It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and you know what that means! Holiday shopping, shining lights and decorations inside and outside the home, and the sounds of children’s laughter filling the air…and, of course, your favorite Christmas movie!
So Many Great Movies!
If Christmas is your favorite time of year and you love a good flick, there is literally no shortage of options for your viewing pleasure. If you’re the sensitive kind and like something a little old school, movies like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life are bound to get the waterworks going. If you prefer a family classic, a Rankin-Bass stop motion feature such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa Claus, or Santa Claus is Coming to Town will surely scratch your itch. Prefer laughs? Elf or Jingle All the Way will certainly tickle your funny-bone.
Folks’ favorite Christmas films can be as different as the films themselves! Williamson Forward talked to some friends in the area to gather up some local faves.
Kristin Brewer DeBoard finds it tough to pick just one. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and the Grinch (the Jim Carrey version),” She says when asked about her faves. “If I had to edge one out over all of them, I think I’d go for National Lampoon’s!”
Meanwhile, A Christmas Story is a big favorite in the area. Sisters Lele and Maxie Brock both described it as their favorite. “It is a tradition in my family to watch it every Christmas, and it’s a big family favorite!” Lele says. They aren’t the only ones. Maryann Lendaro also names it as her favorite. “My dad used to put it on every year while we put up the Christmas tree,” She says. “That is one of my favorite traditions.”
Some folks had more unique answers. “This isn’t a Christmas movie, but my favorite Christmas commercial was the Folgers commercial from the 80’s when Peter comes home for Christmas,” says Amanda Griffie. “When I was little, my favorite part about Christmas wasn’t the presents, but all the family that came home for Christmas. I think that’s why I liked this commercial so much.”
Classics and More Unique Picks
Meanwhile, others prefer classics. “Any version of A Christmas Carol, but especially The Muppet Christmas Carol,” says Zoe Yates. “I love the ending scene when you see Scrooge wake up on Christmas morning as a brand new man, and all the songs and characters in the Muppet version make it even more heartwarming for me!”
Chris Dotson, while finding it hard to pick just one, also counts A Christmas Carol among her favorites. “I have a few favorites, so I’ll narrow it down to my top 5!” She says. “My favorites are The Shop Around the Corner, One Magic Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, and A Christmas Carol– several different versions of this movie are worth watching again and again!”
Meanwhile, there were some more unique picks. When asked, Shawn Cool spoke for himself and wife Tonya when he described The Holiday as their family’s fave. “It’s just a very nice romantic comedy with a good soundtrack.”
April Varney- Parrigin also prefers a movie that gets a little less love. “My favorite is November Christmas,” She says. “It’s such a good movie, with laughter and crying involved!”
We hope you enjoy a holiday season packed with hot cocoa, a decorated tree, and your favorite Christmas flick!