Through the holiday season many of us will sit down next to a cozy fire with a fresh bowl of popcorn, and take part in watching some form of Christmas movie.

I for one am a personal fan of "A Christmas Story." You know the one where the young lad named Ralphie so desperately wants Santa to bring him the Red Ryder BB Gun. You all know that Ralphie kept getting told that he wasn't going to get the gun because he would "shoot his eye out."

Another classic moment in that movie - and there are several - is when Ralphie wallops the living daylights out of the town bully, Scott Farcus.

Hilarious.

My kids are avid supporters of your usual "Frosty the Snowman," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" (clay versions) and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." So much so, we recently purchased the Frosty and Rudolph DVDs.

Certainly, I can venture back farther into the cinematography history to include "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol." They - to each their own - are classics, and absolutely wonderful movies.

But, now I have to admit that since last year, there is a movie that is very close to overtaking the top spot on my holiday flick list.

The film features a former Saturday Night Live member, and the individual has only began to spread his wings as a leading actor.

Will Ferrell was simply hilarious in the movie "Elf." So funny, I had to make this purchase for myself when we picked up the other two for the kiddies.

Now my kids have become addicted to the movie as well.

No matter which you choose, be sure to include all members of your family when you sit down to watch. There is no better time of year to spend time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays (which includes Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa) ... even if it is three weeks early!

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There are many local individuals and service groups that are getting into the holiday spirit.

Over the weekend, the Kiwanis Club hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa that benefitted Alex's Lemonade Stand. There was also a group of Cub Scouts that helped decorate the Senior Center. Then there was also the Holiday House Tour taking place after the town's tree lighting ceremony earlier.

The fact that these events took place only continues to prove how a town like Phoenixville - especially those that live here - is truly special.

Let us not forget that the Marines are still conducting their "Toys for Tots" program. There are several drop-off stations throughout the area, and those toys that are generously given go towards many less fortunate kids in and around the locality.

Make sure to get out and do your part.

Lastly, let me take this opportunity to remind you about the good holiday gesture my colleague Dennis J. Wright is offering to our readers.

The "Write Hard Wish" is winding down, so make sure to get your information and wish to him by this Wednesday.

This is simply one wish (with a $100 limit) that he'd like to grant for someone.

Remember to submit via e-mail, mail (Dennis J. Wright, c/o One Write Hard Wish, The Phoenix, 225 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, Pa. 19460) or drop off in person (50 words or less) the desired holiday wish (example, a special toy for your child, a coat for an elderly relative, something of that nature).

All submissions must include name, age, address, phone number and other pertinent contact information. Entries without this information will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions will be this Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. All submissions will be read and considered, with the winning entry to be selected by Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004. The winner will be contacted, and will be announced in this Friday's edition of Write Hard.

Until next time ...

Jason Feather is the Managing Editor of The Phoenix. He is slowly, but surely, getting into the holiday spirit despite what he leads his wife to believe. He can be reached at jfeather@phoenixvillenews.com

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