Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Mickey’s Christmas Carol has become a tradition for me to watch every Christmas Day. The short film centers around Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy businessperson that is too consume with his wealth to understand that Christmas is the time for kindness and generosity. Therefore, with the help of a few spirits: Jacob Marley (Goofy), the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket) the Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant) and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (a hooded figure named Black Pete), Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas. He not only gives his exhausted and underpaid worker Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse) a raise, but makes him his partner in the counting house.
The Kid Who Loved Christmas
The Kid Who Loved Christmas starring Cicely Tyson, Michael Warren, and Sammy Davis Jr. is one of the best made-for-TV holiday movies. It explores the Christmas spirit and unconditional love through the eyes of a boy named Reggie (Trent Cameron), an orphan on the verge of being adopted by a jazz musician Tony Parks (Michael Warren) and his wife Lynette Parks (Vanessa Williams). However, just as the adoption is about to be finalized, Williams is killed in a car accident. Now, a social worker played by Esther Rolle feels Tony is unfit to raise a child. The Kid Who Loved Christmas never fails to bring a tear to my eye. The movie is heartwarming and touching!
Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Gary Busey is a kick-ass Christmas action movie that never gets old. I can watch this classic 1987 buddy cop film repeatedly during the holiday season. Lethal Weapon tells the tale of two mismatched L.A.P.D. detectives Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and suicidal Sergeant Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) that must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. Lethal Weapon is perhaps the greatest buddy cop film ever.
Die Hard starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, and Bonnie Bedelia is one of the greatest action Christmas films ever. This 1988 holiday classic follows off-duty New York City Police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane’s wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), to keep the police at bay. Die Hard is not a conventional Christmas tale, but this thriller movie is always fun to watch with friends and family.
Trading Places starring comedic legends Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy is a great Christmas comedy film about the haves and have nots. It tells the story of an upper class commodities broker Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and a homeless street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet by two coldhearted multimillionaires Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy) and Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche). Trading Places is another holiday film that the entire family can enjoy on Christmas.