A White Christmas for All

In honor of the holidays, AHF will explore contributions to literature, film, art and other humanities disciplines in the name of holiday spirit! Or, through the art of storytelling, we will tell you our favorite Christmas memories.

It’s that time of year again! The malls have been decorated for close to a month now, Christmas carols are playing on the radio and everyone’s discussing holiday plans.

Every year, my holiday plans include watching as many jolly movies as I can. I love them all! From “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” to “Elf,” Christmas movies are one of my favorite film genres.

But hands down, without a doubt, my favorite holiday movie of all time is “White Christmas.” It’s just not Christmas to me without Bing Crosby. Whenever I hear his voice this time of year, I’m transported to my parents’ living room where we trim our tree while listening to Crosby’s Christmas album.

But the movie. Oh, the dancing, the singing, the scheming about how Bob Wallace (Crosby) and Phil Davis (played by Danny Kaye) can help their old World War II Major General Thomas F. Waverly save The Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, Vermont. They enlist the help of an old war buddy who hosts a variety show and plan a Christmas Eve performance to bring guests to the inn.

As a child, this movie was the first “musical” I had seen. I was fascinated with how the dialogue and music was woven together to create such a compelling story.

And I was also fascinated with two particular characters – Betty, played by Rosemary Clooney, and Judy, played by Vera-Ellen. Their voices, their clothing…what movies stars they were! My favorite song from the movie will always be “Sisters” and I can still hum every word to this day.

So, whether you live in Alabama where you are not likely to have snowflakes, or somewhere where snow may blanket the ground the morning of Dec. 25, enjoy this movie and have yourselves a White Christmas!