Friday, December 19, 2014

The Best Non-Christmas Christmas Movies

(Look, I won't go on with a new post without acknowledging the fact that it's been two years since I last posted. I doubt anybody's even looking at this blog anymore. I had two kids and things got busy. But I still love this blog so I'm going to try to post again. For real!)

My husband and I have a pretty intense ongoing debate about what defines a Christmas movie. Let's just say that my definition is a little more liberal than his. With that in mind, here is my list of the best Christmas movies that may or may not actually be Christmas movies. You should still watch them every Christmas. And any other time during the year. Because maybe they're not Christmas movies. But maybe they are.

1. Meet Me In St. Louis. Listen people, this movie has an extremely famous Christmas song in it. You can't get a classic Christmas song from a non Christmas movie. That just doesn't make sense.

2. In the Good Old Summertime. Alright, I admit that with the word 'Summertime" in the title, this one could be confused for a regular movie, but just like in Meet Me in St. Louis, the climax of the movie happens at Christmas. There's snow and bells and merriment. There's also a less-famous, way lamer Christmas song sung by Judy. But it's a Christmas song nonetheless.

3. An Affair to Remember. Remember when (spoiler alert!) Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr totally get together at the end of the movie? Yeah, that's during Christmas. In fact, I'm watching it right now because ... it's a Christmas movie!

4. The Sound of Music. Hey wait, this one is not a Christmas movie at all. Except somehow everyone decided that it was. I don't agree, but I don't mind this misconception because it means that it's on TV every Christmas. Nobody can complain about that!

Honorable mention because it's not an old movie: You've Got Mail. There's a Christmas song in it. I think by now we know that according to my rules, that makes it a Christmas movie.

So there you go. I know I'm missing some. What did I forgot? And make sure you watch these movies before Christmas!

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