Second day of keeping holiday spirits bright. If you didn't see yesterday's post, here's the Reader's Digest: Christmas has been depressing for years and now I want to smile again. Caught up? Good.
So today I wanted to share another piece of my childhood Christmas. Something that I looked forward to every year, something that my family would dig out every December. I think my mom more or less tolerated it, but my dad... he loved it. He was visibly excited when it was time to look through all the VHS tapes and find the old holiday special tape.
There were two things on the tape. I'll share the second one later (maybe), but the main, most unique one, was Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas Carol. Or as we always just called it, Claymation Christmas. It was a beautifully funny stop-motion special that explored a handful of Christmas carols, with my favorite as a child being the California Raisins performing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
As I've grown older, I've grown to appreciate the other songs more and more, and most especially the banter between the two hosts, Red and Herb (a red T-Rex and a blue Triceratops.)
I've decided to include a small taste of the special, one of my favorite songs, but if you have the chance and can find it, make sure you watch the whole thing. The banter between the hosts makes the special all that more... er... special!
So, please enjoy with me this little taste of my childhood Christmases.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.