Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Christmas Movies I Love

I've already mentioned that It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite Christmas movie. It's wonderful and heartwarming, and not only a favorite Christmas movie, but a favorite movie in general. Every life matters! :)

But there a few others I love. Jimmy Stewart was also in a short made for TV movie created by Brigham Young University and featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir called Mr. Krueger's Christmas. I love this charming little movie for its simplicity. Instead of being about big department stores and the latest hottest toy or trying to create the perfect Christmas--it's about an elderly lonely man who daydreams himself into many wonderful situations and its about the kindness of a child. But of course my favorite scene is when he imagines himself in the stable talking to Jesus. :)

And I also adore Holiday Inn. I love the concept of Holiday Inn first of all, but I also just really love the humor, dancing, and singing in this movie. I think I love it because I fell in love with it as a little girl watching late one night on a free channel on TV and so now I look forward to watching it each year.

I also like to watch some variation of A Christmas Carol each year. When I lived in St. Louis, we had a tradition to go with friends to see the stage play every year at the Fox Theater. How I miss those times! I used to love to walk into the Fox Theater and see it all festively decorated. And even though I know every bit of this story, I loved the musical production. I have many dear memories associated with those times. For the good ole TV, though, the George C. Scott version is my favorite. :)

I like a lot of the modern movies that have been made as well, like Elf, Christmas with the Kranks, The Family Stone, etc. But I do think these old classics that focus on the heart and spirit of giving and life with meaning are my favorites. (well Holiday Inn is kind of superficial, it's the exception!)


Serena said...

I love It's a Wonderful Life...I also enjoy White Christmas with Bing Crosby

euphrony said...

Holiday Inn - my favorite, but it seems few really know it.

Becky said...

Holiday Inn is my favorite, favorite, favorite. Along with White Christmas.


naida said...

shame on me, I havent seen It's a Wonderful Life.
I do like A Christmas Carol and I love Elf!

Jen said...

I am really slacking on the Christmas movie front. Not only have I never seen It's a Wonderful Life, but I seemed to have missed these other classics as well. Thanks for all the recommendations!

Dave at Read Street said...

I'm with you on It's a Wonderful Life, and would add Miracle on 34th Street to the list of heart-warming tales. For modern movies, my favorite is Scrooged, the retelling of A Christmas Carol with Bill Murray as a venal TV executive.

____Maggie said...

I've noticed I will sit through The Family Stone even in the summer. Maybe, I like the idea of Christmas in July!

bookroomreviews said...

I haven't even heard of Holiday Inn? I will have to check it out:) Great list!

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