Music and movies make the holiday season for me. When I was a kid, the Christmas specials on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon plus my mom's many Christmas albums on repeat were what really signaled "Christmas time!!" to my brain.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Rudolph the Red-Noses Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys
If this movie doesn't remind you of Christmas then you probably did not own a TV growing up. I'm fairly certain that, starting December 1st, this movie is always on somewhere.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Probably one of my favorite movies of all time.
I know this isn't a Christmas movie but with all the snow and "for the beauty of the earth"ing it just feels like Christmas to me. Weird but true. It puts me in the Christmas spirit every time. Plus: Christian Bale as Laurie! I melt.
The Forgotten Carols by Michael McLean
This album has been a family favorite for so long that it kind of feels like Christmas in one tiny package for me. It has a wonderful book to go along with it.
Noel by Josh Groban
Oh Josh. Your voice speaks to my soul. A couple weeks ago I was all annoyed at my kids and needed something to turn my mood around. I turned on Pandora's Peaceful Holidays station and Josh's rendition of Little Drummer Boy came on. Instant joy and peace. And the whole cd is like that. Gorgeous.
(It's not on this album but his rendition of O Holy Night reduces me to tears)
The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas
Chock full of classics. One of the ones my mom played each year. The 1987 original had 45 songs and is weirdly hard to find online. Apparently Time-Life has released a couple "updated" versions that contain only half the songs that are readily available but the original can only be gotten through the Time-Life TV ads. You can find the full original track list with previews here. The Amazon link above might be for the full version but it's hard to tell.
Anyway, I love it in all it's hard-to-find glory. This is one of my favs from the collection.
I have about a million others but don't want to completely take over Sumo's blog with my reminiscing. What are your favorite Christmas movies and albums?? Do you gravitate toward the ones you listened to growing up or have you made room for new favorites?
Oh, how I love talking Christmas music and movies! Josh Groban has been a regular this season for me. Thanks for sharing those with us Kayla!