The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Perdeta Long, North Birmingham Regional Branch Library

The new classic movie The Most Wonderful Time of The Year with Henry Winkler and the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life with James Stewart give us Christmas stories filled with hope, joy, and love rolled all in one magical package.

In It’s a Wonderful Life, an angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. In The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, single mom Jennifer Cullen is having trouble finding joy in the holiday season. Then her Uncle Ralph arrives at her home with the young, handsome Morgan Derby. Morgan's love of Christmas, and life, is contagious. Both movies just make you feel good by the end of the credits.

I find it fascinating that A Christmas Carol was originally published on December 19, 1843—176 years ago—and people are still enjoying a timeless classic that has been reinvented in movie form through the years. Listed are just a few great, but different, movie versions of A Christmas Carol.

Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott, 1984
Scrooged with Bill Murray, 1988
Ms. Scrooge with Cicely Tyson, 1997
A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart, 1999
A Diva’s Christmas Carol with Vanessa Williams, 2000
Every Day is Christmas with Toni Braxton, 2018

A new version of A Christmas Carol with Guy Pearce comes out December 2019.

Here is a list of Christmas movies that I hope will make you believe in love, magic, and good will toward mankind.

Christmas in Canaan, 2009
This Christmas, 2007
Almost Christmas, 2016
Home by Christmas, 2006
The Wishing Tree, 2012
The Nine Lives of Christmas, 2014
Silver Bells, 2005
Christmas for a Dollar, 2013
Crown for Christmas, 2016
A Royal Christmas, 2014
The Spirit of Christmas, 2015
The Christmas Card, 2006