Every year around the Christmas holidays, I have to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. For me, Christmastime just isn’t Christmastime without multiple viewings of the funny holiday classic. I’ve seen it dozens of times and yet it still makes me laugh and always leaves me feeling festive. There’s something about those dysfunctional yet lovable Griswold’s!
Another holiday movie tradition of mine is watching A Christmas Story. Since I was a little kid, I remember watching this movie during the holiday season. Watching it was a special experience as a kid because I related to Ralphie and his desire for that one perfect present. Now as an adult, and with my first child on the way, I think it will hold a different significance as I think about future Christmases as a parent and wonder what my little one’s Christmas dreams will be.
Another holiday movie tradition that has re-emerged in recent years is going out to see a movie at the theatre on Christmas Eve. There is usually no shortage of great holiday film fare and so spending the afternoon taking in a good flick with family has been a wonderful way to spend the afternoon before Christmas. Last Christmas Eve we were thrilled by the action-packed, stuntacular Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. In 2010, it was the fine and formidable Coen Brothers remake of True Grit. On this Christmas Eve, it could be Jack Reacher, Les Miserables or Django Unchained. Whatever the film, it will be followed by a great home-cooked meal followed by an incapacitating food coma on the couch and Christmas movie favourites on TV.