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  • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    Originally posted by tex View Post
    Christmas movies i MUST watch every year....

    Scrooge....Albert finney version
    Scrooge....Alistair sim version
    Muppets christmas carol .................................... THATS A WHOLE LOTTA SCROOGE!
    miracle on 34th st
    Deck the halls
    You were sooo close

    We watch the Albert Finney one . .. love it when he " sees the light " and starts spending !!

    Then the newer Jim Carey version .

    Those two are so different yet sooo marvellous in their own ways


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    • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

      Yes jemima it is so commercialised nowadays.

      I remember one time we had a real tree and pine needles falling everywhere.
      My mind a tad hazy Ii think i remembered than pine needle tree.

      most years we had this tiny tree that im su
      re we sat on top of the tv cant do it now as tellies are very thin.


      Originally posted by jemima View Post
      what wonderful memories donald, we never forget the magic of our childhood christmases do we, l think they stay with us forever. It sounds like you had some very special ones...coins in the handmade pudding, real christmas tree your dad brought home ( l do love a real one), and the simple pleasures of making the tree decorations, memories to treasure indeed. It's all become so commercialised now.
      FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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      • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

        I always try to watch It's A Wonderful Life or one of the Home Alone films.
        The Trickster On The Roof

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        • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

          Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
          You were sooo close

          We watch the Albert Finney one . .. love it when he " sees the light " and starts spending !!

          Then the newer Jim Carey version .

          Those two are so different yet sooo marvellous in their own ways


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          The great Alistair Sims is my fav Scrooge.

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          • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

            The fact that Father Christmas' red cloak was because of Coca Cola's branding just shows you how Christmas has been commercialised even may decades ago - his cloak used to be green prior to that I seem to remember reading.
            I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
            There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
            I'm having so much fun
            My lucky number's one
            Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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            • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

              Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
              The fact that Father Christmas' red cloak was because of Coca Cola's branding just shows you how Christmas has been commercialised even may decades ago - his cloak used to be green prior to that I seem to remember reading.

              My understanding is that he was depicted in different colours, though red was still the most common, and the Coca Cola ad campaign of the 30s just cemented red in the public consciousness as the colour associated with the character.

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              • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

                Originally posted by staffslad View Post
                My understanding is that he was depicted in different colours, though red was still the most common, and the Coca Cola ad campaign of the 30s just cemented red in the public consciousness as the colour associated with the character.
                Yes there's plenty of Victorian Christmas cards with Santa Claus wearing red & white, among other colours, but it seemed to be Coca Cola that put those colours into the public consciousness.
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                • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

                  Originally posted by staffslad View Post
                  My understanding is that he was depicted in different colours, though red was still the most common, and the Coca Cola ad campaign of the 30s just cemented red in the public consciousness as the colour associated with the character.
                  I don't like to think that the tradition of how Father Christmas looks is lined to a commercialised product as it feels wrong even if we think of red as being traditional - it has comparisons in many ways with people who used to say that the black door of 10 Downing Street used to be a colour other than black, or the big red book on This is Your Life used to be green and so on. Things are supposed to be of a traditional colour. Gold post boxes, anyone?

                  The irony with advertising in the 1930s is that it was seen in a monochrome form, be it in a newspaper or on television in the United States if they had them back then - not a bad way of getting the colour red across back then!

                  When you think about it, a lot of judges in courts wear a red cloak which are similar to Father Christmas' "uniform" - I assume that the tradition comes from that when people in authority in the 18th and 19th centuries used to wear red cloaks.
                  I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                  There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                  I'm having so much fun
                  My lucky number's one
                  Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                  • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

                    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
                    Yes there's plenty of Victorian Christmas cards with Santa Claus wearing red & white, among other colours, but it seemed to be Coca Cola that put those colours into the public consciousness.
                    A lot of Christmas cards may look Victorian, but they have been reproduced quite lot in a traditional way throughout the 20th century and almost to the present day - they probably would have updated the Father Christmas outfit to make it relevant to how people think of him these days. I don't think I have seen any evidence of Father Christmas wearing green - some of the elves, yes, not the big man himself.
                    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                    I'm having so much fun
                    My lucky number's one
                    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                    • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

                      Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                      A lot of Christmas cards may look Victorian, but they have been reproduced quite lot in a traditional way throughout the 20th century and almost to the present day - they probably would have updated the Father Christmas outfit to make it relevant to how people think of him these days. I don't think I have seen any evidence of Father Christmas wearing green - some of the elves, yes, not the big man himself.

                      Prior to the 30s he was depicted in various colours, red being the most common, but I can't say that green was one of them.

                      This is similar to how Rudolf has been associated as the most prominent reindeer to the detriment of the traditional eight. Ask the average person on the street to name one of the reindeer and most probably it will be Rudolf.

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                        Until I looked up about Rudolf, I didn't know how recent he had been created.
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                        • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

                          Originally posted by staffslad View Post
                          Prior to the 30s he was depicted in various colours, red being the most common, but I can't say that green was one of them.

                          This is similar to how Rudolf has been associated as the most prominent reindeer to the detriment of the traditional eight. Ask the average person on the street to name one of the reindeer and most probably it will be Rudolf.
                          The thing about the 1930s as I have said before is that most archive evidence of anything like that would almost certainly be in black and white - there are very few people still around who would probably remember detail from the 1930s like that.

                          When one thinks about Rudolf as in the song, we think of his red nose as a characteristic, don't we? The irony is that these days "red noses" are more associated with Comic Relief rather than Christmas, and I bet that one or two people would assume that connection as well. As the song ends "you'll go down in history". Quite right too.

                          Wasn't that song first performed in the 1940s and if that was the case, it is seen as relatively recent in terms of how long traditions associated with Christmas have been going on?
                          I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                          There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                          I'm having so much fun
                          My lucky number's one
                          Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                          • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

                            Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                            The thing about the 1930s as I have said before is that most archive evidence of anything like that would almost certainly be in black and white - there are very few people still around who would probably remember detail from the 1930s like that.

                            When one thinks about Rudolf as in the song, we think of his red nose as a characteristic, don't we? The irony is that these days "red noses" are more associated with Comic Relief rather than Christmas, and I bet that one or two people would assume that connection as well. As the song ends "you'll go down in history". Quite right too.

                            Wasn't that song first performed in the 1940s and if that was the case, it is seen as relatively recent in terms of how long traditions associated with Christmas have been going on?

                            Yes, I think there is quite a bit of truth to that. Traditians that we assume to be very old are actually fairly recent. That makes me wonder how Christmas traditians will change and evolve over the decades to come. I have little doubt that Christmas itself will survive, but how it will be celebrated in 50 or 100 years time is interesting.

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                              It's interesting that a lot of people say that they are "starting a tradition" - the question is, how do we know it will be a tradition if it has only just started? That so-called tradition could possibly only happen just for that year (or a couple of years at the most) and then it stops. It needs to run for many years before anyone can call it a tradition, and I bet that even Christmas was like that back in the first century.

                              The Queen (or "The King" before her) has broadcast on television at 3.00 pm on Christmas Day since the 1950s at least, and has prepared a speech since the 1930s - now that is traditional to recent generations, but it is a relatively new thing when one thinks of how a lot of traditions have been going on.
                              I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                              There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                              I'm having so much fun
                              My lucky number's one
                              Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                              • Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

                                Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                                It's interesting that a lot of people say that they are "starting a tradition" - the question is, how do we know it will be a tradition if it has only just started? That so-called tradition could possibly only happen just for that year (or a couple of years at the most) and then it stops. It needs to run for many years before anyone can call it a tradition, and I bet that even Christmas was like that back in the first century.

                                The Queen (or "The King" before her) has broadcast on television at 3.00 pm on Christmas Day since the 1950s at least, and has prepared a speech since the 1930s - now that is traditional to recent generations, but it is a relatively new thing when one thinks of how a lot of traditions have been going on.
                                Poor choice of wording, TRYING to start a new tradition might be more appropriate
                                Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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