Movies for the Season

It’s that time of year again. We fed like winter pigs this week, and the tryptophan is almost out of my system. Our tree is up and decorated; don’t let anyone kid you, the pre-lighted tree is worth every penny. The only thing missing is the holiday movie.

Every year since time out of mind, I’ve watched A Christmas Story on Thanksgiving night. Sadly, I didn’t do it this year since our youngest son, Owen, decided to use the DVD player’s tray as a set of monkey bars. But it’s got me thinking about the great Christmas movies. Here they are, in no particular order.

A Christmas Story poster1. A Christmas Story. The grand poobah of Christmas films. If you’ve been lost down a mine shaft for the last twenty-five years, the film features little Ralphie Parker and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. Five words: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

It's A Wonderful Life poster2. It’s a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra’s classic about what our lives mean. Jimmy Stewart’s fantastic, and so is Donna Reed. Rowr.

The Family Stone poster3. The Family Stone. Just added to the list for this year, since I just saw it this year. This family working out its differences in front of a stranger has special meaning for anyone who’s ever gone home with someone for Christmas.

White Christmas poster4. White Christmas. Not just about the song. Bing and Danny Kaye woo Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen at a Vermont lodge. But the music is awesome.

Elf poster5. Elf. I could quote this movie all year long (and probably do). Will Ferrell manages endearing without the sappy residue some of his roles leaves behind. My favorite lines: Buddy: “That’s shocking” (about the Clausometer’s reading).”

Curl up in front of the tube with a mug of cocoa (or a glass of eggnog) and enjoy.

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3 thoughts on “Movies for the Season”

  1. I SO agree with you on your Cmas movie list! I would throw in the original Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone, but nobody has a “Top 7” list, right? 🙂 We watched A Christmas Story and Elf (“Did you HEAR that!?!?”) the Friday after Thanksgiving…so the Christmas season has officially begun!

    PS – I haven’t heard the new Copeland CD yet – what do you think? We’re going to see them December 7 in Atlanta. You guys want to come?

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