Holiday Fare On Demand

Anyone who has ever had a young child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor will attest to the fact that very young people — not a patient bunch otherwise — will watch the same favorite program over and over … and over and over again. One holiday season, when my daughter was four years old, she received a VHS cassette of the animated movie Barbie in the Nutcracker. For what seemed like an interminable few months, she watched it day in, day out. (In fact, today, at age 23, she still defends it.) Despite snippets of Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score and the magnificent Tim Curry voicing the evil Mouse King, it was truly the single worst thing I have ever seen. And, coming from a woman who suffered through at least a year of her child’s earlier fascination with Teletubbies, that’s saying something.


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