Monday, October 24, 2011

Advent and Christmas Movies

I don’t watch TV – other than an occasional show on Food Network, the nightly local news -- and tonight the World Series.  Most people find me odd but I just can’t get into what the popular culture find amusing or interesting. I know there is still some quality programming out there but I find it much more interesting to lose myself in a good book or read your blogs!

My husband and I do share a passion for movies – especially the old black and white films and BBC productions. We find it relaxing to pop in a movie and let go of our day before we begin more intimate conversation beyond the daily necessary communications.

Much of our collection of DVDs revolves around the church year. I thought I would share with you a tradition in our house – our collection of Advent and Christmas movies.

On the more serious side:

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman

It’s a Wonderful Life
(1947) with James Stewart and Donna Reed

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) with Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn

The Bishop’s Wife (1948) with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

A Christmas Carol (1951) with Alastair Sim

The Twilight Zone TV Episode – The Night of the Meek (1960) with Art Carney

Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) with Christine Bale and Pernilla August

The Nativity Story (2006) with Keisha Castle-Hughes and Oscar Issac

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) with Chris Doran and Ann Altieri

For fun

Holiday Inn (1942) with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire

White Christmas (1954) with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye

The Santa Clause (all three) with Tim Allen

Frosty the Snowman (1969) with Jimmy Durante and Billy DeWolfe

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) with Burl Ives

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) with Boris Karloff

Elf (2003) with Will Ferrel and James Caan

Christmas Vacation (1989) with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo

Polar Express (2004) with Tom Hanks

New for this year

Call Me Mrs. Miracle  (2010) with Doris Roberts

Any suggestions to add to our collection?


  1. You have quite a collection there. I have many Christmas DVD's too. There's a couple I really like. One is an American Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler, and The Christmas Star with Edward Asner. Christmas Vacation was actually on the television a couple nights ago. Love that movie. So funny!!

    Have a nice week!

  2. I've been collecting for many years! Since my hubby works very odd and long hours, it is easier to own the dvds and watch them at our leisure.

    Christmas Vacation is a must every year. Laughter is a great stress reducer!

    I'll check out your suggestions. I haven't seen either one!

  3. We have Netflix and they have quite a few Christmas movies. I was checking out the Christmas selection yesterday and there is a movie with the title (something like) Santa and the Martians (from the 70's I think). One of those cheesy movies that you don't mind watching I suspect. We will have to watch it and I tell about it on my Christmas blog.

    You have a very good selection there!! Christmas In Connecticut is suppose to be good. I have yet to watch it, but this year I will!

    Have a great day, Amy!

  4. Oh, and by the way, that is my favorite version (1947) of Miracle on 34th Street!

  5. You have a great list of movies! I am a huge movie lover and the older ones are the best for sure!! It is so inspiring to know that I am not the only one who doesn't like watching regular TV, lol. Hope you have a wonderful week. I love your blog, it looks great!!

  6. I am so happy to have found you who share my passion for Christmas! Thank you for your suggestions! We enjoy Netflix. I guess I didn't think of looking at their Christmas selections because we usually have guests and no time when we entertain.

    The 1947 version of Miracle on 34th St. is my fav too!