Here it is folks!!! It’s that time of the year for candy canes, snow, Santa and magic! Now, you’re probably all stressed out with shopping, traffic, parking, parties and kids already. Your Christmas spirit is diminishing by the minute and even the Christmas music is starting to get really stale.
Well, don’t fret, this happens to everyone at some point of the holiday season. If it doesn’t then you either don’t care, are a robot or you have no responsibilities what so ever. But as for us regular humans, it is extremely stressful and very hard to keep that constant Christmas spirit that makes the season worth all this work.
So, that’s where I come in. I have a list of ten movies that will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. These films are classics and have been watched by many over the years. I have compiled a list of modern and classic films, some many have seen, some have kind of faded away for some reason I don’t understand.
These films are amazing and top the cult classic category of Christmas, a very hard category to make to the top of the list. I suggest watching this list from beginning to end over the course of the next ten days. Sit down, relax and have some eggnog. You have shopped all day, written Christmas cards, baked, cleaned… now it’s time to unwind and get ready for the next day. If you feel guilty taking such a break, then bring a couple of presents in the room and wrap. But the whole reason for this holiday is to enjoy it and get into the Christmas spirit. So take the time every night before you go to bed or even in bed and enjoy these great films that shaped how we view Christmas today.
So, get ready for sleigh bells, Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, magic, Christmas trees, holiday disasters and heart warming endings! Christmas is almost here and it’s time for that shrunken little heart to swell up with the Christmas spirit!!!
Christmas movie #10… well, it’s not really a movie… “Night of the Meek!”
This is Mr. Henry Corwin, normally unemployed, who once a year takes the lead role in the uniquely popular American institution, that of the department-store Santa Claus in a road-company version of ‘The Night Before Christmas‘. But in just a moment Mr. Henry Corwin, ersatz Santa Claus, will enter a strange kind of North Pole which is one part the wondrous spirit of Christmas and one part the magic that can only be found… in the Twilight Zone- Rod Serling
I know this isn’t a movie but it should be. Actually, “The Santa Claus” is basically an expanded, modern version of this “Twilight Zone” episode. Now, I understand that most people think of “The Twilight Zone” as creepy Science Fiction, but not all the episodes were like this. Actually, I would say a good 25% are nice and leave you with a good feeling at the end. “Night of the Meek” is at the top of that list. This episode is nothing short of magical.
When you finish this episode, I guarantee you will get a nice warm Christmas spirit feeling swarm throughout your body. The music, the sounds and that classic film quality just grab you right from the beginning and leaves you with an unexpected warm twist at the end. “Night of the Meek” makes you realize what Christmas is all about and should always be. You will want to dress up as Santa Claus yourself and go out and spread the joy just like our main character does in this episode. You can watch it for free on Netflix and experience that classic style of storytelling that makes Rod Serling such revered artist. “Night of the Meek” is the perfect introduction to this great list of films and it’s only 22 minutes long.
Episode description– A down and out drunk Henry Corwin gets tossed out of a bar dressed up as Santa on Christmas Eve. He stumbles to his mall Santa Claus job drunk and an hour late. After a customer complains, Henry is fired from his job. Henry stumbles down the street seeing all the poor in shelters and homeless kids on the street. He says if he had one wish on Christmas Eve, he would want “the meek to inherit the earth.”
Then suddenly he stumbles upon a sack. He opens it and it’s full of presents. He discovers that this sack is magical and gives people what they ask for. So naturally, the selfless Henry starts acting as Santa and giving out presents to all who need. He skips around making everyones’ Christmas wishes come true. But this does not come without a price. For the police and the department store manager want to know where he got all these goodies he’s handing out. But when they take the sack to the police station, all they find is a sack full of garbage…
I will say no more… So, grab that eggnog, turn on the Christmas lights and collapse into the couch. It’s time to get that Christmas spirit pumping and ready for the most magical day of the year.
Also, don’t forget to check out my television series I wrote and directed called “A Seat on a Train” at http://www.aseatonatrain.com Support your struggling artist by taking the time to watch the 1st episode… “Out of Place.” If you love “The Twilight Zone” then why not come and take “A Seat on a Train.”