It’s Christmas Eve. And, unlike many years, I haven’t run out of goodies (although I think we could use junk food around the house. I need crisps this Christmas).
I need to wrap today. It’s a long tradition that I wrap up after everyone goes to bed on Christmas Eve. I have been doing this since the kids were little and still do. I try to think of it as a tradition and not laziness.
We had a ton of snow yesterday so it looks very Christmas.
We have our Christmas a few days late this year, our son is arriving from Edmonton on the 27th.
What Christmas movies or TV specials that you can’t live without at this time of year?
I have to watch A Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn every year.
A wonderful life I have probably watched over 50 times. I can do all the lines. It is always good to have a reminder about the importance of friends. “No man is a failure if he has friends” / I admit having tears at the end every time I see him. The funny thing about the film is that it wasn’t popular when it was released. It was too dark. People didn’t like it, but Jimmy Stewart always named it when asked for his favorite movie and, well, it was cheap to put on TV (someone forgot to renew the copyright ), so it was played over Christmas over and over again. The times have changed. It didn’t sound so dark.
Add to that that James Stewart would name it as his favorite movie at any time and that, by mistake, copywrite lapsed and TV channels could play it virtually for free.
It’s funny enough that the town of Bedford Falls was a lot more interesting when it didn’t exist. But, as my son points out, the city is supposedly worse because there is more ethnic diversity. And, of course, his wife’s life is ruined because she has a career. Oh my god a woman has a job, isn’t that so horrible.
Of course, my favorite and most quoted phrase is, “You call it a happy family. Why did we have to have so many children. I relate to this line. (My wife would like me to tell you I’m kidding. She says I love my kids.) But there are many other lines that I repeat a few dozen times a year. I make a point of using malfeasance at work since the bad old Mr. Potter uses it. I know I typed in “I guess they do that sort of thing” referring to an MLB award that I don’t care about.
And the waitress at my favorite bar gets tired of telling me, “We serve strong drinks here for men who want to get drunk quickly, and we don’t need any characters to create the common atmosphere” (mainly because this bar insists on putting fruity beers in most of their taps). One line, I might add, is perfectly delivered in the film.
Holiday Inn is not a great movie. You have to be a fan of old Hollywood musicals to like it. Bing Crosby at his best minimalist acting and great vocals. Fred Astaire danced and showed his limited acting ability. A pretty silly plot: Bing is lazy (maybe that’s what I can relate to), opens a hostel that will only be open on public holidays, and, as always in these movies, they fight over a girl. . Although with the way they treat her, I have no idea why the girl would want any of them. The women in these movies didn’t have a lot of choice among the men.
I also watch Alastair Sim Christmas song movie.
I have to watch them in original black and white. I think coloring is like remixing old music. I want the original vision of the artists.
And I love the original How the Grinch stole Christmas. It’s not a movie, but I still like to see it. I loved Chuck Jones cartoons. I love them doing long version movies and wonder how they can complete that little bit of history for an hour and a half. I needed to see the Charlie Brown Christmas, but either it hasn’t aged well or my tastes have changed.
And we watch Vacations, right now. Not
Anyway, these are my favorites, tell us which ones you like best.
Enjoy your Christmas Eve.
My favorite Christmas movie is
It’s a wonderful life
Die Hard (not a Christmas movie for me)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carry, not the TV cartoon)
18 votes in total