A very Merry Christmas 2016 from Yello80s

From Yello80s.com may you have a blessed and joyous Christmas this year- no matter how you celebrate it, your specific traditions or lack thereof, we hope the love of Christ envelopes you and G-d makes His presence known in your life on this holy day. This year I’ve wrestled with Christmas for perhaps the first time in my life. It’s been a year of loss and re-defining and discovery. 2016 has challenged everyone I know in various ways but over the past several years I’ve become very dissatisfied with the trappings of this season. I still love the music and the cheesy tv specials; the giving and the decorating and all the miracles… but this year I understood in a whole new, grown up light those frustrated words of Charlie Brown in my favourite Christmas special: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” The show-stealing reply of Linus is a tear-jerker for me every year. But I was always Linus in the crowd- thinking to myself, of course Christmas isn’t about Santa and trees and presents. How trite to make it *only* about those things. How one -dimensional. Then my grandmother passed suddenly in August and Christmas, all it’s symbolism both Christian and secular, all came from her. And now I find myself as Charlie Brown, asking not in frustration but seriously, can’t anyone tell me what Christmas is all about? And luckily, the little Linus voice inside me, maybe my ancestors speaking over me, is answering: Courtesy Sval777 The text is from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 8 through 14, King James Version. “8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” This iconic scene so replayed and so remembered by America almost didn’t make it in. Station executives didn’t like the special to begin with and only aired it because they were pushed to fill up the airtime with no other alternatives so close to Christmas. Charles Schulz was advised he couldn’t write in something so religious, it wouldn’t make it to television but he is remembered as saying, “If we don’t, who will?” And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. As an 80s kid, that message got to me through TV. Today’s kids might hear that message of joy in a text- whatever, however, peace to you in the name of the LORD and joy to your family and friends this day. love, Yello80s.com

Yello80s Advent countdown day 28: She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown

This 1980 Peanuts feature revolved around Peppermint Patty for a change and doesn’t get played too much anymore but you can find it on compilation DVDs. Courtesy Ian Sweeney

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to me!  Yep, I have one of those December birthdays and I wanted to share one of my favourite 80s things with you, which, naturally, is about Christmas. Here we have Every Christmas Eve, the opening title song from Santa Claus, the Movie, 1985. Courtesy Rich

Yello80s Advent Countdown day 11: BBC Christmas idents

Idents and bumpers- in the States we don’t have so much of the Christmas versions of tv logos, it’s more themed-commercials unless you count the kids’ networks. But in the UK the holidays bring out the excuse for more animation! Check out this neat- albeit shaky- compilation of BBC1, BB@ and ITV holiday idents and continuity bumpers. Courtesy sdaonline

Yello80s Advent Countdown: Day 10 Santa Claus the Movie trailer

My all-time favourite 80s Christmas flick, Santa Claus the movie has the most awesomest cast featuring John Lithgow as a goofy villain, Dudley Moore as a goofy elf and the best Santa ever- David Huddleston. Leading us out of this Christmas fantasy of movie magic is a soundtrack featuring Sheena Easton. Courtesy rich

Yello80s Advent Countdown Day 2: Best of the Star Wars Holiday Special

I’ve never seen the entirety of what’s hailed as a Christmas special disaster but even as someone who’s not into Star Wars, I expected better. The camp factor- through the roof. And that’s probably why we all want to watch it, if only for all of Chewbacca’s family. Here’s a collection of highlights. Star Wars Holiday Special courtesy Martin Jensen

Care Bear Wednesday: True Heart Horse

True Heart Horse, the co-founder of the Kingdom of Caring and Head of the Care Bear Cousins, debuted in Care Bears II: A New Generation. He is here with True Heart Bear in a 20th anniversary set which is pretty rare now.
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