23 November 2021
Chillax. It’s the Holidaze.

Go-go-go is a recipe for a good old-fashioned crash. The holidays are meant for finding some downtime, and no matter how go-go-go your life is, AFE is there for you with FREE bingeworthy online programming – whenever you’re ready.

After you’ve gotten all pumped up at one of AFE’s LIVE Home for the Holidays shows (who can resist that free entertainment in your back yard?), spend some of your precious R&R time shifting into low gear with us.

Home for the Holidays with AFE

Now, low gear doesn’t mean dull. This year’s Home for the Holidays online content has been created exclusively for AFE and is filled with magic and fantasy. We’ve got two unique shows available to watch whenever you want throughout the holiday season, and both are family-friendly holiday shows you’ll enjoy over and over.

Pomp, Snow & CIRQUEumstance is destined to become the next big holiday classic story. The online show accompanies a storybook, available in bookstores, and it follows the antics of three best friends who share their special talents for music, magic and circus performance. It’s a mix of live-action and animation that gets everyone involved in the fantasy and adventure. Pomp, Snow & CIRQUEumstance premieres on the AFE YouTube channel 26 November and can be accessed over and over throughout the upcoming year.

Celebrated illusionist Rob Lake has created a New Year’s special that will add more magic to your holidays and beyond. If you’ve ever seen his shows live (he’s toured in person with AFE 12 times) or on TV (he’s performed on many major shows including America’s Got Talent and Masters of Illusion), you know this new show will blow your mind with close-up magic and grand illusions. Rob Lake’s newest AFE show, The Magic of Rob Lake: New Year’s Special, premieres 26 December only on our YouTube channel.

Your Holiday Watch List

Between work, live AFE shows and our bountiful online shows, why not keep the seasonal mood going with holiday movies that include a touch of military nostalgia too. Here are a few to consider:

Photo from IMDB
Oldie but goodie

White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as WWII vets, is a 1954 musical set in a hotel in Vermont. Take a trip to the fantasy of the past and rediscover the songs you’ve been singing for years, including “White Christmas.” Make it a double feature with 1942’s Holiday Inn, and you’ll be singing the classics for days.

Embracing peace on earth

The 2002 Hallmark holiday movie Silent Night is based on true events of Christmas Eve 1944 when American soldiers took shelter with a mother (Linda Hamilton) and her child near the front lines in Belgium. When three German troops also come to the home seeking shelter, the mother insists the enemies initiate a night of peace to celebrate Christmas. 

Featuring places you may know

Operation Christmas Drop photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson

Andersen Air Force Base is featured in Operation Christmas Drop, a 2020 romantic comedy wrapped around the world’s longest-running humanitarian airlift. Begun in 1952 and now led by the DoD out of the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan; the 36th Wing, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; 734th Air Mobility Squadron, Andersen AFB of the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the University of Guam; and a private organization which leads the fundraising and donations, Operation Christmas Drop currently drops supplies, equipment and toys to about 20,000 people on 56 Micronesian islands. The movie, and the operation, is a wonderful reminder of our capability for doing good for so many.

A film to add to your repertoire

The 2005 foreign film Joyeux Noel often makes the list of best holiday films because of the story itself, how it is told, and the quality of the actors, including Ian Richardson. The film is a fictionalized version of an event during the Christmas Truce of 1914, when German Crown Prince Wilhelm sent the lead opera singer from the Berlin Imperial Opera company to perform on the front line. The response to the singing is told from the unique personal perspectives of Scottish, French and German troops. It’s a fascinating study of what brings us together at a time of conflict.

We’d love to hear about the movies you can’t live without during the holidays. Drop us a line through any of our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and tell us why those favorites make your list.