Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday Question: Favorite Holiday Movie

Here we are, in the holiday's hangover. I guess there still is New Years, but it really doesn't compare, now does it? One of my favorite things about this time of year is the movies. There are so many great ones.

Q: What is your favorite holiday movie?

Mine would have to be Christmas Vacation. Funny and in the spirit of the holidays.

What is yours?


A Christmas Story. It reminds me of a bygone era...not that I'm quite *that old* but the Christmas of my childhood was a lot more similar to Ralphie's than it was to today's holiday. :)

Every Christmas Eve with my wife since it came out:

Love Actually. :)

A Wish for Wings that Work is one of my all time favorites.

The Grinch who stole Christmas is a very close second.

The best thing about Christmas is it gives you a license to shamelessly wallow in the spirit of the season. Decorations, songs, food and movies are all part of our family tradition. We're suckers for Christmas movies -- the sappier the better.

If we were being packed off to a desert island for Christmas and could only take two, they'd be:

1) It's a Wonderful Life. A lot of things have changed since 1947, but this is still one of the best movies of all time. 'Nuff said.

2) A Christmas Story. None of the dark angst that Wondeful Life manages to sneak in, but unbeatable for belly-laughs.

But since we can stay home and surf cable, we usually also try to catch:

- Miracle on 34th Street - 1947 was a busy year of Christmas movies apparently.
- The Homecoming: A Christmas Story - this was the pilot show for The Waltons, about the Christmas night search for their father.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas - sorry, Jim Carrey, the animated version is still 10x better (if only for that awesomely drawn Max).
- A Christmas Carol - pick any version, they're all pretty good (even the Muppet one and Bill Murray's Scrooged).
- The Polar Express - the elves creep me out, but the kids are adorable.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas - because even misunderstood skeletons need some holiday spirit.
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - well, it's Chevy Chase. 'Nuff said.

The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant. It's the only movie I wrap gifts too. Every year, I'll put the DVD on, sit down with some paper, tape and bows and start getting to work.

Home Alone

I try to watch it every Thanksgiving or Christmas and haven't missed a year yet.

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