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Standout Christmas movies to put on your bucket list
Written by Bill Baird   
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:57 PM

Because this is my last column before Christmas and the fact I am not a “Happy Holidays” person, I wish everyone, whether friend or foe, a very Merry Christmas.

Christmas always has had a feeling of inner happiness and warmth for me.

I suppose this feeling is because I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world.

I also believe in the scriptures contained in the King James and Catholic versions of the Holy Bible. Remember us in your prayers.

The movies I watch to get in the Christmas spirit are my number two favorite film after The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and my number one favorite Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

It’s directed by my favorite director Frank Capra (1897-1991) and stars James Stewart (1908-1997) and Donna Reed (1921-1986).

My second favorite Christmas film is Miracle on 34th Street (1947) starring young Natalie Wood (1938-1981) in her fifth film and a great cast including Edmund Gwenn (1877-1959) as the real Santa Claus.

My third favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Carol (1938) based on the story by Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

It features Terry Kilburn (1926) as Tiny Tim Cratchit.

The Lockhart family plays most of the Cratchit family. Father Gene (1891-1957), mother Kathleen (1894-1978) and daughter June (1925) play their real life roles as the Cratchit family.

Ann Rutherford (1917-2012) at her most beautiful plays the Spirit of Christmas Past.

I didn’t have a movie thatyou should see at least once in your life time last week so this week I will give you two.

It’s a Wonderful Life was already number three of the past six I listed before. Number seven is Miracle on 34th Street and number eight A Christmas Carol.

The only things I want for Christmas are (1) a Shay model “A” convertible pick-up replica or a pick-up from the 1930s. (2)  snub-nose revolver. (3) Lionel trains from the 1930s. (4) Z gauge model train layout. (5) 1925 Elgin  G. W. Raymond railroad pocket watch like the one I lost or was stolen a few years ago.

That’s all I want for myself except for everyone I love to be healthy and happy.

I got carried away last week and wrote more than usual The point I was trying to make about my gravel drive was the fact that 50 years ago it was worn going toward Cincinnati and now it is worn going toward Harrison.

I like the people at Kmart especially Anita in cameras and Pat with the cue, who has retired.

Thanks to Brianna for her assistance.

Home Depot is the largest customer of my son’s company. The one in Harrison is the only one I patronize.

I like the people especially Terri Yocum at the return desk and the fact they have no signs with foreign languages.

When it comes to hardware Kaiser’s has always been there and Small’s came later.

When I recently bought a new computer we passed up Best Buy and Staples in Western Hills to go to Harrison.

It’s nice to have Staples, which is my favorite, in Harrison where you get to know the employees like Sarah Harper who knows my granddaughter Lexis.

The best way to keep Staples in Harrison is to shop there like I did last week buying a new printer.

My wife likes chicken from KFC’s. The only part of chicken I like is the wishbone and the unborn over medium.

I didn’t have to leave the building to get A&W’s potato wedges and hot dog since they are in the same building with KFC. I forgot to check a carry-out order recently. I got home six miles away and no potato wedges.

The manager, Lisa, was so nice when I went in later that she didn’t lose me as a customer because of one incompetent employee.

Bill Baird is a Whitewater Township resident who writes a weekly column about old movies and Hollywood trivia.