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December 08, 2015


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, I love Christmas in Connecticut!

But The Bishop's Wife--because of what happens in the end--always worried me. Although what a cast! Maybe I'll try it again.. After my deadline. oxxo

Mario in DC

It wouldn't be Christmas without hearing the Lux Radio Theatre production of Miracle on 34th Street. Once I get a television again, though, I'll be looking forward to seeing the movie, too. And I must admit to a great fondness of the musical, Scrooge, with Albert Finney. Plus four half-hour animations: Charlie Brown's Christmas, The Snowman (based on the Raymond Briggs book), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Wish for Wings That Work.

Sally Schmidt

Your list could be my list. I'll bring the popcorn! I can also watch White Christmas over and over and because I grew up in Northwest Indiana The Christmas Story seems like home to me. We always start the season Thanksgiving afternoon by watching Miracle on 34th Street.

Happy Holidays!


I've just bought Holiday Inn, The Man Who Came To Dinner and The Bishop's Wife! To add to Christmas in Ct., Miracle on 34th St, and White Christmas. That's my favourite ever. My sister and I spent the whole Christmas holidays once, cracking ourselves up saying "mutual, I'm sure" until everyone else was sick of us.

Dean James

I have seen Holiday Inn and enjoyed it. Need to watch it again. Same with Miracle on 34th Street, which I last saw over 20 years ago. Think I've seen White Christmas, but I tend to get it and Holiday Inn confused, anyway...

Eileen Dreyer

I adore Bishop's Wife, especially the inerplay between the poor, beleagered Niven and Grant. Yes, White Christmas(Holiday Inn not so much. It's like WC without editing).

My newest addition is While You Were Sleeping, which is all about the power and need for family. (okay, and Die Hard, but not for all the usual reasons)

Celia Fowler

You picked two of my favorite movies--I dearly love them both, especially Barbara Stanwyck in Christmas in Connecticut! Another favorite is Scrooge with Albert Finney~

Donna Andrews

Dean, Rest Ye Merry is one of my holiday traditions as well! If I can't find the time to read the whole book, I at least read the first chapter.

Kate Charles

Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Elf, Scrooge (Alistair Sim), Scroooge (musical with Albert Finney), Muppet Christmas Carol, Polar Express, Holiday Inn.

Kristin Lundgren

Great classic choices. I would add Holiday Inn, and White Christmas. For modern ones, I love Christmas Vacation, and fun ones like Deck the Halls and Jingle all the Way. Not so critically acclaimed, but they fit the need to lift my spirits which tend to sink during this time. I have a large stack of various types. And I am a sucker for Hallmark ones, the cuter the better. Like A Dogwalker's Christmas.

Ellie Enos

Donovan's Reef is a must see. It was filmed in Kauai, Hawaii and features John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Warden, Dorothy Lamour, and Cesar Romero. John Ford directed the movie--his last collaboration with John Wayne. It has humor, magnificent scenery, Waltzing Matilda, and am important message about the meaning of Christmas. My second favorite is Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas. We first watched it in Alaska when our daughter was five years old and we've made it a family tradition for the last 35 years!

Ruth Nixon

Love old movies and at 80 most of them I saw the first time around.My two favorites are Holiday Inn and White Christmas. Dean you have an old soul.

Dean (Miranda) James

Ellie, I don't know either of those movies. They both sound intriguing. Kristin, I have not seen your modern ones either, and I haven't caught any of the Hallmark channel ones recently.

Dean (Miranda) James

Ruth, I certainly do feel like that sometimes, especially as I get older and certain contemporary things annoy me.

Nancy L Gessner

I admit to being addicted to Christmas movies and music. I own too many Christmas CDs and just enough Christmas DVDs to make my season merry. Some of my favorites are Holiday Inn (sorry White Christmas is nice but the original music and story is better in Holiday Inn), The Bishop's Wife, The Shop Around the Corner (and its remakes) and Christmas in Connecticut. Don't forget Come to the Stable, Bachelor Mother (and its remake) and Remember the Night. TCM is my source for these often under appreciated gems. I watch Donovan's Reef whenever I can as well as Meet Me in St. Louis. I also watch the Hallmark movies especially the Hallmark Hall of Fame ones and Lifetime and ABC Family. As I said I am addicted to them!

Nancy L Gessner

Oops forgot some. Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas (Jim Henson) and some of the newer ones do make me laugh-Christmas Vacation and The Santa Clause series. But I am also addicted to books about Christmas or with Christmas themes. Skipping Christmas by David Baldacci (much better than the movie), The Christmas Train by John Grisham and "children's Christmas books" The North Pole Express (I bought this for my nephew autographed by Chris Van Allsburg when he was doing a signing to promote this then new book at the old Barnes & Noble 'annex' on 5th Ave.) So I search Barnes & Noble, Bookpages and my local library so that I can find Christmas books. Then I can read, listen to and watch Christmas as much as I want!

Dean James

Nancy, can't believe I forgot The Shop Around the Corner, which is another favorite. Thanks for reminding me. I'm not so much a fan of more recent Christmas movies, not sure why. Partly because I love the old movie stars so much!

Nancy L Gessner

I know what you mean. The older 'classic' movies are great. I sometimes get crazy when I watch a 'new' made for TV movie and realize that the story is just a remake of an older classic one. But I do enjoy comparing some of the different versions of a movie to see what they have changed or retained! I have 'discovered' some of these on TCM.

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