If there's one thing aside from Christmas music that gets us in the mood for the season it is Christmas movies. And if we're honest we like to watch the likes of 'It's A Wonderful Life', 'Elf', Miracle On 34th Street and er 'Die Hard' all through the year. That said nothing beats the feeling of seeing these precious flicks as the holidays approach. Given their charm and longevity it is not surprising that the music from these movies has also left a huge impression. We'll start off with the most heart-breaking of them all which is taken from 'Meet Me At St. Louis' wherein Judy Garland mournfully sings 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'. As renditions of this famous song go it takes some beating as Garland's character Esther and her little sister Tootie see out one last memorable Christmas in their beloved city.
While the combination of tears and the yuletide spirit can be a powerful one there is as much drama to be gleaned from moments of high festivus too. And Christmas movies don't get as classic as the 1964 stop-motion 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer'. As well as being revolutionary in its production techniques the makers were inspired in getting Grandfather Christmas himself Burl Ives to narrate the piece. Not only that but Ives sings his way through the piece with his most famous 'A Holly Jolly Christmas' illuminating proceedings. Equally spellbinding and a much more contemporary offering came via operatic-lunged Josh Groban who provided the main song for Tom Hanks produced 2004 animated movie 'The Polar Express'. Belief is something that soars over the 12 days so 'Believe' instantly struck a chord with both old and young.
If you're looking for something a little more classical for Christmas then there is much to pour over courtesy of seasonal movies. Take 1994's remake of 'Miracle on 34th Street' which is awash with orchestral embellishment. 'Home Alone' from 1990 is equally flush with classical goodness with master composer John Williams offering a lightness of touch while all manner of comeuppances are visited on the unsuspecting burglars in the zany plot. 'O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)' is one such cut which should fill your Christmas Eve with unfettered light and awe.
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