Thursday, December 8, 2011

… christmas movies

i'm sure i'm not alone in my love for christmas movies, right? i love hunkering down with a mug of some aforementioned hot cocoa and getting in the holiday spirit. so i thought i'd share some of my favorites with you.

remember the night
this may be the best holiday movie ever. it stars barbara stanwyck as a petty thief who gets caught shoplifting just before christmas and fred macmurray as her prosecuting attorney. he wants the trial postponed until after the holidays because he thinks she'll get too much sympathy from the jury. but because he feels sorry for her he posts her bail and then ends up taking her home with him for christmas. what happens is entirely unexpected in a way. it is sweet and strange and silly. and fred macmurray and barbara stanwyck are the best (remember them in double indemnity?)

the shop around the corner
jimmy stewart and margaret sullavan play coworkers who despise each other in real life, but don't know that they are each other's secret pen pals (who are in love via mail). (sounds familiar, right? yup, you've got mail is more or less the same story.) this movie is terrific, and a bonus is that you can turn it into a drinking game by taking a swig every time someone says "matuschek". you'll be drunk within minutes.

meet me in st. louis
though it's not necessarily a christmas movie, pretty much the best part at the end takes place at christmas. and judy garland singing "have yourself a merry little christmas" is so lovely, it melts my heart. no one will ever sing that song as beautifully as she does.

the family stone
i don't know what it is about this movie, but i love it so. i know, i know, it's not great, but it gives me such warm fuzzies inside. it's got great house porn, it's got snow, it's got family drama, and rachel mcadams' character wears a dinosaur jr t-shirt at one point. total love. i watch it every year.

everyone loves this movie, right? i'm not even that big a will ferrell fan, but still it rules. it has just the right balance of schmaltz and funny. plus, when zooey deschanel sing "baby it's cold outside" it's magic.

ok, so what about you? are there any movies you look forward to watching every christmas?


  1. I love Elf! It is absolutely ridiculous and I still love it!

  2. Oooh, love Remember the Night. Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase is always on my list, too.

  3. One of my favorites has always been "The Bishop's Wife" starring Loretta Young, David Niven & Cary Grant.

  4. I love Jimmy Stewart, but haven't seen that movie. It's now on my must see list. I agree with you about Judy Garland's voice. So beautiful.

    Elf is one of my favorites. My kids love A Christmas Story.

  5. I LOVE shop around the corner! That's such a great movie!