There are certain movies that I watch every year to get into the holiday spirit.
I'm telling you this, because I've been told for years that I have a glaring hole in my Christmas movie repertoire.*
Until this morning, I had never, in my 31 years, seen It's a Wonderful Life.
(My mother, when I would mention the film, would always squinch up her face, and say "Oh, that's sad. You wouldn't like that." So I never watched it. Even though it is reputedly played on cable about 4000 times in December.)
It is sad, but not horribly. I sniffled and teared up the end, predictably. I finally understand some of the in-jokes or quotes from it that I've missed for 31 years.
But my own Christmas movies are a different list altogether:
Love Actually: Hugh Grant dancing around as Prime Minister. And Alan Rickman. I wouldn't care if Alan Rickman sat on a stool in the middle of an empty stage and read the back of a shampoo bottle, I'd show up and buy a ticket.
Holiday Inn: My parents bust this one out every year. It's okay, but I actually like...
White Christmas: ...this one better. I always thought Vera Ellen was lovely. Better costumes for the girls. :-)
Sound of Music: Though it has nothing to do with Christmas, somehow this was shown on TV around the holidays every year, so I associate it with doing a Christmas puzzle, food cooking, and a fire roaring. It makes me happy. :-)
Bridget Jones's Diary: It starts off with the holiday Turkey Curry Buffet. Mostly, this is just an excuse to watch Colin Firth for a couple of hours. ;-)
*I should probably mention that I've never seen A Christmas Story either. Maybe next year...
What are your holiday movies?