Tis’ the Season. No, Not THAT Season: Seasonal Holiday Movies We Can’t Live Without

by Cathy Foreman

In a conversation with one of my friends, I was talking about Easter and how I can’t wait to see the “Ten Commandments”. I’m big on nostalgia. I’m big on tradition. So when it involves music, movies or tv, I might have something to say.

There are certain movies that are synonymous with certain times of the year. And if I don’t see said movie or tv show when it’s that’s time of the year, personally I feel as if I’ve missed out and that holiday just isn’t complete. There are particular shows which I can just watch over and over again. Are you like that or am I the only one that feels this way? I’m curious. So here’s what I’ll do. Below is a list composed of holidays and the corresponding movie that does it for me.

MLK Day

KING

The story of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Southern Baptist minister to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

This three part mini-series was featured in 1978. It stars Paul Winfield (Martin Jr), Cicely Tyson (Cora) and Ossie Davis (Martin Sr). The pair are amazing together and make an idyllic Martin and Cora King.

EASTER

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Enjoying a life of ease in the court of Egypt’s pharaoh, Moses (Charlton Heston) discovers his Hebrew heritage and, later, God’s expectations of him. He dedicates himself to liberating his people from captivity and — with the aid of plagues and divine intervention — manages to lead them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. A greater challenge comes in the form of the golden calf idol however, and it takes an unforgettable visitation by God on Mount Sinai for Moses’ mission to prevail.

HALLOWEEN

FRIDAY THE 13TH

Crystal Lake’s history of murder doesn’t deter counselors from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people — Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor) and Ned (Mark Nelson) — pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they’re slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.

HALLOWEEN

On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

CHRISTMAS

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 Holiday drama produced and directed by Frank Capra. It stars a brilliant Jimmy Stewart who plays the lead, George Bailey. After a major mishap, George contemplates suicide thinking his family will be better off without him, when an angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), is assigned to show George the way. Clarence take George through a version of his life has he not existed. This results in George being presented with the realization that he is richest man in the world with love, friends and family.

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When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

This is not one of the typical classics that you can readily find on any tv during the holidays, but it’s a great show that echos when you do what’s necessary because even a miracle needs a hand, great things happen.

These are just a few favorites that get me in the holiday celebration mood.

In the comments, you tell us yours.