Lazy Sunday – Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Movie Marathon

Christmas is just a couple of days away and sadly I haven’t had a chance to watch my favorite seasonal films. Don’t worry, I plan on remedying that in the coming days. I’ll be having a bit of a marathon of my favorite flicks that put me in the holiday spirit. I’ve got five that are must sees and I thought I’d share them here with you.

White Christmas. Of course. What can I say? I’ve watched it since I was a kid. I know every lyric to every song and most of the dialogue, too. I’ve seen it at the movies three times and at home…more than I can count. But, really, it doesn’t get more Christmasy than this. And everyone needs to see it at least once.
Remember the Night. Words cannot express how much I love this movie and it’s a shame it’s not more well known. Barbara Stanwyck portrays a shoplifter brought to trial right before Christmas. Fred MacMurray is the determined DA all set to send her to jail. But the trial gets postponed til after the holidays and as luck would have it they’re both from Indiana so they become unlikely traveling companions back to their home state. From the picture above I’m sure you can guess what happens next. This movie is full of sweetness and love and family and hope and, yes, romance. It’s practically perfect.
Elf. Ok, so when I first saw this movie at the theatre I thought “meh.” But over the years I’ve grown to love it and regularly quote phrases from it throughout the year much to my family’s…amusement.
Christmas in Connecticut. Barbara Stanwyck stars (again!) as an early Martha Stewart type who is due to host a returning soldier at her farmhouse for Christmas. The only problem is she doesn’t have a farmhouse, she’s not crafty, and she can’t cook. What’s a gal to do? Well, have no fear. She figures it out and the results are hilarious and heartfelt and sweet and oh so Christmasy.
The Muppet Christmas Carol. I love Dickens. I love the Muppets. Naturally, I love this movie. And having read the book I’m amazed at how faithful this adaptation is. Right down to the fact that Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim are frogs. Just kidding.

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