Home Alone is a movie that I watched many, many times with the oldest of my two J’s. He used to watch it all year round. I was surprised to realize that I had not actually seen Home Alone for several years now. Even when the boys gave me the Home Alone Collection for Christmas last year, I had not viewed the movie. It was every bit as fun as I remember it being. It was also interesting to me that the music in Home Alone sounded a lot like the music in Harry Potter. My curiosity led me to do a little Google research where I discovered that the reason for that is because both movies were directed by Chris Columbus and the musical director for both was John Williams.
In watching this old favourite again it started me thinking about how much fun it was when I was a kid to wait each year for favourite specials and movies to come on tv. How much more special they felt. I recall the treat it was for my sister and I to do the bed and bath routine and then settle on the couch with a snack waiting for Bass/Rankin Rudolph or Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Do you remember the joy of seeing the opening sequence for The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman or Charlie Brown’s Christmas? I do. I got that feeling again recently when I discovered a new Halloween Toy Story Special on ABC a few weeks ago.
Part of the joy of movies on DVD is watching what you want when you want to. As I write this I am watching Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Peter Lawford in Easter Parade.
I have been searching for a copy of this movie for a very long time and was extremely excited to see it available for order on the TCM website. http://www.shop.ca That is why I am watching it today but I have to say that after this it will sit on the shelf and I will not see it again until Easter. I love watching some things whenever the mood strikes me but I love even more the thrill of the once a year viewing, something specific to a season or moment in time. Like when they used to show Elvis movies for a week leading up to the anniversary of his death. Or the ritual I have of wrapping Christmas gifts while watching White Christmas, Little Women and Meet Me in St. Louis.
It makes me a little sad that my grand-nephews will never know the excitement and angst that comes from those moments of anticipation while waiting for that special to come on. The oldest of the two loves Nightmare Before Christmas. He watches it all the time, walks around the house singing songs from the movie. But what does he have to look forward to? What does all this instant gratification do to us? Maybe it isn’t that big a deal but it makes me feel as though it’s just one more thing that takes a little of the magic out of the season.
Whether you watch them on DVD or wait for them to come on Tv, I wish for you the joy of enjoying those treasured moments with those people most special to you.