Favorite Classic Holiday Movies

Dated: 12/11/2017

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What is you favorite classic holiday movie? Why?

My absolute favorite is "It's a Wonderful Life." Haven't we all, at one time or another, wondered what life would be like without us? Well, if you have seen this movie, you've met George Bailey and family. George never realizes how important a part he's played in peoples' lives. With the help of an angel named Clarence, who is desperate to earn his wings, George is able to see the affect he's had on others. He has helped so many people and done so much good that the lives he touched would be dramatically different, had he never been born. His daughter Zuzu quotes her teacher saying, "...Teacher says, everytime a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." But, the quote from this movie that sums it all up is the inscription in a copy of the book, "Tom Sawyer" that Clarence leaves for George that says, "Dear George--Remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the Wings! Love, Clarence." The movie makes me want to help and serve others, to touch someone's live for good.

Other movies we watch as a family each year are, "Christmas Vacation," "Elf," and "A Christmas Story." Who can resist watching these over and over? Clark Griswold trying to out do himself with the Christmas lights and how badly he wants to use his Christmas bonus to build a swimming pool for his family. Or, Buddy the Elf coming to the realization that he is not a real elf, and his journey to find himself. He is just as enthusiastic and happy as you'd expect an elf to be. Then there's Ralphie longing for a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle, despite everyone including Santa, warning "you'll shoot your eye out!" Oh, and who could forget the major award that Ralphie's dad, affectionately known as "The Old Man," wins a leg lamp. And, much to the chagrin of Ralphie's mother "Mother Parker," he displays it prominately in the front window of their home. 

Our family used to sit around the dinner table and throw out movie quotes for the rest of the family to guess the movie they were from. Fun times and lots of memories have been made from watching these movies.

Here's a fun list of classic Christmas movies, so gather your family around the tv and watch a few of them. It's a fun tradition!


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