story of how Santa passes down from man to man over time is — at the very least — on its second generation of holiday movie watching in my family.  I’ve always had a soft spot for these flicks. More the first two than the last, but it isn’t a holiday in our house until Santa Clause 2 has been viewed at least twice. I realized it was finally time we owned them all.

However, it wasn’t until I sat down to watch that I realized why.

The Blu-Ray versions are great in the way that most Blu-Ray versions are. The picture is that much crisper, the experience that much better. And of course three for the price of one is hard to beat.

But it’s the quality of the stories here that puts them in “classic” territory. I watch the Santa Clause, and a little bit of the magic of being a child at Christmas comes back. I watch, and I remember what it was like to think there was this jolly benevolent soul living at the North Pole who could make my dreams come true.

What is your favorite Christmas movie? When do you start watching them?

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the Santa Clause trilogy to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own. 

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