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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Movies)

During this time of the year I enjoy watching Christmas movies. My absolute favorites are Holiday Inn and White Christmas. I used to love It’s a Wonderful Life, but then it played 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a certain channel – way too much for me!  Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie George, Mary and Zuzu Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life"Wood and Maureen O’Hara; the remake with Richard Attenborough taking the Edmund Gwenn role of Kris Kringle is also good.

Anyway, I am betting that you too have a favorite holiday movie you enjoy watching. I know that Elf is very popular here. I like Grinch movies as well, (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), both the original cartoon version and the Jim Carrey version. I am interested to see if the new one is as cute as the older ones.  My dog Wiley had his picture taken with antlers like Max next to the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for our library calendar, which worked out well as he was such a scruffy guy.

I always liked A Christmas Carol as well. To me the Alistair Sims’ version is the best, but I also like Patrick Stewart and even George C. Scott’s version. Scrooged with Bill Murray is always good for a laugh. The Muppet Christmas Carol and Mickey’s Christmas Carol with all the usual characters appearing in the story are entertaining too.Michael Caine with The Muppets in "The Muppet Christmas Carol"

Many people,  like one of my nieces, loved to watch A Christmas Story, wanting to see if Ralphie would get his BB gun or not. Others love the Hallmark holiday movies, and I do too. We have several at the library for everyone to enjoy. Mrs. Miracle with Doris Roberts, The Christmas Secret, A Christmas Detour, Ice Sculpture Christmas, and many more.

A Charlie Brown Christmas was always sad for me; I always felt bad for not only Charlie Brown but his tree as well.  Home Alone has become a modern classic – when Kevin is accidentally left home alone, he wreaks havoc on two burglars.

Claymation classics show up this year as well; Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Little Drummer Boy and the modern The Nightmare before Christmas.

There are many more holiday movies out there – pick one and see if it will become your new favorite. No matter your beliefs, I think Christmas movies can be enjoyed by everyone, as they convey the idea of home, family and caring, and some foolish whimsy as well. This Holiday Season I wish you and yours happy viewing.

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