If you’re someone who celebrates Christmas, there are two questions you’re likely to be asked at some point in the season. The first is, “What is your favorite Christmas song?” This is a fairly innocuous question. You can’t really get it wrong. No one, not even in Music City, is going to be critical if you say, for example, that “White Christmas” is your favorite. Or “Blue Christmas” is your favorite. Even choosing “The Christmas Song” — maybe the most popular Christmas song ever — is fine. Go ahead and say it. Get creative and choose some deeper cuts, like Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis,” or stay local and go with Amy Grant’s iconic “Tennessee Christmas.” Stand up and proudly declare Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” is your go-to song for prepping the house for guests. You won’t be alone. You might get some pushback on versions, of course, but that is not really an argument you want to have, so avoid it at all cost. If cornered, just say Bing Crosby’s version, even if it’s something he never sang.
The second question you’re likely to be asked is fraught with danger. “What is your favorite Christmas movie?” People have strong opinions about this. While some people might think It’s a Wonderful Life is the greatest Christmas movie ever, there are others who’d rather be force-fed fruitcake for a week before sitting through another screening of the classic. And yes, I said classic. I’m in the former crowd. There are safer bets, like Elf, that everyone agrees is great, and really questionable choices, like Love Actually, that might raise eyebrows as to your moral character. Are you the kind of person who’s in love with your best friend’s wife, and really can’t let it go and so you show up on Christmas Eve to declare your love in silence with handwritten signs and you somehow think this is festive and romantic? By all means, say you love Love Actually. (Side note: Holiday is the same film, only better.)
Whether you find yourself in this situation in the next few weeks or not, what’s inevitable is that you WILL see a Christmas film at some point, on your TV, on a movie screen or on your computer or tablet. You’ll at least be confronted with the IDEA of a Christmas film. Our recommendation is to go with it. Give into the spirit and let the images wash over you. The best place to do this is on the big screen, and fortunately for you, Nashville and Middle Tennessee has plenty of offerings. We’ve got them all for you on NowPlayingNashville.com. Below are some highlights. For more, click over to our FILM+VIDEO and Holiday sections where they’re all listed. Enjoy! If you feel so inclined, feel free to argue in the comments section. Just be nice about it.
The Belcourt Theatre
December 6 – December 11, 2014
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Franklin Theatre
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Nashville Symphony | Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Home Alone in HD with Symphony
The Country Music Hall of Fame
A Crystal Christmas in Sweden (1987)
Kenny and Dolly: A Christmas to Remember (1984)
Kenny Rogers Christmas Special: Keep Christmas With You (1992)
Nashville Public Library – Bordeaux Branch
Remember, there’s always more at NowPlayingNashville.com in the FILM+VIDEO and Holiday sections.