I love the Christmas Season
from Marion Ambrose
There are many things I love about Christmas Season – the decorations and lights, the cookies and eggnog, the search for just the right gift for everyone on my list, the Christmas Carols in the stores and on the radio! I love all these things, but what I absolutely enjoy most about the holidays is the old classic Christmas movies that come on TV! I could pull up a chair on December 1st and watch these movies clear through until Christmas Eve!!!
I would start with my favorite, The Bishop’s Wife. Cary Grant, (sigh), is the most handsome, charming angel of all time! The combination of Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young make this a magical movie!
Next, I would watch Holiday Inn. Love the music and dancing in that one! I especially love the farmhouse turned inn, and of course the SNOW! Keeping in the Bing Crosby mood, my next flick would be White Christmas. I do love Danny Kaye!!! Again, great music and dancing!
On to It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart. This is a holiday must see!!!! I even have an “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas village that was given to me by a dear friend. I look forward to putting it up every year.
Another great choice is Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck. I wasn’t a big Stanwyck fan until this movie. She’s funny and fresh in her role as a writer who specializes in cooking articles, when she can’t cook a thing herself!
And finally there are the 2 “street” movies. The first, Miracle on 34th Street had two versions. My favorite is the original with Natalie Wood, although the remake is pretty good too. The other “street movie” is It Happened on Fifth Avenue. It’s not the most “Christmassy” movie of the lot, but it’s very witty and clever.
There are lots of others I love to watch, but these are the ones I always think of when the holiday season comes along. I guess because they’re all nostalgic, sentimental and have happy endings. They speak of a simpler time, when things, like most of these movies, were black and white. Watching them is like giving your mind and your spirit a little vacation from reality. Each one is like unwrapping a lovely gift wrapped in festive paper. As the story unfolds, you find yourself more and more filled with Christmas Spirit.
So I think I’ll grab a bag of Pirate Booty (my favorite movie snack) and a Diet Coke and pop in one of these Christmas Classics!
Guest Blogger Marion Ambrose is my friend. She is a terrific writer and a fabulous teacher, volunteer and active member of Melbourne Women’s Club and Friends of the Shield.
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