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“Madam, I am not in the habit of substituting for spurious Santa Clauses.”

miracle_34_blogLast night Izzy and I watched Miracle on 34th Street– 1947 version of course, and not colorized.  I’ve seen this one before, and obviously it’s highly recommended, if you consider yourself an American (just kidding, but seriously). In addition to the always salient reminder that Christmas is about compassion not commercialism, some of the unexpected delights of this Santa Claus classic are the several laugh-out-loud moments (please see title of this post!). One of our favorite characters was Alfred from Brooklyn, and your Alfred-inspired challenge for the week is to include the word “see” at the end of your sentences.  [“I want you to have some happy holidays, see?”]

We enjoyed watching 1940s New York and pre-West Side Story Natalie Wood (she’s not really Puerto Rican, FYI), and also felt awesome about registering at Macy’s. (It’s not about commercialism though, we learned that.  But Macy’s is sweet if you’re going to buy things!) Other lessons to draw: Use your imagination; care for others; don’t take yourself too seriously. Believe!


6 thoughts on ““Madam, I am not in the habit of substituting for spurious Santa Clauses.”

  1. This is a great blog, see!

    I do hope you consider blogging about the greatest Christmas movie – perhaps greatest movie ever – “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    Your readers will thank you.

  2. Izzy, thanks for your comment. I know that you love Frank Capra movies (at least this one and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), and to be honest I feel that they’re depressing. BUT it’s Christmas time, we’re married, and the movie is on the best of list, so I will watch it!
    But I won’t watch it more than once a year!

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