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Christmas greetings from Stargazing

Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) tries to make a believer out of young Susan Walker (Natalie Wood) in the 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street.”
Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) tries to make a believer out of young Susan Walker (Natalie Wood) in the 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street.” Associated Press

I have watched at least one Christmas movie on TV every day since Halloween. (Thank you very much, Hallmark Channel.)

Quickly counting, I figure I have watched at least 70 holiday movies since the last day in October.

My favorites I’ve watched more than once (“A Christmas Wish” and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”) and one I even watched back-to-back a couple of times (“White Christmas”).

Truth, I didn’t really “watch” all of them. Some were just happy white noise, playing on the TV as I did chores, cooked and, um, worked from home. (Don’t tell my boss.)

I vaguely remember watching one on Thanksgiving as I mashed the potatoes.

I’ve seen most of them before, except for the handful of ones introduced this year. (Here’s the formula: a cute girl, a cute guy, a cute kid and a cute dog.)

Yes, my name is Lisa and I am a Christmas movie addict.

So just for you, here are some some feel-good quotes from these movies.

▪ Buddy the Elf: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

— “Elf”

▪ Kris Kringle: “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind … and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it.”

— “Miracle on 34th Street”

▪ Narrator: “I suppose it all started with the snow. You see, it was a very special kind of snow. A snow that made the happy happier, and the giddy even giddier … and as any child can tell you, there’s a certain magic that comes with the very first snow, especially when it falls on the day before Christmas. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow … well, something wonderful is bound to happen.”

— “Frosty the Snowman”

▪ Clark Griswold: “Where do you think you’re going? ... Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny (freaking) Kaye. ”

— “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

▪ Narrator: “He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought … doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

— “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

▪ Clarence: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

— “It’s a Wonderful Life”

▪ Kevin McCallister (to Santa’s helper): “This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys. Nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. OK?”

— “Home Alone”

▪ The Rev. Henry Brougham: “Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child’s cry. A blazing star hung over a stable and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries; we celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, the sound of bells and with gifts. But especially with gifts. You give me a book; I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe. We forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled — all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s his birthday we are celebrating. Don’t ever let us forget that. Let us ask ourselves what he would wish for most, and then let each put in his share. Loving kindness, warm hearts and the stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.”

— “The Bishop’s Wife”

Stargazer Lisa Gutierrez wishes you and yours a world full of shining gifts.

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