Mr. Nina had a terrible time with the lights this Christmas. Poor baby 😉

With Christmas only days away I’m completely off any semblence of a writing schedule. So I’ve sort of thrown up my hands and I’m diving head first into grocery shopping for all the company and wrapping presents. And to me there is nothing more festive than watching some Christmas classics while the paper is cut and the ribbons are curled. I don’t think any of these never-fail-to-watch classics will surprise many of you.

It’s a Wonderful Life is above all my favorite movie for the Christmas season. I never get tired of watching it. Usually Mr. Nina and I watch it together when we do our big wrapping session closed off in the livingroom with all the kids’ gifts piled around us. There are so many parts of this movie that bring tears to my eyes, but none more powerful than the scene where Mary is on the phone with Sam Wainwright and George is there and he’s not sure why he’s come to visit and he breaks down and realizes he’s in love with Mary. I love it! I love it! I love it! And the cutest line for me is when George gets home late and Mary tells him the stork is going to visit and he realizes they’re going to have a baby. He asks “is it a boy or a girl?” and she simply nods and replies “mmm hmmm”. It’s great.

And of course it just wouldn’t be the Christmas season if I didn’t get to see ther animated version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas“. I feel so bad for Max, the dog. He’s my favorite character. From the time the Grinch ties the antler on his head and has to saw it all off so his chin comes off the floor to the poor thing getting dragged behind the sled and he ends up on the back and waves (the picture) to the Grinch shimmying out of Max’s death grip when they’re headed down the Mount Crumpet. It makes me laugh every time.

I also watch “Miracle of 34th Street” multiple times throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas. Though I enjoy the original, it’s the 1994 version that I have fallen in love with. The little girl is absolutely adorable and she’s just so wonderful in this story. And of course who doesn’t fall in love with Dylan McDermott? It just breaks my heart when Dorrie doesn’t say yes to his original proposal. *sigh*

And there are several others including some of the classics, Santa is Coming to Town, Rudolf, and all three of the Santa Clause movies. There’s music and certain foods that have to be cooked before my Christmas is complete. So what about you? What will you be doing this week to make your celebration complete?

14 Responses to Celebrating the Season

  • “While You Were Sleeping” is one of our holiday classics. I just love that movie (probably because I don’t have to watch it alone).

    I love “It’s a Wonderful Life”, but I’m alone in our household where that movie is concerned, so I don’t get to see it as often. I like watching my movies WITH other people!

    But our holiday isn’t complete unless we go out to see a new movie. It started out being just Christmas Eve, but morphed into Christmas Day and then the day after (especially if there were several we all wanted to see). We probably won’t get the Christmas Day excursion (since we’ll be visiting friends), or the day after, but Christmas Eve is still looking promising! Traditions are hard when the kids are grown and move out!

    • Stacy – We don’t GO to the movies, but on Christmas day we put out all kinds of snacks and watch all the new DVDs the kids get for Christmas. Or play with the new gadgets. And I’m with you, it’s no fun watching movies by yourself. Merry Christmas to you!

  • All the above movies are wonderful. My husband and I watch While You Were Sleeping as we wrap the presents. It’s been a tradition for quite a while now.

    I’ve been watching all the sappy Hallmark Christmas movies, too. 🙂

    • Karen – One of the channels here is showing the sappy Hallmark movies too. They are sweet. And I’m going to have to check out “While you Were Sleeping”. I think I’ve seen it, but I didn’t realize it was a Christmas movie. Merry Christmas to you!

  • My favorite two movies for Christmas time is the Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation, which has become a tradition to watch on Thanksgiving while we’re making room for pie.

    More recently, the movie Love Actually is perfect, especially for romance writers, because it is a collective story about several friends and those that fall in love and those that get close. My hunky hero I got from that movie: Karl, in an uncharacteristic shy role for Rodrigo Santoro (he did a great job with Nicole Kidman in the Chanel No. 5 commercial). I mean I dream every year about him saying to me in his beautiful Brazilian accent, “Life is full of complications.” Hubba Hubba.

    • Sharon – I just watched Christmas Vacation the other day. It doesn’t go on my favorites list because Clark Grizwold just breaks my heart at every turn. I feel so bad for the guy. I know it ends happy, but still …

      And I’m not family with Love Actually, but a sexy Brazillian accent would certainly make my knees go weak. 😉

      Merry Christmas!

  • White Christmas, with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. I usually watch it a couple times. We watch It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas. But I also like Die Hard and Home Alone!

    • Julia – Oh, I don’t have White Christmas. I know I’d love that one. But Home Alone falls into that category of “I can’t watch cuz bad things keep happening”. I know it ends happy, but everything in the middle is just too much for me. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • The Christmas Story is a must see every year for me. Plus Gremlins. Yes, Gremlins. It is set during Christmas and Gizmo is cute and there’s monsters, etc…

    And I love watching The Christmas Carol always.

    New fave was just on Hallmark Channel tnhis weekend, Battle of the Bulbs, which was funny.

    • Sapphire – Gremilins, that’s a new one. I hadn’t heard that happened around Christmas time. And I like the older versions of A Christmas Carol.

      Merry Christmas to you!

  • One of my favorites is “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” It’s an opera written for TV by Gian Carlo Menotti, performed first back in 1951. A story about a crippled boy and his widowed mother…the three kings stop at his house overnight on their way to see the Christ child. Our church performed it when I was a kid and I got to sing in it. It used to be on TV every year when I was young, but now it’s hard to find. So I bought my own copy! More info about it here: