Thursday, November 20, 2014

'Tis The Season For Holiday Movies

I cannot stress enough what a huge role movies play this time of year. Really TV in general, from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, to the Thanksgiving parade to White Christmas to the Superbowl, holiday entertainment remains a tradition in my family, and as something that Americans across the world can all joyfully take part in. 

Growing up, we didn't have TV. I watched movies, and still enjoy them, especially the classics (cue Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe) but I wasn't subject to the riffraff that my parents wisely kept me away from. About a year or two before we moved back to California, we got cable, after something like fourteen years, and it was no longer just a treat (along with swimming pools and Fruit Loops) when we stayed in a hotel. On Thanksgiving mornings, we would watch the Parade while my mother sautéed and baked, wearing her apron, her hair pulled back and her slippers on. We would watch the holiday cooking shows, and by the time we were heating up leftovers around 9:30 pm, we had started the Hallmark movies. My mother still teases me that no one in their right mind watches Hallmark and Lifetime movies (except me, of course, but maybe I'm not in my right mind, after all) 

A few of my personal favorites: 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Family Stone

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Home Alone

The Polar Express

White Christmas

I highly recommend that you watch each one of these films this holiday season because they really capture the spirit of Christmas and they're the perfect mix of laughs, sympathy and hope. I know for a fact that White Christmas and The Family Stone are on Netflix, and usually the others are played on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, which starts on December 1. 

What are some of your favorite holiday movies? Do they play a big role in your family traditions? 

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  1. Personal favorite: The Christmas Gift with John Denver. It is actually a very sweet movie...

  2. A Christmas Story is a little quirky, but a good one. I'll get the movies out for Thanksgiving in
    Fargo! : )

  3. Ahh, White Christmas is one of my absolute favorites!! (along with It's a Wonderful Life)
    I just got so excited to be home with my family watching one of these around the fireplace :D

    Happy Holidays, darling!