Favorite Holiday Movies: Part One!


This season is one of my favorite times of year, and I love doing this series on Christmas movies. Throughout the month of December, I will post on several of my favorite Christmas films.



White Christmas, the 1954 film about two former soldiers 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. They understood that the connection to country meant service and a willingness to sacrifice for the greater good.



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, but now with my beloved wife. And now my granddaughter is old enough to begin to appreciate and enjoy these films. 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 I wish we would have a white Christmas, and I hope it will happen this year.



24 thoughts on “Favorite Holiday Movies: Part One!

  1. I was touched by this post and how “White Christmas” helps you feel connected to your late parents. The connection for me is to my late brother. When his daughter was a toddler, he taught her to ask for him to play Bing Crosby’s Christmas album with “Der Bingle, Der Bingle!”

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  2. My friend runs a dementia-friendly cinema group in Prestwick, and some years ago my mum and I attended their Christmas special, complete with a visit from Santa. The film they played was White Christmas, and I have such fond memories of the film and the day.

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  3. That’s a very personal and touching look back at those who fought and worked for us and those who will come after us. Thank you for this heartfelt message.

    And a Merry Christmas to you, Charles.

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  4. First, it is a great movie, one of my favorites. More importantly, the story of your parents and the Greatest Generation (mine too) is just wonderful. It’s these movies that remind us of the pride our parents felt, and their hard work.

    My parents were typical of those who moved on and didn’t talk about things. I will never forget being with my husband’s mother (who was much older than my parents) when the song came over the radio, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” She was overcome, and we talked for a long time about the war. Precious memories.

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