Today I’m happy to host four lovely authors, each of whom are part of Sourcebook Publishing’s Holiday lineup. The authors are here today to tell you about their favorite holiday movies. Plus, Sourcebook is offering a four-book giveaway, so keep reading!
Most of my experience with Christmas movies has involved grandkids and watching things like Charlie Brown’s Christmas (which seems appropriate since I’m really married to Charlie Brown), The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and other cute little animated movies. But my all-time favorite is an old one with Dolly Parton called Smoky Mountain Christmas. It always leaves me with a good holiday spirit and wishing that I’d remembered to put a guitar, singing lessons and lovely long fingernails on my list when I wrote my Santa letter.
It’s tough to choose a favorite holiday movie! “Holiday Inn,” and “White Christmas” are high on the list, because I love the song and dance numbers, and because I used to watch these with my older sister.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a venerable contender, particularly given Linus’s speech. “The Grinch” even my Dad would watch, having long been a fan of Doctor Suess.
But a favorite?
Somebody else will choose “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and that is a wonderful, brilliant movie everybody should treat themselves to periodically.
But my favorite would be… “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” as narrated by Burl Ives. This 55-minute animated tale is the longest running televised Christmas special, having been aired every year since 1964. I love the score, from Burl singing, “Silver and Gold,” to Clarice serenading Rudolph with “There’s Always Tomorrow,” to the lament of the “Island of Misfit Toys.”
And that misfit theme resonates with me most loudly. The theme of the story is that love and faith (in others and oneself) will turn a shortcoming into a strength. We see that in Rudolph’s nose, for which he is shamed, and for which he banishes himself. We see it in Hermey, who wants to be a dentist rather than one of the clockwork cheery elves in Santa’s workshop. The same theme applies to the misfit toys who are all “wrong,” (a jill-in-the-box?), and consequently passed over every Christmas, while their longing for the love of any child is heartbreaking.
I cried the first time I saw this story—I would have been ten, because we didn’t have a TV until at least then—and I cry when I watch it now. We all have the wrong nose, we all chase the wrong dreams, and we’re all wishing somebody would come along who can see how wonderful we are despite our weird paint job or square wheels.
Most of us will take more than 55 minutes to find the snow storm that will show our nose for the miracle it is, but this little tale is reassuring. It reminds us that the real miracle is love, and we’re all worthy of it, and capable of bestowing it. My kinda movie!
I love movies and I love Christmas so of course I have a couple favorites that I watch EVERY holiday season and they’re all for different scenarios.
First up, Love Actually. This one is a movie night with all my girlfriends. It’s about wine and giggling and sighing. I love everything about this movie.
Elf. I have always loved Will Ferrell, but in this movie he’s adorable. I watch this with the family and wish that I could adopt Buddy the elf and keep with me. For realz I would.
The Lord of The Rings trilogy. I am not sure how this happened but a few years ago my daughter and started watching the entire trilogy (extended version) over the Christmas holidays and now it’s something we just do. Already looking forward to the Gandalf and Aragorn!
It’s A Wonderful Life. This movie I watch every single Christmas eve, with a glass of wine in hand as I wrap the last few presents and get the stockings ready for the kids. George Bailey is heartbreaking and sweet and hopeful and I think he represents what Christmas is all about. LOVE it!
I love It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story (you’d shoot your eye out, kid!), A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, Jingle All the Way, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Snowman, The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.
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Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About. Mistletoe Madness is a chance for authors with winter releases to share in some seasonal fun by creating a post with a holiday/winter theme from one of their character’s POV. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on December 2, 2013. In addition, several of the authors are hosting individual giveaways. To see all of the Mistletoe Madness posts visit: http://twimom227.com/category/mistletoe-madness.
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