"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.


Finding the One Meant for You – It is said that there’s someone for everyone. These movies show that some romances begin in the most unexpected ways. But those circumstances can bring the right person into your life.

The Apartment
Christmas in Connecticut
The Holiday
I’ll Be Seeing You
The Nativity Story
While You Were Sleeping


They’re Playing Our Song – Shakespeare wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on!” And as Kimberly C. pointed out in her last blog, music often plays an important part in Christmas movies. While Elf isn’t a musical, there’s no doubt that music can be magical and bring people together.

Holiday Inn
White Christmas


Falling in Love Again – Sometimes after loss or heartbreak, we can find love again with someone new. And sometimes we find that love was never lost in the first place – and fall in love with that one person all over again.

The Bishop’s Wife
Holiday Affair
It’s a Wonderful Life
Love Actually
Santa Clause 2



Animated Characters Need Love, Too – Yes, I’m including some animated programs – because they can have some nice little love stories, too.

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Enjoy the holidays! And if I’ve left out your favorite Christmas love story, please let the rest of us in on your find!


Additional seasonal treats,

Additional seasonal treats, some of which are airing almost as I type this, came to mind after my last entry: Ernst Lubitsch's heart-tugging and very funny The Shop Around the Corner, in which Margaret Sullavan and Jimmy Stewart conduct a romance by mail...all while bickering their way through the workday in a Budapest gift shop. The story, based on Miklos Laszlo's Parfumerie, was remade as the musical She Loves Me, and in film as In the Good Old Summertime and You've Got Mail. Meet Me in St. Louis, which consists of four seasons in the life of an early 20th century family, including daughter Judy Garland, who falls in love with the boy next door...and treats the viewers to performances of "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The Man Who Came to Dinner, in which Monty Woolley (a supporting player in The Bishop's Wife) creates mayhem in a Midwestern household. Bette Davis, playing against type as Woolley's grounded, infinitely patient personal assistant, gets a chance at love during a memorable Christmas holiday. And of course there's Sleepless in Seattle, in which a Christmas Eve twist of fate connects Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks...despite their being on different coasts!

Thank you for such a

Thank you for such a wonderfully evocative comment!  You've brought up some movies that have recently become favorites of mine, especially The Shop Around the Corner.  Sullavan and Stewart are magic together.  And I've always loved The Man Who Came to Dinner, ever since I first read it years ago.  And, of course, the others was fantastic, too.  I'll listed those we have here, with links to our catalog for anyone wanting to check them out.  Thanks so much for writing!

You've Got Mail       

Meet Me in St. Louis

Sleepless in Seattle



Another great theme, and some

Another great theme, and some inspired ideas for holiday viewing. I was mulling over what other titles you might consider for Christmas and thought of two: the 1940 film Remember the Night, which I think has only recently been released on DVD, and of course 1989's When Harry Met Sally. The former is a Preston Sturges Christmas comedy/drama featuring Fred MacMurray and the peerless Barbara Stanwyck, and the latter is Rob Reiner's New York-based tale of friends and lovers (and it all wraps up on New Year's Eve).

Wonderful suggestions!  We do

Wonderful suggestions!  We do have When Harry Met Sally, and it's one of the best romantic comedies of the 80s.  I also like Remember the Night, another fun film by Sturges.  And your suggestion of that film reminded me of another Stanwyck movie that would fit nicely with the "Finding the One" category: Meet John Doe, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper.  Christmas certainly plays an important part in the film.  Can't believe I left it out.

Thank you so much for the recommendations!  And Merry Christmas!

And then there's always

And then there's always Bogart, Ustinov, and Ray in the Christmas classic, "We're No Angels!" There's nothing like gathering your loved ones together to sit and watch these 3 guys figure out how to bump off Basil Rathbone.

That sounds like a great

That sounds like a great film!  I don't know how I've missed it all these years.  We need to see about adding that to our collection.  Thanks!