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!)

8 comments:

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.

Becky

naida said...

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

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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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