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Initial post: Nov 21, 2009 10:35:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009 10:42:34 PM PST
socalmomof3 says:
Hi. I am wondering what your favorite Christmas movies are. I'm not looking for the obvious classics like It's A Wonderful Life, Christmas Story or A Christmas Carol. I want to know of the movies shown on tv this time of year, which are worth watching? I remember seeing a movie called "Always Remember I Love You" many years ago. It wasn't strictly a Christmas movie, but the setting was during the Christmas season. Movies like Hallmark Hall of Fame type, but not too corny. Thanks!

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 6:04:12 AM PST
SC says:
The Christmas Card is one of my favorites! I think it was a Hallmark movie.The Christmas Card

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2009 12:56:57 PM PST
wordfiend says:
The Hallmark movie Single Santa Seeking Misses Claus and its sequel Meet the Santas are pretty good. During December I watch all the corny Christmas movies on tv I can, and those are 2 of the better ones.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 1:56:49 PM PST
T. Lee says:
Holiday Affair, Remember the Night, Beyond Tomorrow (or Beyaond Christmas) are some of the old favorites. Always looking for additional old (1930 to 1950's) to add to the collection.....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 1:38:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2009 1:39:34 PM PST
"A Christmas Without Snow," a made-for-TV movie with Michael Learned and John Housman, about a church choir working on "Messiah" for Christmas. "The Holly and the Ivy" with Sir Ralph Richardson, as a priest whose family comes home for Christmas with various problems. "The House without a Christmas Tree" with Jason Robards.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 2:14:50 PM PST
Parker Herr says:
Our favorite is "Olive the Other Reindeer. It was made by Drew Barrymore and Matt Groening of the Simpsons. It's is FUNNY. Olive the Other Reindeer

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 2:09:48 PM PST
Kim Danbert says:
I have fallen for two, I think both are Hallmark films. One is "Fallen Angels" with Gary Sinise. The second one is called "if you believe" (something like that).
Both very touching and very schmultzy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 6:01:40 PM PST
G. Selby says:
One of my favorite TV movies was sometime in the 80's and Lee Remmick stared as a woman whose life was in turmoil and returned to a very New England quaint town with her two children. She suffered some kind of a emotional breakdown and went back in time to re-live her earlier life. One of the side plots was a story of her spinster aunt who every Christmas Eve received a male unidentified visitor who brought her one red rose. I think the title was something like "The Gift" and I would love to find a copy.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2009 12:25:00 PM PST
One Special Night with Julie Andrews and James Garner

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 12:34:44 PM PST
Mrs Santa Claus

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 6:46:18 AM PST
mcmindy says:
"'Twas the Night" is a 30 minute HBO special from a few years ago. It's a combination of interviews with small children about Christmas, music, and one particularly memorable animated segment featuring a rabbit. I really love it and rent it during the holidays. It's available through Netflix.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2009 11:08:54 AM PST
Pat Everitt says:
Hi, Lori --

The Geraldine Page/black and white version of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" is my favorite not-well-known Xmas movie. There's been a more recent remake with Patty Duke in the role of Sook, and it's OK, but the original one has, for me, a fidelity to the short story that doesn't compromise in any way. Before Capote died, he was interviewed on a daytime TV show about which film renditions of any of his works ("Breakfast at Tiffany's," "In Cold Blood," etc. he thought was most faithful to his written word and the world in his head as he wrote, and he named only THIS little film. It's hard to find but not impossible. Happy hunting and happy holidays to you!

Pat E.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 1:14:04 PM PST
Charlie says:
Absolutely one of the finest Christmas films ever made -- "The Homecoming". It was the film that launched "The Waltons" TV series, but with a partially different cast (Patricia Neal is wonderful as Olivia Walton), and a gritty, less-sugary feel. A beautiful movie that SHOULD be a cherished holiday classic.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 1:26:17 PM PST
socalmomof3 says:
Thanks, everyone, for your ideas. Now I'm wondering how I will have the time to watch them all! Hopefully, Netflix will have some of them. Merry Christmas!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2009 10:49:34 PM PST
Paul Furco says:
The movie you refer to is titled "The Gift Of Love: A Christmas Story" A made for TV movie (1988).
Starring Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury. Too bad it was never released on DVD. I was lucky to have recorded it on VHS. I watch it every christmas season.

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Posted on Dec 2, 2009 12:42:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2009 9:11:08 AM PST
TaiPan says:
About the finest "lesser known" Christmas movie (even though they did a remake with Denzel Washington) is The Bishop's Wife starring Cary Grant and David Niven. Yes, it is black and white and yes, it is 1,000,000 times better than the remake. You will not feel you are watching the same movie.

Ever since I discovered the original The Bishop's Wife, it has been a must watch for the last 17 years.

The second is "A Christmas Carol"-- but the CBS TV version starring George C. Scott as Scrooge from many, many years ago. Not a false note in the film.

Every actor is superb (the recently passed Edward Woodard as the Ghost of Christmas Present is unbelievably spot on) and Scott is the perfect Scrooge. The ending is not at all sappy as well... As you can see the Scrooge has gone through a major life change and knowingly suffers the ill will and regrets of his previous near lifetime of bad behavior.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 2:01:55 AM PST
Starcryx says:
Ziggy's Gift is the best. Though its tough to find.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 6:20:25 AM PST
Not a movie, but a favorite memory from the 50's was the "I Remember Mama" TV show with Peggy Wood; the Christmas episode they showed every year when the animals talked on Christmas Eve. Anyone out there remember that?

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 6:21:35 AM PST
I was always fond of The Night They Saved Christmas

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009 6:23:22 AM PST
G. Selby says:
Thanks so much for furnishing the title----I loved this and I also used to have a VHS copy, unfortunately it got away from me. Maybe with the title, I will find it somewhere. Thanks and have a very Merry Christmas season.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 7:31:51 AM PST
D. Havard says:
Meet me in St. Louis is my favorite Christmas movie.
The Muppets had a good movie "Emmett Otter's Jug Band". You can probably netflix them.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 12:43:34 PM PST
R. Herron says:
Elf! Also, Miracle on 34th Street.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 1:28:53 PM PST
P. Nedbalek says:
"Nestor," the long-eared donkey is a favorite in my family. My Dad loves "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" with John Candy and Steve Martin.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009 1:40:50 PM PST
Lisa Taylor says:
One of my favorites is an old one with Barbara Stanwick, "Christmas in Connecticut". Another oldie but a goody is "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby.
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