Category Archives: Movies and TV Shows

Andy Williams Christmas Special 1966

I think you will enjoy this 54 year old Christmas special. It features Andy Williams, his family and his French singer wife. Here is a tip: fast forward through the Osmonds’ fever-dream medley involving Rockette-like soldiers and a peppermint factory. That was the low light of the show. But the rest of it was pretty good! Some classic Christmas songs and an adorable segment where he played with his children near the end of the program.

Toon Tuesday! Rocky and Bullwinkle – The Fright Before Christmas

How did I get to be this old and not know that my favorite moose (well, next to Mr. Moose, of course) had saved the world and Santa Claus? But he sure did and lucky for us, it happens to be Toon Tuesday. Enjoy!

Watch Party: A Christmas Movie Christmas

Do you love romantic Christmas movies? So do I! I thought I would pick out a free-to-watch Christmas rom-com for each Friday night in December. If you like, please join me before the movie on Zoom to say hi (7:30 p.m.)

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Toon Tuesday! Frosty the Snowman

Brrrr! It certainly is feeling frosty today! So, let’s check out an old favorite animated special for Toon Tuesday, Frosty the Snowman. Enjoy!

Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas Tonight

It’s not Christmas without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, is it? After Apple TV decided to play Scrooge this year and purchased the rights to Peanuts holiday programming, PBS came to the rescue! Tonight, A Charlie Brown Christmas will air at 7:30 p.m. on PBS and PBS Kids.

But that’s it 😦 So if you are busy or working and can’t schedule this programming but still want to watch the entire Peanuts special, you can see it here.

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As mentioned in a previous post, viewing unauthorized content on YouTube is not something I typically endorse. BUT this year, the powers that be pullled this video from Amazon Video and YouTube Movies. AND it’s really hard to find the DVD. And that’s not right. It meant that most people couldn’t watch these specials unless they bought the DVD before this year. Charlie Brown belongs to all of us.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

P.S.

Apple TV, I’m giving you fair warning: if you try to come for Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer, it’s war!

Watch Party: Mistletoe and Menorahs

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So, as you may know, in each Friday of December, I am presenting a free-to-watch holiday romance. And tonight being Hanukkah, I was delighted to find one about Hanukkah AND Christmas! How cool is that? Mistletoe and Menorahs (2019) is a sweet, well-produced movie with an interesting plot and an engaging male lead.

 If you like, please join me before the movie on Zoom to say hi (7:30 p.m.)

Here is the story line:

When a determined toy company executive, Christy (Kelley Jakle), needs to learn all about Hanukkah in a hurry in order to land a big account for her company, she enlists the help of her co-worker’s friend Jonathan (Jake Epstein) who is in desperate need to turn his bachelor pad into a Christmas wonderland to impress his girlfriend’s father. They don’t get along at first but realize they need each other’s holiday expertise in order to accomplish their goals. Christy finds out about the joys of latkes and lighting the menorah while Jonathan becomes a master at making gingerbread houses. As they spend more time together, they discover as much about themselves as they do about the holidays and realize that maybe there is more to their new relationship than meets the eye.

Here for your Friday night viewing enjoyment is Mistletoe and Menorahs (2019). It is completely free to watch anytime you like on Tubi.TV (there will be some commercial breaks). All you need is an an Internet connection. You don’t even have to register on the website to watch it. That is optional. You can watch it on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer or Smart TV. How is that for easy? Here is the preview…Enjoy! Happy Hanukkah! 🙂

Cool Yule Watch Party: Falling for Christmas

Every Friday, in December, I’ll suggest a different Christmas movie that is free to watch online. If you like, please join me before the movie on Zoom to say hi (7:30 p.m.)

Today, since it is Ice Skating Day, I selected Falling for Christmas (2016). This movie has a beauitful setting of snowy mountains, a festive lodge, ice skating scenes, appealing lead actors, and of course, romance. So, turn on your Christmas lights and settle in for a visually beautiful film. Here is the trailer…

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Toon Tuesday: Garfield’s Thanksgiving

Garfield’s creators have given us an early Thanksgiving treat — here is the full episode of the holiday special. Would you rather have Thanksgiving turkey or lasagna? I think Garfield, would answer: “Yes!”

Enjoy!

Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving tonight on PBS

Here’s something to be thankful for…after mean old Apple TV grabbed a monopoly on Peanuts holiday programming, PBS came to the rescue! Tonight, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air at 7:30 p.m. on PBS and PBS Kids.

But that’s it 😦 So if you are busy or working and can’t schedule this programming but still want to watch the entire Peanuts special, you can see it here.

As mentioned in a previous post, viewing unauthorized content on YouTube is not something I typically endorse. BUT this year, the powers that be pullled this video from Amazon Video and YouTube Movies. AND it’s really hard to find the DVD. And that’s not right. It meant that most people couldn’t watch these specials unless they bought the DVD before this year. Charlie Brown belongs to all of us.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.

Apple TV, I’m giving you fair warning: if you try to come for Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer, it’s war!

Free to view Christmas Rom Coms

Yeah, they’re formulaic. But fun! The cute clothes! The hard-working heroines! The cheeky girlfriend sidekicks! The dreamy guys! The over-the-top Christmas decorations! The warm and fuzzy romantic endings!

Check out these three Cool-Yule-tested favorites that you can watch for free online via TubiTV. (You don’t have to register, if you don’t want to…just go straight to the video.) The previews are below…

Holly’s Holiday (2013) (AKA “A Perfect Christmas”)

Holly is a hard-working advertising executive in Manhattan. One day, she bumps her head and the perfect man helps her to her feet…and sweeps her off her feet! But is he really all that perfect? And is Mr. Right waiting right under her nose? (P.S. “Grimm” fans will recognize Claire Coffee, the star of this movie!)

 

A Cinderella Christmas (2018)

Angie is a hard-working event planner who learns life isn’t always fair. But can a magical evening at a masked ball change her life forever? And will she stand up for herself and what she wants? Starring Emma Rigby. Ms. Rigby is an English actress. She is best known for her appearance in British TV soaps and various movie roles.

 

The Christmas Calendar (2017)

Emily inherits a bakery in a quaint small town and works hard to make it a success. When a handsome Frenchman moves into town, is he her biggest competition? Or her new Christmas romance? Starring Laura Bell Bundy. You might have seen this actress in “Hart of Dixie” or “Anger Management,” but did you know that she is also a country and western singer? Ms. Bundy gave birth to her first baby in 2019, so she is going to have a Merry baby Christmas!

 

Okay, here’s one more. This isn’t on TubiTV but you can find it on YouTube and Amazon. This is my favorite! It’s adorable! If you like cats and you like fire fighters, this is your Christmas rom com. Brandon Routh, the star of the movie, also played Superman in 2006. Kimberley Sustad has appeared in several Hallmark productions, as well as its podcast, Hallmarkies.

The Nine Lives of Christmas (2014)

A commitment-shy, bachelor fire fighter becomes attached to a stray cat…and a kind-hearted veterinary student who needs his help but isn’t ready for romance in her life…yet. Oh, and did I mention how both of them are very hard-working? 🙂 Will the cat help bring them together this Christmas?