Every year on Thanksgiving I watch two things: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Miracle on 34th Street.
For me, watching those two shows is what starts my holiday season. Not shopping on Black Friday (or is it now Grey Thursday?), not eating turkey, not even hearing Christmas music in the shops as early as Halloween.
Nope, it’s Miracle on 34th Street and seeing Santa at the end of the parade.
From that day until Christmas Eve there will be several more movies I watch.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the one with Jim Carrey, he’s so amazing)
All of the Rankin Bass cartoons, Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, etc.
The Polar Express
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
It’s a Wonderful Life
And if I’m feeling spunky (and haven’t already watched it on Halloween), I’ll pop in The Nightmare Before Christmas
These movies make me happy. They get me in the holiday spirit. Sometimes they make me cry, but in a good way!
What are your favorite holiday traditions? Are there any movies you watch every Christmas? Is there a movie I didn’t mention that you think should be one of my yearly traditions?
Because you’ve been very good, I’m going to leave you with this youtube video of Buddy the Elf’s funniest moments. I’m embarrassed by how many of these quotes I say on a regular basis. “I like smiling, smiling’s my favorite!”