I love Christmas movies. I especially love sharing them with my family and friends. This year, I discovered that several of my friends had not only never seen Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck, but they’d never even heard of it! One of those people was my son’s girlfriend. I think she’s a fan now. Of course, she and I had a major meeting of the minds when deciding which Christmas movie we’d watch with them. When I mentioned Miracle on 34th Street, I said, “It’s the old one.”
She replied. “That’s the only one.”
I wholeheartedly agreed, for I refuse to even acknowledge the other versions! I think that was a very scary moment for my son.
So in case any of you need something new to watch this season—or just to be reminded of a movie you haven’t seen in several years, here are my top 5 Christmas movies:
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Holiday Inn
- Miracle on 34th Street (original version)
- Christmas in Connecticut
- [tie] Elf and Home Alone
(Notice that the top four were all made before 1950!)
Of course there are others that my family watches every year—and this year I’ve also indulged in several sappy Hallmark channel Christmas movies—but if I can only make time for a few, those are the ones that make my short list!
What are your favorites?