Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's a Wonderful Life

The children have long gone from our home. Even so, a holiday season does not arrive without a volley of wonderful memories, and many of them etched to my heart in the form of our favorite Christmas movies.

There's just something about donning flannel
jammies and munching warm buttered popcorn while nestled in the comforts of home. It's rare I find my way to a theater, but this ... this replaying of yesteryear's entertainment "bests" is a must-do at my house. We could sure use a Frank Capra in today's movie making business!

No doubt you have your own movie memories, but I'm wondering how many recall these oldies but goodies?

It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34
th Street

The Bells of St. Mary's
White Christmas
Babes in

A Christmas Carol
The Bishop's Wife
Anything Shirley Temple

I've added some personal - post-children - favorites of my own in recent years; films such as ...

The Polar Express
The Nativity Story
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Chronicles of Narnia

I've decided it's OK to enjoy the cartoons, even at 61!

How about you? What's on your Christmas viewing agenda this year?


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Definitely "Elf" and "Jingle all the Way" and "Christmas with the Kranks"; in addition, my favorite Hallmark Christmas movie is "the Christmas Card" which I now own but haven't watched yet.

Others include "miracle" and "white Christmas".

We're all about our evening viewing of Christmas movies; few good ones out there, but another one I adore from Hallmark is "fallen angel" (be watching for that one!/ Gary Sinese is so adorable...). Great story.

OK, anything else you need to know, hallmark or otherwise, let me know. I've got the Christmas movies covered.


Wylie said...

Oh, after reading this, I can't wait for my kids to get through with exams & out of school. Ready to make a fire & hot chocolate & watch a few family movies & celebrate the season together!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Your list of movies brought back so many sweet memories! I love White Christmas and Christmas in CT too!

Melinda said...

Oh, yes and amen! If I was there, we'd be munching and watching together!

My all-time favorite is White Christmas. Two you don't have on your list, but need to check out are Holiday Inn and Christmas in Connecticut. Also, if you haven't seen the newer version of Little Women (with Winona Ryder), it's WONDERFUL.

Happy viewing, sweet away!

XO Melinda

Loren said...

I love Elf and we usually do the Home Alone movies along with The Grinch that Stole Christmas w/Jim Carrey. But we ALWAYS have a very special night when we are all together to watch "It's A Wonderful LIfe" this would be my favorite of them all !!!

Love to you Kathleen

Debbie said...

I love "It's a Wonderful Life" and it's also a favorite of Greg's. I used to love all of the Shirley Temple movies. As a little girl with straight hair, I used to see if I could make my hair curl like Shirley Temple. It didn't seem to work; LOL. I always enjoy A Christmas Carol and The Nativity.

Thank you for the reminders of these great Christmas movies.

Hugs to you,

Rose said...

Oh what great movies you mentioned. Prancer is one of my favorites. I even like the Grinch movies too. Shoot we watch so many animated movies with our great grandson, that it has become a way of life. We get a kick out of most of them.
Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!

Beth E. said...

Definitely "Elf". Put an elf hat on our youngest, Bo, and he looks as if he just stepped out of the movie. lol

christy rose said...

We have already watched Elf. And we will watch many more before the season is over but our only must sees are "It's a wonderful Life" and "Scrooge" the original Christmas Carol. I love almost all of the ones that everyone has listed here though.

Heart2Heart said...


Actually we have quite a few, so many in fact we watch one a day for each month in December. My favorites are always those old classics like White Christmas, Boy's Town, Bells of Saint Mary's and Holiday Inn. Still looking for every more but I have them all!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Denise said...

Awesome movies you listed sweetie.

Tori said...

Hi there! It's nice to meet you. I'm new to your blog and like it already.

I love old movies. I've seen most of these and just watched the Bishops wife the other night, super loved it and Cary Grant didn't hurt it either.

I have a movie post in the making as we speak.

Anyhow, so glad I found your blog, I'll be back!

Karen Lange said...

I love Little Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart, and of course, It's a Wonderful Life. Actually love them anytime of year:) Blessings!

LisaShaw said...

I so enjoyed this and no all of them. Our favorites here is a tradition since my childhood of watching The Ten Commandments. I watch this every Resurrection Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We also watch "Jesus", the Nativity (the one done recent).

I also like It's a Wonderful Life.


Love you.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...
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elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Hey, Sas, I'll ditto the "Nativity"; actually, I just came over here today because I wanted to see what my word verification would be...


Wish I could think of something funny to say about it; alas, my just coming here to see what it was just shows you how I need to get on with my day and quit playing around!

Happy Thursday.


beBOLDjen said...

We LOVE LOVE LOVE Little Women in this family! I probably make my girls watch it with me quarterly. Tee hee.

It's a Wonderful Life is another treasured holiday classic.

Just a little something from Judy said...

This list you shared would probably be my list too, although in the last few years I have not watched them. You inspired me to do that and enjoy the memories of watching them with my little girls. We had many winter evening memories of curling up by the fire with our hot chocolate...thank you for bringing it all back to me. Life can be so full of changes that one can sometimes forget to take time for treasures like these old classics.

Happy day my friend!