I love Christmas movies! I started making a list of my favourites to share for my Christmas blog post...but it got way, way too long. Then I thought about how many great Christmas romances have inspired me as a writer...here are my top three:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I love the classic Rankin/Bass TV special from 1964. The theme of unwanted outcasts hit me perfectly as a kid (I was pretty nerdy, my face always stuffed in a book) and I had a crush on Hermey, the elf who wanted to be a dentist.
But the romance that's the sweetest is Rudolph and Clarice, who accepts him as he is and doesn't reject him the way the other reindeer do for his strange glowing nose.
Miracle on 34th Street
Ah, Maureen O'Hara just breaks my heart...The original 1947 Miracle on 34th Street is perfection in Natalie Wood's growing awe at learning Santa (played by Edmund Gwen) might be real.
And in the background, there's O'Hara's amazing performance as a skeptical woman, burned by love, who learns to trust John Payne's optimistic lawyer as he defends Kris Kringle in court and wins a place in her daughter's heart as well.
While I'm a big fan of the dreamy Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Rickman, and Hugh Grant, it's actually Martin Freeman who captured my adoration in Love, Actually.
John (Freeman) and Judy (Joanna Page) are body doubles for a porn film who awkwardly realize they're into each other. The juxtaposition of the sexual positions they're in, plus their halting conversation, is brilliant comedy, and strangely sweet.
Do you have a favourite Christmas movie couple that I missed?