**Originally appeared November 2013
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” Roman Philosopher Seneca
In honor of movies during our cinematically gratifying season, why not take a minute following the turkey hangovers and just prior to the tree trimming to reflect on all the yuletide tales we have to be thankful for?
Or in the interest of space and for the sake of short attention spans,
The Top Ten Holiday Movies I am Most Thankful for:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Did they really make a sequel of this Jimmy Stewart-I-wish-I’d-never-been-born classic? Shameful…
Christmas in Connecticut (1945). Yes, I love retro. Besides, it’s just cute. Check it out.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Made me a merry miracle believer (or at least a hopeful holiday shopper).
The Apartment (1960) Okay, it was about philandering husbands, not particularly “Christmassy,” but essentially its purpose was to bring good guy Jack Lemmon and misguided Shirley MacLaine together. Mission accomplished.
A Christmas Story (1983) Since little Ralphie wore glasses; I wasn’t too concerned with him shooting his eye out (but I was morbidly curious about what would happen when he got his hands on that coveted BB gun).
Scrooged (1988) Billy Murray…Humor with heart; comedy with conscience.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) See reason above, oh, and the squirrel-in-Christmas-tree scene.
Christmas with the Kranks (1994) Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis at (I think) their crankiest best. Plus the overzealous Christmas-loving neighbors were a riot (although I wouldn’t want to live near any of them).
The Santa Claus (1998) A new Santa Claus thanks to a written clause. One more reason to read that all-important fine print. So, educational and entertaining!
Polar Express (2004) Soothing and satisfying like hot chocolate and Santa-shaped cookies at the end of a long, holiday-shopping day. Plus it was just the coolest train ride!
However you’re traveling (and whatever beverage you choose); hope your holidays are as entertaining as our collection of feel-good films!