On first day of December, I curled up on the sofa and announced that I wanted to watch my favorite Christmas classic movie: It’s a Wonderful Life.
“It’s too soon,” my husband said.
Too soon? It’s never too soon forIt’s a Wonderful Life. It’s only one of the best Christmas movies ever made. But when I was a kid, I remember seeing it on TV and switching channels. At the time, I was too young to understand the charm of Bedford Falls, the greatness of George Bailey and the significance of Zuzu’s petals.
A few minutes before the movie ended, I realized I had to get dinner ready so I turned it off.
“Why’d you shut it off now? You’re missing the big pay off!” My husband yelled.
Huh?! I didn’t even realize he was paying attention. And even though he deemed it too early for Christmas movies, he needed to hear one of the most well known lines from a beloved holiday movie.
It got me thinking about all my other favorite Christmas classics and my favorite kid quotes. I cannot wait to watch these movies with my son Norrin. Even though he may not understand all of them. I want them to play in the background. I want these movies to be a part of his childhood, as much as they were a part of mine.
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Click through to see some of my favorite lines from beloved Christmas Classics! And if you haven't seen any of these films, you should!
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"Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings."
The quintessential Christmas movie line! Even if you haven't seen It's a Wonderful Life you have probably heard this line. What I really love about this movie is that it evokes every human emotion. This movie will make you ugly cry in the best possible way.
Miracle on 34th Street 3 of 12
"If you're really Santa Claus, you can get it for me. And if you can't, you're only a nice man with a white beard like mother says."
I grew up watching Miracle on 34th Street. Little Susie is a girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus and so she decides to test him by asking for a house. I'm not going to ruin the ending but by the end of the movie - everyone is a believer.
A Charlie Brown Christmas 4 of 12
"Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties?"
We absolutely love watching A Charlie Brown Christmas as a family. It's something my husband and I grew up watching and now we get to enjoy it with our son. We watch it a few times a week throughout the Christmas season. Earlier this week Norrin wrote his first letter to Santa Claus — but I'm wishing he followed Sally Brown's example.
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"Rats. Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there weren't a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?"
This line always makes my heart hurt a little. Why can't they be nice to Charlie Brown? I mean, it's Christmas. But it's also a really honest line. The holidays can make lonely people feel lonelier. And I love that Lucy encourages Charlie Brown to get involved so that he doesn't feel so lonely.
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"And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'"
BOOM! Linus drops mike, walks off stage. Okay…not really. But he should've.
The Bells of St. Mary’s 7 of 12
"This is Mary and I'm Joseph and we're going to Bethlehem to see if we can have someplace... find someplace to stay, and that's all you have to know, really."
The Bells of St. Mary's was another holiday movie that always seemed to play in the background but I never paid attention until I was an adult. It's a Christmas movie without really being a Christmas movie. Yes, there's a Christmas play but there's so much other stuff going on. That's all you have to know, really.
A Christmas Carol 8 of 12
"And God bless us, everyone."
I absolutely love Mickey's Christmas Carol, Disney's take on the timeless classic by Charles Dickens. I remember having this on a record and reading along with the story book. I love this story because it shows that even the coldest heart can be warmed. And I love that Tiny Tim is the one who inspires Scrooge's change of heart.
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"We plunged into the cornucopia quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice. "
Who doesn't love A Christmas Story?! I remember seeing this in theater with my dad and brother. I remember wanting to walk out and see if I my tongue would really stick to a telephone pole. There are so many fantastic lines in this movie but one of my favorites is when Ralphie and his little brother run downstairs on Christmas morning and begin opening their gifts. Because what kid doesn't quiver with desire and ectasy when opening presents.
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"Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And in a few years time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?"
It's every kid's fantasy to be home alone and able to do whatever you want. That's what makes Home Alone so fun for kids. For parents, it haunts us to think about our children being home alone and subject to danger. At the end of the movie, young Kevin realizes that as annoying as his family is - all he wants for Christmas is to be with them.
The Santa Clause 11 of 12
"You were just denying your inner child."
I was ten years old when I discovered Santa Claus wasn't real. And finding out the truth sucked. As adults we are quick to tell children the truth about Santa. What I love about Christmas is getting to believe all over again with Norrin. That's the beauty of The Santa Clause - it's the story of a cynical adult who is taught to believe and embrace his inner child. Why should kids be the ones who have all the Christmas fun?
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Having a little boy who loves trains and believes in Santa Claus, I love the message behind The Polar Express. And I want him to believe for as long as he can. Maybe even longer. Because we all need something to believe in.
Catch up with Lisa on Babble:
- Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids with Autism
- 10 Tips to Taking Your Special Needs Child to the Movies
- How My Husband and I Do Date Night During the Holidays
- A Santa Claus for Kids with Autism
- How I’m Helping My Son Count The Days Until Christmas
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