Favorite Christmas Movies: Part 2–Revisited




White Christmas, the 1954 film about two former soldiers from World War Two, who turn song and dance men and who help their former commander as he attempts to run a floundering ski resort, has special meaning to me. It stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney and was directed by Michael Curtiz. It features the songs of Irving Berlin.  As a major piece of American film history, that would be enough to be of interest to me, but it has a much more profound connection.


My parents were both of “the greatest generation,” which is a description with which I agree. They were born and raised during the depression and were part of the multitudes of America who fought and supported World War II. My father was a Marine, and my mother worked in the Signal Corps.  This group of Americans had a toughness that was forged in the fire of great tumult, both national and international.



 My mother loved this movie, and it was a tradition in our family to watch it when it aired on television, which was, if I remember correctly, every Christmas Eve. If not that night, then it was always on a nearby night. Of course, as a child who was born a while after World War II, it was all ancient history to me then, but for my mother and father, it spoke directly to their lives and to their hopes and dreams.

Both of my parents have been gone for quite a while now, over 20 years–they were married for 48 years and died within 2 years of each other. As I have become older, I have learned to appreciate what my parents did for us, which, I have to admit, when I was young and stupid, I did not. To paraphrase Mark Twain, –it is amazing how smart my parents got as I got older. And I appreciate and try to continue some of the family traditions, including watching White Christmas.  I still feel the connection to my Mom and Pop when I watch this movie.  This movie speaks to the connection of people, of hope, of joy, of happiness, and of the power of music.

And this year, the forecast says we might get a bit of snow on Christmas!




21 thoughts on “Favorite Christmas Movies: Part 2–Revisited

  1. Oh, I dearly love this post, Charles. It is a “must watch” movie every year in my household. Thank you for your family story. Like you, I am proud that my parents were part of the greatest generation. And yes, some snow on Christmas morning!

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  2. “White Christmas” is one of my favorite movies of all time and watching it on Christmas Eve has been a tradition of mine for a long time. My parents were from the same generation and there is truth in what you’ve written. My Mother passed in March but my 92-year-old Dad is still with us. He’s a WWII vet and even at his age, he is tough as nails. This was a really great post and I want to thank you for sharing it. Merry Christmas!

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  3. on the level

    Love this post. I also admire and respect the greatest generation. I look forward to seeing anything that reminds me of them. We’ll never see anything like it again.


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