I love Thanksgiving for itself, but I also love that afterwards it's acceptable to be excited about Christmas. I can listen to Christmas music, put up decorations and talk about the holiday without people saying "It's not even Thanksgiving yet."
Here are some of my favorite movies that you should watch while waiting to baste your ten-pound turkey (yet again) or during your food-induced coma on the sofa next to your sleeping aunt.
The first two images are of two of my favorite movies. They are both from Miracle on 34th Street, the old version and the remake. I don't have a favorite between these two. It's a pretty sappy-sweet story, but I love it. There's a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus and her mother who's in charge of the Macy's parade during Thanksgiving. (So, Hah! It is a Thanksgiving movie too.) It's also about the love interest between the cynical single mother and the lawyer neighbor. I love the black and white movie, it feels untouched and outside of time, but I also love the new version, the little girl is so precocious. Try them both out.
My other flick pick has to be It's a Wonderful Life. Even though this is a quintessential Christmas movie, lots of the scenes don't take place during Christmas time. It's more about George Bailey and his wife, Mary's, life together. How they met, or remet, and what happened after. I love this movie because so many other stories are about that first part, meeting, getting to know each other and then they ride off into the sunset and I never know about the nitty-gritty parts of their life together. But this movie shows what their life has become and it's not a picnic, in fact it begins with him trying to commit suicide, but they've built something beautiful together. Even with the angel and the flashbacks this story has a very real quality to it. Above everything it's about love, and enduring and kindness. "You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary." -George Bailey
Have you seen any of these films? What is your favorite holiday movie?
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