Fave 5 Thanksgiving Movies
There's something about Thanksgiving that I absolutely love and it has absolutely nothing to do with turkey, stuffing or sweet potato pie with marshmallows (okay, maybe just a little). What I relish this time of year is taking the time to power down the laptop, silence my phone, and watch all the holiday movie classics with my kids while my husband, dad and father-in-law are fixated on football. Here are my personal fave holiday films that we watch year after year:
The Sound Of Music - Recently, the entire cast of the classic movie reunited on Oprah to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this classic film that in my eyes, never gets old. Two of my favorite scenes take place outdoors in the gazebo on the Von Trapp estate when Liesl sings "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" with Rolf and then, later in the film when the captain and Maria perform their duet, "Something Good." Another memorable scene for me is the wedding when Maria walks down the cathedral aisle in her wedding gown with her long train trailing behind. The reason? It reminds me of the day I got married - we selected a chapel that truly made me feel like Maria from "The Sound of Music." I almost requested that our band play "How do You Solve A Problem Like Maria" when I walked down the aisle but chose "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera" (yes I am a musical junkie).
The Wizard of Oz - Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without watching Dorothy commiserate about that nasty woman who wants to take away her dog, the fateful tornado scene, munchkin land, the ruby slippers, and Glinda the Good Witch and her mode of transportation - an enormous magical bubble. Ever since I took my daughter to see "Wicked" on Broadway, I now have a special place in my heart for Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, who despite her mean streak, might actually just be an animal rights activist in disguise.
National Lampoon's Vacation - Okay - I know, from The Wizard of Oz to Chevy Chase - it's a bit out there but you have to admit, there is nothing like watching the Griswolds wreak havoc during the holidays. In fact, if you don't have any plans the day after Thanksgiving, don't just watch one of the vacation movies - catch them all. My personal favorite - when the family hits London and they keep driving their car through the roundabout. "Look, Big Ben. Parliament." "Oh look! Big Ben. Parliament." This scene never gets old!
Miracle on 34th Street - Once you've caught the Thanksgiving Day Parade, give yourself a dose of a little Macy's nostalgia with this classic film starring Natalie Wood and Maureen O'Hara that'll have your whole family believing in Santa Claus.
Meet the Parents & Meet the Fockers - I don't know about you, but there's a very special place in my heart for Greg Focker, his quirky parents and his tough as nails father-in-law, Jack. Before "Little Fockers," hits theaters this holiday season, treat yourself to a double feature of both films starring Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. Check out the trailer from the next movie that opens right after Thanksgiving...can't wait to see it!