Everyone has a slightly different holiday tradition, some open presents on the 24th others wake up bright and early Christmas morning. For some people Christmas starts the minute you put the Thanksgiving left overs in the fridge, while others don’t get into the spirit of the season until right before the kids start tearing apart that paper. While everyone’s traditions are different for most places on the globe December means the weather is getting cooler and the best family activity is curling up in the living room and watching a movie. Us at Fan Fest are great lovers of movies and some of us wanted to share with you all the movies that we have to watch to make it feel like the holiday season is really upon us!
Home Alone is a classic that Jessenika has to watch every year!
Jerrold Reber, one of our favorite movie geeks, has lots to tell you about holiday movies:
Nightmare Before Christmas: It’s the movie that transitions perfectly from Halloween into Christmas! It’s hard not to stop and watch once the music starts playing and see those odd but familiar characters.
I’ve grown to love It’s A Wonderful Life. When I was young, I didn’t fully understand the film but now, as an adult, I appreciate its message more than ever. It’s a truly heart-warming film which focuses on the fact that things are never really as bad as they seem and that, with help from friends and family, you can overcome anything. I just love that.
March Of The Wooden Soldiers is a totally different type of film. It’s a Laurel and Hardy film from the 1934, and follows storybook characters such as Little Bo Peep, The Three Little Pigs, Ollie Dee and Stannie Dum (played by Laurel and Hardy) etc. as they try to save Toyland (their home) from the boogeyman and from the evil Barnaby who wants to marry Bo Peep. Laurel and Hardy work in Santa’s workshop and, thanks to a misunderstood toy order, they made 100 wooden soldiers at 6 foot tall (they were supposed to make 600 wooden soldiers at 1 foot tall). In the end, they use the six foot tall soldiers to help save the day.
The reasons why I love both films, aside from them both being holiday classics, are really sentimental. I can’t watch either film without thinking of my parents and I can’t wait until I have a family of my own, some day, so I can share the magic of these films with them.