Every family has it’s holiday traditions – special kinds of cookies, certain dishes for Christmas dinner, midnight church services, Christmas lights, songs, antique or homemade decorations…and the list goes on. These traditions are what make the holiday special and help remind us of what’s really important at this time of year.
At our house, the approach of the holidays means holiday movies. We get out the “special” box and start working our way through the movies, that for us, make the holidays – well, the holidays. The photo on the left is our cat, Mr. Angel, sitting in the holiday movie box reminding us that it’s time to watch another movie.
A Christmas Story – Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
White Christmas – Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
The Bishop’s Wife – Carey Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young
Miracle on 34th Street – John Paine, Edmund Gwen, Natalie Wood
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – cartoon version, voiced by Boris Karloff
We also usually watch a few movies that might not be considered strictly Christmas movies, but have some elements of the season in them, such as Meet Me in St. Louis (Judy Garland), Holiday Inn (Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire), Bells of St. Mary’s (Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman), and Going My Way (Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald).
We’re pretty traditional in that we seem to favor the older, original versions of movies. For example, The Bishop’s Wife was remade as The Preacher’s Wife (Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston), but I don’t think the newer one nearly as good. The Jim Carey Grinch is not a favorite, and although I do like the newer version of Miracle on 34th Street (starring Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins and Dylan McDermott), I prefer the original.
Of the newer movies, my personal favorites are The Holiday (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black) and Love Actually with an amazing ensemble cast (including Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Kiera Knightly, Bill Nighy, and Martin Freeman).
Now I know these are only a fraction of the holiday movies out there, and I’m sure I’ve left out some that are really important to you. What are your favorite holiday movies?
“I hope I have not come at an inconvenient time, Mrs. Bennet,” Bingley said politely.
“Oh, no! You are welcome here at any time. Our dear Jane will be so pleased to see you.”
Mrs. Bennet took Mr. Bingley’s arm and towed him down the hallway toward the sitting room all the while chattering to him about the wedding plans. When the door opened and he stepped inside, Jane looked up and gave him that sweet smile of hers causing his heart to do a little dance. Now that they were engaged, he experienced a particular thrill in knowing her special look was for him alone.
“Mr. Bingley,” Jane said, setting aside her sewing, “you have returned early. I hope your business was successfully concluded.”
“Doesn’t our Jane look lovely today?” asked Mrs. Bennet urging him toward the chair next to Jane’s.
All morning he had tried to think of a way to be alone with his angel but had not been able to come up with a better excuse than a walk.
“I will go fetch my pelisse and bonnet,” she said without hesitation. As she crossed the room, he thought, not for the first time, just how much her grace and beauty never failed to please him. Continue reading
Charles Bingley had never experienced such nervous anticipation in his life. Today was the day. No excuses. No delays. Today, he was going to ask Miss Jane Bennet to be his wife. He’d been looking into the mirror rehearsing what to say when James, his valet, interrupted him.
“Are you ready to dress for the day, Mr. Bingley?” the older man inquired politely as he entered the room.
Bingley’s heart did a wild dance. Was he ready?
“I would like to look my very best today,” he said nervously running a hand through his unruly hair.
James raised an eyebrow. “I do not believe, sir, that I have ever allowed you to leave your dressing room on any day looking any thing less than your very best.”
That brought a smile to Bingley’s lips and some of his nervousness vanished. “Of course, you are completely correct. I trust your good taste implicitly. Now what have you planned for me today?”
When Bingley finally stood before the mirror to examine himself, he was very pleased with what he saw. Then James held out his pocket watch, brushed the back of his coat one more time, and pronounced him ready. Just as Bingley was almost to the door, the valet rushed after him. Continue reading