Thursday, December 10, 2009

Debate: Top 3 Christmas Movies

Alright folks, I'm bushed. It's been a long day, and despite several cups of coffee, a Mountain Dew, and a handful of Excedrin Migraine (oh calm down, I only actually took the prescribed two pills), my headache is still raging.

So, I'm putting this post in your hands. Let's start a debate over the best holiday flicks. You only get to suggest 3 (THREE) in the comments section, and be sure to give a little bit of an argument. The more creative the better!

To get you started, I'll suggest the following:


1) It's a Wonderful Life - hello, the gold standard. If you don't well up at the end when everyone gives money to George and they're all singing Auld Lang Syne, you should see a cardiologist soon... cuz you be heartless, fool!


2) Mickey's Christmas Carol - a great version of the classic story, but possibly my favorite part are the short cartoons beforehand... Goofy learning to ski, Pluto and the Chipmunks hiding in the Christmas tree, and Donald and the three nephews having the snowball war.
3) A Very Brady Christmas - people, people - all the kids come home, Alice is in the kitchen, and Florence Henderson sings while Mike is trapped in a mine (or something). AWESOME! A dark horse nominee, yes, but a worthy contender.

So, have I ruffled any feathers by ignoring your favorite Christmas movie? Speak up people! It's time to give a shout-out to the movie that you have to watch every single December or else it's just not Christmas!

9 comments:

Mrs. Wookie December 11, 2009 at 4:04 AM  

Okay, my turn!

1.) The 24-hour TBS special of A Christmas Story. "Ralphy, Randy's got to go!"

I realize this is a semi-cult classic. Some people HATE it, while others LOVE it. I'm in the LOVE category. I could watch it all day, for that 24 hours. I'm seeking therapy over this.

2.) Elf! Omg, "I'm here, with my dad, and I'm singing!!"

Will Ferrell cracks my shit up. Candy, candy corn, candy canes, and syrup. And those yellow tights. I die. And I'm even implementing a Christmas movie lunching at work where we usually the big screen projectors to watch a movie while we eat. Awesome.

3.) I don't have a third that I can think of. So anything can hop on in. Even Ernest Saves Christmas. I know.

Sespi December 11, 2009 at 4:29 AM  

I'm agreeing with Mrs. Wookie on the first two.

1) A Christmas Story

Christmas wouldn't be the same without Ralphie and "You'll shoot your eye out kid!" My family used to watch it together every year and I plan to make my husband see it for the first time this year.

2) Elf

Will Ferrel and Zoey Deschanel. "I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite!" It's just fun.

3)Miracle on 34th St (the original)

I always loved it. Santa Claus speaking the foreign language to the little girl in the store, all the letters coming to him in court, and the mom getting her wish at the end... <3 I need to go buy that so I can watch it now...

Runners up: Christmas Vacation, White Christmas, Love Actually

Sister December 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

All right, first of all, an important distinction needs to be made. Classic vs. Modern. You really can't compare the two. So here are my lists:

Classic:
1) White Christmas - hello! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye singing, with some ridiculous dancing and old fashioned fun?! You can't go wrong. (Right, Yoyo?!)
2) It's a Wonderful Life - see NavyGirl's reasons.
3) Miracle on 34th St - who doesn't love the courtroom scene?!

Modern:
1) Love Actually - you've got Brits, Keira Knightley, and some serious feel good moments. And the music is amazing!
2) Elf - 'Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?' Love. And Zooey Deschanel can do no wrong.
3) A Christmas Story - if TBS has been running it non-stop on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the last 12 years...it's THAT good.

Ahh. Now the question is...what will I have time to actually watch this weekend?!

historygirlie December 12, 2009 at 6:13 AM  

1: White Christmas. Hands.Down.Best. SO classic, so pretty, so full of musical joy. I can even quote a song in history class..."The Women all were WAC's...the WAC's who dressed in slacks, dancing cheek to cheek and pants to pants!" The kids have no idea what I'm talking about. :)

2. A muppet Family Christmas. Every muppet, sesame street resident, and fraggle goes home to Fozzie Bear Mom's house for the holiday. So quotable, so fun, so full of childhood memories. "Look Out For The Icy Patch!"

3. The Muppet Christmas Carol/Garfield's Christmas Special/Mickey's Christmas Carol/The ORIGINAL Grinch/Christmas Eve on Sesame Street/.......
As Mugs can attest, I'm full of tradition all year, but it gets much much worse at the holiday season. These bazillion movies are tied up in my christmas memories with my bro and sis...sitting in jammies with fresh bath head, watching the TV. Awesome.

4. (because it deserves it's own category)

A Charlie Brown Christmas.

I double dog dare you with a stamp to not get all welled up when Linus takes the stage to tell everyone what the true meaning of christmas is. Maybe it's the preggo hormones, maybe it's the thought of giving birth to the World Savior, I dunno, but that scene just makes me blubber. This year was worse than normal. I also like it when Chuck Brown skips down the road after hearing what Linus is preaching, so happy to have learned the true meaning of Christmas.

I'm getting teary just thinking about it. Time for me to go. :)

Shannon December 12, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

I do like your picks, for sure. I'm not certain that favourite Christmas movies can be narrowed down to three for me, so can I suggest some additions to your list? You absolutely, no question, definitely need the Yule Log on there. It's a classic :) - who doesn't love a slowly burning fireplace and a blinged-up, disembodied hand (one, male, one female) that stokes the flames every so often?

But more seriously...(right) I think you need to add One Magic Christmas, A Christmas Story, the original Grinch, and A Muppet Christmas Carol, with Michael Cain. Brilliance! For me and my family, the holiday season wouldn't be the same without these flicks.

historygirlie December 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

Notes in from the HistoryGirlie family:

Puppa: A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim. Black and White. Appropriately creepy. When the three of us all still lived at home and were singletons, We watched it every year on Eve, and everyone falls asleep besides Puppa.

MeMe: Charlie Brown Christmas or Prancer. Both very magical.

Auntie Mousie: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. This is because this IS our extended family, and the sheer quotablility (very important in her book)
*This here's an R-V!
*We're going to have the hap-hap-happiest christmas since Bing Crosby sang and danced with Dany F**king Kaye!
*Lotta Sap...Lotta Sap.
*Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.

(Just a few quotes...contact Mousie for more.... :) )

The Godfather: Unavailable for comment...wouldn't answer the call.

Rearden December 12, 2009 at 5:51 PM  

Ok, ok, I'll post mine.

1. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation - Nothing funnier on earth to watch on Thanksgiving to get the holiday season started off.

2. A Christmas Story - The kid gets a gun. Awesome.

3. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - The old school stop motion animation one with Burl Ives. Nothing takes you back to the days when things were simpler. Little boy reindeer played sports, were macho, and competed for the little girl reindeer's (with a pretty pink bow, I might add) attention by trying to be good at sports.

ebs handler December 12, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

Love all the choices, but no one mentioned "Bells of St. Mary"s!" Are there no Catholic children left in the world? Bing Crosby crooning, a nun with TB? What could be more holidayish?
What about "Ebbie!" Nothing like Susan Lucci running around with 2 wacky bimbos and, don't forget the wrapping paper ghost, to get you in the holiday mood.
And NavyGirl, I hope you are enjoying the "All cartoon Christmas" video that you snuck out of my house!

Princess of Ales December 13, 2009 at 9:11 PM  

1. White Christmas - this is not even remotely debatable.

2. Miracle on 34th Street (the original version) - what says Christmas like Macy's and Natalie Wood? Hmmm? Nothing.

3. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - way to go NavyGuy! This is an absolute must. Also, there was a whole thing about bumble hides and igloos that took place in 604 because of this very movie. I'm going to go try to find the exact quotes...

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