James Stewart stars in one of the movies that always puts me in the mood for Christmas, but it’s not the one you think. Sure, “It’s A Wonderful Life
” is classic and yuletastic, but I also enjoy “The Shop Around The Corner
.” It’s a Christmassy romance that sees shop co-workers Stewart and Margaret Sullivan at one another’s throats at work, unaware that they are also anonymously courting one another as pen pals. All becomes clear on Christmas Eve and they unwrap a big ol’ gift basket of love. It’s almost as heartwarming as a giant mug of hot chocolate.
On the other end of the scale is “Black Christmas
.” Many years ago, on the first Christmas the PMC — my Preferred Movie Companion and now, happily my wife — and I spent together, I screened the movie for her, which almost stopped the relationship before it had a chance to really get going. I love the slaying slasher story. Her, not so much. I quickly rebounded with “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
,” which made the yuletide bright once again.
Thanks, Chevy Chase, for saving Christmas and my relationship!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!