12 Days of (Vintage) Christmas, Day 12 – Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show

After all the hard work of the holidays – the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping, the shipping, the traveling, the cooking/baking, the eating, the cleaning, the sugar comas, the opposite of sugar comas: the sugar rushes, the anxiety, the occasional meltdowns, and the putting together of things – what’s left to do but sit back with a glass of wine (or beer, or whatever liquid you choose to consume) and wait for Santa?

And what better way to wait for Santa than by enjoying (vintage holiday) movies? If you have little ones, let them watch (or re-watch) these classics:

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas

For the rest of us, there are the old classics:

  • Holiday Inn
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Babes in Toyland

Or, if you’re me, you watch these (and yes, anything before 1997 counts as vintage to me where movies are concerned!):

  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Scrooged
  • Prancer
  • A Christmas Story
  • Die Hard!!!!

I’ll even throw in one of my more recent favorites, Four Christmases. To me it’s already a must-see comedy classic although it still has a ways to go before becoming vintage.

What are your favorite vintage Holiday movies?

4 comments

  • Kim,

    You touched on some of our favorites. We always kick off the holiday season with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Sometimes we’ll watch twice in the same season. It has the best lines in it ever and never fails to make us laugh year after year. I cannot imagine working in retail this time of the year. You have to be a very special person to do that kind of work. I think I’d go bonkers dealing with insanity of it all. Plus the season that brings out the good in people at times shows the worst in people which I’m sure you’ve experience frequently throughout the Christmas shopping season. It’s crazy. Anywho, I’m stopping by to wish you the very Merriest Christmas and happiest New Year ever!

    • Thank you, Cathy! I hope you’ll be seeing a lot more of me this coming year. I finally feel like blogging again. I’ve wanted to for a while, but haven’t really felt “all in” if that makes any sense. But now that I have a computer that moves at a decent speed, I feel like I can do it without having the joy ripped from me. I hope this feeling lasts!

      As for retail – yep, crazy during the holidays! But I am thankful it isn’t Walmart, because that is probably the craziest of the crazy. Retail is all I’ve known for almost twenty years. I spent the 90s in banking, so it was quite a change.

  • Funny how many people think of Die Hard as a Christmas movie.
    A Christmas Story is a must in our house.
    And in addition to Emmet Otter, there’s also A Christmas Carol to round out your Muppet experience.

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