Oh my Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! As a single adult of a certain age, my wish list is LAME. I asked my mother not even for clothes, jewelry, or electronic appliances. I asked for Key Food grocery store gift certificates. A girl’s gotta eat, the economy is tough, and online dating is way too much work.
Now, I have another sort of wish list that is designed specifically for my rabid fans over at The DVR Files. Christmas TV movies! Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a little Charlie Brown’s Christmas (currently next in line on my DVR!), I appreciate my stop motion animation just like the next girl (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jack Frost, I’m talking to you!), but perhaps my favorite Christmas TV movie of all time is the 1986 version of Babes in Toyland starring Drew Barrymore, the dad from Empty Nest (Richard Mulligan, for dorks who don’t know this), and the always sexy KEANU REEVES.
Babes was first broadcast on December 19, 1986 on NBC. My parents taped it for me on their Toshiba VCR (which honest to God lasted 22 years. They don’t make them like they used to!) and I watched the HELL out of that VHS over the next three years. Now, I didn’t understand that warm tingly feeling I got in my stomach when watching Jack Nimble (Keanu’s character) onscreen, but I knew I LIKED it. And then my brother recorded Flight of the Navigator over the tape and the dream was over.
Lucky for us, Keanu went on to a long and successful career (Johnny Mnemonic, anyone?). However, my heart is broken every year because they never rerun Babes in Toyland during the holiday season. So instead I just watch some of Keanu’s early work, like at the Canadian International Teddy Bear Convention. Please click this and watch it as you will die a little, in a good way.