I'm starting this for research purposes. Every December, my family and I watch a litany of movies that are Christmas-related, and have recently begun to include some that only take place at Christmas and really have nothing at all to do with it but they have become a tradition, nonetheless. So, here's all we watch:
Christmas Vacation Scrooged A Christmas Story Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Frosty the Snowman (no sequels) A Charlie Brown Christmas The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (cartoon, not live action) Miracle on 34th Street It's a Wonderful Life The Santa Clause Home Alone Die Hard (here's where we veer off-course a bit) Gremlins Lethal Weapon (yeah, I know)
We're thinking of adding The Family Stone, which my family enjoyed immensely. Any others I've missed which you watch? Or just share ones you watch that I may already have mentioned.
Don't ask me why, but Mixed Nuts is one of my girlfriend s favorite movies ever. I think it's decent enough and it's Christmas-y so try it out.
One of the big traditions for me is that I always have a huge party at my parents' house on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most of my friends from high school are in town too and it's a good way to get everyone together every year. My closest friends and I always watch Christmas Vacation before everyone else arrives and it has never ceased to be hysterical. That movie is freakin great.
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A Christmas Story (a must) Elf (a new addition) Love Actually (yeah yeah I know. What can I say I like it) My wife digs all the old Rankin/Bass stuff like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.
You can't help but smile as Will Ferrell tries to make his way around New York City. There is just something so child-like and wonderous about his performance in this. It holds up to multiple viewings.
One that doesn't is Jim Carrey's "Grinch". This should have been can't-miss great, but something went wrong and it's just lacking somehow.
(Added)- I don't think I've ever seen the second half hour of Rudolph. As a kid I would fall asleep and as an adult I just end up changing the channel because I know how it's gonna end.
I'm always amused at how Charlie Brown complains of how commercialized Christmas has become on a show produced FORTY years ago. Wonder what he'd think of now with Black Friday sales and stores like Wal-Mart selling Santa stuff the week of Halloween. Good Grief. (What a part of our culture though. Tell anyone you have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and they know exactly what you are talking about.)
A Christmas Story. Hell, I watch it throughout the year, since I own the 2 DVD set that came out a while back.
I hadn't seen Christmas Vacation in for-freakin'-ever. Figured it'd be hard to find a rental copy, so just bought my own in Target the other day. I've been having a pretty crappy build-up to Christmas, so let's just say I've got that identifying with Clark thing goin' on.
As for TV specials, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the Grinch. I've only seen the latter this year, because there's been so much crap going on lately and I keep forgetting when the different shows are gonna be on.
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Originally posted by AWArulzWhite Christmas is our favorite - my daughter and I will watch that soon
Holiday Inn is a favorite of mine. I probably like it better than White Christmas.
I like Christmas Carol - the one with Alistar Sim
Of course, all the Rudolph, Frosty and Peanuts cartoons
In terms of newer films, Christmas story's pretty good, and I like Santa Clause (although not the sequels). Home Alone's fun. Elf's just ok. I can watch it, but not my choice.
Ditto, excpt I could care less about Home Alone. Holiday Inn is better than White Christmas. Add: Miracle on 34th Street It's a Wonderful Life The Grinch (cartoon and movie) And I also like the muppet Christmas Carol
Since Thanksgiving is the unofficial Christmas season kickoff, my family always used to watch "Miracle on 34th Street" (the newer one) after dinner. We've kind of gotten away from that in the past few years though.
And I always try to catch "Home Alone," which is usually on cable Thanksgiving night.
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One of the reasons they didn't catch on was that alot of people held onto them like they were some sort of collectors item. I'm one that doesn't mind carrying around change (I have a change holder in my wallet)