Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Favorite Christmas Movies

Hi everyone! Christine Johnson here. This time of year I love sitting down with my all-time favorite Christmas movies. Like old friends, they warm my heart and bring a smile to my lips. I'm partial to the classics: It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (the one with Maureen O'Hara), and A Christmas Story, but I enjoy the television movies too.

film reel


I've written books set in the early 1920s, when movies were still silent, though talkies loomed on the horizon. That got me to thinking. What was the first Christmas movie? Turns out there were several Christmas shorts produced in 1897. Wow! 1897.

Do you have a favorite movie version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol? It turns out that goes way back too, with the first movie version, Scrooge (or Marley's Ghost) produced in the UK in 1901. Here's the partially restored short:




Interesting without sound, isn't it?

Let's hear about your favorite Christmas movies. Do you love the classics or are you partial to a newer movie?

carolers


Christine Johnson
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10 comments:

Pamela Tracy said...

When I was young, the Christmas Carol scared me. Most specifically the ghosts LOL.

I love Christmas movies, especially Hallmark. My song and I have a favorite called Pete's Christmas.

Dawn Janis said...

My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas. I watch it at least once a year. I'm also partial to the Muppets Christmas Carol.

Missy Tippens said...

One that I always watch annually is The Grinch--both versions. :) And It's a Wonderful Life.

Christine Johnson said...

Pamela, I love Hallmark Christmas movies too! I'm terrible at remembering the titles, so I end up watching them over again (which is not such a bad thing!).

Christine Johnson said...

Dawn, White Christmas is such a fun movie. I love the singing and dancing.

Christine Johnson said...

Hi Missy! I can't miss the Grinch (the classic version, though I have seen the Jim Carey movie). I always feel so sorry for the dog. What a testament to endurance and optimism!

Merrillee said...

I love Hallmark Christmas movies although I often watch them in July. :) I record them and never have time to watch during the holidays. My favorite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street. Both the old black and white version and the newer one. My daughter lives near 34th Street in Baltimore, and one block on that street goes all out with Christmas lights.

Christine Johnson said...

Merrillee, I'm so glad you said that the original Miracle on 34th Street was in black and white. I watched it recently, and it was in color - colorized, I believed - but I wasn't sure.

Terri Reed said...

My two favorites are White Christmas and Its a Wonderful Life.

Christine Johnson said...

Love those too, Terri!