Which holiday would you like to have seen the Ewings' celebrate?

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Celebrations

  1. Christmas

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  2. New Years

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  3. Thanksgiving

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  4. Halloween

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  5. Easter

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  6. Birthdays

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  7. July 4th

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  8. Mothers/Fathers Day

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  9. Other (please specify)

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  1. Sarah

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    Out of all the most popular celebrations, which one would you have liked to have seen the Ewings celebrate the most? I know we saw some anniversaries and Lucy's birthday, but none of the major popular holidays amongst the family were celebrated.

    For me it would have to be Christmas, to see especially how JR relates to the family over this time. Would they all crowd round the tree in their PJ's? Would JR give Sue Ellen a gift during their more turbulent times? Would everyone sit down to watch movies and would the day end peacefully?

    I'd also love to have seen how Halloween would be observed with some spooky ranch happenings and I also feel birthdays should have been more of a focus. Because there was so much fighting all the time, to see how each character interacted with the other when their birthday came around would have been really special.
     
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    I agree that Birthdays could be interesting. Not so much for the interaction, but for the opportunity it gives the character in question to reflect on their lives. Gary's Birthday episode worked well in demonstrating his absence. Jock's Birthday could perhaps have become more significant to Ellie after his death.

    Somehow some of the chintzier rituals such as Hallowe'en might have seemed a little forced in Dallas, and I can't really imagine how Easter would work on any show of this kind unless faith was an important part of the characters' lives (which it's not here). Watching John Ross and Christopher argue over chocolate eggs doesn't excite me somehow.

    Perhaps one Christmas episode during the entire run could have worked well. I can imagine Ellie insisting on Pam being present even while she's separated from Bobby. And ditto JR using it as leverage to get the estranged Sue Ellen to spend time with him. The show found ways to do that anyway, so I don't feel I've missed out.

    The ones that I can envisage working best are the all-American holidays of Thanksgiving or the Fourth Of July, which seem quite compatible with the Ewings' universe. I have a feeling they would have gone all-out on both of these occasions. Thanksgiving, especially, could also play on Ellie's expectation of togetherness and harmony. It's easy to imagine some awkward moments with the feuding family going through the disingenuous motions of being polite and expressing gratitude to please Mama. It could turn into an annual snipe-fest with the sons and their wives trying to get as many digs as possible under Ellie's radar. That would fit in pretty well to the dynamics. So I'll go with Thanksgiving as my choice (I always imagine the Barbecues taking place around Fourth Of July anyway).

    Overall, though, I'm happy with how it played out, with Dallas having its own markers most years with the Barbecues and Balls.
     
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    Perhaps Christmas would be a little corny, and the big and beautifully decorated Christmas tree would probably end up being the big star of the episode.
    But apart from that, I think Christmas only works for Dynasty and Knots Landing, albeit for different reasons.

    Thanksgiving...maybe, but I'm be afraid it would be all about the cranberry-sauce-hysteria again.

    I picked birthdays because it would put one character in the spotlight, and he/she would interact with the rest of the family when it's time to give the presents.
    This could result in a variety of emotional scenes, depending on the presents: touching, awkward, downright nasty and even "manipulative" presents - with strings attached.

    It goes without saying that they shouldn't do a birthday episode for every character.

    My second choice would be 4th of July, although I'm not sure why.
     
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    Didn't every Ewing family dinner seem like Halloween? ;)
     
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    I would have liked to have seen at least 1 xmas at SF

    I loved Jock and Ellies wedding annversary in s1, Black market baby
    the gifts they got were horrible
    A photo album from Bobby and Pam, all expense spared there
    and a tacky Italian sculpture from JR and Sue Ellen and JR makes a sarky response to which Pam replies "its not from us"

    Would also have liked to see 1 Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey and trimmings
    I like that idea very much.
     
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    Father's Day......so all of J.R.'s little bastards could pop out of the woodwork.
     
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    Gay Pride.
     
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    A very special episode of Dallas where Jack Ewing and Wilson Cryder declare their love.
     
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    Halloween of course!

    Everyone in costume at the Southfork Halloween party and a masked person is killed 9 (strangled, shot or hit over the head?) right at the end of the episode. Que the cliffhanger music. Dun dun dunnnn.
     
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    Definitely Christmas.

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    DALLAS tended to be at its best when they didn't refer to pop culture (e.g., Farrah Fawcett, John Candy, yuppies) or celebrate holidays, existing in their own sunnily shrouded, cloistered Texas Ewingverse.

    But I'd be willing to amend this a bit for the closing seasons (if the show was still otherwise working). The year of the tanker spill and Lady Jessica's murder spree could have been so damned good (just as its re-worked version in my head proves) but nothing worked after Paulsen took off.

    I wouldn't mind seeing Ellie and Clayton dressed up as Santa and Mrs Claus because that's who they were. Better casting could never, ever happen. And that would require one rustic-but-rich Christmas episode. I could handle that once, if done properly.

    I also wouldn't mind seeing a Thanskgiving episode in sue Ellen's last year just because that's a very American holiday, awash with brown and gold, and that seems like something later-DALLAS could do.

    I don't know that I'd do an overtly Halloween episode of DALLAS. But whenever I see Ellie confessing to Mavis at the Oil Baron's Club that she thinks Parmalee might really be Jock, I always expect to see glowing jack-o-lanterns in the background. I'm not sure why. It's an instinct.

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    I wish Dallas would have done at least one Christmas Episode. Christmas is such a nice holiday and unlike Thanksgiving and Halloween which are mainly American holidays it is celebrated on more places around the globe too which makes it easier to relate to.

    I read somewhere that the reason a Christmas episode didn't happen was because a lot of the main writers were jewish. Not sure if that's true or not.
     
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    Without a doubt, my first choice would have to be Christmas! :12:

    Mother's Day and Father's Day would have been wonderful too! Mostly in the first 3-4 seasons of Dallas where Ellie, Jock and Digger all were part of the show! It would have been nice to hear sons and daughters expressing their love for their parents (and perhaps in-laws) - everyone doing it in their very own way! :hugs:
     
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    ...Though Gay Pride was actually more of "Dynasty" material...

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    I think Peter Richards should have ended up on the barbecue. I mean, literally.
    "Here, Sue Ellen, have some more".
    "Thank you JR, it's really delicious!"
     
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    Christmas. They could have made the set look spectacular, and it would have been cute to see the kids opening presents. Halloween also would have been good if they turned Southfork and the barn into haunted houses! And also, birthdays. Just so I could laugh at what the writers decided as the characters' ages!
     
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    They could also do a Christmas play to entertain the family. Let's see...JR and Sue Ellen as Joseph and Mary?
     
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    I suspect this line from Will & Grace applies to Peter too:

     
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    Definitely Christmas. Would have been interested to see how the Ewing family would decorate and what type of gifts they would exchange. :20: Would there be a day of harmony or a day of fighting.:15:

    Also, to see a nice episode of Thanksgiving dinner with the Ewings on a beautiful fall day in Texas.
     
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