Parents need to know that one musical number rhapsodizes nostalgically about minstrel shows. But viewers don't see any blackface makeup or overt racist images; it's just verbal gags, and kids who don't know the history won't realize the degrading black stereotypes that gave rise to the patter.
- Families can talk about the way the story plays off the WWII generation's strong military ties and stalwart respect for battlefield buddies and commanders, even in civilian life. It's a legacy that's perhaps a little too rosily painted here, but it still reflects the mindset of an America of yesteryear, where almost the entire country joined together in the war effort.
- Later commentators would say the same syndrome of unquestioning loyalty
and faith in the commander-in-chief got the United States into
questionable wars in Vietnam and elsewhere. Do you agree?
- Families can
also talk about what makes this a classic. Is it just Bing Crosby and a
catchy holiday tune, or is there more to it?