Monday, December 21, 2009


995 posts so far, my friends. This is #996. It is totally possible that Christmas will herald the 1000th post here at Rocking Chair Reflections. So keep watch, because there will be a giveaway to mark the occasion. Who would have thought that I would/could keep talking for so long! Mind you, those who know me well will not be in the least surprised, I suspect. Silence is not a quality I am well known for at all. I am working on the silence bit, but it may just be a wasted effort.

One of the nicest things about the week before Christmas is the plethora of family movies on tv, and I have loved re-watching all the old favourites, like Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Matilda, Christmas with the Kranks etc. I am sick to death of reality tv, murder and mayhem, economic doom and disaster, and just love the happy ever after family tv instead. It is perfect. For now. Not for all time, but right now.

Along with a great many people, I mourn the demise of family comedy series, like the Cosby Show, Keeping up Appearances, The Good Life, Little House on the Prairie, Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army, and the other classics from the 70s and 80s. The 90s brought the Vicar of Diobley too, but there has been very little since. And Saturday night TV used to have the family shows like Morecombe and Wise, and now we have the X Factor and Big Brother.

The age is showing. My age. I like Happy Ever After. There is enough gloom out there in real life.

David and I ventured out to the supermarket today, did a turn around the carpark and drove straight out again. The whole world is at Tesco. Except me. And the whole world waited till exactly the same moment to go shopping - when the car had defrosted sufficiently for me to be able to see out the windows without spending 30 mins scraping and de-icing. Sigh. We will not strave, however. There is the small matter of the 6 tins sitting on the counter.

Right. "A Grandpa for Christmas" is calling. So is my coffee.


Needled Mom said...

I am so with you. I love all of the sappy old television shows and can't get enough of the old Christmas shows. Miracle (the old one) and Wonderful Life are me all time favorites!

Enjoy the week.

Chris said...

Saturday saw us baking cookies and watching It's a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, and The Bishop's Wife. And NOT ONE of the family complained!

Linda said...

I am with you too Linds!! Give me schmaltz - please! We don't have cable so are subjected to all those awful programs you mentioned. I'm dragging out the old videos - time for "It's a Wonderful Life."

Crystal said...

I agree - the murder / forensics / shooting / violence stuff is not for me! My sister and I stopped at the mall to do an exchange on Saturday and the parking lot was insane! I have decided that we will eat what we have - it's all good now - shopping's over. And it's snowing here again!

Dawn said...

I found Father Knows Best on line the other day! I'm going to share the link in my next post. So fun!

1000 - amazing. I'm almost at 500. I thought that was good! We sure have had fun sharing all these words.

Take care in all that snow and ice! No more broken bones!

Nice to see you at the blog yesterday.

Morning Glory said...

I love the old shows! There just aren't any that measure up anymore. The Vicar of Dibley was one of the funniest shows ever!!