Happy Holidays my sweet Darlings!
With so many beautiful celebrations ahead of us, I thought I would share a list of film classics (and maybe a few newer ones) to get you into the Holiday spirit.
Miracle on 34th Street
This movie puts a smile on my face. Though many may watch the 1994 version, this classic with a young Natalie Wood is a Christmas favorite for many. It teaches us the true meaning of Christmas and encourages us to believe–no matter who or what is telling us not too.
“In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.” – Google
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart makes us cry (in a good way) in this beautiful Christmas Classic. What does it mean to give back? How can we push through our pain to make a better life? What does it mean to be human? These are just a few questions you’ll be asking yourself while you watch. So grab a grandchild and get to watching!
“A young George Bailey, overwhelmed by family obligations and a sense of responsibility toward his community, feels tied down to a company he never had an interest in working for, and a life he never wanted to live. As he ages, he sees his youth, dreams and opportunities pass him by. Unknown to George, all of his friends and family have been praying for him to get through those hard times. Told through the point of view of a group of angels, he is met by his guardian angel Clarence, as he contemplates ending his life.” —Marielle IMDB
Oh boy, this film is such a wonderful way to kick off your holiday season. If you enjoy singing and dancing, you will enjoy this forever cherished film. Plus, look at those cheery and bright costumes! You can’t help but smile.
“Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.” —Norman Cook, IMDB
The Holiday Inn… not about the Holiday Inn your thinking, will put you in a cheerful mood. Did you know this film also made the song “White Christmas” famous? I had no idea. You learn something new every day!
“Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover have been vaudeville partners for many years but when Ted announces that he and Jim’s girlfriend, dancer Lila Dixon, are going to set off on their own, Jim decides the time has come to retire. He buys himself a farmhouse in New England and settles into the country life but soon realizes that he has an opportunity to do something special. He decides to open his inn to the public, but only on major holidays. Things are going well for him until his old partner Ted shows up and sets his sights on Jim’s new friend, Linda Mason. The film introduced the song White Christmas.” — Gary, IMDB
Meet Me In St. Louis
Who doesn’t love a Judy Garland classic? Meet Me In St. Louis is a must-watch Holiday film. Judy’s wonderful and vulnerable performance will leave you content and all smiles.
“Meet Me in St. Louis” is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is the nonpareil Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The film spotlights the sisters’ education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn’t limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love — accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor — conquers all.” – Google
A Christmas Story
A newer Christmas movie, this film is great for families or to watch on Christmas Day. With many jokes and happy memories, this movie may bring you down your own memory lane.
“Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.” – Google
Honorable Mention: The Santa Clause
Though this movie was made in 1994, I had to mention it. A film full of laughs, it is a perfect watch to enjoy with your grandchildren and family members. Tim Allen is a delight, and it makes you really want to believe in Santa Clause all over again.
“Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.” – Google