Three Movies You Don’t Remember Involve Christmas

What defines a Christmas movie? In my opinion any movie that involves Christmas, even if loosely so. I don’t think a movie needs to revolve around it to count as a Christmas movie. That’s why I’ll be watching these movies in the countdown to Christmas. If you celebrate, what will you be watching?


My Reputation
(1946) Drama/Romance

I watch this movie about three times per year. It takes place during winter and has a lovely Christmas scene during which Barbara Stanwyck plays piano and sings with her family. Classic Stanwyck, she must choose between a man she loves who doesn’t fit into her social circles and the “friends” she feels more and more distance from after her husband’s death. Plus her kids don’t want her to remarry yet.

 

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) Comedy

Clever, fast-paced comedy at its best, this multi-star movie takes wit to a new level. Set at Christmas time, a novelist slips and falls outside of an unfortunate family’s home, and he stays there until his doctor gives him the okay to travel again. He holds full conferences in their house without their permission, accepts a number of outrageous (live) gifts sent to him, orders people about, and insults everyone in sight. But the Christmas tree is beautiful and the spirit can be felt throughout! This stars Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolly, and more.

The Lion in Winter (1968) Drama/History

Not a happy movie so much as an intense one, this involves a king who has imprisoned his queen but brings her back temporarily to spend the winter with him and their sons. He must choose an heir to his throne, a difficult choice among three sons who have very different strengths. This movie is all plotting, planning, scheming, and manipulating with a bit of medieval Christmas backdrop. The all-star cast includes Katherine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, a very young Anthony Hopkins, and a very young Timothy Dalton. An absolutely brilliant movie.

My Holiday Read Recommendations

This year I wanted to read a multitude of holiday books, but my plans got derailed when my dog went in for major surgery. I haven’t had enough time to read more than one book at a time, and I can’t read it very fast either. I’d already started developing a list of holiday books back in October that I wanted to read this December, so I’m going to have to save them for next year. I’ve found Christmas-centric, Hannukah-centric, but no Kwanza-centric yet. If you have a Kwanza-centric book to recommend that isn’t for children, let me know!

I’ve got two very different (read: opposite) books to recommend to you for this holiday season:

1. The Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin ($0.99)

The Yuletide Angel

This is the most warm, comforting, enjoyable book ever. It’s a novella that I can read year after year in winter and fall in love with all over again. Ardoin deserves every bit of praise she’s gotten for this book. Taking place in Victorian times, the Yuletide Angel “itself” takes a back seat to the main characters in the book, Hugh Barnes and Violet Madison, who seem destined to be together regardless of his painful shyness and her strong will. For a novella, a whole lot is packed in, and I had to force myself not to read it all at once so I could enjoy it for a little while. Find my full review on Goodreads here.

2. Fall From Grace by J. Edward Ritchie ($0.99)

This novel is the opposite of the previous one, and I haven’t finished it yet, but I can already recommend it. I can’t say I know the story of the fall of Satan from heaven, except for the very basics. I can say that this book has inspired me to read the original text. Fall From Grace reads as if it were the real text. Well, maybe a little more pumped up, but it just sounds so…real. I never expected to say that about something classified as fantasy, but I feel as if I’m reading the true story of what happened, like I’m watching it from a hidden corner. I can’t wait to read the actual text and see how close – or not close – they are.

Leave your own holiday read recommendations in the comments so I can read them next year. I’m looking to continue building my list!