December 21, 2017

Hello, hello!  It's wonderful to see you again!  Yours truly is on winter break and finally has a bit of time to relax--and write blog posts, of course.  All of the newfound time I have on my hands has reminded me of one of my favorite holiday traditions:  watching movies with my family, surrounded by glowing Christmas decorations and too many holiday sweets.

In recent years, there have been some solid holiday film releases and remakes, but none of them quite defeat the classic films released during the past century.  If you share this nostalgic opinion, or if you're simply in the mood for a timeless holiday movie, check out the films below (some of my absolute favorites):
Prep For A Day

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Would any holiday film list be complete without this classic of classics?  If you'd like to watch a Christmas movie with lovely acting and a heartwarming message, start here!

2. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
One of my middle school teachers played The Bishop's Wife in class a few days before winter break, and I remember thinking then that it was one of the most romantic films I had ever seen.  You can't go wrong with this classic (or Cary Grant, for that matter)!

3. White Christmas (1954)
Featuring the talents of Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin, among others, this Christmas film is ideal for a night of singing and dancing!

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
No holiday season in my family is complete without watching this short but sweet Dr. Seuss tale.  The featured songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" never fail to make me smile.

5. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Christmas Vacation is also a staple holiday movie in my family, probably because it always makes us laugh hysterically.  If you've ever wondered what a truly catastrophic Christmas would look like, this film depicts a clear--and hilarious--picture!

6. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
This one inhabits the same league as It's a Wonderful Life.  Unforgettable acting and a sweet message make for a true holiday classic.

7. A Christmas Carol (1938)
This is my personal favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens's "political-commentary-turned-Christmas-staple," featuring the acting talents of Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge.

8. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Although Meet Me in St. Louis tends to stand on its own as a movie musical, it is also a wonderful film to watch around the holidays.  If you need convincing, just watch it to hear Judy Garland's rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

9. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
A quirky spin on the quintessential Santa Claus stories, this film is truly a hidden gem.  It's an incredibly heartwarming watch for the young and old.

10. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
This film may have the most beautiful message of any holiday film ever produced, and that's why my family spends each Christmas Eve watching it.  For us, it is the ultimate holiday classic.

What are some of your favorite holiday films?

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