Nothing says the holidays are here like movies with a holiday theme. As I write this, I've just finished viewing Planes, Trains, and Automobiles with my husband. As a frequent traveler, this movie really resonates with him, while I adore Steve Martin's wry humor and John Candy's earnest portrayal of Martin's polar opposite.
Some of my favorite holiday movies are comedies. During the holiday season, the stress of preparation sometimes tends to overcome the joy of the season. Here are a few of my favorites:
1) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - far and away my favorite...Clark and Ellen Griswold could have been modeled after my hubby and myself..."It's Christmas, Audrey...we're all in misery." Truer words have seldom been spoken! And, after all, my husband is the king of exterior illumination...how many people have a Steelers snowman inflatable on their lawn?
2) Scrooged - Bill Murray's take on the classic tale...love Carol Kane's manic, somewhat sadistic fairy.
3) Elf - Will Ferrell in green elf tights...what's not to like?
4) Love, Actually - a tender-hearted romantic comedy. Love Hugh Grant!
5) Jingle All The Way - yes, I admit it...I love this movie...what parent hasn't felt that same panic?
6) A Christmas Story - perfect holiday nostalgia
7) Planes, Trains and Automobiles - a wonderful comedy with serious undertones...Steve Martin's performance was awesome, as was the late John Candy as Martin's unintentional nemesis. A touching and funny story.
8) Die Hard - alright, this isn't a comedy, and it isn't really a Christmas movie, even though it takes place on Christmas Eve...but Bruce Willis in his prime was a real gift to me!