A Christmasmoviephiliac’s Top 10 (plus some).

As promised, here’s the movies I do not miss during the month-long holiday-movie-marathon:

A Christmas Carol. There are multiple remakes and I have to watch ALL of them before Christmas, but my favorite take is the 1951 version with Alastair Sim as Scrooge.

It’s A Wonderful Life. My ALL time most favorite, favorite, favorite holiday movie! I’ve liked it since I was a kid and can recite most scenes (annoying to anyone who happens to watch the movie with me).

Fallen Angel with Gary Sinese. A sweet story set in Maine. 

ELF. I must admit, when I first saw this movie in the theater, I was not impressed. Maybe because all the funny parts were revealed during promotional ads. But a couple years later, I watched it on video and it was a lot funnier the 2nd time. And even more funnier the 3rd, 4th, 5th…. I now love this movie. 

A Diva’s Christmas Carol with Vanessa Williams. I know, it’s a made-for-tv movie but I think it is so funny! Is there really a diva that is that diva-ish?? 

Holiday Inn (with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire). A nice black & white classic. Cannot say more. 

Working Girl. Okay, I know, it has nothing to do with Christmas! But this movie always shows up in the guide this time of year so I’ll end up watching it. Who doesn’t love a struggling gal who gets her own office with a big window and a boxed lunch made by Harrison Ford! 

The Santa Clause. It’s cute. It’s funny. And I’m always amused at the scene when he shows up to work in sweatshirt and sweatpants. That’s like my daily work attire! 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas. And only the 1966 version!

Miracle on 34th Street. I like both renditions. 

White Christmas. Another classic that I never miss. Except, I empty the dishwasher, let out the dog or do some other task when they get to the They’re doing Choreography singing scene with Danny dressed as an artist saying “the theatuh, the theatuh, what’s happened to the theatuh?” I cannot stand that scene.

Holiday Switch. I like the storyline here. She is a wife and mom and they are broke and she breaks her favorite ornament and they cannot afford a tree. And while doing laundry, she wishes her life was different. She bumps her head and then climbs into her clothes dryer and ‘poof’ she climbs out into a glamorous life married to her old boyfriend. They are rich and he owns a gallery. But she discovers that she is unhappy and all she wants is to go back to her old life. 

The Christmas List. Another made-for-tv movie but I really like this one. It’s with Mimi Rogers (the first ex-wife of Tom Cruise) and she is almost middle-aged, dating a loser and she makes a Christmas List and she starts getting what she wished for. 

The National Dog Show. I know, this is not a Christmas movie! But come on. Who does not love dogs? (Cat owners, no need to respond). It is hosted by John O’Hurley (remember Elaine’s boss from Seinfeld?). He is funny. And, it’s held on Thanksgiving day! Look at it as the ‘kick-off’ to the holiday season. I mean, the holiday movie season!

I have probably about 10 more I would like to add to the list but I wouldn’t want to ruin Eric’s reputation. No need for people to know how sappy (or as Eric would say… pathetic!) I can be.

Now if you thought I forgot to add ‘A Christmas Story’ to this list, you are mistaken. I did not add it because I just don’t like it! Maybe because it reminds me of hanging out in my parents basement when I was a kid and the smell of sweaty, wet winter clothing lying on the cement floor in one big stinky pile, knowing that my cousin’s scarf is in there and his nose was running for several hours while we were outside. That’s what this movie reminds me of.

Cornucopia and the Romans.

Some of you may know that after 9/11 I quit my job as a Creative Director in advertising and did something crazy. Basically, I was living in Texas making more money than I needed, quit, and headed north to Chicago to spend time with my sister and my new nephew. A few months after that, I headed back home to New Hampshire for Christmas and after the New Year I bought an antique store up in Maine. I had no experience doing such, but it changed my life. I also learned the old American art of bartering since I had no money! (Settling in a small rural town that gets tons of snow and relying on an antique store that is only open during the summer for most of your income will do that to you)! I sold that store about 5 years ago but still enjoy hunting vintage and antique items to sell online. Anyways, I’m always researching new finds and came across a coin (online – I don’t own this coin) of Hadrian who was a Roman Emperor from 117 to 138 AD. He’s known as one of the ‘good’ emperors. During his reign, he traveled extensively. To commemorate his travels around the empire, coins were made personifying the places he visited. The coin pictured is of Hadrian’s second tour of Africa. I will not bore you with Roman history so lets get to the good part (And why this coin is appearing on my blog to wish people Happy Thanksgiving.) The back of the coin shows Africa (personified) reclining, holding a scorpion with a cornucopia basket at her feet. (hint… hint… cornucopia and Thanksgiving) Coming across this coin reiterates how ancient the craft of a basket maker is! And the basket must have had a huge significance to the Roman people almost 2,000 years ago to be on Hadrian’s coin. And the art of basketry still holds its significance today for so many people including myself since this is Eric’s livlihood. I think that is so cool!  But I have one question. Why is she holding a scorpion?

Happy Thanksgiving to all the basket makers out there! 
(And the ones who love them.)

True Confession… I am a Christmasmoviephiliac.

I love the week of Thanksgiving because it’s the start of Holiday Movies! Much to the dread of Eric since he would probably tell you, irritatingly, I have them on 24/7. Since I work from home, and I like to have noise in the background, the TV is often a comforting office mate. Especially if I’m working on a boring project like designing a financial newsletter (oops, I better check my list of daily blog-email-subscribers in case that client subscribed). But before Thanksgiving, I remind Eric that it’s almost time for the Christmas Movie Season!! Yah! But I do not know why he’s complaining. He actually gets a lot of work done the month of December because he’s in his workshop a lot longer (he is not a big fan like me).

So I’m compiling a small list of most of my favorites that I will post later. Soon, there will be a few networks that will be running Christmas movies over and over again. A Christmasmoviephile’s dream! My list will include theater movies and the sappy made-for-tv movies. I’ll try and keep it under 15.

** This is the definition of a Christmasmoviephiliac from Eric in his own words: “If you start watching Christmas movies before Thanksgiving, you have a problem. If you watch a Christmas movie every day, then you have a problem. If you have seen the movie at least 5 times and you still watch it, you have a problem. If you have watched it every year for more than 10 years, then you have a problem.” His words, not mine.