Even though the first day of winter is still technically 18 days away, I’d like to officially declare that winter is in fact here. And after taking one meteorology course in college, I feel confident saying that Winter Solstice has arrived early this year.
I don’t particularly love winter, mostly because I hate being cold and scraping thick ice off my windshield, and dealing with phenomenally static-y hair. But I do love all of the wonderful, romantic things that come with winter. I love the first snow fall, which for us here in Madison, Wisconsin, is only hours away. There’s nothing like the quiet, muffled sound of the outdoors after a fresh snow fall. God I love that! Oh and that delightful scent in the evening of fires burning in fireplaces. Glorious.
I love the holidays, ice-skating, sledding, hot chocolate, sitting by the fire, Christmas lights, Christmas cookies, Christmas music, Christmas catalogs, Christmas decorations (okay…i’m starting to see a theme here)… you get the drift. But if there is one thing that puts me more in the mood for winter and the holidays…it’s Christmas movies. Lord have mercy, I love me some Christmas movies.
Christmas movies have been a staple in my home since I can remember. The four of us kids would watch the same Christmas movies year after year. The sweet memories of us snuggled up on the couch under my grandma’s afghan blankets, watching the movies on our old VHS machine, are so precious to me. I feel like it was yesterday. I even have a deep affection for the TV commercials that were on those tapes – like the Maxwell House, Pillsbury, Crisco, and Energizer holiday commercials. I can still picture them.
These are the Christmas movies that have been a part of my life for either 3 years or 32 years, and I love them all.
- The Night They Saved Christmas – BEST. MOVIE. EVER.
- Christmas Comes to PacLand (Yes, even PacMan had his own Christmas film)
- A Chipmunk Christmas
- Frosty the Snowman
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- National Lampoon’s ‘Christmas Vacation’
- A Christmas Story
Home Alone (I’ve decided to remove this. it’s a great film, but I don’t watch it anymore really, so I think I’ll give it a rest.)
- Elf (Doh! I cannot believe I forgot this one. This was an after-thought addition…thanks to my friend nancy for reminding me. Umm, I’ve already watched this movie twice this year. There’s something wrong with me.)
- Love Actually
- The Holiday
- Home for the Holidays
Super Classics (Super-oldies my mom made me watch and I now love)
- White Christmas
- Christmas in Connecticut
- The Bishop’s Wife
- Miracle on 34th Street
I’ve already watched three Christmas movies since Thanksgiving. I’m off to a good start this year and look forward to watching many more. What are your favorite Christmas movies or favorite things about winter?