I’m also a fan of Elf, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story.
As I was thinking of these sweet and funny movies, I realized that they all have something in common: great moms. And not only are the moms in these movies great, but they are real, too. What I mean by that is that they are all less than perfect! My kind of moms. Below I celebrate my favorite moms from my favorite Christmas movies:
1. Doris Walker from Miracle on 34th Street.
Can you imagine being a working, divorced, single mom in New York City in the 1940s? Nope. Neither can I. But Doris is just that. And she’s terrific at providing for and protecting her daughter from the big, bad world. Thankfully, her hard exterior melts under the magic of Christmas as she comes to believe in Santa and love once again.
2. Kate McAllister from Home Alone.
There’s no escaping it. Kate McAllister is a bad mom for leaving her 8-year-old son home alone while she jets off to Paris for the holidays. BUT, she’s an AWESOME mom for doing everything in her power to get back to Kevin, including hawking her jewelry in exchange for a flight to Dallas and riding in a rental truck with the Polka Kings of the Midwest for HOURS. I also love it that she’s not afraid to discipline Kevin. (Ok, so it really wasn’t his fault for freaking out about who ate his cheese pizza.) Still, I gotta give props to a mom who knows it is in her child’s best interest to discipline him.
3. Emily Hobbs from Elf.
I think the character of Emily Hobbs is underrated. She puts up with a curmudgeon for a husband, Walter Hobbs. She graciously welcomes Buddy the Elf into her home. Then she proves she’s an excellent homemaker by having a well stocked pantry that provides Buddy with a steady diet of sugar. She also encourages her son, Buddy’s half-brother, to play nice with Buddy. Finally, Emily belts out, rather poorly, the song Santa Claus is coming to town. She swallows her pride. She gets the job done. She helps save Christmas!
4. Ellen Griswold from Christmas Vacation.
There are many reasons why I love Ellen. She opens her home to the extended family. She takes everyone to the mall at Christmastime. She wants to give her nieces and nephews a nice Christmas. She stands by her man, Clark, through one adventure after another. She even rocks some cleavage on Christmas.
5. Mother, aka Mrs. Parker, from A Christmas Story.
Did you know that this long-suffering mom doesn’t even get a first name in A Christmas Story? Yet that doesn’t stop her from being awesome. She’s vigilant about cuss words. She clothes her children properly for the winter weather (Put your arms down when you get to school). She cooks a mean turkey. She gets a picky eater to eat some of his dinner. She lets her husband think he’s smarter than she is. She’s protective of her son’s vision. What’s not to love about her?
Those are my favorite Christmas movie moms. Do you have one to add? Or do you have a favorite moment from one of these movies?