Thanksgiving ended a couple of days ago, and the Xmas season is in full swing just about everywhere. As a kid the transition was a little more gradual than it is nowadays, I saw some stores with Christmas stuff in the, back in October, but one thing that has not changed is my official marker for the seasonal switch. It was the annual broadcast on TV of the 1934 Laurel and Hardy classic, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers. Which you might know from its original title Babes in Toyland but to me it will always be, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers since n my younger years, I could always count on WPIX to broadcast it under that title and I would never miss it.
Sadly no local stations here were kind enough to do me the honor of showing it, so I had to bust out my trusty DVD and watch it myself. While I miss the WPIX hype and tradition, it is kind of nice to be able to watch it on my own schedule. I did not need to watch it right on Thanksgiving day, instead I waited until yesterday to kick of my Christmas season. But now that Bo Peep has found her sheep and the Bogeyman have been defeated, I am ready to put Turkey day behind me and get started on this jolliest of ho ho holidays.
If you do not own your own copy of this holiday masterpiece, fret not. The entire film is available online for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
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