Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

As crazy as this sounds, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this movie before. It’s a shame, because it is quite good.

The story follows an old man named Kris Kringle who accidentally lands a job as Santa Claus on a Macy’s Day Parade float then is asked by Doris (Macy’s event director) to be Santa in the Macy’s department story. Doris has a daughter Susan, who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, due to her mother telling her Santa doesn’t exist.

Shoppers are surprised when this Santa tells them to buy presents from other stores and creates enough of a buzz that the Macy’s upper management take notice. It’s not long until some jerkweeds at Macy’s decide to have Kris’ mental health evaluated.

Things escalate until Kris is going to be committed for insisting he is Santa Claus. He goes on trial and is defended by Doris’ man-friend Fred. Kris is finally let go after Fred shows that the Post Office has been giving him Santa Claus’ mail.

It’s a really enjoyable movie with important themes. Most of the adults try hard to believe that this man is not Santa Claus, while the children are happy that they get to meet the real Santa. In the end, the adults cave so as not to ruin their kids’ Christmas.