It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas. I have to admit it is not my favorite time of the year. In my field it means dealing with people’s depression, disappointment and anxiety. The things I do like about the holiday season are the lights, food and yes indeed, the classic TV movies about the holidays. Last night the Hallmark station did a “brand new” Christmas movie and this got me thinking…
Sometimes nothing beats the classics. It seems like most of the modern day Christmas stories are all the same with different characters. You know, there might not be Christmas, or a single mom falls in live just in time for Christmas…gag me with a chocolate Santa! Give me the classics.
Last week I watched the new Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey. Great effects and it was pleasant, however, nothing beats the original Scrooge. This movie which came out in 1951 and stared Alastair Sim, Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison was just a classic to me and reminds that despite all the crud that Christmas brings, that there can still be joy by reflecting.
For me, Christmas just would not be Christmas without The 1980s film The Christmas Story. I think it is one of the best Christmas movies ever. This movie simply makes me laugh, warms my heart and takes us in to the lives of middle class Americans. I never wanted a BB gun, but after this movie, I sure did, just didn’t want to shoot my eye out!
Another great classic is It’s A Wonderful Life. Poor George Bialy if it can go wrong it does, but when it goes right, well ring and let me earn some wings! I love this movie—always have and always will. Movies such as this just don’t get old.
So many modern Christmas movies have taken the plot from Miracle on 34th Street. I think it goes to show just how wonderful this movie is. As most of you know this movie is about a nice white haired bearded old man who claims to be Santa Claus is thought to be insane. It’s a great movie and as always, Santa is not crazy…
White Christmas which came out in 1954 and stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye is another favorite of mine. What I like about this classic is it is about sacrifice and selfless giving which in today’s workld we see so little of.
I think that is what I like about all classics. It isn’t about the giving as much as it is the acts of love. Maybe we can learn about these classics how to not buy people for Christmas but rather just show them our love with great and giving acts of kindness..
Of course there are the classic cartoons such as Rudolph, The Grinch, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Little Drummer Boy and the Grinch who Stole Christmas, Frost and what would it be without Charlie Brown.
So maybe this Christmas you might want to have a nice evening and rent some of the classics and watch them over a cup of hot chocolate and cookies. Now that’s the holidays!
By the way what is your favorite classic?