I LOVE Christmas movies. They make me laugh. They take me back. And every year, without fail, they get me into a yuletide frame of mind.
Here’s a list of some of my all time favorites, in no particular order:
A Christmas Vacation- I think I could recite this movie backwards and forwards. While tipsy on eggnog. And asleep. Yes, I’ve seen it that many times. But I’m probably not alone in my holiday film adoration. Who doesn’t love the somewhat disheveled image of cousin Eddie in his bathrobe, smoking a cigar and exclaiming, “The sh**ter was full!” Okay. Maybe not everyone. But still, a contemporary classic of the crude, comic variety.
It’s A Wonderful Life- This movie taught me about the simple wonders of a black and white film. It also introduced me to Jimmy Stewart (sigh). And that’s probably all I need to say about that :-)
Elf- The first time I saw this movie, I was nine months pregnant and had ankles the size of cantaloupes. I was hard pressed to find anything funny. But I laughed all the way through. And forgot about the fact that I couldn’t bend over to tie my own shoes (or even see my shoes, for that matter). A plus in my book. It’s been a favorite ever since.
A Miracle on 34th Street- Natalie Wood was so adorable in this movie. (Well, she was adorable period, I guess.) I love the scene where she was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with her little nose pressed against her apartment window. I’ve never been to New York City, but when I picture it, that scene always comes to mind. Magical.
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer- This one falls more into the TV category, but I always think of it as a movie. As kids, we watched it every year. Now, I have two little ones of my own and we still watch it. My girls have no idea they’re watching a classic from 1964. They just like the story. It’s sweet and simple. And I love that.
A Christmas Story- The quotes from this one are endless, and they still make me laugh, even after all these years. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” “He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.” “Fra-gee-lay…must be Italian.” The leg lamp, the tongue sticking to the light pole, the Bumpus hounds…all classic scenes.
We watched it every Christmas Eve. And still do. Thanks, TBS ;)
Love Actually- Not only is this a fantastic movie, but the soundtrack is great, too. Bonus! I love the snippets you get of the characters’ lives and how they all relate to one another. It’s funny and guaranteed to make you cry at least once. And as Dolly Parton said in Steel Magnolias, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”
How very true.
For Kaylie Newell, storytelling is in the blood. Growing up the daughter of two gifted writers, she knew eventually she’d want to follow in their footsteps. While she’s written short stories her whole life, it wasn’t until after her kids were born that she decided to shoot for the moon and write her first romance novel. She hasn’t looked back since!
Kaylie lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, two little girls, an elderly Chihuahua mix, and two indifferent cats.
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