Here's the difference for me....
My eyes still get watery at the end of "It's A Wonderful Life"....every year, every time that classic is watched.
But, PE?....Ever since it was pointed out that the train length...number of cars....varies from scene-to-scene, it's what I focus on...counting the cars. I can't help rolling the eyes up as the count varies. ()
But the wife still gets...'emotional'...at the end of the movie.
Of course she hears the bells all year long....plays in the handbell choir at church.
Oh, and after seeing Santa Claus in the PE movie...his TOWERING presence...I now have an idea for Lionel's Christmas lineup next year. Take their iconic 1045 flagman accessory....with an equally towering presence...and dress him up in the PE Santa garb, holding/lifting that famous PE bell. And replace the crossing sign with an LED Christmas tree....or at the very least a sign bearing a Christmas greeting...or two.
Ah, well, 'tis the season...