Holiday Movies Add to Christmas Cheer


Ever since I was a child, I have loved everything about Christmas – decorating, gift-giving, get-togethers with family and friends, candlelight services, parties, baking and cooking, music and movies. This year I was especially looking forward to seeing my favorite Christmas movies. Like most people, I watch classics like White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life every year. I also like to see Scrooge (the musical version of A Christmas Carol with Albert Finney as Scrooge, 1970), but it’s on VHS and my tapes are packed away, so I’m less likely to watch it. Besides, it’s rather long and I don’t always have the block of time I need to watch it.

it's a wonderful life

Both Lifetime and Hallmark channels have a lot of holiday movies that I enjoy seeing every year. Some of my favorites include A Christmas Card (Alice Evans, John Newton and Ed Asner, 2006), Silver Bells (Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, 2005), A Boyfriend for Christmas (Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon, Charles Durning, 2004), Comfort & Joy (Nancy McKeon, Steve Eckholdt, 2003), Holiday Affair (Cynthia Gibb, David James Elliott, 1996), An Accidental Christmas (Cynthia Gibb, David Millbern, 2007) and A Christmas Wedding (Sarah Paulson, Eric Mabius, 2006).

the christmas shoes

Years ago, CBS had several Christmas movies that I now count among my favorites. I sometimes can catch Borrowed Hearts (Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, 1997), The Christmas Gift (John Denver, Jane Kaczmarek, 1986) and The Christmas Shoes (Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, 2002) on other channels. However, Christmas in My Hometown (renamed A Holiday Romance on DVD) with Melissa Gilbert, Tim Matheson (1996), I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Ann Jillian, Robert Hayes, Jack Palance, 1997) and A Christmas Romance (Olivia Newton-John, Gregory Harrison, 1994) are only available on DVD.


12/16/2014 8:52:21 AM

I also have my favorite Christmas movies. I have to say there is something about a black and white Christmas film. Also the older ones have acting not quite right but wonderful to me. I love the time period of the older films anyway. It can be animated and still can bring tears to my eyes sometimes. I am in my fifties, not ancient but no spring chicken, Although with my health issues it is had to say. Anyway there is no movie better loved and enjoyed as a Christmas movie. I sometimes watch them in the summer for a pick me up. To say you don't have time to watch a movie is rather sad. Check your priorities life is short.

Brenda Kipp_1
12/23/2009 4:39:16 PM

Funny how that happens. :)

Cindy Murphy
12/18/2009 8:31:54 PM

Yes, yes! Tom Hanks in Polar Express! In my mind's eye I was seeing Tom Hanks as the conductor, and my mind's ear was hearing Tom Hanks, but my fingers had a mind of their own, and typed Robin Williams.

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