Christmas with Basil Rathbone

I honestly don’t know if Basil Rathbone really liked Christmas or not, but he has become a big part of my Christmas, and that’s what I’m blogging about.This picture of Basil with his 5-year-old daughter, Cynthia, reading her a book at Christmastime may easily be my favorite picture of The Baz – which is quite a feat. It all looks so comfy and cozy, warm, and Christmasy, and Cynthia looks like a real daddy’s-girl! I think it’s simply adorable!Around this time each year I also bring out the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes Holiday special, The Night Before Christmas (The Christmas Eve Show.) I have to admit, it’s probably one of the worst episodes (aside from the tantalizing opportunity to envision Rathbone’s Holmes dressed as Santa Clause!) But what can I say? I’m a sucker for Christmas Specials, that and, “I love radio, but then I am an awful ham!”

 

 

 

 

 

And then there is of course the newly re-discovered film, a musical take on Dickens’ The Christmas Carol: The Stingiest Man in Town, which stars our dear Basil as Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge! It is slightly alarming at times, (i.e.the entire scene with the Ghost of Christmas-yet-to-come is absolutely terrifying!!!!) and exceedingly stupid at others (most of the songs), but over all, it is a pleasant watch. It conveys an excellent message of the true meaning of Christmas, and it’s kinda fun to see a cute, grouchy old Basil pottering and dancing about in a nightgown. The only thing I can’t understand is why in the WORLD they picked Basil to sing, because, sorry, he CANNOT sing – at times it’s just painful, but all the same, I’ve downloaded the soundtrack, and I listen to it on a regular basis during December! (Now that’s dedication for you! ;))And last but not least, there is my new Christmas tradition of listening to The Baz read The Night Before Christmas! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIKklKQ_4GI) It’s really beautiful, and so homey and Christmasy, and extremely well done! Rathbone tones his voice down perfectly to fit the mood of the poem, and if you don’t mind Santa Clause a la Sherlock Holmes, you should enjoy it very much!

Anyway, I’m done rambling now, so a fantastically Merry Christmas to every Basil Rathbone fan on earth! (and yes, even to you poor, silly people who have never heard of him)

 

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The things I am thankful for…

Behold, I say! 😀

Ok, here I go!
Dear God, thank you for mom, dad, Hannah, Caleb, Aunt Chris, Uncle Mike, Uncle Scott, Aunt Jennifer, Uncle Troy, Aunt Shelly, Sarah, Joseph, Mason, Erika, Katy, Maddy, Ben, Grandma, Pappy, Grandpa, Grammy, Harold, Cocoa, Cassy, the cats, black cats, chickens, dogs, chickadees, robins, blue birds, guinea pigs, horses, Shetland ponies, white tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, pine trees, yellow leaves, red leaves, pine cones, roses, daisies, grass, Snap Dragons, marigolds, grapes, peaches, grapefruit, oranges, Mrs. Beth, Mr. Jeff, Miss Rita, Miss Mable Ruth, Mr. Ralph, Mrs. Lisa, Mr. Wayne, Mr. Bob, Miss Linda, Mr. Bruce, Paul, Mariella, Mrs. Le, An, Vinh, Kaitlynn, Kay, Miss Virginia, Anna, Jenna, Hannah, Diane, D.J., Quinton, Domari, Domir, Jasmine, Jeremiah, Tilimoh, Pastor Andrew, Pastor Matt, Pastor Chodan, Mrs. Chodan, Elisa, Mr. Karasch, Mrs. Karasch, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Zawadny, Mr. Laurie, Mrs. Laurie, Mrs. Love, Mr. Love, books, mysteries, classics, picture books, classical music, jazz, hymns, singers, music, warmth, the cold, wind, rain, the moon, stars, Orion, constellations, pencils, paint, erasers, crayons, pretty things, eagles, hawks, cheetahs, tigers, lions, Narnia, C. S. Lewis books, The Screwtape Letters, Jesus, the Bible, pastors, Mr. Davis, Mrs. Davis, Steve, Steven, Mr. Peter, Miss Sarah, Miss Jen, Miss Heidi, trees to climb, Lambs Ear leaves, running, jumping, food, cheese, carrots, weddings, Abby, Trinity, Aiden, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, The Fourth of July, Easter, veterans, soldiers, America, The Flag, The Statue of Liberty, freedom, the Sherlock Holmes books, the Hercule Poirot books, movies, football, yard sales, pennies, the sky, water, the ocean, sand, sea shells, people, Shakespeare, Chemistry, cows, goats, donkeys, mules, Leonardo De Vinci, Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Sunday School, night time, dolphins, microscopic things, reading, colored pencils, candles, fire, marshmallows, watermelon, George Bush, Jane Austin books, sewing, our woodstove, streams, Gemsbok, antelope, childhood, playing, English accents, French accents, Indian accents, Southern accents, all accents, 40’s music, the color black, the color blue, the color green, the color purple, the color red, the color white, the color silver, the color grey, greyhounds, golden retrievers, hounds, Labradors, Youth Group, lamps, computers, drawing paper, hugs, kisses, back tickles, tickle fights, swinging, swimming, vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie, turkey, jeans, sweat-shirts, tee-shirts, socks, flip-flops, the internet, kids, adults, old people, Mr. Woodward, thread, old books that smell good, actors, sidewalk-chalk, mountains, woods, dolls, imagination, peas, snow, icicles, trout, goldfish, clay, dirt, mud, soap, showers, love, friendships, marriages, romances, baby boys, llamas, silly people, optimists, photographs, life, sleep, home, armchairs, sofas, apples, science, paperbacks, hardbacks, rings, necklaces, balloons, high-fives, sugar cookies, dancing, waltzes, autistic people, hard wood floors, carpet, chicken noodle soup, jokes, joy, laughing, being silly, grape juice, coals, pipe-cleaners, colored paper, tweed coats, hats, gloves, red berries, old radio programs, patterns, wallpaper, orange berries, pink flowers, snowball bushes, snowball fights, sledding, making snowmen, yawning, long walks, short walks, green plants, butterflies, moths, lady bugs, worms, caterpillars, brick houses, stone houses, old castles, fantasy stories, slippers, family, pillows, pianos, violins, guitars, trumpets, pens, ink, oil pastels, charcoal, monopoly, candy land, sunsets, sunrises, dandelions, buttercups, violets, wild strawberries, raisins, lettuce, pumpkins, gourds, cantaloupe, pears, hoodies, nice people, funny people, and much more…

So I had been feeling sorta indifferent to this Thanksgiving…Then I started baking with my mom and sister, and thinking how I’m gonna be with the family that I love…

I can’t wait and I wish I was going TODAY!!!!

So have a great Thanksgiving everybody!

Pauline Moran

This post is dedicated to Pauline Moran, and specifically to her portrayal of Miss Felicity Lemon.There is such a “goodness,” a simple purity in her Miss Lemon – but even so, she’s no dummy – she’s intelligent, savvy and wry, and one just cannot help falling head over heels in love with her.Also, I simply LOVE every outfit she wears in this show…

…And don’t get me started on her hats!Not to mention her glasses, and whatever it is she does with her hair… seriously, I want to know what sort of gel she uses… 😉 It’s spectacular!!!

And then there’s the three of them all together – I think my favorite parts of the entire series is the domestic moments – they’re such a sweet and adorable “family.”

Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks she’s absolutely beautiful! I was talking with my mom, discussing the difference between “pretty” and “beautiful.” While Pauline is not particularly what most people would call “pretty” she has some special quality about her that makes her, at least to me, one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen.

Congrats, Miss Moran, you’re the first woman to make it to my list of favorite actors!

I’m bummed…

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Yeah, so I’m not very happy today…I couldn’t sleep last night so I’m very tired…I can’t concentrate on any of my school…I have a cold, my throat hurts, and my ears ache…Church is probably going to be canceled tonight because of snow…And I’m none too happy about the election results…

I’ve tried the usual remedies…

Funny Michael Emerson gifs…
Basil Rathbone…Hugh Fraser…

Mark Gatiss…But it didn’t work…

What do I do now?
Yes…yes…I like that idea…that’s a good idea…Yep…don’t mind me while I bawl my eyes out…

OK…I’ll go to my room…