I am quite sentimental year-round, but I get even more ridiculously sentimental at Christmas time. Everything is about tradition and childhood memories, and one of the most important traditions in my family is watching at least some of our giant collection of Christmas movies.
I love Christmas movies. They make me feel so happy and excited. The ones we usually watch on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day give me butterflies of excitement because I associate them so strongly with that Christmassy feeling. It’s kind of sad being away from home for most of December because I miss out on all this great movie-watching.
So, over the next month, until Christmas I’ll be counting down 20 of my favorite Christmas movies. They’re in no particular order, except for a vague sense of when we usually watch them. (The best couple do come last, but other than that it’s mostly random.)
For the record, I won’t be including A Christmas Story because I’ve only seen parts of it, and what I’ve seen always seems really depressing and un-Christmassy to me. So I’m sorry if that’s your favorite Christmas movie, but only movies that are an integral part of my childhood will be included.
So, let’s begin with the movie I usually used to watch on Thanksgiving, to kick off the holiday season.
#20 Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version)
I like watching this one first because it starts with the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then moves into the Christmas season, pulling me along with it.
I love this movie, and enjoy quoting Susan Walker sometimes:
*bored, sarcastic voice* “I believe. I believe… it’s silly, but I believe.”
It’s actually a very funny movie (watch for the scene with the drunk wife) but it also has a sweet message about belief beyond reason. If you haven’t seen this one, don’t shy away from it because it’s old and black and white. It’s not boring, or slow-paced and it never loses its appeal for me.
I really like this old poster.