Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Cinema

I will never forget my first Christmas as a married woman. It's one of those stories that Andrew and I will share with our children when they get married. It was a true test of our love for one another. Maybe I'll share it with you sometime. Let's just say for now it was a White Christmas and here in Arkansas white means ice not snow. That not so wonderful ice meant we spent the night with Andrew's parents on Christmas Eve. Don't get me wrong, I love my in-laws, but I wanted to be with my family. I was a little homesick.

There I go getting into this story that I wasn't going to share with you quite yet. Let's move on. So there we are at the in-law's house on Christmas Eve. A couple of Andrew's siblings were there along with there spouses. It was a Weaver tradition to just hang out and eat chili and drank apple cider. This particular year, my father-in-law was begging everyone to watch It's A Wonderful Life with him. No one wanted to watch it. They all claimed they had already watched it once that year. Some even claimed they had watched two or three times that year. Maybe they had. I was still a fairly new Weaver and being the shy girl that I am, I was just sitting there quietly taking it all in. Finally my father-in-law asked me if I had seen it this year. I remember meekly telling him that I had never seen the movie. His face lit up. He was so excited that he was going to get to share this with me. We watched the movie together as everyone drifted into another room to do their own thing.

Yes, before marrying my husband, I had never watched Its A Wonderful Life. Truth be told, I had never seen a black and white Christmas movie. They weren't on the list of must see movies. I was young and assumed that all black and white movies were boring.

Christmas movies are another one of those things that Andrew and I very rarely agree on. You see I love those cheesy made for TV Christmas movies. Every year I look forward to The 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. The husband...not so much. We do agree on a few good ones such as Charlie Brown Christmas, The Santa Clause (all 3), Polar Express, and one or two more.

A few years ago he introduced me to White Christmas and Holiday Inn. I LOVE these movies and they are now on the must see list every year. Next week, I'm going to see White Christmas in the theater. I'm really looking forward to it.

I have Holiday Inn set to record on my dvr as soon as it comes on this year. And even better, I have a copy of Holiday Inn on dvd for one of you. I want to share this classic with you. If you have never seen the movie, you are in for a treat. If it is one of your favorites too, then you know it needs to be added to your collection.

For a chance to win Holiday Inn, blog about your favorite Christmas movie(s) and then leave a comment with a link to your post. If you don't have a blog tell me about your favorite movie in a comment. The blog will end this Saturday, December 11 and I will announce the winner on Sunday.


  1. I have never seen this movie before! My faves are like yours. I love the movies on ABC family and love the Christmas classics like Frosty, Rudolph, and Charlie Brown! I am now learning to love Handy Manny and Mickey Mouse Christmas too!

    Shelly Boydx

  2. Hey girl! Your post "talked" me into sitting down and blogging tonight! Ha! I actually haven't seen this movie yet but I've been meaning to for a few years.


  3. Done! I love Christmas movies!!!

    :) Fun give-away!


  4. Love this post - and of course, I love the old Christmas movies!