We are getting so close to the end of this 12-day challenge and I am not ashamed to admit a hint of relief. Yes, I know I put this together and although it has been fun, it has also been hard to keep on track. I guess that’s the challenge aspect. However, I am glad I committed and I hope you all have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing.
So let’s talk about my favorite Christmas movie. This is so hard as I am fairly confident that I have three in which I love equally. And each of these three movies honestly holds a special place in my sugar plum heart. What can I say? I am a 90’s kid and it’s unfortunate but true that television had a huge part in my life and still does.
So speaking of being a 90’s kid, let me introduce you to my first favorite….
Are you surprised really? This movie is a staple of holiday entertainment for me, representing fun Christmas nostalgia of my own childhood long gone. Not saying that as a child I was left home alone to fend my house off against villains. Although as a child I knew if the day came I would just follow Kevin’s lead. Regardless of how relative to my own life, the long term relationship in which I have with this classic is enough reason why it is in my top three favorite Christmas flicks.
A Christmas Carol: George C. Scott
Charles Dickens at his finest moment. This movie/book/play embodies everything the spirit of traditional Christmas is all about. It is a deeply powerful story broadcasting principles of greed, money, power and heavily contrasting them against family, love and the spirit of giving. It is dramatic, spooky and in the end I am always left feeling as though I have traveled through a lifetime of my own realizations. Perhaps that is dramatic of me to think, and maybe you could say that I am reading into the story to much, however, I believe that that is what Dickens originally intended and I myself will take those lessons in every Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Life
I always saw this movie playing on TV during Christmas but often steered clear because it is 3 hours long and in black and white, not very appealing to a child or teen. However one year I decided to see what all of the fuss was about. And when the credits rolled at the end I was still sitting on my mother’s couch on Christmas eve crying my heart out. I had experienced in that film a feeling that has never failed to stir my emotions every time I watch it since. I ran into the kitchen and gave my mother the biggest hug, and every year when I watch this movie I am left with feelings of gratitude and deep perspective.
So there you have it, my top three favorite Christmas movies, and I love them all equally. I urge you to not only watch them this holiday season but to honestly try and take in the holiday messages that they contain.
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