Period Films for the Holidays: Part Two

And now, part two of Doug’s fifteen holiday classics. Let us know which movies make your list in the comments below!

By Doug Daye

8. The Nativity Story (2006) 

The biblical story of the birth of Jesus is emphasized during this time of year. The story starts off in the Roman province Judea during the rule of Herod the Great who orders the death of every first born infant male. Mary and Joseph must escape to Bethlehem for the safety of their unborn child. This film brings this story of Mary and Joseph to life and is led by an all-star cast.  

9. Come to the Stable (1949) 

Two French nuns travel to the town of Bethlehem, Connecticut to build a childrens’ hospital as a tribute to the Americans who died in WWII. In the film, Sister Margaret explains that she made a plea to an American general during WWII to spare the childrens’ hospital in Normandy that she was in charge of, but many American lives were lost in the process. Sister Margaret and Sister Scholastica encounter many obstacles but kindly persuade other eccentric characters to help them in their efforts. 

10. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) 

This biographical drama is based on Charles Dickens and his attempt to write “A Christmas Carol.” As he writes, many of the characters manifest in front of him, including Ebenezer Scrooge! This story examines how Dickens’ tale changed Christmas forever at a time when the holiday season was seen as irrelevant.

11. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Who loves the fun, quirky romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail”? Then you’ll appreciate the original film it was based on. Avoiding regional politics of the time prior to WWII, this is a romantic comedy of two pen pals who happen to work together at a leather goods store in Budapest. They can’t stand each other in real life but end up realizing they have feelings for one another. Sound familiar? 

12. Babes in Toyland (1961) 

If you’re a kid, what’s Christmas without toys? In this story, Mary Contrary and Tom Piper are preparing for their wedding, but the villain Barnaby has Tom kidnapped in an effort to get Mary for himself! They both encounter the Toymaker who is also a pawn in Barnaby’s scheme. It’s a fun, colorful movie which features the famous Toy Soldiers that have since appeared in the Disney Christmas parades around the world! 

13. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) 

On the night of Christmas Eve in Victorian London, Clara comes upon a special string at her godfather Drosselmeyer’s party that is supposed to lead her to a key to unlock her present. Instead she gets sucked into the magical fourth realm and must restore the balance along with the help of her soldier friend Phillip. 

14. Miracle on 34th St. (1947) 

Starting off right in the midst of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kris Kringle is made to become a replacement Santa Clause for the parade. However, problems arise when his mental state is questioned after he tries to convince everyone that he is the real Santa Claus. This film became a perpetual holiday favorite which led to the film’s remake in 1994. 

15. Jingle Jangle (2020) 

A brand new Christmas musical film set in an alternate fantasy world! A depressed toymaker who is down on his luck finds new hope by way of his smart, gifted granddaughter. The production was filmed in various historic locations in England that date back to the Tudor period, which gave the film its traditional look. 

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