What are your favorite holiday movies and shows? Ours are...
When I was growing up waaaaaaay back in the day, you were at the mercy of the 3 main channels and you planned your activities around when the specials were on. It was a very. big. deal. to watch Rudolph or Frosty or of course that lovable blockhead Charlie Brown.
It's simply impossible nowadays to watch every single movie or special but there are some that we have to watch no. matter. what. starting with my very favorite- the original Miracle On 34th Street (preferably in b&w) all the way through whatever Santa leaves us on Christmas Eve.
Our must sees are:
Miracle on 34th Street- the acting is phenomenal and it just doesn't get any warmer & fuzzier than this. When the judge (and the state of New York) declares him to be the one and only real Santa, well, by golly, THAT is Christmas. None of the remakes come close.
A Christmas Carol- fave version is Patrick Stewart but there are many good ones we enjoy.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- Why am I such a misfit? I am not just a nitwit. We're on the Island of unwanted toys. The best thing about bumbles is- bumbles bounce! 'Nuff said.
The Polar Express- pure magic.
Frosty the Snowman- when the magician must get busy, busy, busy writing so Santa will come visit him- awww. When that was made there was a very big fear of having to write a million billion gazillion times I will not *insert whatever naughty thing you did here* so it might not mean as much to some of you.
The Santa Claus- Tim Allen is wonderful in this, just perfect as he transforms from disillusioned and hardened exec to the jolly man himself.
The Year Without A Santa Claus- Santa is going to cancel Christmas because no-one believes in him any more so his elves set out to prove him wrong. Don't try to compare it to what is done using today's technology, just enjoy it for what it is. We particularly enjoy the Heat Miser and Snow Miser. Don't fool with Mother Nature. ;-)
Nester, the Long-eared Christmas Donkey- if this doesn't make you want to bawl like a baby you have a stone where your heart should be- or like the Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version), yet another favorite, your heart is two sizes too small. We <3 Max and Cindy-Lou Who.
A Charlie Brown Christmas- from Linus telling the story to Charlie Brown screwing up *again* getting the wrong tree, what's not to love as the gang learns the real meaning of the holiday.
It's A Wonderful Life- it's really touching to see how someone living simple, ordinary life doing the right thing and thinking you are the most boring person on the planet gets a chance to see how much of a difference he really has made in the world, and just what that world would be like had he never been born.
There are gazillions of others, and we watch a lot of them, but these we have to watch every year, without fail. I know for a lot of you this list will be incomplete simply because we didn't include A Christmas Story, but for some reason none of us can stand that movie. Maybe it's a diva thing??? We've tried numerous times, we get the humor, but something about it is very unappealing.
How about you? What are your must-see holiday movies and specials?