Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas
Two years ago, I wrote a post called The Season of Movies. In it I talked about how our family enjoys watching movies during the Christmas Season. It is the one time of year that I can plan on getting everyone together in one room to spend time together. This year I would like to continue that tradition by sharing other movies that may not be traditional Christmas movies, but they are ones we have enjoyed watching for the first time during the holidays.
When the kids were little, and it was too humid to play outside, we used to have what we called Movie Marathons where we’d watch all of the Star Wars, or Indiana Jones movies one after the other. I’d make popcorn and we’d all get comfortable in front of the TV. It was so much fun to have these guilt-free afternoons of pleasure because I would convince myself that I was at least spending time with the kids. Now that they’re grown – and I am too – I feel guilty spending an afternoon watching movies, except, that is, during the week between Christmas and New Year.
In the theme of movie marathons, one Christmas my husband and I watched all the Harry Potter movies – one each day – until we got through them all. What a wonderful way to follow the story. I have to say that I think that J.K. Rowling did an amazing job tying in details from one story to the next.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES:
Old movies are also part of our Christmas repertoire. Have you ever watched Errol Flynn in one of his swashbuckling movies? Try Captain Blood and Sea Hawk. They are two movies that you can sit back, relax and just have fun while Errol Flynn dazzles the viewer with his derring-do heroics, and outlandish gallantry of the good guy pirate that he is. They don’t make movies like this anymore.
Another movie that we first viewed during the Christmas season was The Best Years of our Lives. Made in 1946, this movie details what life was like for the soldiers who returned from home from the Second World War. It’s not heavy like you might imagine. It is full of hope as the three main characters struggle to adjust to civilian life after the war. Though they are all from completely different backgrounds, they are bonded together in friendship through their personal struggles to adjust to civilian life.
Cartoons are perfect for Christmas. I personally love all the Toy Story movies, Wallace and Gromit, and many of the old Disney cartoons. But one of my personal favourites is Have Yourself a Goofy Little Christmas. We first had this taped on VHS many years ago, but it was always hard to find hidden among the other cartoons we’d taped for the kids. But a couple of years ago this episode came out on DVD and I just had to buy it. Goofy has such a good-nature and is always offering a helping to his fellow man, not just at Christmas, but all year long. While his intentions are always good, and come from a place of love, he tends to go overboard and disaster ensues when he tries to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Max. This episode is only 24 minutes long, but it will remind you that Christmas is all about love and family.
I can’t let you go with including some movies that my husband and daughter suggested I add to this list. They may not your traditional Christmas movies, but they were all set during the Christmas season: Die Hard I & II, Gremlins 2, Black Christmas, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, and Stalag 17. See you at the movies.