some like it hot…

With Christmas just looming around the corner, I can hardly wait. Aside from presents, one of the best parts of the holiday season are the cartoons.

As a forty-year-old child, I always look forward to watching Christmas cartoons on TV. Favorites such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer bring back such great memories. They may not have blasting lasers or robots morphing into cars, but I still totally enjoy them. Christmas is not quite the same without these lovable shows.

Although these classics are readily available on DVD, I prefer watching them as I did when I was a kid: “live” on television. For some reason, wearing my jammies and sipping a hot cup of cocoa makes this much more delightful.

A recent addition to my favorites list is The Year Without Santa Claus. First shown in 1974, this stop motion animated feature explores the possibility of Santa taking a Christmas vacation. A series of unfortunate events follows and Christmas without Santa is almost inevitable.

With the help of an unlikely pair of Mr. Snow Miser and Mr. Heat Miser, and the world’s children, everyone learns the true spirit of Christmas, thus saving Christmas itself. Awww…

And like the other cartoons, The Year Without Santa Claus features many memorable songs. One of them is Mr. Heat Miser’s theme. With a catchy tune and funny lyrics, it’s impossible not to like it.

A really great friend of mine, Jeff, used to sing this song when we were in high school. Actually, he sang it well after we graduated. He so loved this song! I can still picture him dancing some sort of jig as he sang. And whenever I hear it or just think about it, I can’t help but smile. Like I am right now…

Today, he is a wonderful father and I have a feeling his son Benen will share the same fondness for the song as I do.

Here’s the video of the Mr. Heat Miser song. And if you catch yourself singing and dancing along or just bobbing your head to the beat, don’t blame me. Blame Jeff…

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