Merry Christmas from The Honeymooners

By | December 24, 2022

[December 24, 2022]  Looking back on the many television shows I watched growing up, one of my favorites was The Honeymooners, starring Jackie Gleason.  The show follows the lives of New York City bus driver Ralph Kramden (Gleason), his wife Alice, Ralph’s best friend Ed Norton and Ed’s wife, Trixie.  Most episodes revolve around Ralph’s poor choices in absurd dilemmas.

What I liked about the show was that it portrayed working-class married couples in a gritty, non-idyllic manner, as it was primarily set in the Kramden’s kitchen in a dilapidated Brooklyn apartment building.  As regular readers know, my wife Nancy spent her life in Brooklyn.  In one of their episodes, the show focuses on Christmas.  As Ralph, Gleason gave an outstanding performance, which is the short segment on what he said to his wife, Alice.

Christmas is just about the best time of the year.  You walk down the street weeks before Christmas comes, and there’s lights hanging up, green ones and red ones.  Sometimes there’s snow, and everybody’s hustling someplace.  But they don’t hustle around Christmas time like they usually do.  They’re a little more friendly.  They bump into you, they laugh and say pardon me and Merry Christmas.  Especially when it gets real close to Christmas night, everybody’s walking home.  You can barely hear a sound.  Bells are ringing, kids are singing, snow is coming down, and boy, what a pleasure it is to think that you got someplace to go to, and the place that you’re going to has somebody in it that you really love, someone you’re nuts about.  Merry Christmas.

You can see this on YouTube here.

Merry Christmas!


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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23 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from The Honeymooners

  1. mainer

    The Honeymooners was a great show in so many ways. I heard about it from my parents and went on line and found some of the episodes. I watched them and thought, wow, this is how folks lived not that long ago and I’m more happy to say that I was humbled. Watch the show.

    1. Jeff Blackwater

      The Honeymooners show that you can have a good life, a very good life, even with little money and living in a small place and (ha ha ha ) making some dumb decisions. but you have to have your priorities straight. And this particular episode shows it.

  2. Audrey

    Today is Christmas Eve. Best wishes to everyone here on Gen. Satterfield’s leadership blog. Be good to all and be generous this upcoming year. It is going to be a very tough year with the war in Ukraine and the destruction of America thru a self-inflicted wound called woke ideology (a form of Marxism). That will harm the world. In the distant future, people will look back upon what we did and think “how stupid were these folks.” Yep.

  3. Kenya

    Excellent noting this old show. I really liked it because of the very small apartment The Honeymooners had but never complained about it. Don’t whine, a rule of Gen. Satterfield.

    1. Lynn Pitts

      Right, I don’t like the sound but our leaders are damn good at whining.

  4. USA Patriot II

    Ralph Kramden is a New York bus driver who dreams of a better life. With his eccentric good friend, Ed Norton, the sewer worker, Ralph constantly finds himself involved in a bevy of crackpot schemes. All the while, his exasperated wife, Alice, is there to bring him down to earth (or pick him up, if he beats her to it). For as much as they fight, even big-mouth Ralph knows that, his baby, she’s the greatest.

      1. Boy Sue

        As they should be and anyone with a brain would know. Be better than you can be, but only thru the help and good nature of those who you have surrounded yourself with. Have good friends but friends who truly want the best in you and are willing to slap you upside the head when you do stupid. And we do stupid all the time.

  5. Dale Paul Fox

    I loved The Honeymooners as a show. Watched it many decades ago but remember them well.

    1. Army Captain

      — and to you too, Jerome. And to your family please let them know we are all good folks who wish others well and when necessary, we will stand with them. We stand with those who are weak, infirm, elderly, and are in need of a helping hand. It matters not at all when they need help. If the call, we are there. That is the way of the military and the way of all good peoples.

  6. Tomas Clooney

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and to all a good night ….. wait, I’ve heard this before.

  7. Nick Lighthouse

    Gen. Satterfield, please accept my Merry Christmas greetings for you and your family. And, best wishes for a great new year in 2023. I look forward to reading your articles each day and they have helped me get pointed in the right direction in life. Now, it is my turn to do good for others.

    1. Fred Weber

      Wow, Nick, hang in there. The world gets better fast when u are working in the right direction. 👍

      1. Frontier Man

        Yep, and I want to thnak gen. satterfield for his keeping us thinking.

      2. Kenny Foster

        Yes, Merry Christmas and best wishes to Gen. Satterfield, his family, and to all who are readers of this blog …….. and to my family.


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