Tag Archives: Christmas movies

Christmas flick #1

24 Dec

A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)

Merry Christmas. I saved the best Christmas film on my Christmas flick list for last.

This Victorian-era Dickens classic is a must for anyone feeling world-weary or Scroogish.

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Christmas flick #2

23 Dec

While You Were Sleeping

This is my absolute, all-time favorite movie.  There is no other film that can cheer me up when I’m down the way this does.

Lucy has no family.  Zero.  No poop in her barn.  But she sure does wish she had.  She’s got a crush on a guy who comes by her booth everyday.  When he’s injured unexpectedly one Christmas day, his family mistakes her for his fiancee, and bingo!–instant family.  Only problem is–he has a brother. Continue reading

Christmas flick #3

22 Dec

Once Upon a Christmas

Strictly Velveeta.  Okay, seriously Velveeta.  As in they bought stock in it to make this film.  But if you skip all this cheese you are sooooo going to miss all the lovely vitaminy broccoli goodness underneath.

I loved Pax TV.  Their original tv series–Hope Floats, Little Men–were must sees.  Their first New Year’s they aired a classic movie marathon–Royal Wedding, Charade, etc.  Best. New. Year’s. Ever.  Then one Christmas, out came Once Upon a Christmas.  It’s like a Christmas Nanny McPhee. Continue reading

Christmas flick #4

21 Dec

Home Alone

Gotta love it.  Must see.  Total classic.  Wish I’d been that smart as a kid.

I first saw this film as a teenager, and what I love about it is that it really made me stop and think what would happen to me if mom and dad weren’t there?  My experience with family has been that it’s a love/hate thing…can’t live with ’em…can’t shoot ’em.  Just kidding.  But sometimes it feels that way.  I love that right smack dab in the middle of a highly entertaining popcorn flick you find a fabulous message.  “Be careful what you wish for.” Continue reading

Christmas flick #5

20 Dec

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

When the animated Grinch stole Christmas long ago, he stole my heart with it.  It has a similar message for me to Elf, only more in a “how not to do it” kind of way.

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Christmas flick #6

19 Dec

Elf

If you read my 2011 summer movies post, you already know the reason I watch this film.  Three words: Zooey Deschanel sings.  That, and the maple syrup.  This movie is like fruitcake on film, and unlike real fruitcake, I’m glad they made it.

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Christmas flick #7

18 Dec

Trading Places

It was getting to chick-flicky in here for me and I had to take a break.  This fabulous modern take on “The Prince and the Pauper” will rock your world.  Two wealthy well-bred elderly brothers make a bet with each other to ruin two “little” people’s lives to get their jollies.  Have you ever known anyone like that?  Or maybe the real question is have you ever known (or been) anyone who has had their life yanked around by someone else?  Don’t answer that.

Life is up one minute and down the next, or vice versa, but these two strangers on the receiving end of a cruel prank pull themselves up by their bootstraps and do something about it.  Choices are the glorious ornaments of life. Continue reading

Christmas flick #8

17 Dec

Sleepless in Seattle

You can’t have one Hanks/Ryan Ephron film without the other.  Even though this film was released before You’ve Got Mail, I put it second in the list because this one doesn’t have any “bouquets of sharpened pencils” in it, so seasonally speaking I have to watch the other one first.

Sleepless in Seattle is romantic and dreamy and also a definite chick flick.  I adore how Sam treasured his wife while she was alive and continues to carry that treasure with him even though she’s gone.  His love for her keeps her alive, and helps me to remember how important and beautiful such a simple thing is. Continue reading

Christmas flick #9

16 Dec

You’ve Got Mail

I know a lot of guys don’t like this film, and I know there are folks who are not Ephron fans.  But I can’t help myself.  “Bouquets of sharpened pencils?”  Come on!  I watch this film whenever I’m feeling the seasons change…the fall, during Christmas, the dark of winter, when spring finally begins to appear.  Or just when I have a million flu-related kleenexes lying around everywhere.  I love that the story spans the seasons, and perhaps I could argue that the seasons themselves are characters in this film.  Whatever.  I just know that regardless of Kathleen’s weird relationship issues, this film helps me remember that the bad things in life only last for a season.  That after the old year comes the new one.  And it also taught me how to spell fox.  “F-O-X.”

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Christmas flick #10

15 Dec

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

I’m giving you this one early in the list so you can get in line for a copy of it from the library before the big day…or order it from Amazon if you really want to treat yourself.  This is a much more serious show than the first irreverent two on my Christmas movie list, and it’s on a much smaller scale.  It’s only an hour long, it’s quiet, and it’s based on the beautiful poem by Dylan Thomas.

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Christmas flick #11

14 Dec

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Speaking of “enhancing your Christmas enjoyment”…if this movie does not speak volumes about what the holidays are or have been like in your house, then you and I may not have much in common.

Once upon a Christmas time, my family was sittin’ ‘round the table, saying grace over a Christmas dinner my mom had spent a week slaving over.  Everything was perfect, from the gleaming heirloom china, to the proper place settings, to the children in clean red and green clothes.  Until like Aunt Bethany, I just had to ask, “What’s that noise?” Continue reading

12 flicks of Christmas

13 Dec

My gift to you this year is to share the random flicks I most love to watch every holiday season each day until Christmas.  Perhaps I should preface this list with the admission that there are a couple of “standard” Christmas flicks I have never seen, as well as a famous and much-loved flick that I do not love — you may not find what you’re expecting on a Christmas movie-watching list.  I can’t help but hope this silly list will offer you something new you’ve never seen before, or a new perspective on something you have, or just a brief glimpse into the bizarre recesses of my mind.  Try to enjoy at least one a day…or better yet, treat yourself to a colossal one-day pajamathon.

Christmas Flick #12 – The Great Muppet Caper

No, you’re not crazy.  There is no Christmas in this movie.  But that’s not my criteria here. Continue reading