Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

It’s Christmas eve and the sun is shining outside with no hint of the white, fluffy stuff outside. So yeah, this year there’s no White Christmas in Minnesota, I’m sure travelers and last-minute shoppers rejoice not having to deal with extra traffic caused by bad weather, but there is something so charming about snow-covered streets that make those Christmas lights sparkle even brighter… like this dramatic fan-art rendition of Bedford Falls, George Bailey’s hometown in It’s A Wonderful Life (from fanpop.com). I so love that movie, no wonder it’s a Christmas tradition for a lot of you… more on that in a bit.

Unlike last year where I traveled to New England to spend time with my in-laws, this year is a pretty mellow one for me. We’re going to an afternoon church service later today, followed by a get-together at a friend’s family dinner. The rest of the weekend’s plans will probably include lots of movie-watching, yay! I’ve got The Help dvd and we might catch The Adventures of Tintin on Christmas day. I also got to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (finally!) which was somewhat unplanned, we were just at dinner and checking out what films are playing nearby. As soon as we saw this title playing in an hour at a nearby theater, we immediately decided to watch it. I should have the review of that and The Artist next week.

Well, I managed to squeeze in a Christmas classic this week based on the recommendations of people at the MTOS Twitter event, that is The Bishop’s Wife. It’s a cute and heart-warming movie starring Cary Grant, David Niven & Loretta Young where Grant played an angel (talk about the ultimate fairy tale!). I enjoyed it but it’s definitely not going to replace It’s a Wonderful Life as my favorite Christmas classic. I’ve been reading a bunch of wonderful posts dedicated for that Frank Capra masterpiece:

Of course there are other great Christmas classics for your holiday viewing:

  • Iba at I Luv Cinema explored a few of them in her Tuesday’s Overlooked Films post
  • The master of Top 10 Lists Dan Stephens have various Top 10 Christmas Movies from the 1980s all the way to the 2000s
  • Oh and don’t forget to check out Lesya’s Christmas in Genres, a collaborative effort with many movie bloggers including yours truly

Let me close with this wonderful score from It’s a Wonderful Life‘s opening sequence. There’s an interesting story behind that music however, which apparently is not exactly a joyous one.

With that, I want to wish you all a blessed and merry Christmas and thank you for being such loyal support of FlixChatter!

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25 thoughts on “Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

  1. FUNK

    Merry Christmas Ruth and the all the rest of Flixchatters where ever you may be at:)
    We’ve a quasi white Christmas here in the ROK from the snowfall we had Thursday night, it’s 16F so it may stick around a few more days.
    Thank you for your insightful enlightenment, and great movie reviews.

    1. That’s quite cold there in ROK, usually we’d be just as cold but it’s been unseasonably mild the past few days, no complaints though. Even today it got to be almost 40 degrees as there’s no snow on the ground at all.

      Thanks for reading Dave, hope to see you around next year! 🙂

  2. Thank you very kindly for the links, Ruth, and for highlighting fellow ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ admirers. You always provide great reading, my friend. May you and yours have the Merriest of Christmas. Take care.

    1. @ Michael – Anytime Michael, it’s a wonderful post!

      @Iba, Sam, Julian, Novia, Vanessa & Diana – Thanks!! Hope all is well wherever you are!

  3. Merry Christmas, Ruth and company!

    Wishing one and all a wonderful, safe New Year.

    I saw a short special on HBO about ‘Tinker, Tailor…’ and the film has risen higher in my estimation. After discovering that Benedict Cumberbatch, the latest Sherlock will be playing Smiley’s protege, Peter Guillam. A very pivotal part for such a young and strong talent. Can’t wait to see him tangle with Tom Hardy’s Rikki Tarr.

    I’ve also been following Hardy’s role as Freddie in the Encore four part import crime family mini-series The Take . Hardy rocks out loud! Absolutely worth the effort to seek out and enjoy.

    1. Thanks Jack, same to you my friend.

      That’s great to hear, I think you’ll enjoy it since you’re more in tune with the story. Both Cumberbatch and Hardy were great in it, quite memorable amongst such a great ensemble.

      Btw I’d love to get some classic reviews from you next year Jack, how about something starring one of your fave classic actors? i.e Burt Lancaster or Myrna Loy?

    1. Thanks Becky, you too! The party at Tony’s grandma was fun, we played Dominos after dinner with his uncle 😀 Btw, did you get my email? Anyway, see you Tuesday!

  4. I hope Santa brought you all you wanted this Christmas Ruth. And many thanks for the link…it is greatly appreciated! 🙂

    …I also love to see snow covering the streets at Christmas but we had a nightmare time last year with snow in the UK blocking roads and making travel a complete nightmare that I’m pleased to have a year off. In fact, temperatures have been very mild this year so far.

    1. Hi Dan, yeah I like snow when I don’t have to drive anywhere… there’s something so dramatic about snow-covered streets and trees, after a snowfall when all the tree branches are covered in white, it looks so magical! So you’re getting mild temps there too huh, well I guess it’s global warming all over.

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