The Holiday decorations are up, the trees are trimmed and the songs are playing, but some of us just can’t seem to get enough Christmas cheer until we see our favourite Holiday flick.
Holiday movies aren’t just for kids anymore. For some of us, the holiday season is the favourite time of year because without a doubt you can always find a good Christmas movie at any given time. There is nothing like getting cozy on the couch with a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa with the soft glow of the lights from the Christmas tree shining down on you while you are watching a Christmas classic with your family. (That was probably the best run on sentence that we’ve ever posted). There are so many Christmas movie favourites today, we just had to do a survey amongst our Corydon area friends.
Decking the halls and other traditions are all colossal, hilarious failures for the Griswold family in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
“It’s so ridiculous,” said Chad Cornell of Hollow Reed Holistic who picked this flick. “I just couldn’t stop laughing.” Pushy relatives, manic squirrels, and a very oversized tree—it could only be Christmas at the Griswolds.
It was no surprise that Lisa Tjaden of Radiance Gifts chose It’s A Wonderful Life. After all she is in the angel business so it makes perfect sense for her to pick this classic.
Faced with bankruptcy, George Bailey laments the day he was born until a guardian angel takes him on a journey to change his mind.
“Life is choice,” said Lisa. “Recognizing the blessings we already have can be the most important gift you’ll ever receive.” You may or may not you have your own guardian angel hovering around you, but the lesson in this film is that it’s not money that makes you rich.
Marvic Abarra, that Cupcake King from Caked with Love Co grew up watching Home Alone. This one’s a game changer for the Christmas movie category: it has action, like a zip line to the neighbors’ house and some pretty lol moments.
Eight-year-old Kevin is thrilled to spend Christmas away from his family. That is, until two bumbling burglars crash his little private party. “It’s a classic for me,” said Marvic. “I could watch it almost anytime.”
In Love Actually, no less than eight couples in different stages of love and marriage provide the heart and humor in this heartwarming holiday comedy that Linda Gershman from One Salon & Spa picked as her favourite.
“I love all the storylines,” said Linda. “You laugh and cry throughout the film.” The dreaminess factor is off the charts in this one with Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, and a young Andrew Lincoln (before his The Walking Dead fame) as romantic leads. Bill Nighy’s aging rock star and his dreadful holiday hit “Love is All Around” provide some of the funniest moments in the film.
Lisa Malbranck from The Diamond Gallery loves Babes in Toyland but she made it quite clear it us over the phone and in emails that it is the Keanu Reeves version.
In this one, our young heroine has no time for toys because she’s too busy taking care of her siblings and cooking for her mother. During the Christmas Eve blizzard, Lisa travels to Toyland in Wizard of Oz-like fashion and arrives just in time for a wedding. Young Mary Contrary is about to marry mean, old Barnaby Barnacle, despite the fact that she loves Jack Be Nimble. Lisa tries to stop this terrible wedding and, together with her new friends, discovers that Barnaby wants to take over Toyland. Lisa, Mary, Jack, and Georgie Porgie ask the Toymaster for help, but he can’t help them as long as Lisa doesn’t truly believe in toys.
“The memories of watching this with my cousins when we were young always make me smile,” said Lisa. It`s definitely my favourite.
“Linus’ true meaning of Christmas gets me everytime`I watch it,” said Beverly Kinahan from October Boutique when she describes her favourite, Charlie Brown’s Christmas.
This animated television classic has been aired annually during the Christmas season every year since its 1965 premiere.
The scene that touches Bev is when Charlie Brown asks if anybody really knows what Christmas is all about. Linus, standing alone on the stage recites the shepherd’s scene from the Gospel of Luke.
Whatever your favourite is this season, take the time to enjoy the holidays and from all of us in the Corydon area, Linus did say it best, “Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards men.”