We had a winter storm over the weekend and today as well, giving the outdoors the look of a winter wonderland. On days like this, all I want to do is sit in front of television and watch holiday movies, especially when the movies are classics and musicals. I don’t feel I’ve really experienced the holidays unless I’m able to watch at least a few holiday movies! I’ve seen my favorite holiday movies so many times that I can recite the words from a given scene almost word-for-word. Indeed, I started a tradition many years ago to see a select few holiday movies every year.
In spirit of giving, I’m going to share with you my holiday movie favorites.
1. The Sound of Music. with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It’s my numbe
r one choice. The movie is set in Salzburg, Austria during the Nazi period. It’s beautifully shot with breathtaking images and an unforgettable soundtrack. The movie doesn’t have a holiday theme, but the networks choose to show it during this time anyway and I always associate it with the season.
There’s one song that I can listen to over and over again: Something Good . It’s when Captain Von Trapp sings to Maria in the conservatory after admitting his love for her.
2. White Christmas, with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney. This film includes one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, White Christmas, sung by Bing Crosby. Although the scene at the end where they all sing White Christmas is the biggest draw for me, there are so many reasons why I love this movie. The actors’ chemistry makes the movie so easy to watch. They play off each other extremely well.
One of my favorite scenes is when Bing and Danny sing the song Sisters. For the song, they embellished their manly clothes with blue women’s accessories, including a huge feathered fan, a blue hair attachment and a blue scarf. To finish off the “outfit”, they roll up their pants. It’s so funny! You can totally tell that they had a lot of fun during the filming of that scene. It’s reflected in Bing’s giggle at the end.
3. A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens. I remember reading this book as a child and not really understanding its true meaning until I got older and understood the significance of Christmas. We all have heard the name Ebenezer Scrooge and his famous “bah humbug” saying, but some of us aren’t aware of the reason why there’s significance behind those words. I’m always drawn by the three ghosts story telling. It can make you stop and think about your own life: past, present and future. Have you been charitable, fair and equal in your everyday life? The scene that really means a lot to me takes place on Christmas Day, when Scrooge visits his poverty stricken clerk Bob Cratchit and his disabled son, Tiny Tim, with a jolly spring in his step and provides them with gifts to celebrate the Holiday. It’s a very heartwarming story that teaches you the true meaning of giving.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as Mary, his wife. There’s a famous line from this story that’s said by Clarence Odoby, the guardian angel assigned to George Bailey. It goes: “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” When I saw this movie as a little child, it made me want to ring every bell I could see! The movie presents a tale that teaches you the true meaning of Christmas: giving to others and putting their needs before your own needs. I think it’s one of the movies that challenge your way of living. Who doesn’t shed a tear or two when George’s brother Harry raises his glass and toasts “To my big brother George, the richest man in town.” It’s a box of tissues movie.
5. Home Alone, with Maccaulay Culkin. Culkin plays Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies off to Paris for a Christmas vacation. This Christmas story can’t help but cheer you up after a stressful day of shopping. The mischief that Kevin takes pleasure in dishing out is unbelievable for someone of his age, but you overlook that and enjoy it for what it is: a movie to make you laugh at the antics of a little boy left inadvertently alone on Christmas Eve by his parents. You also laugh at the creative and imaginative ways he deals with would-be burglars. We all have seen and love that iconic picture of Kevin clasping his hands to his face. The movie is very child-friendly, so it’s a great movie to watch with kids.
These are my top five Christmas movies that I’ve watched and thoroughly enjoyed too many times to count.
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