Friday, December 23, 2011

My Favorite Christmas Movies

Come November & December I like to pull out and watch my favorite Christmas movies, or try out "new" old Christmas movies. After seeing Amanda's Christmas Film Classic post over at AmandaBeth Online, I decided to do my own list for y'all. 

A magazine food writer {Barbara Stanwyck} has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero {Dennis Morgan} invite themselves to her farm in Connecticut for a traditional family Christmas.  Very sweet & fun! Plus, Barbara Stanwyck wears some really cute clothes! Always a huge plus. *grin* 

A homeless New Yorker moves into a New Yorker Tycoon mansion when the owner goes south for the winter {the owner doesn't know} and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house along with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners {who play along with the idea for their daughter}. The movie stars: Don DeFore & Gale Storm. This is one of my favorite Christmas films and Gale wears some adorable clothes too!

A soldier {Joseph Cotten} suffering from battle fatigue meets a young woman {Ginger Rogers} on Christmas furlough from prison {for accidentally killing a man} and they fall-in-love. One of those tearjerking movies that is so perfectly lovely in the end. p.s. It also stars Shirley Temple. 

All I will say is that this movie is very sad and is hard for me to describe {it's been awhile since I saw it}. But I do love it. It stars: Deanna Durbin & Gene Kelly in roles opposite from their norm.

A bishop {David Niven} trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel {Cary Grant} arrives, but his guidance isn't about fundraising. Instead he is there to help the bishop make his marriage with his wife {Loretta Young} better. One darling movie! Plus you get to see Cary Grant ice skate.

An angel {Henry Travers} helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman {Jimmy Stewart} by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. This is a family favorite in our house. One of my favorite scenes is when George {Stewart} sees Mary {Donna Reed} all grown up at the High School graduation dance and asks her to dance {that whole dance scene just makes me want to dance}. Does anyone know where I can find a 1940s swing version of The Charleston, not a 20s version? As I adore the version in the movie!


There are more Christmas movies I enjoy watching, but it would take me too much time to list them all for you. 

What are your favorite Christmas movies?


  1. It's a Wonderful Life is my all time favorite movie! I just love it!!!!

  2. I saw Christmas in Conneticut last year and I LOVED it! It's one of my favorites. It's been a Christmas tradition since I was old enough to watch it to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve. :) I like the first 1/2 or so...before he jumps in the river, but after that, I normally get a sewing project to cut out while I'm watching. Too intense. ;)

  3. WONDERFUL list!! I have been wanting to see I'll Be Seeing You, but it's had "Very long wait" on netflix for a long time now. . been on my list for a year as it is. I should have just watched it around September instead. I have a list that I linked in my latest movie review blog (I wrote a list last year on my blog and linked it to that entry).

  4. I love It's a Wonderful Life! Such a classic! I watch it every year. :)

  5. Good taste, Ashley! *grin* I love all of those movies, except the one with Deanna Durbin, as I haven't seen it. (Looks so cute though!) We always watch It's A Wonderful Life at least one a year on Thanksgiving. My favorite Christmas movies include the ones you mentioned...Christmas in Connecticut, It's A Wonderful Life, It Happened on 5th Avenue (I always swoon when I see Gale wear that leopard fur coat + matching hat... It's sooo lovely!), I'll Be Seeing You, and the other three I have to add are White Christmas, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Affair.
    xxo Achaia

  6. @Victoria / Justice Pirate The only way I was able to see I'll Be Seeing You was on YouTube. You could see if it is still on there. As it is a wonderful movie!!!

    I'll have to go check out your movie list.

  7. @Achaia Well, I now have all three of those (White Christmas, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Affair) I just have to watch them. Maybe in January I'll see them. *grin*

  8. I've seen Christmas in Connecticut, The Bishop's Wife and It's a Wonderful Life. Those are all such great films. They don't make them like that anymore :) Happy CHRISTmas to you and your sweet family :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)


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