Christmas Movies I hope to Watch Every Holiday Season

We have our traditions. We have the things we hope to accomplish during the Holiday Season. For me, there are three movies in particular I hope to see- one of which has been watched for several years. What are those movies exactly?

White Christmas

  • While this is a musical movie, I would not watch it all year long. That is because it is holiday movie. It is kinda of hard to describe why I hope to watch this movie every Holiday Season.

Elf

  • This is one of the very few movies that my entire family watches during the Holiday movies. It is such a delight to watch. This might just be my favorite holiday movie if A Christmas Carol did not exist. It also is one of those movies that teaches you what Christmas Spirit is.

A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott)

  • Yes, I am a millennial, but of all Holiday movies, this is my favorite. It has been tradition to watch this for a very long time. There is something about A Christmas Carol that strongly drives you in. It truly shows you what Christmas Spirit is. It has an incredible cast of characters (yes, there are a lot). I love Scrooge, Tiny Tim, among others. You truly can feel connected to Scrooge- especially because you see his backstory come to life due to the Ghost of Christmas Past. I love seeing all of the Spirits come to life except the Ghost of Christmas Future (which creeps me out).

Are there any holiday movies you hope to see every Christmas Season?

Things I am Thankful For

Today is Thanksgiving. Like on anything Thanksgiving, I always write a list of things I am thankful for. What exactly are some of them?

  1. My Family
  2. My Friends
  3. God
  4. Church
  5. My Blog
  6. Musicals
  7. Gardner Webb University (while graduated, still thankful I was a student there)
  8. Tale of the Cattail Forest

What do I love about Enjolras and the Students

MAJOR SPOILERS:

One of the major themes in Les Mis is hope. Enjolras and the students are one of the strongest places you can find hope. Enjolras is the leader of The Friends of the ABC. These students have such a brotherly love for each other and a strong bond. They are quite passionate about the cause they believe in. I love how they take in Gavroche, Eponine’s younger brother. Of everyone found in the students, it is Enjolras who is the most passionate about the uprising.

Enjolras and the Students- Red and Black
Enjolras and the Students

These students stay passionate about the uprising till the end. Even when Enjolras gives them an opportunity to leave, the students don’t. It is amazing how they all have that strong of a bond. You do not truly see much of a vulnerable and intimate side to them until “Drink with Me”- it is during that song when they realize that they realize that they most likely will lose and will die. The result of the uprising: Enjolras, Gavroche, and the students do die in the end: Marius was the only survivor because he was rescued.

Meaning of Home

What is home? Is it a place? Is it what we feel in our heart? In this post, I specifically am talking about the home that does not include where we are from or where we live. What is home in that scenario? Let me bring up what home is to me if Charlotte is not out of the picture.

Gardner Webb University

  • My university is located in Boiling Springs, NC. That town is in the middle of no where. It seems as if it will not feel like home due to the location. In my case, GWU was home. I spent time at Pinterest Night, Pumpkin Painting, Candy and Critters, School Dances, Gingerbread House Making, Disney World and going to two tours among other Student Activity events. In addition, I was part of a service club. I knew I was meant to be a GWU Bulldog.

Florida

  • I may not be a beach person, but the state of Florida is home to me. Specifically, Ponte Vedra is what I would home. Ever since I was young, I went to Ponte Vedra for almost every year of my life. So, the state is like my home away from home. Some times, my family went to St. Augustine for part of the trip. When it comes to my family, I was able to visit Orlando to to Disney World- the one time I remember the most was when BOTH Sea World and Disney World were included.

The Tours I Saw so Far

Many followers know by now that I have to rely on Blumenthal to see a musical. Today’s post is going to just focus on the tours. It does not matter if it is Blumenthal- it will include all of the tours I have seen. That would mean some musicals will be left off, and some repeats will not be on this particular list. I do not know what my first musical in person was, but I know it was a tour. What is that list of tours I have seen so far? I will try to keep them the most in order as I can- only the first three may not.

  1. Seussical the Musical-N/A
  2. Cats-N/A
  3. Lion King- N/A
  4. Wicked- 2008 (I think)
  5. Mamma Mia-2009
  6. Addams Family-2011
  7. La Cage-2012
  8. Wicked-2013
  9. Phantom of the Opera-2014
  10. Porgy and Bess-2014
  11. Annie-2014
  12. Pippin-2015
  13. Sound of Music-2015
  14. Wicked-2016
  15. Newsies-2016
  16. Rent-2017
  17. Les Mis-2017
  18. Lion King-2018
  19. A Christmas Story-2018
  20. Fiddler on the Roof-2019
  21. Miss Saigon-2019
  22. Aladdin-2019

These tours do exist from Jacksonville (that is where I do not remember seeing a musical), Greenville, St. Louis, and Charlotte. I already have some in Blumenthal’s current season that I hope happen: Les Mis, Anastasia, Frozen, and Wicked.

The Act I Finales

They are important to a musical. What is the importance? In my opinion, at the end of the act I, you usually know you love the musical. The act I are either sad or heartbreaking; empowering or exciting; or it is hard to explain. There are some act I finales that will always be in my top favorite act I finales. I think some people will actually agree with me. I will list some of those below.

  1. La Bie Boheme B
  2. If I Can’t Love Her
  3. I’d Give My Life For You
  4. Santa Fe
  5. Let it Go
  6. Crashing of the Chandelier
  7. Defying Gravity
  8. One Day More

When I actually think of act I finales, it is Defying Gravity and One Day More that come to mind the most. As a matter of fact, Let it Go sounds so much and reminds me so much of Defying Gravity. All three songs are empowering songs. It is “If I Can’t Love Her”, “Santa Fe”, and “I’d Give Give My Life For You” that fall under the category of sad/heartbreaking songs- only “If I Can’t Love Her” and “Santa Fe” are under musical comedies- well, “If I Can’t Love Her” is a musical comedy romance. When it comes to the tragedies- you do not want the act I finales to drive you away from the plot- you want them to keep you want to watch act II- not the other way around.

What are some of your favorite act I finales?

Have you Ever been said “Broaden your taste for musicals due to being obsessed with one”

As so many know, I am obsessed with Les Mis. To some people, it might seem as if I am not expanding my passion for musicals. However- that is not actually the case. My passion for Les Mis is responsible for my passion for musicals: if I did not, certain musicals would have not been in my life or been given a chance. Before Les Mis, I would not let tragedies in my life. Lets look at some of the things I learned some Les Mis, and later focus on some of the new musicals that entered my life after Les Mis entered my life. Look, Les Mis would not have been able to enter my life without Wicked.

What I Learned From Les Mis

Tragic musicals do exist- I was not raised on tragedies in musical theatre. I was around Disney musicals, Wicked, Mamma Mia, and musicals of that kind. How was I supposed to know that tragedies were a part of the musical world.

I can love tragedies- here me out on this: as a high school girl, I told myself I will NEVER love a tragedy. I thought they were pure sad. Les Mis entered my life in my first year of college (2013). I realized tragedies were not at all what I once thought they were. They are more than just tragedies- they have a hopeful side to them and are not too depressing.

Tragedies go beyond being sad- this goes back to what I just said. In 2013, I picked up on the fact that I felt uplifted by Les Mis. I wanted to know WHY. I soon was able to understand its underlying spirituality: hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption are why it goes beyond its tragic nature. A tragedy cannot be a tragedy without the catharsis.

A death scene can be memorable- once again, I did believe that a death would be unmemorable especially to a favorite character. I even thought a death scene could not happen through song. Les Mis proved both of those wrong- the various deaths are memorable even if it is a favorite character.

Heartbreak is a musical emotion- I was not blind to sad. I picked up on the emotion of sad in middle school. I thought sad could not push any further. Boy, was I so wrong. I discovered the emotion of heartbreak through song in Les Mis. Heartbreak is a more vulnerable, fragile, and deeper form of sad. Heartbreak opened a new window- knowing that emotion exists made it easier to pick up on negative emotions in other musicals.

  • These are just a few of the things I learned from Les Mis. Just because I talk about Les Mis a lot does not been I do not branch out. I still want to see new musicals. What are some musicals that entered my life after 2013?

Musicals that Entered my Life after 2013:

  1. Man of La Mancha
  2. Newsies
  3. Pippin
  4. Music Man
  5. South Pacific
  6. Fiddler on the Roof
  7. My Fair Lady

So, I do allow other musicals to enter my life. There are musicals that I want to give a chance- those are not in my life yet. What are some of those?

Musicals I Still Hope to See:

  • Anastasia
  • Hadestown
  • Something Rotten
  • Frozen- yes, I already love it (but still need to see the stage show)

I already love a wide range of musicals already: Mamma Mia, Music Man, Sound of Music, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, Frozen, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Newsies, Lion King, Pippin, Rent, South Pacific, Godspell, My Fair Lady: this is a combo of those I grew up with (as in childhood to the end of high school) to college.

This has been said to me a couple of times- Broaden my taste for musicals. Expand it more. Those things are said to me when I have an opportunity to see Les Mis again- usually when I am given a chance, I want to see the show again. Well, this year: I have an opportunity to see Les Mis a sixth time. Some people think I do not expand it that much only because I am obsessed with Les Mis.