YOUR VOICES: On your favorite Christmas movie

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Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It works like this: I throw out a certain topic and I’ll take time to make my case or share my opinions. Then it’s time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let fellow readers and moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day!

WONDERFUL

Tis the season for Christmas movies and at our house we have several seasonal favorites that we watch every December. For one reason or another each of these holiday films entertain us and make us all the more festive. But when thinking about my favorite Christmas movie one film has always instantly came to mind. It’s a movie that over time has grown into a traditional classic and you’ll always see it on television this time of the year. I’m talking about the Frank Capra treasure “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

To be honest I really don’t like restricting this film under the label of “Christmas movie”. Simply put it’s a truly great film for anytime of the year. Yet it does have those Christmas traits that have endeared it to audiences through the years. But this isn’t just a fluffy feel-good tale. Capra looks at deeper issues but never through a heavy-handed lens. These subtle motifs mix well with the film’s well used sentimentality and invigoration of the human spirit.

And then there is Jimmy Stewart. What a fantastic performance. He exudes small town Americana and paints a distinct portrait of a man shelving his dreams for the sake of others. Stewart has rarely been better. It’s a great performance in a great film that truly transcends time. For me it never grows old and I look forward to seeing it each year. In my view “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a near perfect film and it is easily my favorite ‘Christmas movie’. But now it’s time for your voices…

YOUR VOICES: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Now it’s time for Your Voices. With so many Christmas movies to consider, which one would you call your favorite? Please share Your Voices on today’s question. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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33 thoughts on “YOUR VOICES: On your favorite Christmas movie

  1. I think that movie that has the guy and the gal in it that they go with that kid and then they all have a fight and get mad and the kid runs off and then they find a Santa that turns out he’s the real thing then then the kid comes back and they all get along because that’s the real meaning of Christmas because the kid has his toys now and his folks adopt him yeah that one. Or the one where Santa Claus goes on the killing spree on Mars.

  2. I’m not sure if it counts but mine has to be DIE HARD. Always puts me in the Christmas spirit. And it’s just the best.

  3. I don’t celebrate, so like, Christmas movies themselves have never appealed to me, but It’s a Wonderful Life is just a great movie, and Love, Actually is one of those romantic/comedies that hits every note so beautifully.

  4. Mine rotate. Yes, ‘A Christmas Story’ will always hold a special place in my heart. I know I will be watching that later. But my daughter and I started a tradition with ‘The Nutcracker’. We tried to see a performance of it since she was small–community performances, Chicago or DC. When I was a teenager, I was madly in crush with Mikhail Baryshnikov and when he performed with Gelsey Kirkland on television, I was hypnotized. So, I bought a copy and every Christmas Eve for the last five, my daughter and I watch it together. It’s beautiful.

    • That’s a lovely tradition Cindy! I love it. We’ve watched A Christmas Story this year. Soooo good. I’m hoping to watch A Miracle on 34th Street sometimes today. Its a favorite of mine as well.

  5. Hey Keith! We’re just talking about this over lunch today. I don’t actually have a favorite per se, but I quite like some of the segments of Love Actually.

    Btw, if you’ve got time today, stop by and lend YOUR voice on your fave film score from this year 😉

    Merry Christmas my friend!

    • You got it Ruth! I’ll definitely check it out this evening. You’ve got my mind swirling. Love Actually seems to be the most popular so far. Kinda surprising.

      Oh, and a very Merry Christmas to you as well. I hope you have a great one!

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