Santa Movies

I stumbled on two of my grandchildren watching the animated Christmas movie A Year Without a Santa Claus. I mentioned that I did not recognize the film. My granddaughter was incredulous that I had not seen it and informed me that it was “a classic.” I was so amused that an eight year old could presume to school a 72 year old on what is a classic. The movie came out in 1974, a window of time when I had temporarily outgrown Santa movies but had no children of my own. But I know a classic when I see one. The lists rating Best Christmas Movies vary widely. Home Alone is ranked 2nd on one and 52nd on another. The original Miracle on 34th Street (3rd, 5th, and 9th) was released in 1947 and is definitely a classic. But one movie I could not find on any of the lists was A Year Without a Santa Claus. Of course, I have not yet seen my granddaughter’s list.


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