December 14, 2011

Holiday Favourites (Day 4)

Day 4 of sharing my HolidaFavourites with you is aimed at bringing out the kid in all of us. Christmas is still mostly fun as an adult, but nothing beats the excitement we experienced as children waiting for Christmas to roll around. So how about a little trip down memory lane?

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Here's the Goodreads description:
Little Teeka thinks she has to be firm with the reindeer to get them ready for Santa's important flight, but when her bossy yelling only gets their antlers tangled up, Teeka soon tries another way.

This is a cute story with beautiful Scandinavian style illustrations that make me want to go out and buy chunky knit sweaters. I'm not even joking about that. In fact, I just got one the other day that looks like it could have come from the pages of this book. The little illustrations in the wide margins feature Santa's elves, toys, animals and so on and let the reader know what day in December it is in the story. Very cute!

In keeping with the reindeer theme, I give you one of my favourite Christmas movies of all time: Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerIs it cheesy? You betcha. Is the animation so dorky and out-dated that you can't help laughing? Most definitely. This is another Rankin/Bass creation (like Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, The Little Drummer Boy, and Frosty the Snowman) that even after all these years makes me grin like a fool. Seriously, an elf who wants nothing more than to be a dentist? Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable? The Island of Misfit Toys and the Charlie-In-A-Box*? Epic. 

This recipe might sound a little odd at first (crackers?) but it tastes really great and has been a Morrow family favourite for years now. I made a bunch of different treats for the first time ever this year and still my husband headed straight for the Cracker Candy. 

So I'm not sure I even want to mention the fact that my parents have somewhere in the ballpark of 28 John Denver records (vinyl). Not a fan of JD, but the John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together album is nothing short of awesome. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Who doesn't love the Muppets? I can't even hear any version of the The Twelve Days of Christmas without Miss Piggy's voice singing "Five golden rings" in my head. Great album with mostly good songs and a whole lot of Muppety flair. Check out Christmas Is Coming featuring the sweet vocals of Miss Piggy below:

'Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!'  
~%~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836~%~

*I have a brother named Charlie, so this was always more than a little funny.


  1. Now that's my type of candy - chocolate and salt!

  2. One of Hubby's aunts makes the cracker candy every Christmas. I eat it ALL.

  3. Um, Cracker Candy? Never heard of it, but YUM! Can't wait to try that one. I'll let you know how it turns out. :)

  4. I love the Rudolph movie so much! It is not Christmas unless I've watched it. I think I have every song memorized. Oh--and I have Burl Ives on my iPod. Enough said.

  5. John Denver and the Muppets! Yes! That is one of my top two--asking me to choose between them would be impossible, but no Christmas is complete without John Denver and the Muppet gang. (Stevie Wonder's Someday At Christmas is my other favorite, for the record.)

  6. Yay Christmas! I love the Rudolph movie, too...who doesn't, right? Makes me feel like a kid to watch it :)


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