Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas movies

I'm so excited to have Becky, from Goodness Gracious, guest posting today! 
Hope you all enjoy as well!
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Every family has their own traditions during the holiday season. For instance, each year we always get together with my extended family at my grandparent’s home to eat a traditional Christmas dinner (and of course my Mamaw always burns the rolls).  After we eat we all sit down to read the Christmas Story that is told in Luke Chapter 2. Another example of a Christmas tradition is that on Christmas Eve at my parent’s home we only open one gift that Mrs. Claus brings to us early. This always happens to be Christmas pajamas and you are then required to go change and sit in front of the fire with your loved ones.

But in my family one longstanding tradition that must be done (after we put on our new Christmas pajamas) is a Christmas movie marathon. In years past,  it has been non-traditional movies such as Star Wars or Ice Age that are watched, but we always make sure to include A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch or our family favorite, Christmas Vacation.

This is my first married Christmas with Layne and he appreciates a good Christmas movie as much as I do. It is great to continue an old tradition in our new family. So with that being said, I would love to tell you my personal favorite Christmas movies.
Christmas Vacation – How can you not love this movie? We all have a Cousin Eddie, we all have an Aunt Bethany and we definitely all can relate to Clarke Griswold during the holidays.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947 & 1994) – I love both versions of this movie. It amazes how adult the six-year-old Susan acts. No Santa Claus? Not possible around here! Santa and Mrs. Claus still bring me goodies each and every year. Guess I’ve just been extra good.

Home Alone 1 and 2 – The sequels are usually not as good as the original, but Home Alone is the exception. I love both of these movies, because Kevin wants a perfect Christmas (no mean siblings or cousins and every one home during Christmas, not on vacation). But of course things never go as planned. Side note: is it strange that when I visit NYC, I relate places to Home Alone 2?

The Grinch – Classic, classic, classic movie. Anything by Dr. Seuss is great in my eyes, so The Grinch is at the top of the list. I could watch it over and over and truthfully I probably have. My mom told me once that a local radio station was asking people to answer a question about what specific gift did The Grinch give to one of the Who’s in Whoville after his heart grew. Well of course those gifts had crazy, 5 syllable names (along with the Who’s), but my brother Bobby knew the answer immediately! I think he can give credit to me for watching it so many times. Another side note: I had a dog named Max that we got on Christmas. 

It’s a Wonderful Life – I absolutely adore this inspirational tale of an American family and the struggle they endure. My favorite characters are the young daughter, Zuzu and of course the Angel Clarence

Well, here you have my personal Top 5 Christmas Movies. I have others—Elf, The Holiday, A Christmas Story, Scrooge, Fred Claus, The Polar Express, The Santa Claus and of course any other sappy holiday movie. So, may I ask… what are your favorite Christmas movies?

Merry Christmas,

Becky
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