When the most wonderful time of the year rolls around, movie buffs everywhere race to their couches to binge the top Christmas movies in time for December 25. And while box-office hits like Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and beloved classics like A Christmas Story are usually first on the list, there’s one film that pretty much encompassed my childhood as far as holiday traditions go: White Christmas.
Yup—while the majority of my friends grew up watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and The Polar Express, Irving Berlin’s 1954 musical was constantly on my television from November through December. I should note that at first, this wasn’t my choice. My mother was a huge fan of the musical flick and introduced me to it at a young age. However, it didn’t take long for the musical numbers and colorful costumes to grab my attention.
I recently decided to rewatch the classic for the first time in 15 years, and to be honest, I was a bit apprehensive. I’m completely aware that films from that time don’t always age well and I didn’t want my fond childhood memories to be replaced with negative, cringey and controversial ones. However, I am happy to report that White Christmas surprisingly holds up.