I really should say “Merry Christmas”–we put up our Christmas tree yesterday, I’m listening to Kristen Chenoweth’s “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas” album, and I’ve been watching Hallmark movies with my mom and my sisters for a month. But really, we’re only in ‘the holidays’ right now, and I won’t consider it truly “Merry Christmas” time until we’re through November.
But since we’re on the subject, I think now is a more-than-appropriate time to share with you a few of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. After all, we’ve got a whole month ahead of us for seasonal TV-viewing, and you might need help filling in your schedule. So here are three you can’t miss:
1. White Christmas (1954)
I don’t think any Christmas movie, past, present, or yet-to-be, will ever top this one for me. It’s been an integral part of my holidays ever since I can remember, even though the war scene at the beginning used to send me running out of the room when I was little. (I’ve gotten over that now. Mostly.)
My younger sister and I used to put this one on at least three times a season. Now we limit ourselves to once a year, but it still holds the same magic. I just can’t help but feel all the warm fuzzies when Bing Crosby starts his legendary crooning, or when Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen dance together on the dock, or when Mary Wickes runs to greet Rosemary Clooney at the door saying, “Welcome home, Betty!” after she’s stayed at the inn for less than two weeks. Frankly, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas for me if I missed that moment when the snow finally begins to fall in New England’s Winter Playground, guaranteeing the white Christmas that everyone’s been dreaming of for so long.
2. A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)
This is, of course, not quite the classic White Christmas is, but it’s my newest favorite. The story is hysterical, although slightly unbelievable–a young woman is flying to spend the holidays with her fiancé’s family and winds up at the wrong house, falling in love with the man she thinks is her fiancé’s brother and the family she believes she’ll be marrying into. When Alice finally meets her true future in-laws, she’s dismayed to realize they’re the exact opposite of the wonderful family she thought she would have. Of course, the story has a happy ending, when Alice finds the place she really belongs.
The best scene in this movie is probably when she meets her fiancé’s mother, a very ‘zen’ woman who believes hugging to be unhealthy and serves green smoothies for dinner. Cliché humor at its finest.
3. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Back to the classics! This one plays to mixed reviews in our house. I’m firmly in the ‘love-it’ camp–though I can’t even tell you why, honestly. There’s just something about this quirky comedy that gives me the Christmas spirit. 😉
Yes, the scenario is implausible (a writer for a national magazine must pretend to live on a farm, be married, and have a child for the sake of her publisher and a homecoming war hero), the characters are bizarre (if there is a normal way to handle any given situation, these characters will avoid it at all costs), the ending is rushed and not quite logical (it’s hard to say exactly why Elizabeth decides to marry Jeffy-boy, beyond the fact that he’s cute or something). But it’s fun. And it has Barbara Stanwyck. Enough said. This one will always have a spot in my Christmas lineup, ‘catastrofes’ and all.
What are your favorite Christmas movies?