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The Star Wars Holiday Special

First Aired On: The CBS Network Reviewed by Melissa Minners             When I was a child, I remember watching a television holiday special featuring my favorite Star Wars characters in my bedroom on my Zenith black and white television.  Aptly dubbed The Star Wars Holiday Special, the show aired only once on CBS on NovemberContinue reading “The Star Wars Holiday Special”

Hallmark Christmas Movies

By Melissa Minners Okay, admit it: how many of you have already started watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel? Alright, I’ll go first – yes, I’m addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies, even though they all have a similar format. Boy and girl meet and have no real interest in each other…or had an interestContinue reading “Hallmark Christmas Movies”

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”

A Birds of Prey Christmas Carol

By Melissa Minners Disclaimer and Other Information:  It should be noted that all of the characters and many of the locales in this fan fiction are not mine.  They are owned by The WB.  This fan fiction is somewhat of an homage to the series, though I have used a little liberty here with events. Continue reading “A Birds of Prey Christmas Carol”

A Birds of Prey Christmas Carol

By Melissa Minners Disclaimer and Other Information:  It should be noted that all of the characters and many of the locales in this fan fiction are not mine.  They are owned by The WB.  This fan fiction is somewhat of an homage to the series, though I have used a little liberty here with events. Continue reading “A Birds of Prey Christmas Carol”

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”