Snuggle Up to These Holiday Movies

Well it certainly is winter now with the temperature outside reaching a high of elven degrees today.  I thought we could enjoy some Holiday movies.  Snuggle up with these and avoid frightful weather.  

 The Polar Express

A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. 


It's a Wonderful

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift."  The film stars James Stewart, one of my favorite actors,  as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others.  George Bailey contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve.  This brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born hoping George will "want to live again." 


Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart.  The story is about one of Santa's elves (Ferrell) who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (Caan), spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes. 


Christmas Vacation

Anyone who has to "enjoy" a little too much family over the holidays will appreciate this movie.  This is a movie my family plays every Christmas.  At this point its more so because we can quote the lines and look for things in the background we might have missed.  National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon magazine, "Christmas '59".  


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children's story by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. It follows the Grinch, a grouchy, solitary creature who attempts to put an end to Christmas by stealing Christmas-themed items from the homes of the nearby town Whoville on Christmas Eve. Despite his efforts, Whoville's inhabitants still celebrate the holiday, so the Grinch returns everything that he stole and is the guest of honor at the Whos' Christmas dinner.  Jim Carry takes on the role of "lovable" Grinch who steals Christmas.  Although I recommend both the animated and Jim Carry version.