It’s hard to knock someone for their favorite Christmas movie. I think more than any other films, these are the movies we have the biggest emotional connection with. They’re tied to very specific memories, especially those from our childhoods.
Absolutely, yes. (I recommend the 2005 release for the re-addition of the “When Love is Gone” number. Schmaltzy? Sure. Necessary to the story? Yes.). You can’t beat the combination of Muppets and classic literature. But more than Muppets and a timeless story, this movie is also about spending time with my sister, giggling at Rizzo and Gonzo, singing along to the music and rooting for Robin as Tiny Tim.
Christmas Vacation is a close runner up (Did you know that the actress who played Aunt Bethany, Mae Questel, had a pretty amazing career as a voice actress with two iconic characters to her credit – Betty Boop and Olive Oyl!) I think it gets funnier with every viewing, really.
I can also appreciate movies that don’t immediately jump out at you as traditionally “Christmas Movies.” My best friend would say his favorite is Batman Returns and I know plenty of people swear by Die Hard. At the opposite end of the spectrum, I also think of Little Women, especially the 1994 version, as a holiday movie.
Are there any you feel strongly loyal to?
– Jess, who is singing Muppet songs to herself now
12 responses to “Sentimental Favorites”
yes! I was so weirded out when I watched a version of the Muppet Christmas Carol without “The Love is Gone.” I enjoy making fun of it so much.
I remember the first (and probably only) time that I watched it with my grandmother – she had to walk away when that song started. Claimed it made her teeth hurt.
A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott (1984)
Christmas in Connecticut is fun (if you’re a Barbara Stanwyck fan). Rarely did you get to see her do comedy. Totally schmaltzy but…
The Muppet Family Christmas, with all the Muppets from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock.
Yes! Muppet Family Christmas is wonderful!
Holiday Inn (1942) – no, not that Holiday Inn, but the precursor to the film, White Christmas (1954), both starring Bing Crosby. Irving Berlin wrote the song White Christmas for this earlier film. It costars Fred Astaire, Virginia Dale and Marjorie Reynolds who round out the talented singing/dancing partners in this one. Less sappy and contrived than the remake, this black and white is truly lovely.
That’s one I always mean to get to, and just don’t. Maybe this will be the year!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original, not the live-action version). :)
Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s perfect for both Halloween AND Christmas.
Clearly, it’s Batman Returns.
Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.
I’m really beginning to think that Tim Burton has some stuff with Christmas that he needs to work out…