Tis the Season Day 2: Untraditional Christmas Movies

Welcome to Day 2 of Tis the Season!

Today we’ll be talking movies.  There are countless fantastic Christmas movies, from It’s a Wonderful Life to White Christmas to A Christmas Story to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, etc. etc.  We make a point of watching all of these movies every year, but my all time favorite tradition is a bit unconventional.

Every year in the week leading up to Christmas, my mom and I watch the 1957 film An Affair to Remember back to back with the 1993 “Sleepless in Seattle”.  I don’t know how the tradition began, or why THESE particular movies, but it’s something I always look forward to.

Made in 1957, An Affair to Remember stars Carey Grant and Deborah Kerr.  Grant’s character, a playboy who dabbles in the arts, meets Kerr’s on a cruise liner from Europe to New York City.  Although involved with other people, the two fall in love.  When they get to New York, they promise to break of their relationships and meet on the top of the Empire State Building to run away and get married.  But not everything goes as planned.  On the way to the meeting, something happens to Kerr that prevents her from attending.  I don’t want to say too much to spoil the ending, which is the best part.  I will say that the movie ends on Christmas Day.

Sleepless in Seattle is from 1993, the year after I was born.  The trailer below pretty much sums it all up, but it stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The movie opens on Christmas Eve with Hanks’ character’s son, still grieving from the death of his mother, calls a late-night radio talk show asking for help.  Hanks ends up spilling his heart out to the show’s hostess, resulting in his nickname “Sleepless in Seattle”.  All the way across the country in Baltimore lives Ryan’s character, who hears the broadcast and is captivated by the story.  She then sends a letter to Hanks that gets picked up by the son, sparking a series of events that leads to a meeting atop the Empire State Building.

An Affair to Remember is a love story that ends on Christmas.  Sleepless in Seattle is a love story that begins on Christmas.  Both couples have or fail to meet at the top of the Empire State Building.  One takes place in the 1950’s, the other in the 1990’s, but somehow, they work so well together.

Because I’m recovering from getting my wisdom teeth removed, I’ve been a bit under the weather.  I’ve been spending most of yesterday and today laying on the couch in my pajamas.  Since I’m not allowed out of the house, Mom and I are planning on watching these movies back-to-back tonight!  I’m looking forward to it.

What Christmas movies do you watch every year?  What are your favorites?

2 thoughts on “Tis the Season Day 2: Untraditional Christmas Movies

  1. Paul S December 19, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    Great selections!
    I seem to remember that Sleepless in Seattle was a slight disappointment the first time I saw it (slight), as my expectations were high after When Harry Met Sally. But I’ve really grown to love it, and I think Sam is one of my favourite Tom Hanks characters ever.
    Sleepless also has some of my favourite comedy moments (An Affair to Remember vs. The Dirty Dozen) and some heartbreaking moments I’ll never forget. I can only imagine since Nora Ephron left us that she is bringing that much more joy to those in heaven.

    • Amelia December 19, 2014 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks, Paul! I know what you mean, Sleepless in Seattle really grows on you and has some wonderful moments.

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