Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Movies

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 many people have a Steelers snowman inflatable on their lawn?
2) Scrooged - Bill Murray's take on the classic 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!

What holiday favorites would you add to this list? Which of my faves are your favorites, too. Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Surrender to Your Touch. One lucky commenter will be chosen to win.


  1. My favorite Christmas movie is "It's a Wonderful Life" and I watch it every year and, yes, I cry every year. The other one I watch every year is "A Christmas Story."

    I also enjoy all the ones you've listed but would add "Miracle on 34th Street" to the list.

    Add in the Christmas cartoons, especially "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

  2. Hi Victoria,
    I'm with you with Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. What a funny movie. I also really liked Elf. Another Christmas movie that I enjoyed was Fred Clause - the story about Santa's brother starring Vince Vaughn. I thought it wound up having a good message.

    I'm with Denise - must watch It's a Wonderful Life every year. And I prefer the Scrooge starring George C. Scott.

    Most importantly, for me, The Christmas Story.

    I enjoyed this blog!

  3. Love, Actually and A Christmas Story are two of my favorites. I also love White Christmas and Christmas in Connecticut.

    Thanks for a fun blog.

  4. Oooh, I love the Grinch...the original cartoon with Boris Karloff...have to admit the Jim Carrey version also tickled me. I've never seen the Scrooge with George C. Scott...will need to check it out, and I always watch It's a Wonderful Life even though, like you, Denise, it makes me cry, and I enjoyed Fred Clause. I didn't care for Vince Vaughn's other holiday movie, Four Christmases, though.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  5. I just thought of another holiday movie I really liked...appropriately enough, it's called "The Holiday" with Kate Winslett, Cameron Diaz, and Jude Law. Honestly, though, I felt sorry for Kate winding up with Jack Black (original casting if I've ever seen it...not my cup of tea, not at all)...and who can forget the beginning of "Bridget Jones' Diary" when Mark Darcy is in his reindeer sweater. Classic!

  6. Ok, I didn't get the kick out of Elf that most did. Sorry. Give me The Santa Claus starring Tim Allen and I'm there- which I was Thanksgiving night.
    Scrooged- Bill Murray- My love. lol
    My all time fave is What a Wonderful Life. I'll take the b&w or the colorized version.
    Right now my tv rarely leaves the Hallmark channel. All those Christmas specials? LOVE. IT.

    And I'd love your book in my stocking. :)

  7. Oh, I loved the first Santa Clause with Tim Allen...the sequels, not so much...I really think Tim Allen is terrific. He's not good looking, but he has a lot of heart. And like you, I adore Bill Murray :)

  8. I like all the old ones, and am the only person I know who can't stand The Christmas Story. Actually did like it the first time, but not the 450 times since. :-)

  9. Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyk and A Muppet Christmas Carol are two holiday movies I enjoy.

  10. Liz, I liked "The Christmas Story" a lot, but the networks tend to over do it. They're doing the same thing with "Scrooged" this week. Three straight nights of a "Scrooged" double feature. A wee bit too much, even for a Scrooged lover like me!

    Georgie, I've never seen the Muppet Christmas Carol. Will have to check it out :)


  11. Some of my favorite Christmas movies are: The Holiday (with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black)--gotta dig that out and watch it again; While You Were Sleeping; Christmas Carol (esp. enjoy the musical version with Kelsey Grammer); Miracle on 34th Street. Who am I kidding? If it's a Christmas movie...I'll probably watch it because I just love Christmas stories.

  12. I want to see The Holiday! No- I never have seen it yet. My dd bought it and then left it in California when she visited. Before I could see it. :( I need to rent it.

  13. We have a selection of DVDs and old VHS tapes that we bring out every year and alternate with the new movies, especially those on Hallmark. Love Hallmark Christmas movies. Anyway, in our saved bunch are Miracle on 34th St., Jingle All the Way, It's a Wonderful Life, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Christmas in Connecticut, The Christmas List (Mimi Rogers), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and A Boyfriend for Christmas.

  14. Hi Linda,
    I love "You've Got Mail"...I actually met my husband online around the time that movie came out...back then, it was a lot more novel than today.

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  16. Love all the movies you mentioned...especially Christmas Vacation....that always makes me laugh even if I watch it back to back. I also enjoy some of the old time movies as well. It's a Wonderful Life ranks right up there.

    Great post!