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Friday, December 17, 2010

My 10 Most Favoritest Christmas Movies

It's a Wonderful Life
I fell in love with Jimmy Stewart quite young in life and I must have watched the scene where he as George Bailey and Donna Reed as Mary walk home from the dance and throw rocks at the Old Granville House a bazillion times.  I adore that scene.  It's so sweet and romantic and goofy and perfect. I know that once upon a time this film was played nearly non-stop on TV during the holidays, but now that they only play it once a year it has recaptured it's specialness.  It should be watched as a family event.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
I love when Charlie Brown and Linus go pick out a Christmas tree.  "I suggest we try those searchlights, Charlie Brown."  Yes, Linus, you're so smart.

Little Women (1994)
Some years ago watching this film together became a sorta Christmas tradition for me and my best friend Jen. I always moon over Christian Bale as Laurie, and she moons over Gabriel Byrne as Professer Bhaer.  It's gotten harder in recent years because we no longer live in the same city.  But I can always watch this film if I want to feel like she's near and it's great at Christmas.

I love how quickly this film has become a Christmas classic.  Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without Buddy the Elf.

The Family Stone
This film got terrible reviews when it came out in 2005 but I love it and now I watch it every year at Christmas.  The cast is fantastic and it's such a great mix of comedy, drama, and romance.

While You Were Sleeping
I don't know why people don't think of this movie when it comes to the best Christmas movies of all time.  It's perfect.  Funny, sweet, romantic, and charming.  I love the scene when Sandra Bullock as Lucy is at the Callaghan house while they open presents.  She has no family and here she is thrust into this boisterous bunch and she gets quiet and wistful as she watches them interact and exclaim in delight and surprise over their gifts.  And they give her a gift too!  So sweet.  Love it.

The Ref
Judy Davis is genius.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Boris Karloff.  That's all that needs to be said about this classic. 

A Christmas Story
There is a reason TBS plays this for 24 hours straight on Christmas.  No one ever gets sick of it!  Personally I love the quiet scenes, like the opening one with all the kids looking in the toy store window and the parade, or the final scene when mom and dad pour themselves some champagne, sit by the light of the Christmas tree and watch the snow falling outside.  I think I would love a Christmas in the 1940s.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Maureen O'Hara was definitely one of the most beautiful women ever. She's an uptight mother in this one, but she comes around.  Who wouldn't with the wonderful Edmund Gwenn around?

1 comment:

  1. alot of people are saying While You Were Sleeping. I should see it.


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