Wishing You A Very Happy New Year!

Here at G-POP, we’re not fond of New Year’s resolutions. After all, resolutions seem to be made to be broken. Who has ever really followed through with one of those anyway? But in the spirit of the holiday, here are some things that we will definitely try to follow through on: We will get usedContinue reading “Wishing You A Very Happy New Year!”

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year

Distributed by: Rankin/Bass Reviewed by Melissa Minners             In 1975, Rankin/Bass came up with a sequel to the stop motion animated television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  It was called Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.  Watching this hour special just before New Year’s Eve soon became a family tradition in our house.              Rudolph’s Shiny NewContinue reading “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

Produced By: Warner Home Video Reviewed by Melissa Minners             Being a tremendous Peanuts fan, it was with much surprise that I had to admit having never seen the animated television special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!   Based on a comic strip series that I read when I was much younger, the special firstContinue reading “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!”

I Still Believe in Santa Claus

A Christmas Season Reflection By Melissa Minners             The holiday season – a joyous time of year where peace and good will reign…unless you’re trying to get hold of a $399 laptop computer.  That’s when good passes out the window.  So what if I just knocked down some 70-year-old grandmother, causing her to be trampledContinue reading “I Still Believe in Santa Claus”

The Pine Tree of St. Martin

Author: Paulo Coelho  Reviewed by Melissa Minners             There are some days…hard days…when everything seems to be crumbling around you and no matter what you do, nothing seems to go right.  It is on those days that you sit wondering what you could have done or should have done differently to achieve a better result. Continue reading “The Pine Tree of St. Martin”

Matchless: A Christmas Story

Written By: Gregory Maguire  Published By: William Morrow  Reviewed by Melissa Minners                 It’s that time of year again.  Radio stations are playing Christmas music and have been since the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Stores have been pushing Christmas items and advertising Christmas sales (starting long before Halloween).  Santa is in the stores taking photos withContinue reading “Matchless: A Christmas Story”

Christmas with Holly

Produced By:  Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions Reviewed By Melissa Minners             Hallmark Hall of Fame movies have been few and far between of late, but I had hopes that they would come out with a new one in time for Christmas.  Happily, a new Christmas Hallmark Hall of Fame movie entitled Christmas With HollyContinue reading “Christmas with Holly”

Christmas Recommendations

By Melissa Minners Below is a list of some of my favorite movies, books, and music for the holiday season.  Click on the titles to purchase any of these items (except I’ll Be Home For Christmas as the version I talk about is currently unavailable on DVD or VHS).  Enjoy!  Animated Shows The Year WithoutContinue reading “Christmas Recommendations”

The Bells of Christmas II:

Eight Stories of Christmas Hope Written By: Bradley Harper, Erol Engin, Lilla Glass, Derek McFadden and Maria O’Rourke Published By: Papillon du Pere Publishing Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                If you’ve been following G-POP, you know that this time of year, I like to look for movies, books, music and any other media I canContinue reading “The Bells of Christmas II:”

A Firefighter’s Christmas Carol

And Other Stories Written By: Douglas R. Brown Published By: Epertase Publishing Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                When the holiday season comes along, I like to find a new book, movie or soundtrack to add to the various favorites I watch and read around this time of year.  One of my favorite tales is AContinue reading “A Firefighter’s Christmas Carol”

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