the twelve days of christmas movie tag

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Rachel, of Hamlette’s Soliloqy, created this delightful tag just in time for Christmas and I’m excited to answer it! It may be crazy, but I’m going to try to use only Christmas movies as my answers. Because ever since the Christmas Countdown failed, I’ve been feeling annoyed that I haven’t had much Christmas content on this blog. 😛

Rules:

#1 Use a different movie for each prompt
#2 Add photos and/or explanations of how your choices fit the prompts
#3 Tag a few friends to play along

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1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree — movie that involves agriculture

And the whole thing breaks down, haha. Because it’s very hard to grow fruits, vegetables, etc. during winter, apparently. So I’m going to go with A Quiet Place (2018) because, even though they don’t really mention it, agriculture is a huge part of the Abbot family’s survival plan (and there’s all those delicious scary scenes in the corn field and the grain silo).

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2. Turtledoves — movie about a long-lasting relationship

There are so many long-lasting relationships in It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) since you get to see George Bailey’s life from when he was twelve years old to…however old he is at the end of the film. And of course you also see how all those relationships would never have been, had George never been born. (Christmas is fast approaching and I need to rewatch this film again!)

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3.  French Hens — movie that takes place in France

Since I’m trying to have Christmas movies fit these tag questions, I’m going to say Home Alone (1990). Sure, a lot of the film takes place in Chicago, but the trip to France is a big part of the plot and there are some scenes set in Paris. So I think it still counts.

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4. Calling Birds — movie where people talk on the phone

Dial M For Murder (1954). I mean, it’s right there in the title! The actual phone call might take up very little screen time, but the repercussions of it throughout the rest of the film make it memorable. Plus, Margot saying “Hello? Hello?” while the killer creeps up behind her is chillingly suspenseful.

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5. Golden Rings — movie with multiple romances

Love Actually (2003) has several different romances (I forget exactly how many, and you probably do too). It’s been ages since I saw this movie (heavily filtered) and I didn’t much care for it, but it’s a Christmas movie so on this tag it goes!

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6. Geese A-laying — movie with a birth or that features babies

Lady and the Tramp (1955) (and 2019!) features a baby Lady and the Darlings’ baby (both adorable). The Darlings’ baby is the catalyst for the film’s plot and is also (kind of?) responsible for the happy ending (because the rat targeted the baby and then Tramp was able to do his heroic thing). Plus, Lady and the Tramp is, like, one-eighth a Christmas movie! #win

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7. Swans A-swimming — movie where someone goes swimming

In Home Alone 2 (1992), Kevin practices his cannonballs in the Plaza Hotel’s swimming pool. So…not technically swimming but pretty close?

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8. Maids A-milking — movie with cows

*racks brain* Aha! Texas (1941) has a lot of cows in it because a big part of the film is a cattle drive where a bunch of ranchers band together so that their herds have a better chance of reaching their destination. But I’m not there for the plot so much as for young, adorable Glenn Ford and William Holden.

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9. Ladies Dancing — movie with a dance scene

In Eloise at Christmastime (2003), Bill and Rachel have an adorable song and dance scene. It’s a darling, romantic, fun moment in a movie full of them. (A moment that is rudely and regrettably interrupted by the Plaza Hotel’s event coordinator.)

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10. Lords A-leaping — movie about athletes

42 (2013) is a film about Jackie Robinson and it’s perfect. Go watch it!

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11. Pipers Piping — movie with someone playing a musical instrument

In Stalag 17 (1953), the POWs play Christmas music and dance music on a bunch of improvised musical instruments. And then there’s also that super touching scene where they gift Joey a new piccolo (is that what that instrument’s called? I’m not sure).

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12. Drummers Drumming — movie with characters in the military

Saints and Soldiers (2003) is set during WWII and follows a group of American soldiers (and one British soldier) as they try to reach friendly lines to deliver some important military information. A great, almost-Christmas movie (there’s a Christmas scene or two and those parts give me all the feels).

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Most of my blogging friends have already done this tag, so feel free to answer it if you want!

Eva

10 thoughts on “the twelve days of christmas movie tag

  1. Hey, we both used A Quiet Place in our answers! *high five*

    I really like 42, and I just showed Eloise at Christmastime to my parents for the first time. It’s such a fun, happy movie. Bill is adorable and must needs be Protected TM.

    I want to re-watch Home Alone this season; it’s been a while since I’ve seen it.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

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    1. Well, confession…I’d just read *your* tag answers so I had A Quiet Place on my mind. 😉 I think you using it as an answer for the birth/babies question was genius, btw. (Have you seen the teaser trailer or new photo for/from the sequel? I’m leery because the original film was SO great and perfect, but we’ll see!)

      BILL IS SO ADORABLE.

      This Christmas season was the first time I saw Home Alone or Home Alone 2 – instant holiday classics. ❤

      I'm feeling a lot better. Thanks. 🙂

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  2. This is a fun one, so let’s have a go at it. I won’t even try to tie every movie to Christmas though, unless it’s very tightly tied to Christmas.

    1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree — movie that involves agriculture

    Fly Away Home.
    I might be misrepresenting this movie a bit when I tie it to agriculture, but it’s based on a true story. After her mother dies, a girl moves in with her estranged father in Canada. She ends up adopting a bunch of geese after their mother went missing. This actually helped her get a lot closer to her father, especially when they need to teach the geese how to fly south for the winter. It’s a pretty good movie from 1996, and it’s worth checking out.

    2. Turtledoves — movie about a long-lasting relationship

    There are so many long-lasting relationships in It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) since you get to see George Bailey’s life from when he was twelve years old to…however old he is at the end of the film. And of course you also see how all those relationships would never have been, had George never been born. (Christmas is fast approaching and I need to rewatch this film again!)
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    3. French Hens — movie that takes place in France

    Ratatouille
    Pretty sure you’re familiar enough with this Pixar movie.

    4. Calling Birds — movie where people talk on the phone

    Home Alone
    Kevin’s family makes a lot of frequent phone calls after they realize they left their son at home for their Christmas vacation in France. Also, this one is obviously a Christmas movie.

    5. Golden Rings — movie with multiple romances

    10 things I hate about you.
    This coming of age movie from 1999 features multiple relationship storylines. It also stars Heath Ledger as one half of the movie’s focus relationship. It’s a very well done movie about two seemingly incompatible high school students forming a genuine love for each other, even if the guy only first approached her as part of a bet.

    6. Geese A-laying — movie with a birth or that features babies

    Finding Nemo
    That very tragic opening scene involves hundreds of babies, yet only one survives.

    7. Swans A-swimming — movie where someone goes swimming

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    After the boat explodes in the second half of the prologue, Indiana Jones must swim to safety. Also, the movie’s main artifact is the Holy Grail, which is fictionally tied to Jesus Christ. So it is very indirectly related to Christmas.

    8. Maids A-milking — movie with cows

    City Slickers
    This 1991 Western features three adults who are each suffering a crisis of their own. They end up going out West, where they even help herd a bunch of cows. I have very little memory of this movie, but I remember it being fairly good. This strange quest ends up being exactly what these three guys need to sort out their problems. It could be worth checking out if you haven’t, knowing that you tend to enjoy Westerns.

    9. Ladies Dancing — movie with a dance scene
    It’s A Wonderful Life
    I’m referring to the dance scene when George is first getting close with his eventual life, which ends with a bunch of people jumping into the pool. So technically, you could also use this one for the swimming tag.

    10. Lords A-leaping — movie about athletes

    Agreed, 42 is a very good movie. I’ll throw in another Baseball movie – A League of Their Own.
    It’s about a short-lived women’s baseball league during one of the World Wars, and like 42, it’s based on a true story. This one is probably a bit looser though. Tom Hanks plays their alcoholic coach. This movie can be very entertaining at times, with some very iconic lines from Hanks’ character, but it’s also very dramatic when it needs to be. Worth checking out if you haven’t already.

    11. Pipers Piping — movie with someone playing a musical instrument

    Ray
    It’s a movie about Ray Charles’s life. What’s tragic about this movie is that the real Ray Charles was supposed to appear at the premier, but died of liver disease months before it released.

    12. Drummers Drumming — movie with characters in the military

    Joyoux Noel.
    It’s a full-length movie about the real-life Christmas truce during the First World War. One of my favourite Christmas movies.

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    1. Forgot to change answer two after I copied and pasted.
      Anyway, while I’ve never seen it, the first movie that comes to mind for a long-term relationship is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It’s about the long life a couple spends together, although the man “Benjamin Button” ages in reverse.

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  3. How fun to try to use only Christmas movies! Or, many Christmas movies, anyway.

    I haven’t seen Dial M for Murder for too long. It’s been years. Need to rectify that.

    That is such a superior picture from the set of Texas. How widdle and cute they are!!!

    I’m so glad you also love 42 😀 ❤

    A piccolo is like a tiny, shrill flute. They give Joey an ocarina, I believe.

    Glad you found a minute to do this!

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