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The Best Christmas Movie

Last night, I went to see the Polar Express on the giant screen at the Carnegie Science Center on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Imagine walking into the center to be confronted with hundreds of kids, most under the age of 10, dressed in their jammies and dragging their parents with them. I had no little kid to take (but next year, I might take my preteen cousins). Anyway, I expected the showing to be filled with whining and crying and kids who can’t hold their pee making everyone in the aisle get up to let them by to go to the potty and then up again when they got back to their seat. 🙄

So you can imagine my shocked surprise when the opposite occurred. I heard nary a peep from any child in that theater. No whining, no screaming at inappropriate times. And if your kids have bladder control problems, take them to the Polar Express where they will learn instantly how to hold it for two solid hours.

They sat transfixed, full of wonder and delight. I know that Polar Express is known for its “uncanny valley” effect. All I can say is it’s better on a huge screen with 3D glasses where you can soar and dive with a bird down steep waterfalls, or on top of the train on a racing roller coaster track. The final scene at the North Pole with the tumbling, jitter bugging elves around a sky high Christmas tree will leave you giddy with anticipation of Santa’s arrival.

It is the best Christmas movie ever, or so says I. I dares ya to try to change my mind.

Anyway, if you have a chance to see it in your city, get your jammies and slippers on and run to the early evening showing.

*No actual flying reindeer were hurt during the making of this film.

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Here’s the hot chocolate scene from Polar Express. I can almost smell the cocoa…