We all have that one Christmas movie that we could watch a thousand times and never get bored with. Maybe you’re an Elf fan. Or you love a Muppet Christmas Carol. Or you know every word to the (in my opinion) excruciatingly long It’s a Wonderful Life. Regardless of your tastes, though, we all have that one movie that we simply cannot get enough of.
For me, that movie is White Christmas. You hear people say all the time, “Oh yeah [Insert movie title] is my favorite movie, I know every line!” only to find out they really don’t. Well don’t be mistaken, folks, I know every single line of this movie. I even know the hand motions, like when Bing covers Danny Kaye’s mouth in “Mandy”. When singing the song, I always act it out too. I’m that big of a fan. This year I’ve watched the movie 5 times this month, and I’m sure I’ll squeeze in at least one more watch before Christmas. In fact…..yep, it’s now running on my Netflix. Yay!!
I’ve watched this movie since I was a little kid, and secretly one of the reasons I’ve always loved it is because of the Haynes Sisters, and their magical act. I always imagined my sister and I as the perfect sister act. We had beauty, charm, and killer dance moves. Who wouldn’t want to see us dance with bright blue feathered fans? I would pay $6.60 or $8.80 to see that (there’s a White Christmas reference for you die hards)
Growing up, my little sister Allison and I used to always pretend we were the Haynes sisters. I was usually Betty, since my name is Elisabeth, and she was Judy, since she had brown eyes. We thought we were smashing hits in our bedroom, dancing and crooning away to our stuffed animals. Someday we knew we’d make it big, and you’d find us at an old Vermont Inn hotel talking about boys and the future, and the famous Wallace and Davis.
Some things were a little different. We were brunettes, Betty and Judy were blonds. We were growing up in the 1990s, and the Haynes sisters were popular in the 1950s. We couldn’t really sing or dance. They could (yes, I know Vera-Ellen didn’t sing, leave that be for another post). But we had spunk. We had grit. For God’s sake, we shared a room for 15 years. That should count for something.
So we’d have White Christmas sing-a-longs, dressing up in adult clothes and promising to share every little thing we are wearing. We had a blast. An honest to goodness blast. We were going to make it big some day. The Day sisters. Elisabeth and Allison. Live tonight, one night only. 🙂
I guess we’ve reached that age where we should have made it big by now. Beauty is fleeting, and the Haynes sisters were classic-ly beautiful. Maybe we should have focused a little more on our song and dance numbers as a child, because the older I become the more I realize it’s not in the cards for the Day sisters to become a famous act.
One thing that will never change, though, is that no matter how old we get, I will always have a little sister who will always need looking after. Sure, we didn’t meet Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby yet, but when we do, we’ll still have each others backs. And I know if I ever run off to the Unicorn Club over a soured love interest, she’ll be right behind me, trying to get me to come home.
And I guess when I think about it, that’s why I love this movie so much. Besides the Christmas theme, and the singing and dancing, growing up I loved watching a movie about two sisters who were best friends. I hoped that some day I would grow up and be best friends with my sister the way Judy and Betty were. And if we happened to be ridiculously rich and beautiful too, well, I’m never going to turn that down.
We’re not rich, and we clean up well, but we prefer sweats over dresses most days. But after all of our fighting, bickering, tattling, pinching, hair pulling, and crying, I’d say Allison and I have become pretty good friends after all these years. We have our own dreams and goals, our own businesses and our own college debts, but I’ve got her back and she’s got mine. And as the famous song reminds us, Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister! Hear that, men!!
If you have a sister, no matter where she is or what she’s doing, let her know today how much you appreciate her. Even if you’re not super close, be happy to be blessed with one of the best life-long friendships you could ever have. If you don’t have an actual sister, call your best friend, the one who acts like that sister you never had, and let her know today how much you appreciate her. And if you’re nearby and can swing it, watch White Christmas today. I promise it will be worth it. 🙂
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to start dancing! Where’s that blue dress??