Holiday Movie Traditions

Every holiday season I have a tradition of watching a select number of holiday movies.  These movies are; Miracle on 34th Street (the original B&W), It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and A Christmas Story, and a few years later, Home Alone (1st one only).  These have been the holiday staple since I was a boy.  Over the last few years, I have added several movies to my holiday tradition.  First, it was How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version).  My daughter loved it and the movie grew on me quickly, until I associated it with she and I at the holidays.  Now, of course, she won’t watch it to save her life, but it is still my tradition.  Next came my late introduction to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  I don’t know why I had never been introduced to this movie before, but after one viewing of this movie, it immediately went on the Christmas Movie Tradition list.  At this point, I felt that I had a great list of holiday movies from which to carry on the tradition…then I met my wife!

Thanks to Alison’s ever-enduring patience with me, she never judged me for my holiday movie tradition, and in fact, helped me add to it.  Under the influence of Alison Marie, I have come to enjoy movies that I NEVER would have watched before, much less imagine myself enjoying.  The first movie was Love Actually, which I enjoyed immediately.  To be honest with you, before Alison, I did not even know that it was a holiday movie.  Nevertheless, Love Actually was quickly added to the holiday tradition.  Next came Elf, which I had hesitated watching because I find my enjoyment of Will Farrell movies very hit-or-miss.  However, this movie was cute and very funny and his personality fit perfectly with his character.  At this point, I figured, with 9 movies to watch each holiday season, I must have the perfect list.

However, it appears that this year I will be adding yet another title to my ever-expanding list.  Last weekend I watched A Christmas Carol, the Disney version with Jim Carrey.  When the movie came out in theaters, I was concerned about this being a horrible cartoon adaptation of the classic tale, and had no intentions of watching it.  However, Breanna requested the movie, and last weekend we all watched it as a family.  It was AMAZING!!!  The graphics were incredible, and if regular DVD was that good, I can only imagine how spectacular Blu-Ray and 3-D must be.  This was not just an adaptation, and clearly Disney put the time and effort into the movie.  The effects often had the 3-D feel, and the story was very well done.  My entire family enjoyed the movie and I knew immediately that it was going right on the holiday movie list.

The amazing thing is, I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the holiday movies that are out there.  I researched a list of holiday related movies on IMDB, only to be astounded by how many there actually are.  There are HUNDREDS of holiday movies, making my short list of favorites seem miniscule!  You will have to tell me what your favorites are.  What movies MUST I see and add to my holiday list?  You know that I’m always open to suggestions.


About timothylassiter
I am a mystery/detective novel writer who has published two novels and I'm currently working on the third novel.

2 Responses to Holiday Movie Traditions

  1. nicole says:

    one magic christmas!!

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