Christmas movies

Christmastime in the City – and the Small Town

When it comes to the Christmas holidays, everyone has their likes and dislikes for how to spend the time.  We all have our own traditions and expectations.  And those preferences extend to where we like to be for the celebrations.
 

More Christmassy Than You Might Think

I love Christmas movies.  All kinds of Christmas movies.  Color.  Black & white.  Religious.  Secular.  Live action.  Animated.  Romantic.  Silly.  I have certain ones that I have to watch every year.  And for the most part, they’re all quite traditional.  Christmas is the theme.  It influences the people and advances the story.

But in the last couple of years, I’ve started adding a few other films to my list of annual viewing.  Movies that skirt around the edges of Christmas.  They may be set during the season or the holidays may provide a turning point in the story.  Perhaps even driving home a point we didn’t even notice until the end of the movie.  But one that stays with us.

I'm Dreaming of a Black & White Christmas

Christmas is full of bright colors.  Red Santa suit.  Green Christmas tree.  Silver tinsel.  Gold stars.

So why are my favorite holiday movies in black & white?

I don’t know.  They just are.

"All I Want for Christmas is..."

Every year I set aside time during the Christmas holidays to watch certain movies. There’s a wide variety, from comedies to dramas to musicals to animated films. And my favorites usually have a love story as the focus. After all, Christmas is about love, whether it’s romantic or between friends or among family.
 

 

I’ve divided this list into categories because I like finding the things that certain movies have in common. So if you’re looking a particular kind of holiday love story, maybe one of these will interest you.
 

"Come On and Let It Show..."

Richard Curtis is not a name that most movie-goers would recognize. He’s not in front of the cameras. He’s a British writer/director/producer and is responsible for some of the most popular romantic comedy movies in recent years. Curtis has a new movie out – Pirate Radio – and I’m looking forward to seeing it because I’ve yet to be disappointed in anything he’s done.

Many of the series and movies that I cite here include a Christmas theme, so they on my list of must-see holiday viewing.

Curtis on TV
 

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