Holiday Classics: fun for the family

Sitting in front of the blazing fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, you find yourself gazing at the endless collection of Christmas movies wondering which one to watch.

With all of the holiday films out there, no wonder it’s such a hard decision. But have you ever stopped to think that some of the best Christmas movies are the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or Holiday Inn?

Here are some favorite classic Christmas movies that are fun for the whole family to enjoy.

The first one is none other than It’s a Wonderful Life. This film is classic American. It was directed by Frank Capra and stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

The movie is about George Bailey who wants something more than what’s in his hometown of Bedford Falls, but realizes that he’s got everything he needs right there.

White Christmas

, which stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. This movie brings to the screen great songs like Irving Berlin’s, “White Christmas” , “Love” and “Sisters.”

The story is about two Army buddies who join forces to create a song-and-dance team. They pair up with a sister act, and naturally begin to fall in love.

A fun movie for the entire family is Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Woods and Edmund Gwenn.

This movie portrays the great Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year at the end of the parade, Santa Claus appears riding in his sleigh pulled by reindeer. This year though, Santa Claus is being played by Kris Kringle himself.

The problem is this man thinks he’s actually Santa. Through all of the confusion, chaos and comedy, a decision is made about whether or not Kringle is actually Santa Claus.

The decision is … well you’ll have to watch the movie and find out for yourself.

Holiday Inn

is another great Christmas musical and also stars Bing Crosby, who sings “White Christmas” which is where it was introduced.

This story tells about a crooner who was betrayed by his good friend and is now ready to “retire” and start his own farm.

He ends up turning his farmhouse into an inn that is open to the public only on special holidays.

It proves to be a success. The movie also stars Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds.

Another great classic movie is The Christmas Carol, but the right version. The best one is the 1984 version with George C. Scott. This film has been remade 56 times from animated to the Muppets.

The most recent adaptation is the 2009 animated version starring Jim Carrey as the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge.

All of these are great Christmas movies, but so many more are available as well.

ABC has a 25 Days of Christmas movie countdown where every night they show a Christmas movie.

This is a great way to get the whole family together around the TV and enjoy a movie this holiday season.

Author: Elissa Thompson

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