Guest Author - Katy Cacolice
Summertime is meant to be the time of the year for soaking in the sun, taking up surf and sand, laying out on the beach, and relaxing the days away in July. But, as humidity grows stronger and temperatures sometimes reaching triple-digits, being outside certainly be a a test of will. It isn't long before we are aching for those colder, more seasonal days in fall and wintertime. To cool down, let's take a quick look at some great Christmas movies to watch in July.
White Christmas (1954), starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, is a lighthearted drama and musical about two World War II buddies who team up with a duo sister act to save a failing Vermont Inn. Maybe it's not cold outside in the summertime but with breezy showtunes by the iconic song writer Irving Berlin, you will cool down and will not help but singing along to "Baby It's Cold Outside, "White Christmas", "Snow", and several others.
Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), are two movies that the whole family can watch! The film series stars Macaulay Culkin, who plays Kevin McCallister, a young boy who is accidentally left on his own as his family vacations on Christmas. In the first film, McCallister is left home alone after a rush morning when his family took off for vacation. The young boy defends his house from quacky neighborhood bandits who are eying their next job. In the sequel, McCallister isn't left at home, but in New York City - as his family rushes through the airport to catch a flight to Florida, McCallister accidentally flies to the big NYC. With his dad's credit card in tow, McCallister explores the big apple and accidentally 'reunites' with the bandits he encountered in the first film. Comedy ensues.
It's A Wonderful Life (1946) - Directed by Frank Capra, and starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, It's A Wonderful Life is not a movie to be missed at Christmastime, let alone summer. If you don't know the tale of this classic film, two angels show us the life of George Bailey (Stewart), a young man with an insatiable desire to escape his hometown and make his mark on the world. But, through trial and tribulations, he is shown the way of how he has affected his small town. This classic Christmas tale teaches us the spirit of how one person can change the world, even if we don't realize it firsthand.