To quote Myrna Loy who played Nora in The Thin Man, “The next person who says ‘Merry Christmas’ to me, I’ll kill ‘em.” OK, we’re not that jaded. We’re only too happy to share some holiday cheer with fellow movie lovers as long as it doesn’t involve the infamous “leg-lamp”. Here are our personal favorite holiday movies. Funny, sweet, and with more than a twist of bitter, these are the ones we keep coming back to year after year.
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, this is not only a masterwork of meticulous detail but also a film with heart that wonderfully articulates the Smith Family’s joy and pain as they spend their last Christmas in their home in St. Louis. Esther (Judy Garland) introduces the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as Tootie (Margaret O’Brian) runs to the back yard and tearfully bludgeons the snow family she had built earlier. For Tootie, there’s no place like home in St. Louis.