When you’re ready to get into the Christmas spirit, there’s nothing like getting cozy on the couch and watching a holiday movie. Here at the library, we have a few Christmas favorites in our DVD collection. Feel free to check one out this December!
A Christmas classic, White Christmas tells the story of four entertainers, a Vermont inn, and a will-they-or-won’t-they romance. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney star in this charming musical.
Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Many of us grew up watching the original, animated Grinch. Give this timeless tale of redemption another watch this year.
It’s A Wonderful Life
This is my mom’s favorite movie of all time, and for good reason. George Bailey is the Everyman who just can’t get ahead and feels his life is worthless; but soon enough, with the help of a quirky angel, he learns that he has all he truly needs.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Remember the true meaning of Christmas with the Peanuts gang in this cute, funny animated feature. Bonus: you can enjoy the beautiful music of Vince Guaraldi.
The Nativity Story
Another movie that reminds us of why we celebrate Christmas, The Nativity Story follows Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem and prepare to welcome the Savior into the world.
Click on the links to see where each movie is located, or ask for help finding them at our Circulation Desk. Merry Christmas!
December is here, folks, and that means Christmas movies. I’m sure everyone has a personal favorite or even a family tradition of what makes the best Christmas movie. From It’s a Wonderful Life to Home Alone, to even Die Hard (yes, it’s a Christmas movie): we all like to come together this time of year and watch films that entertain us and fill us with the Christmas spirit. Family is at the heart of this beloved holiday, but as we all know, family doesn’t always equal tranquility, peace on earth, and good will towards all. That being said I think one movie in particular embodies the stresses of the holiday season while highlighting what’s most important, and that film is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
This film holds a special place for me because it’s been a Christmas tradition with my own family. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the third in its series, and it debuted in 1989 and was written by the late great John Hughes. Chevy Chase reprises his role as the lovable yet habitually clumsy family man Clark Griswold. Beverley D’Angelo also joins the cast once again to portray Clark’s loyal wife Ellen. Clark’s son Rusty is played by a young John Galecki (you may have known him from his reoccurring role in the Big Bang Theory as the character Leonard Hofstadter). Clark’s daughter, Audrey, is played by Juliette Lewis. Lastly we have the character that is both simultaneously lovable and detestable: Cousin Eddie, played by Randy Quaid. Cousin Eddie is an iconic comedic character, one that many of us can relate to. A wacky, distant relative that always seems to be down on his luck, Cousin Eddie always seems to have his hand out due to chronic bad choices and misfortune.
The central plot revolves and round the Griswold family trying to get through the perfect Christmas with both sides of the family’s in-laws coming to their home to visit for the holidays. This is exacerbated by Cousin Eddie and his family showing up uninvited, which leads to a number of hilarious shenanigans. Clark is also under intense pressure hoping to get his yearly bonus check to cover his holiday expenses. The film ends with the moral that it’s better to give than to receive and that family and relationships are worth more than any material gifts.
*Please note that National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive situations. It is at the Union University Library so check it out this holiday season.