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Friday October 19th 2018

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Mickey's Christmas CarolIn my opinion, anytime is a good time to watch Christmas movies, even though most people wouldn’t think to watch them during any other month than December.  More and more, I hear people complaining about how Christmas is hitting the shelves in stores earlier and earlier.  True, it may be a little strange seeing it in the stores when it’s still in the upper 90s outside –but Christmas should just be a holiday that is celebrated once a year in the latter part of December, Christmas should be a state of mind.  That’s why I think it’s okay to listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies all year round.

This month, I’ll be bringing you my top five favorite Christmas movies.  The list of movies that I like is huge, to narrow it down to five was quite a feat, but putting them in least favorite to most favorite would be nearly impossible.  So, without further ado, in no particular order here are my Top Five Christmas Movies:

 

Mickey’s Christmas Carol – I’ve been a fan of Mickey Mouse for over 25 years, and Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Donald’s maternal uncle Scrooge McDuck turn Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carolinto a shortened version of the classic movie.  Here’s some little-known trivia: Mickey’s Christmas Carol was the first animated short with Mickey Mouse as the main character in 30 years.The Santa Clause – Tim Allen is great as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus in this 1994 movie about a man who accidently kills Santa and finds that he has been magically recruited to take his place.  You know, with Tim Allen as the main character, this movie was meant to be a side buster.  The writers included humor referencing “Home Improvement”, falling-off-the-roof humor, and my favorite, The Rose Suchak Ladder Company.  What a fabulous use of a mondegreen!

The Family Stone – I have to thank my mom for introducing me to this one.  It’s become one of my favorite movies (Christmas or not).  This movie has an outstanding cast including Diane Keaton, Claire Danes, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Dermot Mulroney to name a few.  The movie centers around the Stone family who are outgoing and maybe a little eccentric (or a lot) and their annual Christmas celebration.  Along with the ups and downs of Christmas, this movie touches on how cancer affects families, dealing with the future loss of a family member, gay adoption, and how a fish-out-of-water learns to swim right alongside the other members of the family.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Jack Skellington wants to take over Christmas.  And, who wouldn’t?  This movie has all of the things I love about a movie: great story-line, from the mind of one of the greats, Tim Burton, and great music.  I think moviefone said it all: “With a sweet fable for kids and the torture of Santa for grown-ups, it’s like ‘The Grinch’ on acid. (Um, kid-friendly acid.)”

Love Actually – A romantic-comedy centered around a Christmas story.  Well, actually eight Christmas stories rolled into one.  An all-star cast including one of my favorite actors, Hugh Grant, and too many to mention, help to this movie into a sweet valentine to romance – wrapped up in a Christmas bow.  There are story lines dealing with love that is beginning, love that is ending, and love that grows stronger.

Well, this is my list.  I know it doesn’t include Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, or A Christmas Story – but those don’t even make it into my top ten.I hope this Christmas bring you joy and happiness!  Until next time, I’ll see you at the movies!

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