Thursday, December 23, 2010

Favorite Classic Christmas Movies

We all have our favorite classic Christmas movies and I wanted to share my favorites with you.

Half Santa biography, half modern day tale. When one of Santa's elves goes rogue and joins up with an evil toy manufacturer, the big guy must come to his rescue.Chevy Chase is the perfect antidote to too much holiday schmaltz. Watch him bungle around for an hour and 37 minutes and you can sit through three viewings of "It's a Wonderful Life."True to the book with great performances, this is the best telling of Charles Dickens' classic tale.Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" is the definition of the holiday season. And this happy, colorful 1950s musical is the perfect medicine for a holiday season filled with worries and fears.Thank goodness for stop motion animation, because Rudolph wouldn't be nearly as charming in cartoon form. Somehow the jerky movements and static sets make Hermey the misfit elft, Yukon Conelius the prospector and the Bumble seem timeless.<br>
And the songs will get stuck in your head (you're humming “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” right now, aren't you?)The uplifting story of a little girl who's cynical about life and the department store Santa who teaches her to believe in magic. Favorite scene: Natalie Wood learning to be a monkey.Oh, George Bailey! Our hearts break for him every year as we watch him do the right thing and only to be knocked down again and again. If you don't cry at the end -- when George is surrounded by all the lives he changed -- then you might need to take up residence with the Grinch."You'll shoot your eye out!"<br>
If you don't know that phrase, or any of the countless other gems in this off-beat holiday movie, then get thee to the video store now. Ralphie's Christmas quest for a Red Rider BB Gun will make you laugh until your funny bone is sore.

It's every kid's dream: Dad could be Santa Claus. All he has to do is push the other Santa off his roof. That perfect mix of whimsy and mature laughs made this Tim Allen comedy an annual favorite. Who can forget Allen desperately trying to lose weight and shave his fast-growing beard?<br>
The sequels you ask? We don't speak of them. Ever.

What are your favorites?


  1. THose are all My Fav.s as well, But Elf is another one that is so darn funny and sweet as well as Polar Express that always brings a tear, as I swear i still hear the bell, and my kids know it..
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