It’s that time of year again, folks! Thanksgiving is barely more than a week away and December rolls by so quick it’s almost impossible to keep up. Last year I had just moved to a new city and was feeling awfully homesick throughout the season. Now I’m a little less home sick, since my husband finally grew on me ;p and the holidays have been pumping me up with lots of cheer. This infused my current mission. As you might have guessed by the title, I’m on a quest to watch as many classic & cheesy holiday films as possible! And since I barely saw a handful last year due to poor timing, and realizing there really are too many to see in one week, I’m starting way early this time.
Christhanksgiving Movie Countdown #1
Ernest Saves Christmas – We started the season right, with some good old Ernest. I grew up watching this recent classic on a recorded VHS tape, complete with early 90’s commercials intact. And it’s just as charming and kooky as it was when we were little, turns out. The picture was a lot less fuzzy this time around…
Ernest P. Worell: Ahh, smell those Christmas trees. You can keep your ‘Channel’ Number 5, just give me a whiff of the old lonesome pine. That symbol of brotherly love, that centerpiece that all mankind gathers around to share the cranberry sauce shaped like a can.
Ernest P. Worell: What we have here is a failure to accumulate.
Film Studio Gate Guard: [advances toward’s Ernest’s truck to see what is under the tarp in back] I’d better have a look.
Ernest P. Worell: [disguised as a snake rancher, referring to the venomous “snakes” under the tarp] Careful, now… them be “pisin”!
[lunges at the guard, who gasps and winces]
Ernest P. Worell: “Pisin” snakes! One minute, you be a strappin’ young man like yerself, an’ the next…
[imitates a snake’s fangs with his fingers]
Ernest P. Worell: SNAP!
[swipes his “fangs” at the guard, who again gasps and winces]
Ernest P. Worell: Yer dead meat!
White Christmas – The moment Bing Crosby began singing…
I cried like a baby, lol. Hear me out before you think me overly sentimental. I grew up visiting my grandparents and one of the movies we absolutely had to watch was White Christmas. It was their favorite, which makes sense with them being from that generation. Grandma told me that while she was an Army RN overseas during WW2 they sang White Christmas. It was one of the last movies I watched with her during one of our last Christmases as well. But seeing all the song & dance, the good early 50’s feels and good will for “an old pal in the army” made my night.
Love Actually- The first time I watched this, I had borrowed it from my first college room mate and watched it on laptop in my top bunk, surrounded by Christmas lights. It’s not the best holiday or the best rom-com. In fact it’s equal parts cheesy and classic Britt, but it’s hopeful and sweet and let’s face it, way better than any American ensemble romance film made since. And I’d like to add, the girl who sings this song sounds better than Mariah Carey 😉
The Nightmare Before Christmas- I literally just watched this movie on Halloween night. But as the title implies, it is a multiple holiday movie. The best part is I got to watch it with my niece who sang every word to every song. Which, you know, makes her awesome!
While You Were Sleeping- I couldn’t begin to tell you when this became one of my holiday movies. Maybe because they used to show it on TV this time of year? This lovely twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale features 90’s nostalgia, young & sweet Sandra Bullock and Christmas plus New Years themes. It’s bending the rules a bit by not being a strict Christmas movie, but in my book it counts!
You’ve Got Mail- Here’s another rule bender, but as part of the movie takes place during Christmas combined with the chemistry between Tom & Meg, and you get magic.
The 12 Dates Of Christmas- I typically avoid these “Hallmark”-ish, “made-for-a-certain-audience” holiday films. But a former roomie of mine thought otherwise. She was so into these types of films and chick-lit novels she did something extraordinary, partly converted me, lol. Because of this, tonight I took a chance on some cheese and actually loved it! I hated the teeny-pop intro song. Fortunately they didn’t stick with one genre in their soundtrack! The repetition sequence of each time-jumping “12 Days” was a little annoying after a while, but they story managed to stay fresh. And besides one or two overly dramatic moments, it was well done, but more importantly quirky and fun.
And I’m pretty sure this is the first thing I’ve seen “Zach” Gosselaar in since his Saved By the Bell days…
This concludes Part 1 of our holiday movie marathon! Woohoo! And while some of these may be more obscure, I’m working my way up to the bigger guns 😉 Sorry but I just can’t watch It’s A Wonderful Life any other day but Christmas!