Days until Christmas: 18
This week I wanted to get into some of the Christmas posts I had planned, so I thought I would start with my favorite Christmas movies. One thing I will say is that I don’t have all of these on blu ray and I wish I did, but until then, I’m thankful for upconverting blu ray players. After the first one there is no real order, but my number one favorite is White Christmas. If you’re unfamiliar, it stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen and basically Bing and Danny team up with Rosemary and Vera and create a great show full of amazing singing and dancing. Everything down to the sets and costumes is incredible. Especially at the end of the movie when they sing White Christmas, those costumes are my favorite. I first saw this movie when I was maybe 7 or 8 at the request of my dad and ever since I have known all the words to all of the songs and for me it’s not Christmas without it.
The next movie isn’t one that I physically have a copy of, but I need to get and that is Love Actually. Some people say that it’s not strictly a Christmas movie, but I say that it is. I love each of the stories and how at the end of the day it’s all about love and it brings out my sappy romantic side a little bit. And if you haven’t ever watched it I highly recommend it.
Next we have the classic, A Christmas Story. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t know about Ralphie and his desire to get a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle for Christmas. It really appeals to the kid in all of us who hinted and casually slipped into conversation with our parents that one thing we really wanted for Christmas that year. And every Christmas eve either TNT or TBS does 24 hours of A Christmas Story, so if you don’t have it on DVD, you can catch it there and I definitely do.
The next movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I think in some aspect we can all relate to Clark Griswold and him wanting to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f-ing Kaye. It doesn’t matter that I’ve seen it a million times already, it makes me laugh a lot every time I watch it.
My next favorite is Scrooged. I would say that Scrooged is a more brash and adult version of the classic Christmas Carol and it is quite funny. Bill Murray does a great job like always and it’s definitely worth a watch.
And speaking of a Christmas Carol, the next two movies are two different versions of it. The first being an absolute heartwarming classic, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. This has been a favorite of mine since I can remember and every time I watch it I’m reminded of Christmas when I was a little kid and that makes me happy. The other version I love is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Again, this has been a favorite of mine since I can remember. I think what I like so much about this one is the balance of humor along with the story is just right and who doesn’t love Muppets.
So my next favorite is a movie that has quickly become the favorite of a lot of people and that is Elf. I think if anyone else had played Buddy it wouldn’t have been the same and Will Ferrell was the perfect choice. And you can’t help but fall in love with it and being honest I can probably quote most of it at this point.
Sticking with movies I could probably quote we have Home Alone and Home Alone 2 although I don’t have an actual copy of the second one, I’m not sure why but I need to buy one. You know it’s going to be good because it’s from John Hughes. It’s a story that I think everyone can find one character to relate to and no matter what it will make you feel some sort of emotion. Mostly laughter, but it can play on the emotions towards the end of the movie.
Moving on to two of the last three, we have The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2. I know there are three movies, but I don’t like the last one as much as the first two. What I like about the first one is Tim Allen doesn’t believe in Santa anymore and finds himself having to become Santa and believe again. And in the second movie he has convince the woman he loves and try to get her to believe in Santa so he can continue to be Santa and it’s a great story.
And the last movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. It stars Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and it’s one of the best Christmas movies around. In my family it’s tradition to watch this on Christmas Eve after we get back from dinner, so this is quintessential Christmas for me.
That about wraps it up for this post. I’ll probably do another post of this nature, favorite Christmas something, next week. But let me know if we have any of the same favorite movies and what your favorites are.
Until next time, enjoy watching movies and remember, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings :).
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