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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Movies Help To Make The Season Bright!

posted by Maureen

We’ve probably talked about this already, but hey, it’s Christmas and this is one of my favorite parts of the season! Usually, I watch my favorites while I'm wrapping or decorating the tree or just trying to find the holiday spirit if I happen to be lacking!

There are a few movies that are ‘must watch’ in my house. Like for example, It’s a Wonderful Life. Yeah, I know, they rerun it so often, some people feel that the magic is gone. But not me. It’s a nice little reminder that no matter how bad things look, LIFE is good!


Then there's A Christmas Story, because it's fun to watch a kid pining for his heart's desire and then finally receive it. Makes you remember that the holiday season really is about the kids in your life. (Besides, I tend to identify with Ralphie's father, the Swear Word King!)

Then there's the Santa Clause, which I absolutely watch a couple of times during the season. I'm nuts about Santa's house and daydream about having an Elf named Bernard to get everything organized as it should be!

I love to watch the old, original black and white A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim because the shadows and grim settings are a perfect rendition of a Victorian Christmas. Then there's Love Actually........what a great character study of new love, old love and unrequited love, all built around our favorite time of year.

But my favorite I think, is While You Were Sleeping. Who hasn't felt as alone as Lucy from time to time? And seeing her find her prince always makes me smile...

With my DVD player happily spinning, I can get into the spirit even when I’m feeling less than holiday like. These movies and a few others are like old friends I visit with once a year and when they’re in the room with me, they remind me just how magical this season is.

What are your favorites??

17 Comments:

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

I think maybe I mentioned before I love that Alister (sp?) Sim version of a Christmas Carol, too.

And this is really weirdly Christinelike, but I love to watch The Terminator while I decorate the tree. I've been doing that since the year it came out in video.

Okay, yeah. I'm...really strange.

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris - That is odd. Truthfully, I love the George E. Scott version of Christmas Carol. It may be the lavishness of it, or it may be that I remember watching it with my dad. Hanging out on the couch together. Simple joy.

As for us, right now we are big into the Rankin and Bass stuff - Year without a Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty and Santa Claus is coming to Town. Last night, my three year old sang her version of SC is coming to town. Lots of fun.

Oh - And White Christmas. My family would also get together and watch that one. The dance scene between Vera Ellen and Danny Kaye-beautiful and I love when DK and Bing do the karake version of the girls' song - Sisters.

Cady

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Nice list! I get antsy with all the movies and start reading. But I watch a few. We always watch Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation and quote lines from the movie all the time. It's a family tradition type of thing.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

LOL...strange, but in a HAPPY way! Besides, looking at Michael Biehn is a good thing no matter when you do it......

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Cady, I love White Christmas too! When they open up the barn doors to that gorgeous outdoor scene!! sigh....

And Jen, Christmas Vacation is dh's favorite movie! Cracks him up all the time.....

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

I love Love Actually! That's on the DVD player right now, waiting to be watched later.

And I'd forgotten that While You Were Sleeping is a Christmas movie. I love that one, too. He's the perfect hero, isn't he? *g*

And yes, Chris, you are strange, but we love you! LOL. And Maureen's right...Michael Biehn is worth the price of admission!

 
At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite Christmas movies are "White Christmas" and the old cartoon "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". I put them on for my puppy Blue and loop them for her to watch all day.

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

The favorite at our house is the "Muppet Christmas Carol"...of course I spend Christmas Eve wrapping presents to "A Christmas Story".

A Charlie Brown Christmas is wonderful--and I too love all the Rankin and Bass things.

Have a great day!

Kim

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

A Christmas Story is one that I also have to watch every single year, and another is that Muppet Christmas Carol .. not sure why, but I just can't get enough of that!

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Oh wow! How could I have forgotten the Muppet Christmas Carol?? Or the Grinch?? (feel your heart growing??) Or poor little Charlie Brown and his pitiful tree??

When the kids were little, they always insisted on getting the trees that were just a little 'off'. They were afraid no one would want them. Which also explains why we had the only misshapen pumpkins in the city on Halloween!

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Kate: Yes, yes! Love Actually. We're bummed because we put our copy somewhere and can't find it. (I think we have something like 7 DVD players if you count computers.)

We have the extended version, do you? If you don't, you should get it. It has lots more movie...and really is only more wonderful.

I also love White Christmas but enjoy Holiday Inn more (the original), with Judy Garland and Bing, but you never see it anymore.

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Oh, and I do agree on Love, Actually. What a great one! Almost as good as The Terminator.

And yes, it's Michael Biehn who does it for me.

Great lines:
"I came across time for you, Sarah!"

And the waitress near the beginning when all the women with the name Sarah Connor are being slaughtered. Cracking her gum:

"Look at it this way. In a hundred years, who's gonna care?"

Oh, yeah!

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

Love Actually for me, too. And Scrooge, which is the musical version of A Christmas Carol. The I Hate Christmas song always gets me laughing.

I, too, had forgotten about While You Were Sleeping and I want to watch that this season. A great Christmas movie. We have ordered the remastered Grinch so he will finally be green again instead of the sick yellow he is on our current version. And A Charlie Brown Christmas, just to remind us of the true meaning of the season!

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Aw, love Holiday Inn, too. The firecracker dance scene with Fred Astaire is classic!

Susan, I love SCROOGED, with Bill Murray...(If you can't tape the antlers onto the mice, staple 'em!)

And While You Were Sleeping is my favorite....

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Barbs said...

so many movies and so little time, sounds like my reading lately LOL grandson Joey was giving us his redetion of A Christmas Story the other day. A Christmas Vacation I'll watch again when the kids were young we went camping and their cousin could quote the movie when we around the campfire every evening--I think we only stayed 3 nights but that movie made it feel like a month. Anyone have an Aunt Edith, wasn't that her name?, they want to send a fruitcake to now?? LOL

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

>I think we only stayed 3 nights but that movie made it feel like a month.

LOL. Love that!

No, no Aunt Edith. But who invented fruitcake anyway? You gotta be suspicious about something that never dries out or changes. After the end of the world, the only thing left will be...fruitcake!

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

AARRGGHH.....cannot believe I forgot one of my all time favorite movies!!! THE BISHOP'S WIFE..... Cary Grant as angel!! Oh yeah....

 

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