Perhaps it is a matter of being a middle-aged guy, and have something dawn on me for the first time. Or maybe it’s the relentless barrage of 21st century Christmas movies on cable. But I’m having a hard time thinking of a recent Christmas movie that doesn’t have romance as the reason for the season, if not a major sub-plot in the affair. And even in the so-called Golden Age of black & white …
Crystal posted 0n one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Bishop’s Wife. The romance, of course, involves an angel flirting with the divine Loretta Young, who finds a renewal of sorts in her own marriage as her clerical husband recovers his priorities.
I really can’t think of any Christmas film done in the past decade or two that doesn’t involve romance. There are some pretty good tv ones, like A Boyfriend for Christmas, which I found rather decent. And of course, Elf, the newest one to get the round-the-clock (it seems) treatment recently reserved for A Christmas Story. Maybe that latter one was the last holiday movie made without the suspense of courting, kisses, and who ends up with whom.
As Christmas gets dragged into its annual war over secularism, greed, religion, nobody seems too bothered by the simple girl-meets-boy overshadowing the manger. Maybe mistletoe’s in the air.