What's better? The movie White Christmas or the musical White Christmas or an actual white Christmas?
This year, we were lucky enough to experience all three.
The 1954 movie White Christmas has long been my favorite Christmas movie. I watched it again this year to make sure Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye could pull off the Christmas miracle and save General Waverly's inn in Vermont from bankruptcy. And yes, with lots of musical numbers and romantic hijinks, they are able to do just that.
The musical White Christmas is new to our Christmas traditions. Though it premiered in 2004, we just got around to seeing it this year at the Empire Theatre in Richmond. Though the story lines differ a little, the live production featured vocal powerhouses in the leading roles, fun song-and-dance numbers, and snow showers over the audience at the conclusion. Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed.
But driving home through the snow-covered Charlottesville streets on Christmas night after a fun afternoon and evening with friends wins the White Christmas contest in 2010.
Yours in White Christmas heaven,