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    Quote 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!
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    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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    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.


    Quote 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.
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    I always try to watch It's A Wonderful Life or one of the Home Alone films.
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    Quote 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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    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.
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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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.
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    Quote 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.
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    Quote 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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