Advent Countdown Day 16: The Snowman

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The Snowman, written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs in 1978 came to televisions as a silent film short in 1982.  Aired on British Channel 4 and seen in later years on public television stations in the US, it’s available on DVD and in numerous toy/book combos in book shops every year around this time and…

Advent Countdown Day 14: Merry Christmas From Burger King and Buffy

Long before she was slaying vampires on Buffy or slinging marketing pitches on The Crazy Ones, Sarah Michelle Gellar was singing off key for Burger King in this cute ad also featuring Lea Thompson (Caroline in Caroline in the City) and Elizabeth Shue (Adventures in Babysitting, Back to the Future). Courtesy tasunluk Like this:Like Loading…

Advent Countdown Day 11: Christmas composer Johnny Marks

Johnny Marks, composer of the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which was recorded by Gene Autry in 1949.  Marks was the brother in law of Robert L May, author of the original Rudolph storybook which would later be made into the Animagic special by Rankin/Bass in 1964.  Marks also composed have a Holly Jolly Christmas recorded by Burl…

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