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Things I Love – Movies! – Holiday Edition

I’m trying VERY hard to stay away from Christmas related things right now, but I just can’t help myself! We go to the store and we’re elbow deep in Christmas decorations and wrapping paper; there are radio stations playing Christmas music already! One can’t help but fall into the grips of all things holiday as early as Halloween!

I am in the middle of some craft swaps, and some times I find nothing more relaxing than plopping down in front of the television and watching (read: listening) to some of my favorite movies in the background. And since most of my swaps that I’m completing now are centered around Christmas, I find myself grabbing the holiday-related movies from our collection…and I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you!

While You Were Sleeping


While You Were Sleeping - title

While You Were Sleeping - title

I know a lot of people might have issues with Sandra Bullock, but I think this is one of my favorite movies with her as the leading lady. Bill Pullman is usually a bit too uptight or stiff for my liking, but in this film he really fits his character well. The family is one that you’d love to be a part of – so welcoming and inviting – and the scenes where they’re celebrating Christmas just warm my heart. The Grandmother cracks me up, and Peter Boyle (RIP) does an excellent role as the father. Just an all around feel good movie, and it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside!

A scene from While You Were Sleeping.

A scene from While You Were Sleeping.

You’ve Got Mail











Youve Got Mail title.

You've Got Mail - title.

Alright, so this isn’t strictly a “holiday’ movie, but I always love to watch it when the leaves start to change and the air turns a little more crisp…”Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would buy you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew where you lived…” I love it! As the movie makes its way through the seasons – fall turns into Christmas – we see Meg Ryan’s character decorating her store’s Christmas tree, and there’s the scene where they’re having a party with all the co-workers and they’re all singing…and of course, the lovely story line just warms my little heart!

The Holiday

The Holiday - title

The Holiday - title

What is not to love about this movie? I normally don’t care for Jack Black or Cameron Diaz, but in this movie they are tolerable. I adore Kate Winslet, and Jude Law is just nice eye candy 🙂 It makes me want to travel for the holidays, just to experience new traditions and cultures, though I’d be a little wary of exchanging homes with a perfect stranger! There is a pattern to the movies I’ve picked…they’re all romantic comedies…yes, I’m a sap! Can you blame me, though?

Scene from The Holiday.

Scene from The Holiday.

It’s A Wonderful Life

Its A Wonderful Life - title

It's A Wonderful Life - title

A real holiday classic – admittedly I only just watched this a couple years ago! My husband just smiles and shakes his head, as I sit on the couch next to him with tears trickling down my face. Jimmy Stewart…bless his heart!

Scene from Its A Wonderful Life.

Scene from "It's A Wonderful Life."

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story - title

A Christmas Story - title

You just can’t talk about holiday movies without at least mentioning this classic. I don’t know which I love more – the heart-warming story line, the lovely representation of Indiana in the 1940’s, or that this movie reminds me a bit of the All-American family. When we move (hopefully thanks to this new $6500 tax credit program!) I want my home to have a HUGE picture window, so I can proudly display my tree just like this:

Scene from A Christmas Story.

Scene from A Christmas Story.

A Charlie Brown Christmas






A Charlie Brown Christmas - title

A Charlie Brown Christmas - title


Quite possibly my favorite Christmas movie. It has everything you need to make the holidays merry and bright – the decor, the comedic relief of Snoopy, and the true meaning of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong – I love Christmas shopping and decorating and gorging myself on pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes just like the next girl, but some where along the way, we need to remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

Scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Alright – I have to get busy on some Christmas craft projects…leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite holiday movies are – I’ll pick a random winner on Friday (11/20/09) December 1st to send some of my gift tags to – be sure to leave me an email address if you’re interested! 🙂


  1. Tonya Thomas

    The thing I have never understood about It’s a Wonderful Life is what makes it a Christmas movie.

    It’s set at Christmas, but otherwise, the story has nothing to do with Christmas.

    It’s as much of a Christmas movie as “Die Hard”, in my opinion.

    That film was also set at Christmastime.

  2. Kathy Vickrey

    The Christmas Story and Charlie Brown’s Christmas are definitely two of my faves. Parts of the Christmas Story I lived, and the whimsical nature of Charlie Brown warms my heart. But…I must say that my all time favorite is Christmas Vacation. Each character reminds me of family members (I will not divulge who is whom.) so much that I laugh out loud. It’s also very special because my husband has most of it memorized and can quote it at any time!
    PS: I play traditional Christmas music throughout the year. Some folks get upset because of the early displays…I love them because it causes so many pleasant memories to surface!

  3. thepeachmartini (Post author)

    Well, by that logic, the only true Christmas movies on this list are “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “A Christmas Story!” All the others just take place around Christmas, but I suppose that’s why I identify them as Christmas movies… As with most things, YMMV 🙂

  4. The Lost Earring

    Not sure if I’m doing this comment thing correctly…

    Thought I’d add the movie Love Actually to your list. It is one of the BEST romantic holiday comedies ever. Makes me laugh and cry, and laugh until I cry, every time I see it 🙂

  5. 31everything

    Ooo… I LOVE you’ve got mail – it still gives me chills every time I watch it 🙂 I love when they “meet” in the park for the “1st time”. I smile just thinking about it. Great choices!

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