It’s here! December first is finally here and that means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! I am also excited to begin my first ever participation in Blogmas. To kick off the Christmas Season and Blogmas, I’m writing about Christmas shows. In my opinion, there are few things better than crowding on the couch drinking hot chocolate or apple cider and watching a Christmas movie as a family.
I feel like movies and other shows have become a big part of the celebrating the holiday season. Networks such as Hallmark and Freeform load their airwaves with cheesy and classical movies and shows. Many Christmas Eve boxes include a beloved Christmas movie, as well. So without further ado, here are my top five favorite Christmas shows.
* The Nutcracker Ballet
I will be honest, nothing beats the magic of watching this show live and in person. I’m pretty sure I’ll be 100 and still feel complete awe when that Christmas tree on stage begins to grow. The Nutcracker Ballet was the first ballet I ever attended. My mom surprised me with tickets to go see it in my very first year of ballet training when I was 11 and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. One of my dream roles is to dance Clara/Marie (name depends on which company presents it) even if most people would tell me I’m too old now. Unfortunately I’m not always able to attend a live performance. When that happens I just reach for my NYCB movie. No it’s not the same, but it does help. If you want to watch this ballet and see some of its various presentations, Ovation TV puts on a ‘Battle of the Nutcrackers’ on their network. You don’t want to miss this seasonal delight.
Don’t ask me why, but I love the classic Christmas animations that came out in the 70s and Jack Frost is at the top of my list. While I do adore the other variations and interpretations of this character, 2012s Rise of the Guardians is my second favorite, I could watch this animation of his story over and over. Perhaps its Jack’s complete innocence, growing up it seemed like he was often portrayed as malicious or cruel in his jokes. The ’79 interpretation is nothing like that and in the end…well if you haven’t watched it I won’t ruin it for you. Just know you’re in for a chilly delight.
*Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Is any Christmas movie list complete without this classic? I didn’t think so. As I said, I love the classic animations and watching the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes in animation will never get old. My other favorite is, of course, Jim Carrey’s 2000 interpretation of the mean Mr. Grinch. It’s a subtle lesson, too, that Christmas isn’t about the trimmings, “packages, boxes, or bags.” It’s about the people we share it with, and those people aren’t always family. The whole town of Whoville came together to celebrate when it appeared they had nothing to celebrate. I think that’s a lesson we can always remember and put into action. It’s a good reminder that sometimes “peace to all” comes with the price tag of us taking action. One person’s kindness may be the catalyst to another’s own growth in kindness.
*Miracle on 34th Street
Okay, yes, I realize this isn’t the original movie but it’s the one I grew up with. I love how Susan grows from a cynical little girl to one who believes in the magic of Christmas. I love how her mother is able to recapture the innocence of childhood belief. It’s amazing how one man can make such a big difference for people everywhere. One of my favorite scenes is where Kris Kringle is speaking with the little girl using Sign Language. It might just be a movie, but something like that actually happening in reality is a part of the Christmas magic. Kris Kringle made a difference for a lot of people and that is something we can strive for, whether you believe he was Santa or not.
*The Santa ClausE
This movie is both hilarious and heartfelt and absolutely the reason I had trouble spelling ‘clause’ for so long. I also count being able to correctly sing “Carol of the Bells” with the choir in the beginning as a life achievement. Tim Allen shines as the reluctant Santa-to-be, as did Eric Lloyd as the all-believing-and-insisting son, Charlie. Seriously, who can forget the classic dialogue of,
“Hey, Charlie, you know how to call 911?”
The humor in it perfectly overlaid the more serious message of the importance of family, even when that family is broken by separation or divorce. This is definitely a movie for the family. In fact, I think I’ll watch it right now.
There you have it! My five favorite Christmas movies. I almost feel like I need to do an ‘honorable mentions’ because there are so many other great Christmas movies and shows out there. Instead I’m going to ask you, What are your favorite Christmas movies? Tell me in the comments as I’d love to know! Happy Blogmas!