As we get closer and closer to holidays, I’m reminded of a tradition my sister and I have had for many, many Holiday season’s in the past. Amidst all of the crazy running around while Christmas shopping and baking up a storm (cookies, pies, cheesecake), we love to sit down and watch our favorite Holiday movies. This is a very relaxing treat for both of us. May I present to you my top three Holiday movies:
My first pick is Love Actually (2003). This is a brilliant movie about lives interwoven together. However, the audience doesn’t realize how connected these characters are to each other until the climax. I won’t spoil it for you. The film is a romantic comedy with substance, directed by Richard Curtis. For reference, he directed Notting Hill and Bridget Jones Diary as well. He was also the man behind the Mr. Bean television serie s. From the internet movie database website (imdb): ”[the movie] follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.” I highly recommend it.
Miracle on 34th Street, the original, from 1947. This movie was so wildly popular with audiences all across the country that it ran for 6 months in theaters: from June 1947 to December 1947. We begin our story with the dilemma that a man half-dressed as Santa Claus, with his suspenders hanging down and boots half tied, is too inebriated to be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Our “real” Santa Claus steps in and saves the day. However, there are many cynical characters who can’t believe that he’s real and that the North Pole does, in fact, exist. Our poor Santa gets framed and sent to a mental institution, which sends the children of New York in an uproar. The handsome John Payne, who plays a young lawyer, Fred Gailey, in the movie decides to defend Santa in court by proving he is the real thing. This movie is appropriate for the whole family!Santa Claus, the Movie (1985). My father and I have enjoyed watching this movie for years. I grew up with this movie. It’s deeply seeded within me. The first part of the film explains how an old man is granted immortality. He’s chosen as Santa Claus to deliver toys so that all the children of the world can rejoice on Christmas morning. The plot thickens, however, when we move into a more modern setting and Patch, the head elf, played by Dudley Moore, decides to leave the North Pole to see how he can fare out on his own. He then meets B.Z., played by John Lithgow. B.Z. is an evil toy manufacturer who is seeking to put Santa and the North Pole out of business. This is another movie that the whole family will love!