Because the weather outside isn’t so frightful, it is sometimes difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Just because Texans won’t see a “White Christmas” doesn’t mean you can’t watch it.
Here are some holiday films to get the season started.
10) “The Muppet’s Christmas Carol” (1992)- Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has seen many different incarnations. However, few are as beloved as the Muppet version. This heartfelt musical rendition centers on the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine), a cruel man whose every breath helps spread misery throughout the world. After being visited by the ghostly apparition of his former business partners, Jacob and Robert Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and things to come, Scrooge ultimately undergoes a change of heart. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rizzo the Rat and the Great Gonzo all lend their singing voices in a riveting musical score composed by Academy Award winning composer Paul Williams.
9) “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)- “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a 30-minute made-for-TV special featuring everybody’s favorite Peanuts gang. This short film’s thematic elements deal with the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas before reminding viewers of the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy van Pelt and Pig Pen add satirical humor to the proceedings while trying to stage a Nativity play.
8) “White Christmas” (1954)- Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are two WWII veterans turned successful nightclub entertainers who visit their former commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger), at his financially unstable inn. The two singers secretly plan to save their general’s inn from bankruptcy by performing a big song and dance show at the inn. This campy musical comedy has become a staple of the holiday season and was the highest grossing film of 1954.
7)”It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)- George Bailey (James Stewart) has repeatedly sacrificed his lifelong ambitions of traveling the world in order to better the lives of his friends and family. When a despairing George attempts to commit suicide on Christmas Eve, he is saved by a guardian angel who shows him an alternate reality in which George was never born. This must-see holiday film illustrates that even the smallest actions of an individual can have powerful effects on the surrounding world, and that sometimes the most hopeless circumstances can lead to a wonderful life.
6) “The Christmas Story” (1983)- 8 year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) can’t seem to catch a break. Every Christmas, Ralphie asks his parents for a Red Ryder BB gun, but they simply reply, “You’ll shoot your eye