The Most Popular Holiday Movies

28 Nov

By Ozzie

As the holiday season is upon us we decided to look at some classic Christmas movies and what makes them memorable to us.

Generally, there are two major reasons why these films are popular. It’s the thoughts and feelings behind traditions and familiarity. Holiday movies often have a wide appeal, bringing young and old together to sit and some family time together with some snacks and hot chocolate! The films watched may become a family tradition. When it becomes a yearly event, the previous knowledge of the film and the good times had by the family become familiar and comforting. Even if a tradition is broken, separate family members can watch the film individually and still enjoy the festive mood as they are reminded of good times they spent with their family and friends. So let’s take a look at a few classic films as well as few recent ones that may become classics themselves.[1]

It’s a Wonderful Life

Released in 1947, this film starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, was not well received initially. It never broke even during its initial run at the cinema! Although receiving mixed reviews at the time (but now has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 95%!), its success didn’t take off till the 1980’s when the copyright was relaxed and became available for local TV network stations to show annually. The film gained in popularity as it reached a wider audience. Today it is a World Wide classic and has also been declared “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation.[2]” The story follows a man given the chance by an angel, to see what life would be like if he never existed. Its message is that no matter how bad life is or how insignificant you feel, to not give up, as you are still important to all those you are connected too.[3]

Miracle on 34th Street

The original Miracle on 3th Street was made in 1947. This film fared much better than It’s a Wonderful Life and it made the list for preservation by the Library of Congress too.  It received positive reviews when it was released and still is popular with modern critics (94% on Totten Tomatoes).Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara and John Payne, it centres around an old man who was hire to work as Macy’s store Father Christmas. The old man however, really believes he is[4] Santa Claus and after a visit from the store’s psychologist, he is declared insane and thrown into a mental institution. A young lawyer takes up his case and fights for his freedom. This is a great film to remind us that no matter what age we are, fantasies and dreams should still be part of us![5]

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)

No Christmas classic film list can be without an adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens’! Although there have been many adaptations of this book since the invention of film (the first movies of this book were made in 1908), the 1951 adaptation called Scrooge (known in the US as A Christmas Carol) is perhaps the first well known one. Like It’s a Wonderful Life, it too received mixed reviews and did not perform well in the box office. It also grew in popularity over the years too and now has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 83% and is viewed as the most faithful adaptation of the novel[6]. Starring Alastair Sim, Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison its plot is centred on a bitter stingy old man who is visited by three ghosts in an attempt to change his ways. It reminds us redemption can happen at any age and that it is never too late to try and change one’s self for the better.

White Christmas

White Christmas (made in 1954) was one of the most successful movies of that year. It still has a relatively high score at Rotten Tomatoes with 75%. This film is a musical about two friends in the army during the 2nd World War, pairing up with two sisters to create an entertainment act. They end up helping their former commander, who now runs a failing lodge. It stars the very popular Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. This film is a classic because of its funny and entertaining nature.[7]

So with just a few old classic mentioned, let’s look to see what more modern films may become classics!

The Nightmare before Christmas

Released in 1993, this film could already be classed as a modern classic for both Halloween and Christmas! The plot is about Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, trying to discover what Christmas is after stumbling into Christmas Town. Bored with Halloween he sets off on a mission to bring his own version of Christmas to the world. Starring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara, it has an astounding 96% score at Rotten Tomatoes already!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This one is 50/50 at the moment, you either love it or you hate it, but it may do better as time goes on. This is an adaptation of the book How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, made in the year 2000. Jim Carey stars at the Grinch, a creature that hates Christmas so much that one year, he decides he’ll steal it. It has a rating of 53% at Rotten Tomatoes. Either you see it as an eccentric richly detailed world or a tacky over the top mess![8]

 Elf

Made in 2003, Elf is about a human baby adopted and raised by Elves. One day realises he’s not an elf and so he makes his way to New York City to find his birth father. Along the way he causes mayhem! Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Bob Newbert, it has a respectable rating of 84%[9]

Love Actually

This film follows the lives of eight couples (whose lives are intertwined with each other) in London during the run up period before Christmas. It stars a massive cast that includes Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Sienna Guillory, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman and Keira Knightley. Released in 2003, this Rom-Com scores 63% at Rotten Tomatoes.[10]

The Polar Express

This is another film that you’ll either love or hate! Tom Hanks plays the voice of six characters in the 2004 movie. It is about a boy who is starting to doubt Christmas. In the middle of the night he is woken up by a train coming down the middle of his street! This magical train takes a few lucky children to the North Pole to visit Santa before he sets off on his rounds on Christmas Eve. It has a rating of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. Either you’ll find it visually stunning or cheesy with weird characters![11]

Those are just a brief few movies that spring to mind! Of course not all films have to be about the festive session to qualify as one. Many unrelated themed movies end up becoming Holiday movies because they are also repeated year after year. For example, in the UK you can normally find The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz being shown on TV! So please feel free to add your own “non-festive” holiday movies, your favourite classic and modern Christmas film, as well as your thoughts on what makes these films memorable to the comments. Let’s see how many fond memories we can stir up with our reminiscing!

 Please join us for a discussion Tuesday 11/29/2011@7pE/12UTC


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122 Responses to “The Most Popular Holiday Movies”

  1. comic relief November 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM #

    I’m sorry, pertaining to the “Polar Express”, I’ve always been in the “HATE IT” category but even I know my assessment is completely unfair. If I remember right, “Polar Express” was one of the first movies to be entirely CGI. It was; yet because I wasn’t remotely fooled, I thought it was garbage. I’m not nearly as critical about CGI movies today, but then I was. Maybe one day I will be able to sit through the entire film.

    I broke the “if you can’t say something nice…” rule, but I am in recovery and hope others will give the film another chance.

    • littlebells November 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

      Oh CR! I wasn’t/am not ahuge fan myself. 🙂

      Ozzie: great article and stroll down memory lane. Of course I am a White Christmas fan! Love the songs and dances!!!!

      Our family is on the clay-mation kick of Burl Ive’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We also enjoy A Christmas Story and NL’s Christmas Vacation. 🙂

      • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:20 PM #

        Thanks LB and CR!

        I don’t mind Polar Express but that’s mainly because of the songs in it. The children do annoy me and the animation seems a bit creepy. There’s something about their faces which makes me shudder but I can’t pin point what it is, lol!

        My favourite part is the hot chocolate song.

        • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM #

          I keep telling myself “be tolerant, be tolerant,…”

          Why did Tom Hanks play so many diffeerent roles, I still think that’s creepy. IS THAT WHAT HE HAD TO DO TO EXCUSE HIS SALARY?

          sorry…..
          “be tolerant, be tolerant,be tolerant, be tolerant,…”

          • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM #

            Lol, rant away! I don’t mind at all! 🙂

  2. comic relief November 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM #

    LB,

    I’ve been thinking about this for two days. I’m still looking for Burl Ive’s. Anyway Here goes… l love this stuff too.

    • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM #

      See if you persevere;….Burl Ives!!!!!

      • littlebells November 29, 2011 at 1:50 PM #

        You are my hero! U can actually buy a cd at Target that has all the old classic songs with Burl Ives, jimmy Durante (Frosty the Snowman), the Chipmunks, the Muppets,Bing Crosby and the Andrew sisters. It’s called Holly Jolly Christmas. It’s awesome!

  3. Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:05 PM #

    Hi Everyone!

    Welcome new and returning visitors. Let me read and get caught up.

    • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:08 PM #

      Hi OB,

      I’m here.

      • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:12 PM #

        Hi CR!

  4. Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:11 PM #

    My favorite classic and favorite film quote. “Every time a bell rings an angel get there wings.” LOL!

    What about Frosty? I love all those songs.

    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:13 PM #

      • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:15 PM #

        I’s amazing I’m such a sucker for that stuff. I like a great deal of the stuff above as well.

        • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:16 PM #

          “It’s” amazing…

        • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:20 PM #

          When I first saw Frosty as a child I cried. I still get a little tear every time I watch it. It’s horrible…

          • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM #

            Oh my gosh!!!! Frosty!!!! They don’t make them like they used to. That’s really kinda pathetic and sad. I get teary eyed too, but now it’s for nostalgic reasons. I find, that these cartoons came from a more innocent time for children.

            • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM #

              So true!! Great point LB… The innocent quality is so heart warming.

          • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:25 PM #

            Does America have The Snowman? I think it might be based on Frosty the Snowman but I’m not sure. Anyway, it always makes me cry too!

            https://linkedinhollywood.com/2011/11/28/the-most-popular-holiday-movies/#comment-13407

            • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

              What scene in Frosty make u teary eyed?

              • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM #

                Oops, posted the wrong link!

                I’m not sure if I’ve seen Frosty the Snowman but with The Snowman it’s the ending. I don’t know if I should post what happens in case I spoil it for someone, lol!

                I’ve just remembered, we used to sing this in the school choir!

            • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM #

              Yes and I absolutely adore it!!!!! I love the music!

              • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM #

                hahahahahaha!!!! JINX!!! 🙂

                • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM #

                  Yay, you do see The Snowman in America!

                  • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:40 PM #

                    I’ve never seen this? CR what about u?

                    • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM #

                      You absolutely need to find it and watch it. There is about maybe one sentence of dialogue. The rest of the story is told through emotion and music. Absolutely beautiful.

                    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:56 PM #

                      I will watch it. The Music is nice.

            • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM #

              Speaking of making you cry, this song was supposed to be festive but it always made me sad.

              I never handled adult themes and adult Jazz music in kid shows as well as I should have.

              • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM #

                I love this song, actually! haha!!! Oh well. I think for me, it just made me relax. I love Charlie Brown. My 20 month old son reminds me of Linus because he is always dragging his blanket around.

                • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:38 PM #

                  Oh! I like u LB!! Hahahaha!! Love this stuff. That sad Christmas tree. I would totally go for it. LOL!!

                  • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:40 PM #

                    I’ve always wanted a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!!! hahaha! 🙂

        • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:27 PM #

          Doing Frosty too; Rankin-Bass was a real powerhouse. It produced more than one form of animation; and they even produced “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the year before. They also produced all of this music and programmed most of the holiday kid entertainment of my childhood.

          I don’t know any animation house that is nearly this influential in pop culture today.

          • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM #

            Those are amazing facts CR.

            • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM #

              Thanks.

              • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:41 PM #

                Cool facts, CR! Very interesting!

    • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:22 PM #

      Lol, my Mum still says that Quote all the time, lol!

      • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:26 PM #

        Hi Ozzie,

        Great article!

        OK my all time favorite animation after Frosty is Grinch.

        • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

          I like the Grinch as well. How would you compare the animation to the live action?

          • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM #

            Are u asking me, CR or Ozzie?

            For me I like the innocent and simplicity of traditional animation. It allows the story to really take full precedence.

            • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM #

              You OB. 🙂 I like the animation one as well for the exact same reason. The live one was good too, but then you start getting ornate on sets, costumes, and jokes when you really don’t need all of it.

            • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

              I like both, but the animated versus live experience is completely different.

              I just laugh at the animated Dr. seuss version.

              The live action version makes me worry about odd issues like public and personal Hygiene.

              • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM #

                CR U Said: “The live action version makes me worry about odd issues like public and personal Hygiene.”

                LOL!! Classic….

                • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:04 PM #

                  Well, I amost feel like I can smell that Grinch. No offense Jim, we can blame that on hair and makeup.

          • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:39 PM #

            I’ve only seen the live action one. I don’t remember the seing the animation one.

            • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:47 PM #

              Here’s the animated version.

              If you get a chance I would watch the whole thing. You won’t feel you need a bath afterward.

              • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:51 PM #

                Lol! Cheers for posting the video CR! I have wondered about the animated version.

        • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:29 PM #

          Thank you OB!

          I had fun looking at all the Christmas films. It’s reminded me that I really need to watch the old ones again because I was a kid when I last watched them and I can’t remember much about them.

          • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM #

            I forgot to say I like the Grinch too. I love Whoville!

            • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM #

              Whoville song is AWESOME!!

              • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM #

                I love this song too!

        • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM #

          I agree great article.

          • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM #

            Thanks CR! 🙂

  5. comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:17 PM #

    I’m glad were talking about this topic this early.

    Weeks ago, during Lurker’s article we talked about how Hollywood needed to make an abundance of money during the Christmas season to have any ability to match last year’s box office profits.

    Many of those movies will be screening in the next few weeks, and it may be difficult to return to this essential content then.

    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:23 PM #

      So true. Do u think u would tolerate HW remaking any of these films?

      • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:25 PM #

        Uh no. Affirmative. I think they SHOULD put them out in the theaters for at least two weeks, but that’s just me. They should designate one theater specifically to the classics. I know some theaters do it, but it’s usually for a night. I think they should be out all Christmas season!

        • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:06 PM #

          agreed.

          • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:32 PM #

            But u liked the live action Grinch film CR? What gives? Please explain.

  6. comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:19 PM #

    I guess this movie can never get old.

  7. Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:22 PM #

    Hi everyone!

    I literally just pulled into town 20 minutes ago! Let me get caught up. 🙂

    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM #

      Hi LB-

      U are amazing!! How is Mickey?

      • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

        Mickey is great! Although we didn’t see him. We were too busy power walking and riding almost every ride 2-3 times each from the minute the park opened until it closed. IT WAS AWESOME!!!! 🙂

        • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM #

          that sounds fun!!!! I need to find a red hat, because I’m already green with envy.

          • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:39 PM #

            (Disneyland isn’t going anywhere. 😉 )

            • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:43 PM #

              I’m glad you had a good time LB! I love Disney!

  8. Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:38 PM #

    Do you think children would enjoy these cartoons/animations as much as we did as children?

    • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM #

      Good question! I don’t know but I hope so. I think they should be aware of the amazing ones out there.

    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:54 PM #

      I don’t know. Kids today are so use to hyperrealism I’m not sure if they would be satisfied with traditional animation. It’s sad!!

  9. Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

    ARe there any Christmas films that you feel aren’t that great?

    Ok, I’m about to pass out, I’m so tired. I will come back later and check in. 🙂

    • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

      ps. I’m glad we are back to our live discussions! I missed them!!

    • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 7:57 PM #

      “A christmas carol” is sometimes extremely sketchy.

      Sometimes it extends the classic, sometimes it doesn’t…



      • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM #

        I’m impressed with the animation of the Jim Carrey animated version.

        Here’s the second version….

        • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:05 PM #

          Great. Lovin your videos CR..

        • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM #

          I want to see the Jim Carey one. Fortunatly I think it’s on TV this year!

          I remember watching the muppets christmas carol too! I reminds me of my old best friend. I remember watching it round her house! Sadly she moved and we lost contact but this film always makes me smile and think about her!

  10. Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

    Love this song.

  11. Open Book November 29, 2011 at 7:58 PM #

    Ozzie- What do u think about the live action Grinch versus the animation?

    • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:01 PM #

      She commented above.

      • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:02 PM #

        Oh! Thanks….

  12. Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:02 PM #

    LB-

    I did not like Arthur Christmas. All the Alvin & the Chipmunks

    New Year’s Eve slated to come out December 9th.

    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM #

      I forgot to add Polar Express to the list as well.

      • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM #

        Your dislike list? Ozzie called it in the article; you will either like it or hate it.

        • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:19 PM #

          Hmmm, I’ll have to think about this one! I know there are some but I can’t remember them. Maybe they were so bad my mind decided to erase all traces of it!

        • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:19 PM #

          I HATE THIS FILM. It’s so over the top. Yeah dislike list.

          • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM #

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

            • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:31 PM #

              Lol! Which one? The Polar Express?

              I love hearing your thoughts on it because I’ve never come across someone not liking it. It was only when I went looking for the reviews that I found out. I was glad to discover that some people think the human animation was wierd, even if I do like the film itself!

              • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:36 PM #

                Yes! I’m Sorry The Polar Express. I can’t stand it because it over powers the sweet story. It’s like the art department jerk off festival. I found it a complete waste of my fifteen minutes I spent in the theaters.

                • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

                  Art department jerk off festival, Lol! I love that!

                  I can see your point, actually. Thanks for giving your thoughts on it!

                  • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:51 PM #

                    Yes! They were animating every hair follicle. What did that add to the story? Come ON!!! Clearly I have lost my cool on this one. I will step away from the computer now.

                • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 9:39 PM #

                  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! 🙂 🙂 Yes I think the human animation was really weird.

  13. Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM #

    Everyone-

    What do u think of Love Actually? Do u like this film?

    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM #

      • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:18 PM #

        This is such a sweet crush story.

        • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM #

          This is so funny and fondue worthy!! I could not help it.

          • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM #

            Say No to Drugs kids…

            • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:26 PM #

              I love that part of the movie, lol!

              • comic relief November 30, 2011 at 1:36 PM #

                OB,

                This is Hilarious. He does insincere so well.

        • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM #

          I was surprised as I don’t really like Rom Coms but I liked this one. Not enough to buy it but enough to watch it on tv if it ever came on. Plus it have one of my most favourite songs ever!

          • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:28 PM #

            I like this song Ozzie. I don’t remember this song in the film though? I will have to stream it.

            • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:34 PM #

              Yes, I don’t remember which part it was in either.

      • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:20 PM #

        I thought it was good and very unusul given the other options.

        It’s adult and has adult themes.
        Is not based in the US.
        Has a little more diversity.
        It isn’t always cheerful.
        It’s a great addition to the group.

        Again nice job Ozzie.

  14. comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:43 PM #

    On the music front; which one do you think is better or do you think there is any comparison:

    Judy Garland:

    Mariah Carrey:

    • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:46 PM #

      I prefer Judy Garland over Mariah Carey!

      • comic relief December 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM #

        In terms time periods the change in styles is so incredible. Really no negative evaluation at all: Judy Garland is so regal and so sophisticated. I actually like Mariah as well; by comparison even with the 50’s (esque) song that tight dress and bluesy song styling are from a totally different (far more sexual) planet.

        I know the event was taped at Disney World, but she looks like she’s dressed for Spring Break.

  15. comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:43 PM #

    Which one do you think is better or do you think there is any comparison:

    Bing Crosby:

    Justin Beiber:

    • ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM #

      I prefer Bing Crosby. When I heard that Beiber’s song, I thought my brain may start leaking out of my ears!

      • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:54 PM #

        LOL!!

        • comic relief December 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM #

          I sort of feel the same about a Crosby/Beiber comparison as I do a Garland/Carrey comparison. Like Crosby, Beiber is nearly the pop cultural spokesman for the largest demographic.
          Of course the more soulful delivery is different, yet one can’t help but notice the extreme difference in Beiber’s youth versus and the elderstatemen’s age.

  16. ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:44 PM #

    I think this one is good. It’s the adaptation of Terry Prachett’s book, The Hogfather.

    • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM #

      What is the hogfather? I never saw this before. It looks scary.

      • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:59 PM #

        I’m not sure I understand all of the scary christmas stuff.

  17. ozzie20 November 29, 2011 at 8:50 PM #

    Ok, I’m off now! I’ve had alot of fun! I’ll come back tomorrow and check to see if there any more comments.

    Night all!

    • Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM #

      Goodnight Ozzie! Wonderful article and discussion.

  18. comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:51 PM #

    Which one do you think is better or do you think there is any comparison:

    Michael Jackson (Jackson 5):

    Miley Cyrus:

    • comic relief November 29, 2011 at 8:56 PM #

      I think the Jackson’s costumes should be burned but after listening to Miley I feel at least two years older.

      I should go rest.

      Good job Ozzie.

  19. Open Book November 29, 2011 at 8:56 PM #

    Everyone-

    I’m going to say goodnight as well. This was so much fun. Thanks for sharing!!

  20. 4string November 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM #

    A Christmas Story and Rudolph are my favs. 🙂

    • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 9:42 PM #

      Great films!!

      As for comparing Bing and Judy with today’s artists: you can’t. It’s like comparing the Taj Mahal (sp?) to the sand castle I build at the beach. Yes, Mariah and Justin are great! But nothing comes close to the original artists. They sing it purely and don’t need a lot of this and that to make the song great. Totally my opinion. I’m a traditionalist. 🙂

    • Littlebells November 29, 2011 at 9:50 PM #

      From Christmas Vacation (there is language):

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

      • comic relief December 1, 2011 at 12:27 PM #

        “A christmas story” is a great addition.

  21. Sony December 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM #

    Hi Ozzie,
    sorry for being so late to the party, I hope I’m not too late to add my 2cents here. I can speak for my husband and me about our most favourite holiday movies which are
    1) “We are no angels” from 1955 with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray, directed by Michael Curtiz because the story is so funny and during the whole movie we are on the side of the “bad” ones who are so helpful to the “good” ones and the end is just like everyone wants it to be – thanks to Adolf!!!
    2) “Love actually” because of the fabulous cast, especially Bill Nighy! and the wonderful soundtrack. Although this movie is quite young we watch it every 4th advent, having some hot wine punch and christmas cookies.
    3) Little Lord Fountleroy” with Sir Alec Guinness, although only the final scene is about Christmas but the whole movie is such a wonderful fairy tale and Sir Alec is so good as Earl of Dorincourt, extremely arrogant at the beginning but you can see how his grandson’s love for him is melting his cold heart in every scene and we really love happy ends!
    I’m looking forward to your next article!

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