December 9, 2011

Reeling in Christmas Fun

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is sitting down with family and watching Christmas movies. It’s been part of my family’s traditions as long as I can remember.

Now, granted, I know that not all movies reflect on the birth of Christ, but even so, there are some great family-friendly movies out there that warm my heart as I sit by the Christmas tree and take in the holiday cheer.

Some of my favorite Christmas movies include:

·      The Nativity Story: This is a very real depiction of what Mary and Joseph must have gone through when traveling to Bethlehem. Never before had the true harshness of the journey struck me, and yet, Mary didn’t complain.

·      White Christmas: I’m a sucker for a musical in any form. I especially love the song “Count Your Blessings”: “When I'm worried and I can't sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, And I fall asleep counting my blessings.”

·      A Christmas Story: C’mon, you’ve gotta love that leg lamp! And I don’t know why, but my favorite line: “Randy lay there like a slug.” Something hilarious about the way the line is delivered and seeing the kid in his big padded snowsuit lying there. Gets me every time.

·      Elf: I normally don’t care for Will Ferrell, but he’s onto something here. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

·      How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon version): You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. But you turn out alright, realizing that Christmas isn’t about the presents and the decorations.

Your Turn: What are some of your favorite Christmas movies? Any favorite quotes from them you’d like to share?


  1. "You've gotta love that leg lamp," - until your husband buys one and expects to display it every Christmas. =)

    I love the original cartoon Grinch, too! Another that is sort of a family tradition here is the original Babes in Toyland. Not overtly Christmas, but still fun.

  2. I still love It's a Wonderful Life.

    ~ Wendy

  3. MommyBott: Wow! That's something. I guess if you really hate it, you could find a way to "dust" and cause an "accident"... :)

    Wendy, that's a great one as well!

  4. I like While You Were Sleeping, The Christmas Card, and It's a Wonderful LIfe--Christmas with a romance element. Ah!

    While it's not one of my favorites, I look forward to watching A Muppet Christmas Carol with our daughter. She loves this movie, and watching it is a Christmas Eve tradition. Her goal each year is to keep her dad and me awake through the entire thing. When she was younger, she couldn't understand how we could possibly doze off during the show. Now that she's in college she tasks on the task of keeping us from catching Zzz's as a challenge.

  5. Keli, I absolutely love While You Were Sleeping. It was one of my mom's favorites, so I hold it near to my heart.

    Our Christmas Eve tradition always involved A Christmas Story... :P

  6. I'm a big Home Alone fan. My favorite part is in Home Alone 2 when he uses the voice recording and makes the hotel workers think he's gonna "blow their brains out". Such funny movies!

  7. Okay, I just realized how violent my last comment sounded. I promise it's not so violent in the movie! :)

  8. LOL, Sarah, guess you have a violent streak we knew nothing about... :P

  9. Confession: I have never watched The Christmas Story.
    Don't know why, I just haven't. I've caught bits and pieces ... and it's just never grabbed my attention enough.
    OK, on to favorites:
    White Christmas
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Holiday Inn
    Christmas in Connecticut
    The Christmas Card
    And, yes, I love Frosty and Rudolph too!
    Have watched a few duds too ...

  10. Hey Beth. I'm not sure it would have caught my attention, either, but it was my mom's favorite Christmas movie. :P And I've never watched the last 3 you named (before Frosty and Rudolph)...I'll have to check them out!