Family Christmas Favorites

In this episode I talked with twelve of my family members. Many of us had the same favorites. I left the various comments in because we had different reasons for liking the book, movie, or story. 

At the beginning of each segment, I introduce who I’m talking with. I hope this episode brings a little holiday cheer into your life, and helps you remember fond Christmas memories of your own.

Merry Christmas from the Sage, Midgorden, and Tate families.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Director, Nora Ephron, Story, Jeff Arch, Screenplay, Nora Ephron David S. Ward and Jeff Arch

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Animated, Written by Charles Schultz based on his comic strip

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Animated, Directors, Chuck Jones and Ben Washam, Book by Dr. Seuss, Additional story, Irv Spector, Bob Ogle

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Director and Screenplay, George Seaton (1994) Director, Les Mayfield, Screenplay based on story by Valentine Davies, Screenplay by George Seaton, New Screenplay, John Hughes

The Bishop’s Wife (1947) Director, Henry Koster, Novel, Robert Nathan, Screenplay, Robert E. Sherwood and four others

November Christmas (2010) Director, Robert Harmon, Short Story, Greg Coppa, Teleplay, P’Nenah Goldstein

Fallen Angel (2003) Director, Michael Switzer, Novel and Teleplay, Don J. Snyder

Auntie Mame (1958) Novel, Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis, Non-Musical, Director, Morton DaCosta, Screenplay, Betty Comden and two others

Mame (1974) Musical, Director, Gene Saks, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert E. Lee, Jerry Herman (Broadway Musical), Screenwriter, Paul Zindel

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) Director, Peter Godfrey, Screenplay, Lionel Houser and two others

The Holiday (2006) Director, Nancy Meyers, Screenplay, Nancy Meyers

While You Were Sleeping (1995) Director, Jon Turteltaub, Screenplay, Daniel G. Sullivan and Fredric LeBow

The Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke

Holiday Inn (1942) Director, Mark Sandirich, Screeplay, Claude Binyon and six others

White Christmas (1954) Director, Michael Curtiz, Screenplay, Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank

A Christmas Carol, Novel, Charles Dickens, TV movie with George C. Scott (1984) Director, Clive Donner, Screenplay, Roger O. Hirson

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Director, Brian Henson, Novel, Charles Dickens, Screenplay, Jerry Juhl

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Director, Bharat Nalluri, Novel, Les Standiford, Screenplay, Susan Coyle

More versions of A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart Director, David Jones (1999), Jim Carrey Movie (2009) Director, Robert Zemeckis

“Christmas Eve in a Mining Camp”, original story

A Christmas Story (1983) Director, Bob Clark, Screenplay, Jean Shepherd (based on her novel In God We Trust) and Leigh Brown

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Book, Barbara Robinson (1983) Director, George Schaefer, Screenplay, Barbara Robinson

Mrs. Miracle, novel by Debbie Macomber Movie, (2009) Director, Michael M. Scott, Teleplay, David Golden

Home Alone (1990) Director, Chris Columbus, Screenplay, John Hughes

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Director Jim Sharman Original play, Richard O’Brien, Screenplay, Jim Sharman, Richard O’Brien

Christmas with the Kranks (2004) Novel, Skipping Christmas John Grisham, Director, Joe Roth, Screenplay Chris Columbus 

Remember the Night (1940) Director, Mitchell Leisen, Original Screenplay, Preston Sturges

We’re No Angels (1955) Director, Michael Curtiz, Play, Albert Husson,“La Cuisine Des Anges”, Screenplay, Ranald MacDougall

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008) Director, Michael M. Scott, Screenplay, Bruce Graham

The Nutcracker (1977) TV adaptation with Mikhail Baryshnikov

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Director, Frank Capra, Screenplay, Frances Goodrich and five others

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (1964) Director, Larry Roemer, Written, Romeo Muller, Story, Robert May and Johnny Marks

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970) Director, Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. Teleplay, Romeo Muller

The Santa Clause (1994) Director, John Pasquin, Screenplay, Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick

The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Director, Clay Kaytis, Screenplay, Matt Lieberman

Die Hard (1988) Director John McTiernan, Novel, Nothing Lasts Forever, Roderick Thorp, Screenplay, Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza

Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season, Jeremy Arnold, Turner Classic Movies


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Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

2 thoughts on “Family Christmas Favorites

  1. Hearing everyone’s Christmas memories and favorite movies was great! This was a big undertaking, and you did it so well. I loved all the comments. I learned things about the family I never knew. I especially liked hearing Della’s comments. Since we are of similar ages, I think it made me think how different times were when we young.


    1. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this podcast. I learned a lot too. I had never heard mom’s story and others as well. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


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