The Holidays just wouldn’t be the same without these classics. Some hold memories from our childhood, some from our childrens’ and nieces’ and nephews’ childhoods, and some from recent years. There are so many aspects that come into play that create a sense of Christmas or the holidays for us, we often don’t even realize all the factors. I know we can all get a little sick of Christmas music at this time of year, but there are still some favorites out there that are must-listen-tos for me. It doesn’t feel like Christmas without having seen – or at least had them on in the background – during this season. Can’t wait to hear what your favorites are!
It’s a Wonderful Life – Love this movie and hate this movie. Love Clarence and all he does for George and love all the good things that George does and love the old fashioned times of the movie. Hate that George never gets to do any of things he sets out to do. My stomach always churns a bit when Uncle Billy loses the money in the bank because I can see myself doing that ( I have left my phone, my ID, etc…all over the place) and it could have ruined them! What I love most is the opportunity George had to see what impact his life had on others and that helped him see that life is worth living even with all the challenges and heartbreaks. If only all the people we love could truly see what they mean to us!
Miracle on 34th Street – How adorable is Natalie Woods in this movie – seriously! Her rendition of a monkey still makes me smile. I love how calm Chris is during his whole trial and I love that most people in the movie find a way to respect other’s beliefs and leave the judgments behind.
Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – This one still tugs at my heart. It probably says a lot that I most identify with the inhabitants of the Island of Misfit Toys. Again, by the end the characters have found a way to get over their preconceived notions and accept one another.
The Polar Express – Fell in love with the book and its artistry while working in the school system and while my children were younger. Then saw the movie and enjoyed the different animation technique. Last year, got to ride on the Polar Express (actual steam locomotive that they used footage of to animate for the movie) to the ‘North Pole’ with my granddaughter so this one will remain a favorite for all the Christmas Magic that it brings.
I’ll be Home for Christmas – Reminds me of my grandmother wishing for all her ‘kids’ (our parents and aunt and uncles) to visit her during the holidays. And also reminds me of the many years spent as a military spouse. We were pretty fortunate to only have missed a couple of Christmases but there were always families that were missing a loved one during that time.
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas AND Mele Kalikimaka – From all those Christmas spent in warm climates, I feel these two speak to me. I grew up with white Christmases and being where we could spend the day at the beach felt odd. Having returned to the cold north, I find myself dreaming about those Hawaiian Christmases!!!
Please let us know some of your favorites for this season – whatever holiday you are celebrating. -M