I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten, and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white
This barely qualifies as a Christmas film but it begins on Christmas and ends on Christmas so that barely is what gets it on this list. (Besides the only other holiday it spends any length of time on is Independence Day, and as it shows FDR in that sequence, a vicious anti-Semite who stood for everything this country is opposed to, there will be none of this movie on Independence Day…).
One of the most important reasons that this movie makes it onto the list is that it includes the song “White Christmas.” In fact this is the first movie to ever include that song. And most importantly the plot line isn’t as hackneyed as White Christmas.
And of course there are the truly great dance numbers from Fred Astaire (although the Washington’s Birthday dance is just painful to watch but it serves a plot point).
Otherwise there is a sweet love story mixed with the understanding that life is to be lived and those wonderful moments we call holidays relished and enjoyed.
But back to the primary reason this movie makes it onto the list, White Christmas. Ever since this movie came out, this song has rightfully been a standard of the holiday. It calls for us to recapture the joy of Christmas that we had when were young “like the ones I used to know.” It’s about sharing the Christmas joy through cards and wishes for a merry Christmas to everyone you know, it’s about maintaining connection with other humans which seems to be easiest at Christmas. And it is because of this movie that we have this song. Whatever its flaws this alone makes it a great Christmas film.