the season which engages the whole world in a
conspiracy of love!"
~~Hamilton Wright Mabie
So guess what I've been doing? Writing... And
also decking the halls. So another short one and a
pretty lame easter egg stashed somewhere in here. But
that's okay cause we have three Christmasy newsletters this
Top Ten Signs You've Watched John's
Christmas Movies Too Many Times
10. You've asked for a gift
certificate for a past life regression therapist for
9. You get angry whenever Santa is depicted as having
anything other than one nice daughter and one detestable
8. You plan to make your family stay at an abandoned
cabin without electricity this Christmas because "the
Morgans made it look so nice and fun!"
7. You call your uncle "Uncle Johnny" even though his
name is Steve.
6. You've ever spent an entire afternoon trying to
figure out just how exactly it works that Santa doesn't age
yet his daughters obviously do... And then got totally
bummed out realizing this either means that Kristin will
stop aging at a point leading to a very interesting Morgan
household or else she will age and that's just plain sad
from the perspective or Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Sadly,
this is actually me...)
5. You're ashamed
to admit you actually want some of Kristin's wardrobe...
4. You live
with a paralyzing fear that you might one day be turned into
a china doll.
3. You've decided to be an au pair because apparently
it's a swell way to meet highly desirable men. True,
they may have two bratty children but oh well! If it
helped Santa's daughter nab this guy...
You're so set on watching them along with *every* TBAA
Christmas episode that you stayed up super late to fit them
in. The result? You woke up the next morning
utterly confused about how Andrew wound up fathering two
children and marrying that woman who had the crush on the
nerdy guy from that episode about people working on their
bucket lists. You're pretty sure Tess is gonna be
1. You've ever visited Santa at the mall and when he
asked what you wanted for Christmas you replied "your
So as many of you
know, I have a tree that I decorate with a mishmash theme of
John Dye/ TBAA/ JABB/ PIF. It's beautiful and I love
it. I incorporated ornaments that remind me of different
people I've met because of John and then I also have ornaments
that tie into his various projects. Peace signs for Doc
Hock, a pocket watch for Andrew, etc. As I was putting
it up, I got to thinking: what would it look like if I had a
tree each for the assorted characters John played? Well,
for one I would have a very crowded room. :-) But
here's what I think each tree might look like...
- bright, white lights
- plaid print ribbon wrapped around the tree to commemorate
those studly flannel shirt moments
- ornaments shaped like watches, doves, footballs, tools,
and all the other symbols we associate with Andrew
- topped with an angel... a male one for a change!
Doc Hock's Tree:
- multi-colored lights cause the 60s sure loved their colors!
- hemp garland or, alternately, love beads strewn through the
branches... actually that's probably safer...
- peace sign ornaments along with some music-themed ones
- topped with... a duck head
- plenty of Hendrix playing in the background
Bill Morgan's Tree:
- red and green lights
- lots of Santas... gotta keep the FIL happy!
- an equal amount of Mrs. Clauses... don't wanna upset the
- topped with a doll bearing an eerie resemblance to his
Todd Barrett's Tree:
- even brighter, more obnoxious lights than Doc Hock has...
because the 80s REALLY loved their colors
- dollar sign shaped ornaments
- festively decorated bulbs featuring cut outs of his models
- some of those shimmering strands of foil we all threw onto
our trees in the 80s before discovering they were hazardous
- topped with a bust of President Reagan
Eric Manion's Tree:
- coal, nothing but coal
This newsletter is dedicated to John's festively themed
work. Last year was, admittedly, a little tough for me
as I'm sure it was for many of John's fans who have made it a
habit to spend hours watching TBAA and his Christmas films
around the holidays. I cried through most of the TBAA
Christmas episodes... and not just the ones I always cry over
(I'm looking at you the always moving "The Violin
Lesson"). And I couldn't bear to watch Twice Upon a
Christmas. But this year I'm really looking
forward to all of the above. At Christmastime we
celebrate the birth of a baby and the death of, well,
death. I'm sure there will still be tears but I'll also
smile as Andrew leads Tony Home and Bill romances Kristin
because where John is now that's all there is: Home and love.
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page are
from "Twice Upon a Christmas" owned by Viacom Productions
Inc. and "Touched by an Angel" owned by CBS Productions,
Caroline Productions, and Moon Water Productions. They are
not being used to seek profit.)