The end of a cold Christmas day from our front porch.

Brenda and I were talking about how she had never seen "Miracle on 34th Street."  We're talking the original with Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood, John Payne, made in 1947.  For some reason Brenda thought she was watching it one time, but turned it off when the little boy got a spanking with a switch to start the movie. It was a little too close to her childhood.  But it wasn't "Miracle on 34th Street" she was watching at all.

So we started talking about old Christmas movies that nobody sees anymore and I came up with the perfect list of old ones for Christmas Eve. So here goes, in order.

  • "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds and a host of other Hollywood stars.
  • "The Bells of St Mary's" with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.
  • "White Christmas"  with Bing again.
  • "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart.

Yes, there are many more that are both Christmas themed and are great movies. But those four are the epitome of Christmas.  Each one leaves you feeling like there not only is a Santa Clause, but there's hope for all mankind.

Kevin Mee