Hoping for a White Christmas

More than a few years ago I started my own holiday tradition for when I wrap my Christmas gifts.

I set out all the items I need and watch a mini marathon of Christmas movies. It started with White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. I love classic movies and this one has not only a sweet holiday sentiment but also some funny moments courtesy of Danny Kaye. I really enjoy both performances of the song “Sisters”  seen in the film. Growing up in Canada I have been lucky enough to almost always have a white Christmas, maybe not quite as white as the rest of the world thinks but there always seems to be enough snow on Christmas to make it delightful.

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Another favourite to watch is Little Women starring June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret O’Brien and Peter Lawford. The opening scenes are about Christmas and the girls very generously giving up not only their Christmas gifts but also their Christmas breakfast so that others might have a happy Christmas. I love the sets and costumes, the joys and hardships in dealing with family members and the romance of this film!

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The last film I  watch while wrapping presents is Meet Me in St. Louis. Again their is only one small part of the movie which is related to Christmas but it is a doozy of a moment.  This is another movie where the sets and costumes play almost as big a role as the actors do. Another film that reminds me to appreciate family, friends and all the everyday things life has to offer.

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This week I had Monday off. My first full day off from my two jobs since November and I thought what a perfect day to watch these movies and wrap presents. I did watch these movies as well as the old Bass/Rankin shows I loved as a child (and still love today) but I didn’t get any wrapping done. Instead I tried to pick up some ideas on  how to get Mother Nature to negotiate  a White Christmas from Snow Miser for us this year.

http://I don’t know who gave Heat Miser control over Nova Scotia but someone’s got to give it back to Snow Miser, at least for Christmas.

Oh well, the lack of finished wrapping just gives me an excuse to watch the three Disney/Tim Allen Santa Clause movies!

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Old Hollywood Movies & Musicals

I grew up watching old movies on tv, especially old musicals.

They have such a feel good quality to them, making your day feel brighter and not just because they are filmed in Technicolor!

I enjoy watching the complex group dance scenes and singing along with the catchy songs but I adore  the fashion. The fabulous dresses and gorgeous shoes. The men in their sharp suits and everyone wearing amazing hats.  The fashion in these films, for me anyway, is a character in itself.

I’ve started to collect some of these old favourites on DVD and BluRay.  Most of them have to be ordered which is a shame. One of the things I miss most about giving cable up, are the channels that show the old movies, like TCM. Luckily they have an incredible website to peruse and purchase from.

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Not only is it chock full of information about all the old movies it has a fun stuff section with wallpaper, screensavers, trivia  and so on.

Some of my all time favourites are the movies that star Judy Garland, June Allyson, Van Johnson, and Lucille Ball. Then there are the ones that star Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelley, Katherine Hepburn or Audrey Hepburn. And let’s not forget Peter Lawford,  Andy Rooney, and Doris Day. I especially enjoy the movies that include more than one of these stars. For instance: Two Girls and a Sailor stars June Allyson & Van Johnson but has a star studded cast of characters as well.

Every Christmas while wrapping presents it is a ritual for me to watch Little Women (starring June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O’Brien, Meet Me in St. Louis and White Christmas.

Two or three times a year I can be found watching Good News, Two Girls and a Sailor, Singing in the Rain and Sabrina.  Every month I watch an Elvis movie. My personal faves are Clambake, Roustabout, G.I Blues and Blue Hawaii. it tickles my funny bone when Angela Lansbury says “He didn’t give his Mama any goodnight sugar.” And when Elvis sings Rainbows in G. I Blues it touches my heart.

Whenever I get the chance I share these old movie favourites with my nieces and my younger friends who may not be as familiar as them with I am. Last year I shared my White Christmas watching and wrapping ritual with my good friend A. She had never seen the whole movie. What a great way to share the Christmas spirit and we had so much fun.

I urge you to take the time to find a classic or choose your favourite one and share it with someone who has never seen it but has similar taste to you. You may be surprised by their observations.