i’m a self-admitted Christmas movie fanatic. while i’ve never seen some of “the classics” (It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story), i have a few favorite christmas movies…and here are a few favorite moments and lines from these gems:
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
because i love Home Alone and grew up watching these movies OVER and over
….and also because i have an obsession with large, metropolitan cities, especially in the northeast…and especially at christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
because once upon a time, like every other eleven year old girl in the 1990s, i was in love with jonathan taylor thomas, and i’m not afraid to admit it…and also because this movie is incredibly witty and charming, regardless of what you might think.
(FYI: i used to own this on VHS and watched it every christmas season until my grandmother’s VCR ate my tape last year on the night before Christmas. i may or may not have come close to shedding tears…so if you ever come upon a secondhand VHS copy and think of me…buy it as an early birthday present, okay?)
Nolan: Oh man, I went and killed Santa!
yes, the New York obsession comes into play again…and though this movie isn’t entirely set “during” Christmas, the beginning happens around the holiday season so i like to think of it as a holiday movie.
Dean: Jonathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. “Things were clearer for him,” Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call “fatum”, what we currently refer to as destiny.
okay, i had to have a semi-normal christmas movie somewhere on this list…i don’t know how i made through all of high school (especially with MY friends) and most of college before seeing this movie my senior year, during our redneck christmas light watching extravaganza. okay–it’s total sketch. i mean, completely. but also hilarious.
Clark: Since this is Aunt Bethany’s 80th Christmas, I think she should lead us in the saying of Grace.
Aunt Bethany: [turns to Lewis] What, dear?
Nora Griswold: Grace!
Aunt Bethany: Grace? She passed away thirty years ago.
Uncle Lewis: They want you to say Grace.
[Bethany shakes her head in confusion]
Uncle Lewis: The BLESSING!
Aunt Bethany: [they all pose for prayer] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands/ One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
this is probably one of my top-five favorite movies of all time. i really wish i could find an edited version, because it is SO sketchy and inappropriate and there are a few parts that i skip over, but i love the idea and message and Christmas and snow and, of course, Hugh Grant….i mean, how can you NOT love Hugh Grant in this movie, especially in the scene where he dances after he tells off the US president played by none other than Billy Bob Thornton? plus, the scene i’ve included is one of my all-time faves.
Mark: With any luck, by next year – I’ll be going out with one of these girls.
[shows pictures of beautiful supermodels]
Mark: But for now, let me say – Without hope or agenda – Just because it’s Christmas – And at Christmas you tell the truth – To me, you are perfect – And my wasted heart will love you – Until you look like this.
[picture of a mummy]
Mark: Merry Christmas.