Welcome to the end of 2016! Welcome to the First Day of Winter! Welcome to Solstice, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and a time to meet with friends and family. Wishing you all your heart needs for the season. Writing time might be hard to come by, but keep your imagination alive and well in any way you can.
One way that can be done in front of the whole crowd is watching those wonderful movies about the season. Keep a notebook and writing implement handy in case inspiration strikes while you watch. Think of your main characters. Put them in these situations. What would they do?
The first movie on any Christmas Movie list should be Die Hard, right? Especially poignant this year after losing Alan Rickman. As Bruce Willis decides he loves his wife enough to walk through broken glass to win her back, give your MCs the same test.
Next, It’s a Wonderful Life, because James Stewart! Because the scene in the bushes after they fell in the pool at the school dance. Sexy stuff for the time. Would your MCs be so coy and so chivalrous?
There are a dozen or more versions of A Christmas Carol that you might pick. My favorite for the straight story is The Muppets. The Ghost of Christmas Future is elegantly spooky and the special effects not bad for their day. My pick for the odd versions is Scrooged with Bill Murray. Funny and who can resist Mary Lou Retton?
O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi introduced me when I was young to irony. There’s also a love story here that survives the ages. I wish someone would make a decent short film from this short story, but speaking of irony, The Nightmare Before Christmas is full of it. A skellington who has everything longs for more. A girl who has nothing, not even freedom, longs to help him find what he needs.
There are so many more holiday movies that can make you laugh, cry, or pull out your wallet to donate to a cause. May your days be Merry and Bright while you watch your favorites. Here are some links to help you find the best.