A lyric in Taylor Swift's latest song "Begin Again" got me thinking about how many families out there that have a tradition of watching certain Christmas movies during the season? Our family does! Mike and I have buckled under the pressure from our kids not to play "A Christmas Story" anymore for awhile. So we watch it ourselves before everyone else arrives. They just don't get that movie I guess.
Oddly enough, they all love "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye! This is one that we watch several times during the season. I think the kids love this one because Mike will invariably do a running commentary on it that makes it really hilarious. My real favorite is "Holiday Inn" with Bing. I have loved that movie since I was 10 years old. I usually watch this one alone. Mike has a couple of old favorites as well. He loves the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carole" with Alistair Sim. He also loves a made-for-tv movie from the 70's called "The Gathering" with Ed Asner. It is fun to watch just for the really bad 70's fashion!
As a family, we all love "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", "Love Actually", "The Holiday" and we have added "Four Christmases". Mike, Adam and Eric have requested we add "Die Hard" and "Lethal Weapon" as they take place at Christmas. They call them the "gunfire and tinsel" movies.
We don't watch animated movies, the kids have never been fans. Our family also has a pretty twisted sense of humor so there are a lot of "sweet and sensitive" Christmas movies that just don't make the cut at our house. Our poor little brand new daughter-in-law, Lilly, really isn't going to know what hit her this Christmas. On the other hand, she married Eric so she must have some idea!