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Fond Memories of Favorite Christmas Movies

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Last night at the blogger meetup at The Town Fryer, the conversation turned to our favorite movies and shows that we just couldn’t miss watching during the holiday season and whether the necessity of this act would be considered a tradition or a ritual.  For some reason last night, I listened to the conversation, but didn’t offer much of an opinion.  Maybe because when I watch my favorite movie, I consider it more of a memory or reminiscence of a time long past.  For years, my favorite movie was White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Allen.  This movie was released in 1954 and it was the first movie that my parents took me to see.  I was four years old and I loved every moment of it.  I wanted a red velvet dress and a white muff just like the women in the movie.  I wanted a sleigh ride with bells and snow and songs and laughter and all the trimmings of that movie.  I still remember the feeling of looking up at that screen with the actors bigger than life.  I remember my father singing the songs on the way home with my mother prompting him when he was stuck on the words.  A great memory probably a bit polished after all these years, but when I sit down with my cup of cocoa to watch that movie all of those warm, fuzzy feelings will be right there with me. 

And then in 1983, a new movie came into my life, A Christmas Story. This was the year that Tim and Maureen (Mo) entered my life and in fact, watching that movie together was probably one of our first “official” dates.  There we were sitting in a darkened movie house with Maureen between us laughing until tears ran down our cheeks.  What person alive today who has Christmas memories can’t relate to at least one scene from this movie as being right out of one of their own Christmas childhood memories.  Now, when we all watch that movie together I remember that first Christmas season together, and that little girl with the beautiful smile telling her father that “Maybe, Dolores would like something to drink?” Tim never had a chance with the two women in his life having decided that we were all meant to be together.

And then in 1985, Katie entered the picture and  when she was two Christmas TV shows became our focus.  Mo’s favorite had always been Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, but Katie was having none of that.  When she came on the scene, Frosty the Snowman and How the Grinch Stole Christmas took center stage.  In fact, Katie named our dog Oatmeal because she heard it on Frosty the Snowman.  None of us knew that until years later long after the dog received her name.  Katie is our quiet one, never revealing herself until she is ready to do so.

And then came, It’s a Wonderful Life. Mo discovered it one Christmas and it became her focus for the holiday movie.  Katie moaned and groaned but always gave in if her sister promised to watch Christmas Vacation later.  So then there had to be egg nog for the first movie and Katie insisted on hot chocolate for the second movie, and we would settle down for a long winter’s night of movie watching.

So, tradition, ritual, I don’t know about that.  What I do know is that movies for me are about reminiscing and creating new memories each and every year.  So here’s to conversations and movie watching with family and friends and creating new and treasured Christmas memories to remember throughout your life and beyond. 

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December 21st, 2006 at 1:24 pm