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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

MoS Holiday Movie Madness

When the weather outside is frightful, there's nothing better than cozying up on the couch with a feel-good Christmas movie. Here are a few of our favorites we'll be watching this Christmas season.

The Holiday
Sunny LA, snowy UK, dreamy Jude Law, funny Jack Black...this movie has the best of all worlds and I am completely addicted. Anyone feeling a little frustrated by life will take heart after watching this movie, even if it is completely unrealistic! What can I say, I can never resist a Nancy Myers movie...I am so looking forward to seeing It's Complicated next week!

One draw of this movie, as in all of Nancy Meyers's movies, is the fabulous interiors!

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
This movie needs no explanation! It's an institution.
Favorite Holiday Movies, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Love Actually
I finally got around to watching this movie- a series of intertwined vignettes about love that takes place in London around Christmas time- and was pleasantly surprised. I had a hard time trying to imagine Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister chasing a klutzy assistant, but the other stories are much more heartfelt- the man hopelessly in love with his best friend's wife, the happy mother who realizes that her husband is having an affair, the widowed stepfather forging a bond with his stepson- it sounds depressing, but I promise this is an uplifting movie about the many forms of love in the world.

Miracle on 34th Street
As we get older, sometimes we forget the excitement and wonder that children have at Christmas, and this movies is a great reminder. Not gonna lie, the remake is not bad either!
Favorite Holiday Movies, Miracle on 24th St

Lifetime/Hallmark Christmas Movies
Ok, so this is more of a genre than a specific movie, but it's still one of my favorite parts of Christmas. These movies are all variations on the same two themes- a stressed single mom wondering how to pay the bills has a chance encounter with a kindly stranger who happens to be a single, good looking man, and in the holiday spirit love ensues, usually with a little nudge from Santa. Or the lives of a family short on money but big on Christmas spirit collide with that of rich, but morally bankrupt, professional (usually a lawyer), and in the Christmas spirit, he steps in to help the struggling family and in turn receives the gift of knowing that there's more to life than work and money. What can I say, these movies get me every time. Especially when they star has-been 90210 cast members.

Home Alone
Yes, I first saw this movie when I was about 8, and McCauly Caulkin is hardly that cute blonde kid he once was. Yet I am still entertained by this movie about a little boy accidentally stranded at home as his harried family flies to Paris, and his ingenious plans to thwart the pesky burglars that come around. The sequels, however- do NOT even bother.
Favorite Holiday Movies, Home Alone

It's a Wonderful Life
I must admit....I have never seen this movie! Isn't that horrible? Am I really an American? It is my Christmas goal to watch it this year!
Favorite Holiday Movies, It's a Wonderful Life

What's your favorite Christmas movie?


Lalla said...

My favorite is A Christmas Story!! That movie makes me laugh the whole way through - the pink bunny suit, the leg lamp, the Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant... love it! (And love the 24 hour marathon on TBS that starts tomorrow!)

goheels83 said...

Hahaha, i LOVE Christmas movies too! The 25 days of Christmas on ABC Family usually has good movies each night (this year they kinda sucked though!).

My favorite Christmas movies have to be Nat'l Lampoon and Home Alone. I can pretty much quote the entire movies.

The lifetime/hallmark movies get me too - hilarious. Have you seen the horrible one starring Mimi Rogers, where she works at a perfume counter? It's dreadful, but I can't ever stop watching it when its on. lol. I think its called the Christmas List or the Christmas Wish. You should check it out. :)

Merry Christmas!!!

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

The Family Stone has become an absolute favorite of my sister's and mine. That, along with The Holiday and Love Actually, are on constant loop come Thanksgiving.

Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!


Carolyn said...

Nice list... until I read that you haven't seen It's A Wonderful Life!! I highly recommend watching it on Christmas Eve... you'll have a peaceful night's sleep and wake up ready for Christmas. I wrote a song called George Bailey - would love for you to take a listen on my website or watch the youtube video below.

Thanks and happy holidays!
Carolyn Sills

Betsy said...

Love Actually is one of my favorite all-time movies--I only watch it around the holidays though. It's such a good one--I'm glad the MoS girls agree!

Merry Christmas to you both!

LindsB said...

Home Alone!! Love that movie, could watch it 100 times in a row :)

Merry Christmas!!

Kay* said...

definitely home alone.

every holiday season i watch it at least 5 times....and that's a conservative estimate. at least 2 of those times is with family - it's become a tradition.

pegr said...

"It's a wonderful life".A beautiful
movie and I tear up each and every time I watch it.

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