Oops: Repost of Subtle Spirit of the Season

Dec 19 2014 Published by under [Etc], What I'm Watching

I accidentally posted this a few days ago in some obscure corner of the Scientopia site. It received little attention, and I'm still looking for movies with a holiday twist that are not in-your-face Christmas movies. To that end, I'm re-posting here.


Sure, there are CHRISTMAS flicks, movies that focus on the holiday. Think Elf, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation...I'm sure you can come up with many more.

I would like to collect less in-your-face holiday films. I will start with some favorites, but I would love to collect more. Sometimes you just need a good movie that fits your mood.

  • An Affair to Remember - You youngsters probably learned about this one from its stalkerish spin-off, Sleepless in Seattle. The original starts with two people otherwise committed falling in love on an ocean cruise, then deciding to figure out how to support themselves before marrying. Tragedy ensues, and they do not find their way to each other again until...Christmas! Have wine, chocolate, and tissues available if you do not know the details.
  • Meet Me In Saint Louis - This musical follows the lives of a family through a year preceding the World's Fair in St. Louis, MO. The climax occurs on Christmas eve with Judy Garland singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Everything ends well, of course, at the 1904 Exhibition.
  • Auntie Mame - This one is a year-round favorite, in part because I would like to be "that aunt." Free spirit Mame becomes the guardian of her nephew, despite the general disapproval of her brother and the banker that pays for the boy's upkeep. When Mame loses her money in the crash of 1929, she Needs a Little Christmas Now. Decorations go up in early November (not as early as the stores today) with the song explaining her need for some holiday cheer. Rosalind Russel turns in a wonderful performance, and the scene where she entertains her nephew's fiance and parents will make you wet your pants. If you have never watched this one, stop whatever you are doing and find it.

I will provide one additional bonus film that through chance became part of our holiday traditions. Dogma does not include any Christmas portions, but it came on while my daughter and I were baking Christmas cookies a few years ago. She was aghast that I had never watched it, and I agreed that it was an excellent adventure in religion. She gave me a copy, and it became our cookie-baking flick. It's not for everyone, but keep an open mind. At it's heart, it really has a nice message for the faithful.

What movies do you associate with the season? Comment below!!!

7 responses so far

  • eeke says:

    Love, actually. The christmas theme isn't so subtle, but I don't remember that it was ever marketed as a holiday movie.

  • Steve Bennett says:

    Love actually.

  • chezjake says:

    Bell, Book, and Candle is a great romantic comedy from 1958 that just happens to take place in the Christmas season. Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester, and Ernie Kovaks (all of those but Jimmy are witches/warlocks).

    Kim Novak's opening lines, spoken to her familiar cat, Pyewacket, are, "Oh, Pye, Pye, Pyewacket. What's the matter with me? Why do I feel this way? It's such a rut. The same old thing day after day. Same old people. I know I'm feeling sorry for myself but it's true. Why don't you give me something for Christmas, Pye?"


  • Davis Sharp says:

    Die Hard. The greatest Christmas movie of all time! Alan Rickman at his evil best.

    The Long Kiss Goodnight. Geena Davis at her bad-ass best.

    Trading Places.

    • whizbang says:

      Trading Places is classic! I heard an economist last year say it is still the best explanation of the futures market, despite the lack of computer technology on the floor at that time.

  • theshortearedowl says:

    Batman Returns

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