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Costume Drama Thursday–It’s A (Wonderful) Christmas Story!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

For me, the definition of a “costume drama” is a movie or TV show/series that is set some time in the past (i.e., not during the time in which it was filmed). So that does leave out some Christmas movies such as Miracle on 34th Street and other classic films. But I had to put a Christmas twist on this feature, and what better way to start than with my favorite Christmas movie of all . . .

This isn’t going to be a long post, because otherwise I’d end up quoting the whole movie. So I’m going to let a couple of videos do the explaining for me. (This is one of those movies you either love or hate, so I understand if you don’t stick around today.)

And just to put the age of this movie in context . . . the kid playing Ralphie (the blond boy in glasses) will turn forty years old in April next year (he’s a little more than a month older than me).

So what’s your favorite Christmas movie?

  1. Thursday, December 9, 2010 5:47 am

    Oh my goodness!!! I don’t remember that movie at all! I’m definitely watching it Saturday!!!!


  2. Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:50 am

    Honestly, I’ve tried to like this movie. My husband thinks it’s absolutely wonderful, but it makes me a nervous wreck! I know. Weird, huh? Maybe it’s the whole tongue-on-the-flagpole scene . . .

    My favorite is probably “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It also has the power to make me a wreck if I’m stressed about family get-togethers or not having my decorations or shopping done, so I forbid it to come on at my house until I’m in a “better place.” 😀


  3. Thursday, December 9, 2010 12:56 pm

    My favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life.

    I’m definitely firmly in the hate column when it comes to A Christmas Story, I’ve tried to watch it, and honestly it bored me to tears.


  4. Thursday, December 9, 2010 5:04 pm

    I’m also in the hate camp for A Christmas Story, but I think you knew that.

    For me, the bestest Christmas movie is White Christmas. I’ll probably never see the play because they took out too many good songs and replaced them with ones that just don’t fit the story.

    Then National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And Home Alone of course. I remember when it came out. Papaw bought it on video and we used to watch it every year on the day after Thanksgiving, after the LSU/Ark game.


  5. Audrey permalink
    Thursday, December 9, 2010 10:12 pm

    Add me to the dislike column for A Christmas Story. My dad forced me to watch it a few years ago and I was bored. I’ve seen the house in Cleveland, though. Didn’t go in because it costs money. It’s A Wonderful Life also bored me.

    I have a lot of favorite Christmas movies, though.

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But I have to watch it on dvd. I can’t watch it on tv because they cut all the funny stuff and that’s just not right, lol. Never fails to put a big smile on my face.
    Beauty and the Beast the Enchanted Christmas. Sweet, good songs, not as good as the original, but what sequel actually is?
    The Polar Express. Everything in this movie was well done. The music, the message, just everything.
    Home Alone. I remember after seeing this movie, my brothers and I wanted to booby-trap our house too. We even made blue prints.
    White Christmas. I don’t really like it, but it didn’t bore me. The music is great and this movie just shows that even after all these years, no one can sing “White Christmas” like Bing Crosby.

    Guilty pleasure christmas movie: Eloise at Christmastime. I know it’s for kids, but it’s a fun movie to watch plus you can’t go wrong with Julie Andrews.

    I know there are more, I just can’t think of any right now! lol


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