It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season! One of my favorite activities during this time of year is watching holiday movies. I have lots of films I enjoy watching year after year, and so does our staff. Check out these staff movie favorites and see if any of them might be your favorite too!
The Bishop’s Wife is a top-pick for Caron, Circulation Assistant
While I love the classic It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife (1947) with David Niven as the Bishop, Cary Grant as the angel, and Loretta Young as the bishop’s wife is a noteworthy contender. BOTH films have elements of the supernatural, both involve a crisis of faith, character, and trust, all of which require the inner growth of the characters –plural, and both contribute picturesque scenes that evoke a much simpler time and charm. I highly recommend it.
It’s A Wonderful Life is a top-pick for Debbie B., Youth Services Associate
I could watch it anytime of the year. I love the messages of hope, self-sacrifice and doing the right thing, along with the lesson that “no man is an island” and the fact that one life affects so many around us. It’s actually a good mental health anti-suicide message – but I just love so many things about it.
Elf is a top-pick for both Ginger, YS Associate and Cindy, YS Collection Development Librarian
Ginger says “Elf is always a winner at my house!” and Cindy says “I also love Elf!” Buddy the Elf is raised in the North Pole and then travels to New York City to find his father. It’s a classic that will keep you laughing all season long!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa Claus, and Jack Frost are top-picks for Nadine, Circulation Assistant
I’ve always loved the old claymation movies (I think that’s what they’re called), like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without Santa Claus, and Jack Frost, but the way the characters look really freak me out now!
The Santa Clause is a top-pick for Taylor, Youth Services Associate
My favorite Christmas movie is The Santa Claus with Tim Allen! I can watch it every year and never get bored of it. It always brings me joy, and my sister and I often quote it back and forth!”
The Muppets Christmas Carol is a top-pick for Emily, PR Specialist
The best Christmas movie of all time is Jim Henson’s A Muppet Christmas Carol. It has it all; wit, humor, heart. The movie is a masterpiece, musical numbers and all. Also it stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and if we’re all being honest, you can never go wrong with Michael Caine.
Amahl and the Night Visitors is a top-pick for Linda, Public Service Associate
My very favorite Christmas video is one most people will not know. Growing up, my mother, now passed, and I always looked forward to watching Amahl and the Night Visitors at Christmas time.
Miracle on 34th Street (among many) is a top-pick for Jennifer, Public Relations
I can remember watching the Thanksgiving parade every year just waiting to get a glimpse of Santa arriving. In fact, I still do this! And Natalie Wood had the best seat in the house in Miracle on 34th Street. When a department store Santa claims to be the real Santa, you can’t help but Believe. The absolute BEST scene is when a Dutch orphan brought to the US comes to see Santa even though she doesn’t speak English. Santa begins speaking to her in Dutch, and chills run head to toe through me every single time! Everything about this movie puts you in an old fashioned, traditional Christmas spirit. Although the remake is very good, I highly recommend the original with Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood filmed following WWII. “I believe. I believe.”
The Family Stone is a top-pick for Debbie D., Administrative Assistant
The Family Stone is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. It’s a great family story that makes me laugh and cry every time.
While You Were Sleeping is a top-pick for Joy, Tech Services Specialist
While You Were Sleeping is a romantic comedy that is a wonderful, light-hearted movie taking place around Christmas time.
Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather is a top-pick for Kevin, Reference Librarian
My family has had a long standing tradition of watching the BBC adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather every year while wrapping gifts.
Little Women is a top-pick for Karen, Public Service Associate/Page Manager
I like to watch Little Women during the Christmas Season.
There are so many fun holiday movies to see, many of which are available in our collection. Find your old (or new) favorite at the Library today! Don’t see your favorite? Submit this form for purchase consideration.