The Christmas break is a much anticipated time of the year. It is a happy time for adults and children. Along with the eating, drinking, writing cards, cooking, sending emails and engaging in togetherness, some people will reflect on the life of Jesus, others on the year that has been.
There is another activity that is also very popular at this time of year; watching movies.
There is something special about sitting down comfortably with some popcorn to watch a good movie with a few friends during the festive season; especially if the movie makes you laugh, lifts your spirits and inspires you.
The interpretation of a good movie varies from person to person. Some want a happy ending, or a triumph against all odds, a lesson in spiritual values, others want to laugh until they cry!
Fortunately, there is a movie for every taste.
Gather a group of people in front of a large screen, pull the curtains and make the occasion special by offering popcorn and some other finger foods such as pretzels, rum balls, and homemade cookies.
Invite relatives and friends to share this happy social time and have fun!
Here are some suggestions:
|It's a Wonderful Life
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Miracle on 34th Street
The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue
| Home Alone (any of them)
It happened one Christmas
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
A Christmas Story
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Pay It Forward
Me, Myself and Irene
A Fish Called Wanda
Some Like It Hot
Duck Soup ( Marx Brothers)
The Family Man
The gay Divorce
The Pink Panther
To Kill a Mockingbird
Mrs Doubtfire (Sally Field)
O Brother Where Art Thou
Singing in the Rain
The Full Monty
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
| The Wizard of Oz
E.T. (Drew Barrymore)
The Adams Family
Sense and Sensibility
The sound of Music
Pollyanna (Hayley Mills)
Elvis Presley (any movie)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The King and I
Meet me in St Louis
Saturday Night Fever
An America in Paris
Shirley Temple (any movie)
West Side Story
My Fair lady
Everybody Loves Raymond
Little House on the Prairie
As Time Goes By
Pride & Prejudice
| The Vicar of Dibley
Life (BBC documentaries on nature)
| The Seekers (Farewell Concert)
Peter, Paul & Mary
Roy Orbison (Black & White Night)
Jesus Christ Superstar
Andre Rieu (any DVD)
Glen Campbell (Best of Campbell Music Show)
Cat Stevens (Tea for the Tillerman – A Classic Concert DVD)
Il Divo (At the Coliseum)
Tony Bennett (Wonderful World – Live in San Francisco)
Luciano Pavarotti (The Duets)
Joe Cocker (Respect Yourself Live)
The Beach Boys (Lost Concert)
The Very Best of Richard Clayderman Live in Concert
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Thanks Joanne, this is a great idea!
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