A Yuletide Clambake

I am keeping with the theme of holiday rituals for my second post this week. Today’s subject is holiday movies.  I know some of you have no interest in holiday movies, others are faithful watchers of the Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas (starting on October 24th!) and some of you, like me, have a favorite classic.

Christmas wouldn’t be complete for my husband without at least one viewing of Scrooge with Alistair Sims.  The most popular Christmas movies are all over the map, ranging from Home Alone, A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life.  Love Actually is also on the list (one of my favorites).

My Christmas movie heart belongs to White Christmas (1954).  I can’t imagine a December that doesn’t include at least one viewing.  I usually watch it multiple times, much to my husband’s chagrin.

I don’t remember when I first saw the movie, but I must have been in junior high or high school.  And I fell in love and never looked back.  I first watched it on TV and combed the schedule for it each year.  No matter when it was on, I made it work.  Watching was simpler when I had a VHS player and then moved on to a DVD.  This allowed for multiple viewings.  This year it is available on Netflix.

I have been thinking about what it is that appeals to me and realized that the movie depicted the Christmas I wanted when I grew up.  I wanted to take a train from Florida to Vermont and stay at the Columbia Inn.  I wanted to have a drink at Novello’s (Florida) or the Carousel Club (NYC). I wanted to watch the Ed Harrison show. I wanted to sing and dance in ‘Playing Around’, as well (despite having ZERO talent). And I wanted it to snow on Christmas Eve!

My best chum is also a fan and we compare notes on new revelations each year.  We have commented on Judy’s bracelets (Vera Ellen).  We also love the camel coat with animal print accessories that Judy wears when she arrives in Pine Tree.  We like it when Bob (Bing Crosby) refers to Phil (Danny Kaye) as a ‘weirdsmobile’. We are irritated that Emma (Mary Wickes) takes no responsibility for all the trouble she caused.  This year I noticed that not only did Phil have bright yellow socks in one scene, but so did Bob in another!  Who knows what amazing discovery is on the horizon for 2021????

Our governor just extended our current COVID-19 restrictions to January 4, 2021 and added some financial relief for workers and businesses.  We are being encouraged to mask up, delay gatherings with anyone outside our immediate household and to stay home as much as possible. 

Sounds like good timing for a repeat viewing of White Christmas!

A note not related to my holiday movie viewing – we just finished The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix and it totally lives up to the hype and the 99% on Rotten Tomatoes! Beth’s clothes are to die for. Next up is the Undoing with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant on HBO.

See you on Friday, Allene

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