Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Stories

Would it still be the holidays without Scrooge and Rudolf? What’s in a story about a Grinch or a kid with a BB gun that seems so appealing during Christmastime? And how does It’s a Wonderful Life keep us coming back for more every year even though we all know exactly how it will end and begin?

We finally put up our fresh, green Christmas tree and have all our lights up, and sure enough the holiday movies are on T.V. I’m surprised (pleasantly so) that Harry Potter films have become a fixture of the holidays as well now too. Between familiar songs, movies, and books it all adds to the warmth of the holiday season.

So what are some of your favorite holiday stories? What movies, songs, or books do you enjoy sharing with family and friends every holiday season? Do you find yourself enjoying these familiar stories anew or do you also associate it with pleasant memories of Christmases past?  


  1. Love my Josh Groban Christmas CD.

    And my mother is obsessed with a made for TV movie called 'Borrowed Hearts'. We watch it every Christmas season.

    Along with other great ones like Elf and The Santa Claus

  2. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story. And it just wouldn't be the holiday season without a little Elvis Presley Christmas music.

  3. I'm totally working on a Josh Groban parody for one of his Christmas songs. Can you guess which it is? :)

  4. I have to admit, I'm partial to A Christmas Story! And the Muppets Christmas Carol.

  5. I was happy to see Harry Potter on TV as well. Any excuse to watch them again is good. But Elf has become one of my favorites. I laugh through the entire film.

  6. My fave is "It's a Wonderful Life." I also turn up the tv and we all watch when the old Grinch movie comes on with the phenomenal Boris Karlov. And, that song!

  7. Definitely 'It's a Wonderful Life'. I always watch 'The Great Escape' too :-)

  8. I love this time of year :) We always do The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Charlie Brown's Christmas at my house. And Christmas just isn't Christmas for me without National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation :D

  9. I like A Christmas Story a lot. Have a great week.

  10. I like all of the stories you mentioned, the only one you left out was national lampoons Christmas Vacation (for that naughty side). Merry Christmas!

  11. I LOVE A Christmas Story and can watch it every year without ever getting tired of it. My favorite Christmas special is Charlie Brown Christmas, although Grinch is a close second.

    Fun post! :)

  12. My go to Christmas story is Dickens' A Christmas Carol. What can I say, I'm old school and I like ghost stories. :)

  13. Hi Mark. I haven't seen you in a while. Just stopped over to say hi. My favorite movie is the Gift of the Magi. Other than that, I can watch holiday movies non-stop. Have a good one. :)

  14. Kelley – He seems to be popular;) Elf and Santa Claus are definitely entertaining ones as well.

    Susan – hard to beat _A Christmas’ll shoot your eye out;)

    David – Lol, nice:)

    Alex – Of course, how could I forget the muppets? Good choice.

    E.R. – Yeah, something about Harry Potter around the holidays I find oddly comforting:)

    Mary – Well, that’s probably the best Christmas story of all time, I can never get enough George Bailey.

    Sarah – Lol, I love how you worked in Steve McQueen there

    Michelle – Polar Express is my father-in-laws favorite…that song kind of gets into one’s head:)

    Rachna – Thanks, you too!

    J.A. – Lampoons is great:)

    Julie – All favorites of mine as well:)

    L.G. – It’s hard to beat a classic like Dickens…people even dress up like his stories this time of year.

    Laila – Sorry that I’ve been MIA for a while, crazy hectic at work. You have a good one too:)

  15. We definitely go for the fresh, green variety of tree as well, and we always visit my wife's family where it snows -- can't be Christmas without that white stuff, right?