Thursday, December 5, 2013

{Twelve Days of Christmas} Day 5: Holiday Classics and New Favorites

Better late than never!  I must admit, writing twelve posts twelve days in a row is not the easiest thing, even though I had a pretty good plan of where I was going with this series a few weeks back.  Perhaps I should have written the posts as they came to me, instead of making lists and then referencing them every night as I write.   ...but in my defense (if you are keeping track) I never promised they'd be the Twelve Consecutive Days of Christmas ;)

Here, just in the St. Nick of time is Day 5.  (Catch what I did there?) Today I'm sharing with you a handful of my personal holiday favorites.   Television shows and movies, that is.  Some old, some new.  ...and I will really attempt to see It's a Wonderful Life this year, because I'm one of those people that still hasn't seen it.

Elf - An Arctic Narwhal plus Will Ferrell in yellow tights.  Need I say more?

Elf on the Shelf - Chippy is a tiny, animated felt legend in our home.  The boys love this quick movie and we watch it year round.  It's a reminder of believing in the magic of Christmas all year long.  (...and Taylor McTuttle's sisters are TWINS!)

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street - This 35 year old classic still makes me cry.  Follow Big Bird from the ice rink all the way up to the roof where an icicle forms on his frozen yellow beak.

The Snowman - this film tells a beautiful story through animation and music.  No words are needed.  Show it to your little ones and I guarantee they will sit still and watch with wonder.  The book is just as beautiful.

Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas - an HBO classic from my childhood.  I'm hoping the boys fall in love with this sweet story of Ma and Emmett just like I did a million years ago!  Barbecue!

The Night They Saved Christmas - were you ever lucky enough to catch this little gem?  It's a cheesy made-for-tv movie complete with terrible acting.  How do those types of shows always suck me in?  I haevn't seen it in years, but I'd watch it again in a heartbeat.

Love Actually - Although there have been many knock-offs of this fantastic movie (Valentine's Day, New Years Eve, etc), this movie is one of my all time favorite chick flicks.  I love how the movie touches upon all aspects of love and how everyone is ultimately connected somehow.  {Spoiler Alert}:  I literally melt every time I see Mark (played by easy-on-the-eyes Andrew Lincoln) pose as Christmas carolers to quietly confess his love to Keira Knightly's character.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - A reindeer with is red nose is definitely odd, but I'd totally play with a Charlie-in-the-Box.   This one's a well loved classic.

The Wizard of Oz/The Sound of Music - these obviously aren't 'holiday' movies, but they are always aired during this time of year.   I love musicals, and these are two of the best, in my opinion!

The Nightmare Before Christmas - To reiterate, I love musicals.  This one is a bit dark for the holidays, but is quintessential Tim Burton and wonderful.

Ed the super creepy Elf wants you to help him save the North Pole in The Night they Saved Christmas!

Of course, Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story are essentials in our family, as well.  That goes without saying.  What holiday shows help get you in the spirit every year?

1 comment:

  1. How can you call yourself a Christmas lover without enjoying one of the best Christmas movies?! It's a wonderful life is the perfect Christmas movie to give you that Christmas cheer (followed by a close second by White Christmas - another heartwarming Christmas movie.


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