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Monday, December 20, 2010


I'm a lover of movies. I frequently spend Christmas going to the movies, but few of them are worthy of the holiday.

But here below, in no particular order, are some of my favorite Christmas movies.

Although not a personal favorite, my daughter Jolene's favorite movie qualifies under this subject: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack the Pumpkin King tries to take over Christmas, with nightmarish results.

On TV, I always enjoyed watching Homecoming, the Waltons story that spawned the TV show. The Waltons always carried me back to a time where faith and family triumphed over the difficult circumstances in which they found themselves.

Also on TV, I loved the various Christmas episodes on Touched By an Angel that featured Randy Travis. I felt like I had been touched by an angel when they sang the Hallelujah Chorus.

It's a Wonderful Life. I can't imagine Christmas without this Jimmy Stewart classic. It always helps me focus on the difference my single solitary life can make--and renews my hope.

A Christmas Carol--which has been done and redone many times, but I still like the first one the best. I love the introduction of Scrooge's sister.

And of more recent vintage--Elf--which makes me want to believe.

I've left out some obvious ones ... let me see to start with that I HATE A Christmas Story, which always appears on Top 10 Christmas movie lists. Not for me.

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

What do I hope to see this Christmas? Perhaps I will want to voyage to Narnia aboard the Dawntreader.


Julie Jarnagin said...

White Christmas is my favorite old Christmas movie. I also love Elf and Christmas Vacation. You've Got Mail is on television during the Christmas season, and I stop on it every time I see it. It's not really a Christmas movie, but it involves Christmas :)

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi, Julie! White Christmas is a lot of fun, isn't it? I heard "Snow! Snow! Snow!" on the radio the other day.

Kameko said...

I love the shows you list and totally agree with you on
A Christmas Story. I am also a big fan of White Christmas and the past few years I've added The Polar Express to my "must watch" viewing list. I also have to watch the cartoons I grew up watching: The Little Drummer Boy, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolf. IF I can find it, Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey is another good one.

I could watch and listen to Christmas movies/songs year round - they can be so uplifting!