C & C love all the old classic Christmas specials.
We know them all by heart. We can recite the lines.
We can sing the songs.
Heck, we can even do the dance steps for some of them.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, we love ’em all. But our favorite, collectively, is
The Year Without a Santa Clause.

We LOVE this animated special.
We love it so much, for a Halloween party one year, we went as the Snow Miser and the Heat Miser.

It was a bittersweet experience.
On the one hand, we did an awesome job. I had a full blue costume, an icy head of hair, a long icicle nose, and a top hat. C looked even better. She had the orange and red clothes, the red nose, and her hair– OH MY STARS– her hair was a sight to behold. We used glitter, red hair color, orange hair color, hair spray, and two flashing red bicycle lights. Imagine, if you can, C’s glorious locks teased straight up, bright red, and flashing with an inner light like a fireplace. AWESOME!

On the other hand, we drove to our good friends’ apartment who were hosting the halloween party, walked in, and…. nobody recognized our costumes. We had memorized the song and dance, we had props, we were ready to rock the house.. and nobody there had ever seen the animated special. (See, our friends, while huge Halloween geeks, were also anti-Christmas to the same level.) It didn’t help that the two of them are expert costume people (guess what he does for a living now). All that work and no payoff. We were crushed.

But, we still have the photos, we still know the songs, and we still LOVE this animated special.

This year, we stumbled across a live-action, modernized version of our beloved special. We watched it with a the same eye-stuck-open fascination one has when one is in a car sliding down a black-ice covered hill into a lightly frozen lake. Don’t want to watch; can’t tear your eyes away. When they got to the Heat Miser and Snow Miser scene, we were shocked out of our paralysis and could make a mad grab for the TV remote. Egads. The horror.

C & C made our costumes out of purchases from Goodwill, St. Vinny’s, and some amateur theatre arts. Trust me when I tell you this. We looked closer to the original characters than these new versions did.

The Real Snow Miser

snow miser

The Real Heat Miser

heat miser

The Pale (no pun intended) Imitations?
[Sorry, no photos available anywhere on the web– wonder why that is…]

Anway, Santa and Mrs. Clause brought C & C an early present this year, which we opened…


We are so excited….