I love my Christmas movies. The thing about Christmas movies is, you can watch them over and over every year and nobody ever says, "Didn't you just watch that last year?" Yes, of course I did! Because it's Christmas! And I love it!
So here's a list of my favorites. Not in any order -- because ain't nobody got time for that. They're all special to me for different reasons.
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
The first time I saw this movie was actually in the middle of summertime -- it was several years ago, I was sick on the couch, and Mama put it on so I watched it. (She forgot that it was about Christmas.) I didn't expect to like it very much -- and was surprised to find out that it's actually really good! And really hilarious. A modern-day remake of the movie The Bishop's Wife (with Cary Grant), it's about a big-city preacher and his wife (Courtenay B. Vance and Whitney Houston) who are drifting apart, so an angel named Dudley (Denzel Washington) is sent to earth to help bring them back together. It's a really sweet story, with some great songs sung by Whitney Houston ("I Believe in You and Me" is amaaaaaazing), lots of really funny lines and an adorable little boy named Jeremiah. ;-) I've only seen this one twice, but I really liked it both times!
Warning: Denzel Washington will completely capture your heart.
Home Alone (1990)
Yes, I like Home Alone. I LOVE Home Alone! In fact it's funny, because when my mother bought it one year and we watched it on Christmas after getting home from my grandparents' house, I thought I'd hate it. Then I ended up dubbing it the funniest thing ever. ;-P It is definitely one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The main reason I love it is Kevin -- that kid is awesome. He's adorable and vulnerable and naughty and realistically disrespectful/lovable. Plus he's really, really smart. ("Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?") Seriously, who else could come up with all that to keep the robbers away?! It's amazing. I love Kevin. I also love the old man next door, and his and Kevin's conversation in the church; and the 'Wet Bandits' and their hilarious stupidity; and John Candy and his polka troupe. If you haven't seen it, you are missing out on a piece of Americana.
White Christmas (1956)
I'm pretty sure everyone loves White Christmas, for most of the same reasons. Here are some of the reasons I love it:
- a friend gave it to us on VHS several years ago
- Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are legendary together
- the singing and the dancing are so much fun!
- the scene at the end at the inn where all the soldiers line up and General Waverley says "I never saw a finer-looking bunch of men" *tears up*
- the girls' dresses
- BING CROSBY
- Bing Crosby
- and Bing Crosby
Holiday Inn (1942) (Wow, I didn't know it was that old!!)
The same friend who gave us White Christmas gave us this one on VHS too, and my family watched it for the first time a few nights ago. OH MY. Guys, I love old black-and-white movies. And I love Bing Crosby. (Seriously. Desperately.) Holiday Inn isn't very much about Christmas -- that is, there's a Christmas part, but mostly it's just about holidays in general. (There are fifteen in the whole year, you know.) It's about two showbiz friends and how one of them, Jim (Bing Crosby) leaves showbusiness and opens up his own inn that's open only on holidays. Hence, Holiday Inn. The other friend, Ted (Fred Astaire), after losing his dance partner, who was also his fiance, who also used to be Jim's fiance, turns up looking for another dance partner and ends up performing at the inn with Linda Mason (Marjorie Reynolds), a girl who's always wanted to be in showbusiness, and who by this time is also unofficially engaged to Jim. (It's kind of a tricky love triangle.) It has all that clever, old-timey romance, a bunch of fun songs, and whole lot of dancing! I think I might like this better even than White Christmas, believe it or not. It's just SO much fun. :-)
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Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE. It's my childhood. It's my third-favorite movie of all time. It holds so many feelings for me, so many memories, so much happiness, so many tears. Just so much. I don't know if you'd call it a Christmas movie....I've watched it other times of the year, but in most recent years only around Christmas, as it does have a big Christmas part. I've probably seen it more than a dozen times, and every time the magic is still there; the excitement of the World's Fair, the impish mischief of Tootie and Agnes's escapades, the bright red of Judy Garland's Christmas dress (oh, how I have always coveted that dress!!!) Even the painfully flat zing in the closing music on our ancient VHS tape, which seems part of the score to me now. Basically all I can say is, I love this movie.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
You can't get any more classic than It's a Wonderful Life. This is another one I have intense feelings for. I think I watched it (or at least part of it -- I remember the gym-floor-opening-into-a-swimming-pool-scene clearly) when I was very young, and decided for some reason that I didn't like it; then, last year, I watched it again. And OHHHHH MY. This is one of the best movies ever made, folks. I dare you to argue. It's about life -- and it's wonderful. I am in love with Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey. I'd love to live in a quiet little town like Mount Bedford. This movie is one of those that makes me reeeeaaally want to live back in the 40's. :-) I loved it so much, I can't wait to watch it again and make up for all the years I missed watching it!
Have you seen any of these?
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?