Ten Must-Watch Christmas Movies According to Courtney

  "Everybody likes Denny's, it's an American institution!"  - Scott Calvin, Tim Allen, The Santa Claus

The snow is softly drifting and swirling through the crisp December air, the colored lights on my small Christmas tree glisten and twinkle in the reflection of the bulbs, and I'm wrapped up in my black and gold fleece blanket listening to the amazing vocals of Bing Crosby.

Christmas time is here. For many people, this time of year is focused on spending time with family, traditions, and the celebration of faith. One of the many traditions that my family has is watching Christmas movies together throughout the month before Christmas. I have compiled this list of  "Ten Must-Watch Christmas Movies," that my family and I love and that we watch repeatedly each year without fail. We never tire of these Clouse Classics and we each could probably recite most of the lines in these holiday flicks without thinking twice!

(Fun Fact: My family and I are known to be fluent in movie quotes.)

I invite you to take a look at the list below of Christmas movie cheer & invite you to share your favorites with me. So pull out the popcorn & hand me a couple Russell Stover chocolates and hit play!

(in no particular order of importance)

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." - It's a Wonderful Life

1. It's A Wonderful Life


"Tinsel. Not just for decoration." - The Santa Claus

2. The Santa Claus


"...And may all your Christmases be white." - Bing Crosby, singing in White Christmas

3. White Christmas


4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)

"His heart was two-sizes, too small." - How the Grinch Stole Christmas


"SQUIRREL!" - Clark, Chevy Chase, Christmas Vacation

5. Christmas Vacation


"He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny!" - A Christmas Story

6. A Christmas Story


"Sometimes the darkest moments give birth to the brightest miracles." - Silent Night

7. Silent Night


"Would it please the court if I gave you your Christmas card? I don't think I'll see you again. Unless I get arrested which is highly unlikely because it's Christmas Eve and I'm going to bed uncharacteristically early." - Susan Walker, A Miracle on 34th Street

8. A Miracle on 34th Street


"GO AFTER HER!" - Scrooge, A Christmas Carol

9. A Christmas Carol  


10. The Nativity Story

"And you shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save his people from their sins." I know. Mary, God showed me. An angel came to me in my dream." - Joseph, The Nativity Story


What are your must watch movies at Christmas time? I'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments!

Michigan Winter Engagement at Adrian College: Peter + Laura

The snow crunched as Peter and Laura walked towards the historic, red bricked theatre - a known proposal spot in many of the college's romances. The more modern buildings surrounding Downs Hall Theatre were unusually quiet without the russell of papers or the scratching of pencils as all the students were away on winter break.

The stillness of the Adrian College campus was perfect for Peter and Laura's afternoon stroll as they snuggled and laughed together. Adrian College was the backdrop to their first meeting and the beginning of Peter and Laura's love story while they worked here as college administrators. They decided to honor and commemorate this special place during their engagement and would marry at the college's Herrick Chapel in September.


After a day in the cold, Peter and Laura decided to get dressed up and head to the nearby cozy little tavern. The Main Street Stable and Tavern, which is quite literally an old stable that has been converted, proved to be a unique restaurant and embodied the couple's love of dining out together and trying new things. Peter would tease Laura about the way she said something and she would laugh. Laura would tease Peter right back and they'd both smile while leaning in towards each other as if the small gap in their chairs was too much. 

Although it was freezing, Peter and Laura were champs as I captured some shots at sunset. I am so looking forward to their lake front wedding and can't wait to capture it in the fall!

Love Always,

Courtney Carolyn