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Reverend J Shaft
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#1 Posted on 7.12.07 1439.09
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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.






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#2 Posted on 7.12.07 1511.40
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I'm not big on this sort of thing, but my favorite of the animated Christmas specials is A Year Without A Santa Claus, other wise known as "the one with the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser."

Incidentally, the Heat Miser actually was not miserly with heat, and the Snow Miser was not miserly with snow....
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#3 Posted on 7.12.07 1602.44
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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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#4 Posted on 7.12.07 1624.24
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The must-see's....

A Christmas Story
It's A Wonderful Life

In the last fews years, we've been watching a Boxing Day Marathon of The Lord of The Rings....I know, not very Christmas-y, but it's turned into a tradition.
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#5 Posted on 7.12.07 1633.30
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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.
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#6 Posted on 7.12.07 1648.01
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I think my favorite Xmas movie is Love Actually. The way its set at Xmas but isn't solely centered around the holiday, but really reflects the ups and downs of the holidays is just wonderful.

Beyond that I don't feel like it has been a fulfilling season unless I've watched:
Charlie Brown Xmas
Scrooged
National Lampoon Xmas
Bad Santa
Silent Night, Deadly Night

And like Babetsavant, some sort of LOTR marathon just seems to fit the season for me.
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#7 Posted on 7.12.07 2144.03
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It's gotta be "Elf".

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.)

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#8 Posted on 7.12.07 2217.13
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White 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.
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#9 Posted on 7.12.07 2248.12
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Tell me I'm not the only one that thinks Edward Scissorhands is a tremendous Christmas movie.
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#10 Posted on 8.12.07 0136.44
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I love Scrooged so damn much...
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#11 Posted on 8.12.07 0737.29
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10 posts and no one has mentioned The Muppet Christmas Carol. Blasphemy!!

Plus, I really agree that Edward Scissorhands is a great Christmas movie.

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#12 Posted on 8.12.07 1024.36
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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    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).


Nailed it right there. Old people stick together!

My wife also thinks Holiday Inn is better than White Christmas. We watched The Santa Clause last night on VHS. The previews were awesome - coming to theatres in 1996 promos! Before all my kids!

I used to like A Christmas Story better when only some of us thought it was cool. Now everybody does. Kind of like that Yogi Berra line - nobody eats at that restaurant anymore, it's too crowded.
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#13 Posted on 8.12.07 1518.47
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    Originally posted by General Zod
    Love Actually (yeah yeah I know. What can I say I like it)


You can say that it's friggin' awesome and Hugh Grant is The Man. Amazing movie.

That and Home Alone are the only Christmas movies I really concern myself with. For Thanksgiving I usually watch Home For The Holidays as well.

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#14 Posted on 9.12.07 2225.47
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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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#15 Posted on 10.12.07 0623.48
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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    White 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
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#16 Posted on 10.12.07 0806.29
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Most of the ones I have seen posted here already.

There are two that I haven't see posted yet. One I can't believe no one has mentioned is:

The Polar Express

Another one that was added to our list lately is:

Christmas with the Kranks

Must see every year:

Christmas Vacation
A Christmas Story

and, of course, all the animated shows, Rudolph, Frosty, etc...

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#17 Posted on 10.12.07 1701.19
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Yogi's First X-Mas.
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#18 Posted on 10.12.07 1724.24
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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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#19 Posted on 10.12.07 1957.07
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My brother and I usually watch Bubba Ho Tep on Christmas Eve while we're wrapping packages.
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#20 Posted on 12.12.07 0410.23
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Smoky Mountain Christmas with Dolly Parton and Lee Majors from 1986 is a must for me every year. You get great music, plus Danny Cooksey, Dan Hedaya, John Ritter and Bo Hopkins as your heel sheriff.

Here's the showings:
Thur. Dec. 13 2:00 PM CMTV
Thur. Dec. 13 8:00 PM CMTV
Mon. Dec. 17 6:00 PM CMTV
Thur. Dec. 20 9:00 PM CMTV
Fri. Dec. 21 3:00 PM CMTV
Sat. Dec. 22 8:00 PM CMTV
Sun. Dec. 23 3:00 PM CMTV

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