My family has started a new little tradition that I love. On Friday nights, we order a pizza and eat it while we enjoy a Christmas movie. We started this because my oldest is now old enough to sit and watch an entire movie and understand some Christmas themes. Our first movie was "White Christmas." I want him to watch a few of the old classics before he's "too cool" for them. Last night we watched "Elf." Not exactly a classic, but still a lot of fun.

Above is a clip from my favorite Christmas movie: Irvin Berlin's "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Released in 1942, it features the premiere of the song "White Christmas." In the movie, Bing Crosby becomes weary of the fast life in show business and leaves it to open a country inn. In his quest for relaxation, he decides the inn will only be open on holidays. He discovers a great singing talent, Linda Mason, and hires her to perform at the inn. Of course, he falls for her in the process. But when Fred Astaire hears her talent, he threatens to steal Bing's performer and love. Will she choose the simple life and Bing or the promise of fame in the flashy life with Fred? I'm not going to tell you. You'll have to watch the movie.

Let's conduct and informal survey. What's your favorite Christmas movie? Why?
3 Responses
  1. John Says:

    My favorite is White Christmas because he singing is incredible.

  2. Mom Says:

    I've really come to look forward to "Miracle on 34th Street" (the original version with Edmund Gwenn). It is just light and fun, with the simple plot of "could this be the real Santa?" And the way the lawyer, Fred Gailey, "proves" it in court is great! One of my favorite lines comes from the little girl, Susan, when she is told to keep faith: "I believe, I believe, it's silly, but I believe."
    Not to get too spiritual with this, but sometimes I think that's how the world sees our faith in Jesus. It seems silly, but we keep believing. And the good news is, our faith is justified in the end, just like in the movie.

  3. Joni Says:

    Since Dad already took White Christmas, my favorite would have to be National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Doesn't get any better than that... :)