Are there any classic holiday movies or TV shows that you look forward to watching year after year? What are your all-time favorites? Are there any you simply can't stand?
My all time favourite is an animation of The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen.
I remember watching this when I was still in primary school and not really remembering much of the story but instead remembering how I felt really, really, really sad after watching it. Up until only recently, I wasn't even sure if I watched it. All I could say was "it was a sad christmas story about a girl and her matches... I think she dies in the end!" and thats why I was sad.
But its the story of a poor girl who's on the streets at New years eve trying to sell matches but no one would buy them. She didn't want to go home because she didn't sell any of them and her father would beat her. So she sits in a little corner and to keep warm she lights one of her matches to keep warm. The first match she sees the vision of a beautiful christmas tree, the second match brings a vision of a Christmas feast but she can't eat it. She sees a falling star and it reminds her of her deceased grandma who told her that when a star falls it means someone in the world has died and has gone to heaven. The girl strikes a third match and it brings the vision of her grandma who was the only one to love her. She kept striking the matches to keep the vision of her grandma. She knew her matches would eventually run out so she asks her grandma to take her with her. And her grandma does. The match dies out and so does the girl.
The next morning people find the little girl dead in a corner with her spent matchsticks, but the girl has rosy cheeks and a smile on her face. They all say how unfortunate it was that she died on the eve of the new year and she must have been cold and lonely, but they didn't know of the visions and that she had gone with her grandma and is no longer cold and lonely.
But anyway, I love ABC kids christmas programming because they have all the christmas story animations and Christmas episodes of kids shows.