A Wish and a Request for the Season

21/12/10 9:05 AM

I wasn’t planning on doing too much blogging between now and 12/31, but author and former agent Nathan Bransford’s “annual blog fundraising goodness” for one of my favorite charities, Heifer International (you’ll see I wrote about it on my business blog last month), was just too hard to pass up.

Heifer works at ending world hunger by giving struggling communities the means to sustain themselves. Think a mess of chickens to lay eggs. Goats and cows for milk and meat. Bees for honey. You get the idea.

So, here’s what you do. Tell me your favorite holiday movie or tune in the comments below. For every legit comment I get (spammers selling credit cards, Viagra, Rolexes, etc need not apply), I’ll donate $1 to Heifer International. Like T.H. Mafi (seriously, read her blog), I’m not going to worry about limits until I get to the point where I won’t be able to afford the rent and feed the cat. So have at it.

You have until 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Thanks, and may you all have a magical holiday and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011. :)

Posted by Robyn | in Good causes | 35 Comments »

35 Comments on “A Wish and a Request for the Season”

  1. Susan W Says:

    This is very nice of you, Robyn! I’ll go with “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  2. Susan W Says:

    P.S. I will also make a donation to Heifer International.

  3. Deb Mackey Says:

    What a wonderful idea, Robyn! And a very merry solstice to ye!

  4. Christine L Says:

    I don’t have a favorite movie, but Heifer is one of my favorite charities. Go Robyn!!

  5. Jen Zuba Says:

    What a great idea! There was a movie when I was little that I absolutely adored…I think it’s called “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” or something like that. The little girl who got to play Mary was such a ragamuffin…and I identified with her :)

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Steve Tannuzzo Says:

    I could never tell if it was a Thanksgiving or Christmas movie, but in NY every year the local channels would run Laurel & Hardy in “March of the Wooden Soldiers,” also known as “Babes in Toyland.” One of the greatest holiday movies ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDdhg8CyeUo

    But I must admit I watch a good chunk of the annual “A Christmas Story” marathon on TBS. Love the leg lamp and the caroling at the Chinese restaurant.

  7. Jeff Lerman Says:

    I’ve got to agree with Susan on “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I don’t think I’ve every watched the entire movie through, but all the interruptions are food, drink, family, more drink, presents, family, more drink…you get the idea. I think that probably adds to my opinion of the movie. :)

    I want my clients/friends dirt poor and karma rich – great idea, Robyn!

  8. Greg Czarnowski Says:

    Robyn:
    Greate cause.
    I will carbon date myself by voting for White Christmas (which AMC has been running incessantly). I still get teary-eyed when they start singing “We’ll follow the old man…”
    Merry Christmas!
    Greg

  9. Robin Chapman Says:

    Well… I am not a holiday movie buff. Or any kind of movie buff. Nor am I very buff. But I do love Miracle on 34th Street.
    Thank you for doing this. Happy and Merry to all.

  10. Trish Says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I’ve donated to this charity over the years in my children’s names. I love this charity.
    My favorite holiday movie is The Grinch…It’s upbeat and fun and….His heart grew three sizes that day!
    Great job Robyn. Thanks for being so generous.

  11. Roger Prather Says:

    I love “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but that’s always the top choice. So I’m going to say, “A Christmas Story” — “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” — and, the animated Disney version of “A Christmas Carol” where Mickey Mouse is Bob Cratchit.

    Merry Christmas Robyn!

  12. Laura Matthews Says:

    The Messiah — all of it.
    “The Santa Clause”
    “While You Were Sleeping”
    “Love, Actually”
    “Home Alone”
    “Scrooged”
    “The Little Drummer Boy”

    :P
    Ditto on the Merry Christmases above. And Happy New Year, too.

  13. susan kaye quinn Says:

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Seussian magic at its best. :) I’m so glad you’ve joined the comment-a-thon! I hope you’ll have a chance to stop at my llama-giveaway! :)

  14. Big Mama Says:

    “A Christmas Story,” plays for the full 24 hours at my house. As Jeff pointed out, there is a certain Pavlovian reaction that makes me happy as soon as I hear the first “You’ll shoot your eye out.” As for songs, my all time favorite is “Mary’s Boy Child,” By Boney M. I also like the one that goes, “Caroling, caroling through the snow, Christmas bells are ringing,” but I don’t know the name.

  15. Audra Krell Says:

    ELF all the way. Happy Giving!

  16. Jenn Hubbard Says:

    I’m partial to the Peanuts Christmas special. “It’s not such a bad little tree!”

  17. Lori D. Says:

    I don’t really have a favorite either – although I’m partial to Charlie Brown – and A Christmas Story is great too!

    Very happy holidays to you Robyn!

  18. T.H. Mafi Says:

    aww thanks for the shout-out, Robyn!

    and yay for Heifer! you’re so awesome for participating :D :D

    i kind of love all the Christmas holiday specials. hehe.

  19. Maureen Schwartz Says:

    Love this idea for giving! My favorite is A Christmas Story.

  20. Nat Says:

    Nestor the Long Eared Donkey!!!!

  21. Nathan Bransford Says:

    Hooray for Heifer! I’d have to go with Elf.

  22. Rebecca Says:

    A Merry Brady Christmas, of course….

    But seriously…. it is really the Grinch (the cartoon, not Jim Carey).

  23. Ami Hendrickson Says:

    Awesome! (You referenced T.H. Mafi. I know you know what that means…)

    While You Were Sleeping

    Thanks to Nathan Bransford, I’m doing the Heifer Challenge this year again, too, donating $1 for all new blog followers OR comments till Christmas Eve: http://museinks.blogspot.com/2010/12/4-free-ways-to-be-christmas-angel.html

  24. Ami Hendrickson Says:

    Die Hard

  25. Ami Hendrickson Says:

    The Ref

  26. Ami Hendrickson Says:

    Just Friends (the display wrecking scene alone *makes* my Christmas! :P )

    Cheers to you & to Heifer!

  27. Ronbo Says:

    Winter Wonderland

  28. Steph Sinkhorn Says:

    My favorite holiday movie is probably a tie between Nightmare Before Christmas and Love Actually ;)

    Comment for charity, yeah!

  29. Gretchen Says:

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, and for donating! (Isn’t it fun?)

    I love Christmas movies. My fave’s are:

    It’s a Wonderful Life
    A Christmas Story
    Charlie Brown Christmas
    Love Actually

  30. Mira Says:

    Yay for Heifer! Awesome of you do to this! :)

    My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Carol. I always cry when he wakes up on Christmas morning and dances around the room. Not to give away the ending. :)

    Happy holidays – I hope you and your family have a warm and special one.

  31. Maureen Says:

    I love “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a Christmas classic and “Elf” as a more modern holiday treat! I am also ashamed to admit that I can be a sucker for the sappy Lifetime or Hallmark holiday movies!

    Merry Christmas Robyn!

  32. Rita B Says:

    “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” always delights me, I love happy endings. “THE GRINCH” is always a hoot, love the poor dog and last, but not least “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” no matter how many times I watch it I always shed a tear or two. I also am a sucker for the Hallmark holiday shows. Hooray for Heifer! Merry Christmas Robyn!

  33. Denise L Says:

    I have to go with my fave holiday character — Kirby the elf on “Rudolph” — “I want to be a dentist!”

    And it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic Johnny Mathis carols on in the background…

    Happy Holidays to all!

  34. Andi Newton Says:

    I know I’m too late to comment for Heifer, but I wanted to say that I love Kirby the elf from Rudolph! Follow your dream, Kirby. Follow your dream!

  35. Robyn Says:

    Hey, everyone! Wanted to let anyone who checks back here know that as of yesterday morning, I had 32 comments. I decided to up my contribution to $5/comment. The $160 bought one sheep, one flock of chicks, and one flock of ducks. Thanks so much for commenting, everyone. Yay Heifer! And Merry Christmas to those of you who are celebrating tomorrow. :)