Holiday Inn and White Christmas

As someone who enjoys a wide variety of music, it should be of no real surprise that I enjoy many musicals.  Pair in my love of holiday films and there’s no question that I’d love to watch Holiday Inn and White Christmas.


Holiday InnHoliday Inn has been a favorite of mine for years.  I love the variety of music and all the fun dances.  Plus, I dreamt of a lovely ‘white christmas’ at an inn like the one featured.  For those that haven’t seen this one, it’s a gem and the first time the song White Christmas made an appearance in a film.  Bing Crosby definitely wins out over Fred Astaire in this movie for me. The original is black and white (which I love) and they’ve done a color version of it now as well.  As for me, I’d stick with the black and white with all the awesome shadows!



Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover have been vaudeville partners for many years but when Ted announces that he and Jim’s girlfriend, dancer Lila Dixon, are going to set off on their own, Jim decides the time has come to retire. He buys himself a farmhouse in New England and settles into the country life but soon realizes that he has an opportunity to do something special. He decides to open his inn to the public, but only on major holidays. Things are going well for him until his old partner Ted shows up and sets his sights on Jim’s new friend, Linda Mason. The film introduced the song White Christmas. (from IMDB website.)



White ChristmasWhite Christmas is one that so many friends and family raved about for years before I watched it.  It is a long movie compared to many out there with plenty of fun included.  A few years ago, my sister Sara gave me a copy on DVD to watch.  Now I feel a little tug to dig it out and watch it sometime in this next month.  Although, if push came to shove I’d watch Holiday Inn first!



After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. (from IMDB page.)


For my readers that have viewed either or both, what are YOUR impressions of the films?  Favorite songs or scenes??



This post has been submitted for inclusion in The Christian Home Issue 41 hosted here.


As the featured columnist for the Movies and Music category, you can be looking forward to weekly posts on what we are watching or music we’ve enjoyed.


Feel free to leave suggestions for me as well that are family friendly or uplifting for adults.  While I have movies and some music selections in mind, I’m always on the lookout for other great choices.

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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.


  1. Holiday Inn is a long-time favorite of mine… I did a search on the DirecTV guide and cannot find it on TV this season- no way! I love this movie, knowing the first time “White Christmas” was sung on a film. And what about the whistling in the song… great! I love how the show goes through all the holidays year-round with some singing and a bit of the old “floating on air” dancing! I always still sigh when I see Fred Astaire dancing… Thanks!

  2. It’s not Christmas until you watch Holiday Inn! It’s one of those great traditions :)

  3. Thanks for stopping by blog! I have not seen either of these movies, but have seen White Christmas being promoted on ABC Family this season and I am hoping to catch it when it comes on.

  4. Stumbling from the hop! Would LOVE the stumble thumbs-up back!

  5. I don’t think I’ve watched either of these. (I may have on an ‘old movies’ channel but I don’t think so). thanks for stumbling GivingNSharing – I’m stumbling you back. I’m also now following you so we can stay in touch. =D Are you on Google+ yet? If so, I’m following you there too.

    Tina ‘the book lady’ (adult fiction)
    (Children’s books & educational items) (only a couple more weeks this year)

  6. Where did you get the + sign on your side bar under your ‘circle me’ box? i’d like one of those on my blogs. I have the ‘circle me’ button but not the +ME button.

    Tina ‘the book lady’
    wswpub (at) gmail

  7. Love Christmas film,thanks for stumbling :)

  8. I gave you a thumbs up @ SU, please give me the stumble back.

    My post for this week’s hop is Pets and laptops contest: win $100. Perhaps you could take a part in the contest as well? 😉

  9. I love both movies! Great article, Laura! :)

  10. White Christmas is an all time favorite of mine, but Holiday Inn is a great movie as well and I’m with you B/W is always better

  11. I like both movies, but Holiday Inn strikes me as having more authenticity, although both have plots that are fundamentally absurd, which is appropriate for musicals. Holiday Inn is a more optimistic film. It is one of the culminations of the great Hollywood musical tradition. It is thoroughly forward-looking: The future will be better than the past. White Christmas is a nostalgic film. The past was better than the present and the future holds no real adventure. Holiday Inn shows an America that is still hungry. White Christmas reveals the beginnings of America’s slide into smug complacency.

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