I do feel compelled to start off by stating “My name is Laura and I am a holiday movie addict.”
Yes, if we had the Hallmark Channel coming into the house, I would be drawn to the TV like a moth to light. There is just something about the different holiday movies that makes me want to watch them. We do get Lifetime Movie Network, which has their own collection of shows that fit this category. And, ABC Family has a wide variety of shows as well.
Now…not all are created equal. And, while I have some perennial favorites, I do not watch them every year. Instead, I end up staggering them more than I do the kid ones.
It’s A Wonderful Life
This is actually a favorite to watch on Christmas Eve while wrapping presents. This started when I was in high school and I often put it on while wrapping the boys’ gifts. I received it on VHS from my sisters one year many years ago. I’ve since replaced it with a DVD copy. I do NOT watch it every year, though, as it starts to lose its luster for me with too much repetition. Sadly, I have not been able to get the boys to sit and watch it with me. They will balk at the older movies, even though the few they’ve watched have been enjoyed.
I do not own this one, but have usually found it on TV sometime during the holiday season. I haven’t found it this year, but figure I don’t mind missing it this year if need be. Besides, my sister gave me a copy of White Christmas that I can put on to help fill the gap. After all, it’s more about the music and dancing for me than the story line.
Versions of A Christmas Carol
This story resonates so well for people, or at least that’s what I’d guess considering how many different versions of it there are! My personal favorites include Scrooged (I LOVE Carol Kane’s fairy!) and An American Christmas Carol (with Henry Winkler). I almost bought a copy of An American Christmas Carol off Amazon a few years ago. I now wish I had as I can never find anyone airing it and it is not readily available for purchase.
A Christmas Story
Sadly, we never did do a drive by the house featured in this movie when we were living in NE Ohio. This is one that Mr. O enjoys as do the boys. They’ve only seen the edited for TV version and really ‘relate’ to Ralphie wanting that Red Rider BB gun. We don’t own a copy, but it ususally makes an appearance on cable right before Christmas Day.
Now, as I mentioned I do watch my fair share (or more!) of the contemporary holiday movies from Hallmark, Lifetime, ABC Family etc. I’ll confess that the ones on Hallmark are better, in my opinion, than the ones on Lifetime. But, it’s the ones on ABC Family and Lifetime I’ve seen this year. As much as I miss Hallmark Channel, it isn’t worth $20 per month to upgrade the cable for it.
Some favorites found on these cable stations include Three Days, One Magic Christmas, The Story Lady and Borrowed Hearts. All of these have a common theme of people finding out that their relationships are more important than they previously viewed them to be. Others like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation just have you in stitches. Considering how easy it can be to feel a little blue, I like something to brighten my day.
I did find (while double checking some movie titles) that Hallmark has a few you can watch online. If my bandwidth isn’t close to it’s limit, I just might get the chance to watch a few that I enjoyed last year. I’ll be picking between Mrs. Miracle and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year if I do watch one. ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas has a selection of shows that can be watched online as well. There are quite a few ones for the kids I’ve never heard of before now. Lifetime has a few for watching on-line, many of them are also on demand through our cable provider. That’s how I watched Under the Mistletoe & Recipe for a Perfect Christmas this year. I’m adding Marry Me to my list as it just landed in that que.
Anyone have some recommendations to help fill my insatiable quest for holiday movies?? Feel free to leave suggestions in a comment if you’ve got the time.