Hi All. Barb here in full Christmas countdown mode. I love Christmas movies, and I have to admit, I love their familiarity. Since they’re so often an accompaniment to other holiday chores, like baking, wrapping and addressing cards, it helps to have seen them a hundred times before.
So Wickeds, what are your can’t miss movies at this time of year?
At our house, it’s a regular rotation: Love Actually early in the season to get into the mood. (I admit I still tear up at the closing montage of people at Heathrow Airport), A Christmas Story at some point with our kids, often Christmas night after our twenty-five or thirty guests have left and we’re all too tired to move. While doing chores, like wrapping, I’ll definitely watch White Christmas, and also It’s a Wonderful Life. I love traditions and rituals and the marking of the seasons.
Sherry: White Christmas has been a favorite since I was a kid. My sister and I would sing and act out the “Sisters” song year after year. I also love Miracle on 34th Street — the version where Natalie Wood is the little girl. And Love Actually — I’d probably even like it if Colin Firth wasn’t in it (oh, who am I kidding — Colin Firth is the reason I watch it.) But here’s my big confession. I’ve never watched It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve seen bits and pieces but that’s it.
Julie: Sherry, I know what we have to watch on our next Wicked Retreat! All of the above. Plus, I am a Christmas Carol addict. A couple of years ago I even wrote a series of blog posts about the different versions. I was EASILY able to get to 25. My favorite movie Christmas Carols? George C. Scott version, Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Allistair Simm’s, Scrooge with Albert Finney, Patrick Stewart (though I preferred his brilliant stage version). Watched It’s Christmas, Carol with Tori Spelling and A Diva Christmas Carol with Vanessa Williams just yesterday with the nieces. Both really fun.
Liz: I love A Christmas Carol in every version – I have the Patrick Stewart version and that’s usually a Christmas Day favorite. Also love It’s a Wonderful Life. Totally puts me in the holiday mood. I also have my traditions from when I was a kid that I just can’t let go – Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and my favorite of all, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without them!
Edith: I’m the odd woman out in this scenario. I don’t watch any ritual movies at this time of year. I am apparently the only one. Have never seen Love Actually, although now I think I should. Saw It’s a Wonderful Life once many years ago. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Muppets’ Christmas Carol, but it’s not scheduled. What can I say? I am looking forward to knocking off work for a couple of days and just reading, though.
Jessie: Edith, I don’t have any annual Christmas movies as part of my holiday traditions either. Since I didn’t grow up with a television I didn’t end up seeing any of the classics as a kid. I never added them to my celebration as an adult either. I do have a basket of Christmas books I pull out every year to read with my kids instead.
Readers, what are your can’t-miss movies at this time of year?