Hi everyone! My December has been so busy this year that I have not watched nearly as many holiday movies as I normally do. I have been working overtime and honestly, I consider myself lucky that I have read as much as I have, and that has taken priority over watching for me. I’m cool with that! All that being said though, I feel like I still have to post at least about my holiday faves, both new and old. Maybe I shouldn’t say “old,” per se, but “childhood” rather. So here are just a couple that are noteworthy at this time:
The Santa Clause … I have always loved this movie. I think my absolute favorite thing about this movie is watching the adults fall in love with Christmas as adults. We’re never too old for Christmas–I firmly believe this. Not just celebrating Christmas, but also finding magic in Christmas. We stop believing in Santa, Santa doesn’t stop believing in us. It doesn’t have to be this way, and because of this movie, I have never and will never let it be this way.
The Christmas Chronicles … First off, who doesn’t love Kurt Russell as Santa?! Dude ROCKED the hair and beard! I mean, seriously. But really, that was my favorite part. The movie had its funny moments, but it was no Santa Claus. The sister and brother in the movie do the sort of thing I would have loved to do as a kid–try to tape Santa leaving presents under the tree. They’re actually sort of successful…and they actually get to tag along! Santa isn’t too happy about it though. The sleigh crashes, Santa ends up in jail, Christmas spirit fails…but of course we have a happily ever after. Good, but pretty typical in my eyes.
A Christmas Carol (2009) … So this isn’t all that old, and it isn’t quite my “childhood” necessarily, but I do consider it nostalgic. I watch it every year and I absolutely adore this version. Why? The soundtrack. I also love the animation, and how it is a very good rendering of Dickens classic. But above all, the music in this film is absolutely SPOT. ON. If you haven’t really paid attention to it before, re-watch and really listen. Its one of those movies where there is constantly music playing throughout. Another detail to this movie is the cast. I mean, aside from Jim Carrey voicing EIGHT characters, there’s also Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright (Princess Bride reunion much??), Bob Hoskins, Callum Blue…need I go on? I love this movie.
The Princess Switch … Okay, this is my dorky romance chick flick for the year. I have no regrets on this one. So Vanessa Hudgens plays a baker from Chicago who has been chosen to compete in a ‘Royal’ baking contest judged by her long-lost-Dutchess-cousin (also played by Vanessa, of course) who is soon to marry the Prince of such-and-such foreign country. Of course, the switch-a-roo storyline is very cliche, but what makes this movie different, is the element of community and joy. Baker-Vanessa comes into the palace and questions why they are so cold toward those they throw money at via donations. She shows the Prince how to be warm towards people and what Christmas is about to those who truly have nothing. Dutchess-Vanessa humbles herself and learns to live a “normal” life with no schedules and big events and just be herself. Of course they both fall in love and its just a really nice story. I didn’t expect to like it but I really did!
That’s all I’ll include for now. Hopefully I will get a couple more goodies in over the next few days. I know I have a few more nostalgic shares and I’d love to find a couple more new gems as well. So until next time….happy watching. Feel free to share any recommendations with me as well!