Top Four Christmas Movies

I am totally in the Christmas mood.  Saturday evening Mom and Caleb decorated our Christmas tree while I directed from Dad’s brown easy-chair, nursing my stiff neck.  It turned out beautiful, although my brother (insert Southern-accented “bless his heart”) put all the ornaments in clumps at the front of the tree.  But the twinkly lights, red and silver balls, mixed with random ornaments (no “Baby’s First Christmas” this year, since Caleb is now the ripe old age of twelve :)) make a homey yet elegant tree. 

To celebrate the decorating accomplishment, we watched Holiday Inn.  You can’t get any better than listening to Bing Crosby sing White Christmas while eating peppermint ice cream. Today I decided I must share with you my top four favorite Christmas movies–ones that must be watched every year.

Number 4:  A Christmas Carol
 Our family just watched this movie for this first time, and it is definitely worth an annual movie night.  George C. Scott is the perfect Scrooge, and nothing gets you better in the Christmas mood than Charles Dickens’ timeless story. 
Movie Checklist:
Did Jessica cry?  Yes!  Especially when Tiny Tim died.  And when Belle told Ebenezer she wouldn’t marry him. 
Did Jessica cover her eyes with her green fuzzy blanket? Yes!  The ghosts were scary!  I’m serious!  🙂
                           Does Jessica think that everybody should watch this movie?  Of course!  Why else would I tell you about it?!?!
Number 3:  White Christmas

 Christmas is just not Christmas without laughing at Danny Kaye’s blunders, soaking in Rosemary Clooney’s voice, and watching this scene (my cousin and I try to sing the song…unsuccessfully).  So one day between Christmas and New Year’s, grab the girls of the family and sit down to get your musical/dance fix.

Movie Checklist:
Did Jessica cry?  Yes–who can help crying during the grand finale when the General starts choking up?
                           Did Jessica cover her eyes with her green fuzzy blanket? I don’t think so. Except maybe when the wall tumbles down during the war scene.  I’m just always scared they’re going to show blood! 🙂
                           Does Jessica think that everybody should watch this movie?  Of course!  Why else would I tell you about it?!?!
Number 2: Holiday Inn

 I laughed, and laughed, and laughed at this movie.  It’s amazing!  I love any movie with Bing Crosby, but this is one of his best, in my opinion.  Fred Astaire is the perfect villain–I’ve never trusted him since!  This movie was actually the first to have the song White Christmas in it.  Crosby’s wonderful songs and Astaire’s talented dancing make this a classic that everyone enjoys–even the boys!

Movie Checklist:
Did Jessica cry?  Yes!  The reuniting scene especially.  “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” makes me cry, too.
                           Did Jessica cover her eyes with her green fuzzy blanket? No!  🙂
                           Does Jessica think that everybody should watch this movie?  Of course!  Why else would I tell you about it?!?!
Number 1:  It’s a Wonderful Life

Never was there a more classic movie than this.  If you haven’t seen it…well, you aren’t part of my family, at least!  Good ol’ Clarence teaches George that earthly riches are nothing compared to the blessings of family and friends.  Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed are the cutest couple.  The underground swimming pool, Zuzu’s rose petals, the loose knob on the stairway…this movie is full of scenes that will make you laugh and cry. 

Movie Checklist:
Did Jessica cry? Yes!  Over and over again. 
                           Did Jessica cover her eyes with her green fuzzy blanket? Yes!  In the haunted house scene where the police try to get Clarence.  I’m not a courageous movie watcher.
                           Does Jessica think that everybody should watch this movie?  Of course!  Every person in the world should see it!!!!!!!



So, now you know my favorite Christmas movies.  What are yours?  🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gretchen
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 02:27:07

    You named all mine! Except I don't think I've seen that version of "A Christmas Carol". Maybe we'll have to watch it…

    Reply

  2. ladyfelicity
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 18:34:36

    Me too! I ALSO hide my eyes in "the haunted house scene where the police try to get Clarence" in "It's a Wonderful Life"!I think my favourite of these is "Holiday Inn". *Sigh!* So sweet …

    Reply

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