Michelle’s Christmas Eve Line-Up

As you may have guessed, Christmas is more than just a one day event in my family, and it is possible that we have more traditions for Christmas Eve than Christmas day.  One of the traditions I refuse to waver on is the Christmas Eve entertainment.  Each year we watch the same three Christmas movies, and it just isn’t Christmas Eve unless we watch them.  In case you are sitting around waiting for Santa with nothing to do, I thought I would share our Christmas Eve line-up.

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Image Courtesy of MGM Studios

Image Courtesy of MGM Studios

There are three movies that have the same plot: Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime, and You’ve Got Mail.  While I love all three, In the Good Old Summertime is my favorite.   Judy Garland plays Miss Fisher, a down on her luck sales girl who gets a job working at Oberkugen’s Music shop where she immediately clashes with lead salesman Andrew Larken (played by Van Johnson).  Unbeknownst to either they are each others beloved pen pals. Famous for her musical talent, Judy Garland wows with several musical numbers.  While the title definitely does not lend itself to a Christmas film, most of the film happens during the Christmas season and Judy Garland even belts out a beautiful carol for the store’s customers on Christmas Eve.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Image Courtesy of MGM Studios

Image Courtesy of MGM Studios

Another film starring the amazing Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis is not just one of my Christmas Eve movies, it is one of my favorite movies.  Set in St. Louis right before the world’s fair of 1904, the film centers around the Smith family.  Sent into a frenzy after Mr. Smith announces that the family will be moving away from St. Louis after the new year, the family tries to make the most of their time left in St. Louis.  Full of music and romance, St. Louis is a must-see classic film.  The film is also famous for Judy Garland’s outstanding performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

White Christmas (1954)

Image Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Image Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

A fan and owner of both White Christmas and its predecessor Holiday Inn, I have been falling in love with Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby for most of my life.  White Christmas is my mother’s favorite Christmas movie, and it is not uncommon for a member of our family to suddenly bust out the chorus from one of the musicals many stellar numbers.  If you find that you only have time for one movie tonight, make it this one.  Set in Vermont, two song-and-dance stars / WWII veterans unintentionally accompany a sister act to their next gig which happens to be at an inn owned by their former general. Struggling to make ends meet thanks to the lack of Christmas snow, the general is about to close the inns doors until Kaye and Crosby’s characters decide to move their entire show to the inn for a Christmas performance.  Beautiful and memorable, White Christmas is the ultimate Christmas movie.

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