I watch OUAC and TUAC
and I also watch Christmas eps of TBAA every year. My
favorite ep's are An Angel on the Roof, and the one with
Mark Twain... It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (I think)
...but, I also like the two about 9-ll A Winter Carol
and The Christmas Watch. I make sure I watch some of
those if not all of them. I also really do like the
Roma Downey Christmas movie, Borrowed Hearts...and I watch
it too. And, I make Christmas ornaments every year for
close friends and family...and they are round, and I always
think of John and how he liked to "collect" spheres...altho
I know that's not what he meant...still...
My new traditions will be making more of my "sphere"
ornaments, and lighting a candle for John.
But the biggest thing is, I'm definitely going to be more
aware of ways to pay it forward and do random acts of
kindness. And, I'm going to do more volunteer work.
Celebrating John's life and his impact on us.
As with much of my life post-1996, John has certainly
worked his way into my holiday traditions.
Every year I watch as many of the TBAA Christmas episodes
as possible. Due to my made-up "TBAA viewing rules"
in which I can't watch past the episode most recently
covered in the Episode
Guide, I haven't been able to watch all 9 for quite
some time. But this year... finally... I can watch
from "Fear Not!" to "The Christmas Watch." But my John-starring holiday TV viewing doesn't
end there. Inevitably, I will find myself watching
OUAC and sometimes TUAC, too. And this year I think
I'm gonna have to throw ToD's "Green Christmas" into the
mix just so I can strain to hear John sing.
Already for Thanksgiving I made sure to watch "Thanks for
the Memories." It's just not Thanksgiving til Doc
Hock does his turkey impression! It doesn't stop
with Christmas, either. I'll watch
"Millennium" for New Year's and then end the holiday
season on January 6th with the "One That Got Away."
January 6th, 2012 will mark 16 years since Andrew first
showed up in our living rooms. I know I'll cry when
I watch. But the whole time I'm gonna be thanking
God for the 16 years I was aware of John, for the 28 years
I got to share the planet with him, and for the nearly 48
years he spent on Earth. As I watch each of these
projects this year, I intend to work on my "Pay It
Of course, my traditions don't stop with
TV viewing! Every year I put up the "Dyeland
Christmas tree" which by now has morphed more into the
"Dyeland/JABB/John/TBAA Christmas tree." From its
branches hang doves, gingerbread Andrews, ornaments given
to me by JABBers, and all sorts of decorations that remind
me of John and what it's meant to be his fan. It was
bittersweet when I put it up this year, of course.
But there was more joy than tears. By chance, the
first ornament I opened was a violin to represent "The
Violin Lesson"... the first episode in which I truly began
to love John's portrayal of Andrew. Also
coincidentally (and you know what they say about
coincidences...), the last ornament I opened was a
gingerbread Andrew dressed to look like he did in
TVL. I like to think it was a sign that what began
15 Christmases ago continues still. John's still
with us: inspiring us to treat everyone with respect and
Finally, every Christmas for a number of years I've
written a special story for JABB. Usually I pepper
them with references to famous holiday carols, films,
stories, etc. This year there will still be some of
that. However, I'm taking a bit more serious
route... but one I hope brings comfort and joy to you
all. Sometimes... when Christmas can seem a little
difficult... it helps to go back to the story that started
it all and rest in the peace and love of the
Storyteller. So that is what I intend to do.
Peace and joy to you all,
This newsletter is dedicated to
John's ability to make us giggle as Doc Hock does his lil
"Jingle Bells" jig and to make us smile as Bills woos
Santa's daughter and to bring us peace and hope as Andrew
leads a young man Home. From Tour of Duty to Once/Twice Upon a
Christmas to "The Violin Lesson" and beyond, John
gave us all treasured holiday memories.
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page are from
"Touched by an Angel" and owned by: CBS Productions, Caroline
Productions, and Moon Water Productions; "Once Upon a Christmas"
and owned by: Ardent Productions, Legacy Filmworks, Lincoln
Field Productions, Sterling/Winters Company Studios, and Viacom
Productions Inc.; and "Tour of Duty" and owned by: New World
Television. They are not being used to seek profit.)