I get sentimental every year Linus uses his blanket as a tree skirt for Charlie Brown’s sad sad tree, I’m on the edge of my seat when Frosty gets stuck inside the hot green house in Frosty the Snowman and I may or may not audibly sob when George Bailey discovers Zuzu’s petals in his pocket signifying he is alive again at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life.
So in honor of the season of ridiculously long Jimmy Stewart marathons, unnecessary sequels to made-for-TV movies and that awesome movie where Olivia Newton John is a mannequin-turned-mom, I’d like to share my personal list of top holiday movie moments – in yes particular order:
1) The aforementioned Zuzu petal moment. Seeing the tears of pure joy stream down George’s face as he runs through the streets of Bedford Falls screaming “Merry Christmas!” to inanimate objects always makes up for the fact that the rest of the movie is kind of a downer.
2) Kevin setting his traps in Home Alone. I was the same age as Kevin when I saw Home Alone in theaters and I nearly dropped my Junior Mints in awe as I watched this brilliant kid make a veritable human mousetrap out of Christmas ornaments and Micro Machines.
3) The “We Believe” scene in Miracle on 34th St. When the whole city rallies around Kris Kringle by wearing their buttons and posting their signs and Maureen O’Hara finally starts to defrost, it’s hard not to feel the Christmas magic.
4) When Mike Brady escapes certain-death in the building collapse all thanks to the Brady family’s singing skills in A Very Brady Christmas.
5) Mr. Grinch getting dressed up in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The look on his poor pup’s face as he’s turned into a reluctant reindeer set to the arsenic-saucy vocals of Thurl Ravenscroft make me love to hate that nasty-wasty Grinch.
6) When the misfit toys all realize they’re gonna be okay in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
7) Every single moment of Love Actually. Yet my favorite is a toss-up between the guy from The Walking Dead confessing his love for Kiera Knightly with cue cards and Emma Thompson asking of her eye-rolling daughter, “there was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?”
8) Danny Kaye and Bing distracting the authorities with a feather-dancing rendition of “Sisters” long before any snow starts to fall in White Christmas.
9) When non-believer Judge Reinhold finally gets his Oscar Mayer Weiner Whistle in The Santa Clause. That was good karma for being one of those wears-goofy-sweaters-but-really-not-such-a-bad-guy movie stepdads.
10) And as this list’s most cliché entry – the moment when the lights finally go on at the Griswold house. Just that one moment though – I must admit I find the rest of the movie as stressful, interminable and anti-climactic as the never-ending voyage to Mordor.
Now I’m off to watch A Fill-in-the-Blank for Christmas.
Since this list is totally biased and incomplete, add your own! What’s your favorite holiday movie moment?