I feel like if I had grown up with this movie, I would be much more inclined to give it the Christmas Classic title most people give it. Watching it now for the first time though, I don't know that I can. The story is incredibly silly. Essentially it's about proving the existence of Santa Claus. A cute concept, but the way they go about it feels a little odd. I also found it strange Santa would be hanging out with these people and playing a department store Santa, especially around the Christmas season. Wouldn't this be his busy season in the North Pole? I know I'm trying to add logic to the mythos of a fictional character, but so is this movie, so I think it's a fair critique. It also has some elements that make it feel a little dated and a product of its time, and it's pace feels kind of strange as it sort of just leisurely stroll along. So I can't really call it a great movie. Still, it's an incredibly charming movie, and I put almost all the credit for that with the cast. Everyone does a great job, but Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle absolutely steals the show. I love this take on Santa. He's jolly and kind-hearted, but he also takes his work very seriously. When people disrespect his role or engage in selfish or mean-spirited acts, he can get angry, but it's always justified and you're always on his side in the confrontation. He also has an amazing rapport with Children. He doesn't talk down to them at all, he treats them like equals with valid things to say, but if he feels they need to be taught something he will teach it in a respectful way. To me this is really just an okay movie with a goofy story and some absolutely fantastic performances that elevate the whole thing. This is one of the best movie Santas I've ever seen, and that along with its generally kind-hearted tone make it a very nice movie. Not a great movie, but an undeniably charming one.