Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas classics! Don't be a scrooge. Start watching. And making a list!

Well, we've already started watching Christmas stuff in the Goodman house. For a while now, actually. I've got pretty much every classic (and non-classic) Christmas show on DVD (can't stand the commercials, had to break down and buy the lot of them).

Anyway, every year I flip-flop on my top picks. (Same goes for Christmas music, but I'm gonna do a post on that later...)

For argument's sake, I'll give you my starting five (don't make me go longer, because I will) and you can kick-start the annual argument. I will say this, it's a pretty solid fivesome.

1. "It's A Wonderful Life." Sue me. I don't care. I love it. One of my favorite movies ever. Stop snickering, you bastards (lowercase "b").

2. "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

3. "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."

4. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

5. "A Christmas Story."

Lastly, let me add that although I have a lot of love in my heart for the Heat Miser, you've got to edit somewhere. This is my list. I checked it twice. Now, what have you got?

82 comments:

George D from the 415 said...

I personally love Scrooged with Bill Murray. I don't know why, but it is probably my favorite Christmas movie. Bobcat Goldthwait as a crazed Cratchit character is amazing. I'm also a fan of Love Actually, but I don't consider it to be a Christmas movie.

verite said...

"Mr. Magoo's Christmas" -- great songs, great heart. You can't go wrong.

apants said...

first, yes, all your choices I agree with. I never understood why but my family often watches the Sound of Music around christmas time and it is often on T.V. during the holidays too. I used to watch Fantasia while decorating for Christmas. Also, I too love Scrooged and I might add The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Simpsons Christmas Special. I've seen that a hundred times. My mom always wanted to watch Miracle on 34th street but I was never that into it.

Trixie said...

Definitely agree with your top 5. We still listen to soundtrack for The Muppets Christmas Special featuring John Denver, although I haven't seen it shown on TV in forever.

My personal favorite is Bad Santa: "I want a gorilla named Davy for beating up the skateboard kids who pull on my underwear. And he can take his orders from the talking walnut, so it won't be my bad thing."

klilyrose said...

My top 5 would be It's A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Home Alone. You heard me right! I said Home Alone! That movie is frikkin good.

I also think The Muppet Christmas Movie and Elf deserve honorable mentions.

IceX2004 said...

Somewhere I've got a VHS compilation of classic sitcom Xmas episodes: Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, Barney Miller, Mary Tyler Moore, etc. I have to bump it onto a DVD in order to revive a holiday tradition. Also, SNL, over the years, has done some very funny Christmas sketches. (Schweddy Balls, anyone?) I love the T-shirt the kid is wearing at the end of "Bad Santa". Oh, and if I'm flipping around and happen to catch either "Holiday Inn" or "White Christmas" I'm likely to watch at least a few minutes.

ppage said...

Love Tim's list. I get all misty eyed when "the angel gets its wings".....Also love Elf; there's just something endearing about it.

Last year I saw JT on SNL singing Xmas songs with "Alvin & the Chipmunks". Cute songs. It was the episode with the classic "dick in the box" skit. One of the few SNL shows I could stomach last year.

pdxops1 said...

Hate to say it, but I do have a soft spot for Emmet Otters jug band christmas.......

lalalysa said...

Tim, your picks are right on. We just watched A Charlie Brown Christmas tonight with my 7- and 11-year-old, and just laughed - they at the silliness, we at the sweetness. They're at the age when the whole girl-like-boy thing (Lucy-Schroeder and Sally-Linus) resonates. I will admit to watching White Christmas over the Thanksgiving weekend, and will likely catch Holiday Inn before Christmas.

I always loved O. Henry's Full House for the holidays - especially The Gift of the Magi - saw it when I was a kid, and it stayed with me.

But really, how can it be Christmas without A Very Brady Christmas, the one where they're all trying to get together for the holiday?

No one has mentioned A Christmas Carol - are there any TV/movie productions of this that anyone would recommend?

Love the new blog.

Trixie said...

You guys are so right about great SNL moments and yay! Schweddy Balls! (and if JT hosted every SNL, TV would be a better place). The one that makes me smile is the silly musical number that Tracy, Chris, Jimmy and Horatio used to do holding the keyboard ... "I wish it was Christmas to-day-ay ..." After they all left, I forget which one of them did it with the Muppets and Kermit gets down with his frog-self.

Oh, and Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo is also a classic in our house.

pnm said...

Never apologize for It's a Wonderful Life. Only those with no souls don't get it.

votype said...

lalalysa: actually Mr Magoo is a (quite awesome) version of a Christmas Carol. I think I've watched it so many years, starting as a child, (when the ghost of the Future was pretty dang scary), that now I automatically shorten the title.

gaiusb said...

The Shop Around the Corner, of course.

girlina said...

I love 'It's a Wonderful Life' so much, I was given the script as a Christmas gift one year.

Rankin/Bass shows can be lumped into one category. There's too many songs to love in them all to edit.

Bad Santa is so wrong, yet so right. And, the clip of Crosby/Bowie - gets me every time.

mdg said...

Nutcracker (Baryshnikov version), Bad Santa, Nightmare Before Christmas, Tokyo Godfathers, Babes in Toyland

lieber said...

Tim, can't top your list, but I'd add:

• Shrek the Halls. We were surprised that we enjoyed this new addition to the lineup as much as we did. At only 30 minutes, it was over too soon.

• The musical Scrooge with Albert Finney. I'm not much for musicals, but I love this one, thank you very much.

elz said...

my family always watches "the Court Jester" with Danny Kaye. I don't know why that is, but it means that no christmas feels complete without watching it.

Cs_dad said...

Not sure if I'd call it my favorite, but the Xmas Story episode of Futurama worth a mention. Fry and the gang vs. crazy robot Santa. Awesome. Also, I like Heat Miser as much as the next guy, but are you all REALLY ready for Harvey Fierstein to play him this year in the live action version? Thanks NBC!

http://www.nbc.com/The_Year_Without_A_Santa_Claus/

Rick said...

Great list, I would simply move Christmas Story to #3

I guess the Walton's Homecoming may edge out Rudolph for me.

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Casey said...

That is a great list. I don't get people who don't like "It's a Wonderful Life," it is such a great movie. "The Muppet Christmas Carol" is also great. My family watches that every year. And the animated movie "The Snowman" is so quiet and lovely. If you haven't seen it, you should. And I hold a special place in my heart for "Elf" also... "I just like smiling. Smilings my favorite!"

ScrumDawg said...

Love the list, but, which version of "IAWL" B&W or Color?

the man in the grey flannel shorts said...

It's A Wonderful Life can only be seen in black and white. Turner's colorization was an abomination!

Bad Santa is wonderful, the original Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas is great (but the live action version is awful). Shreck the Halls was surprisingly sweet and didn't make me want to hurl at all!

But how can you really make a list of Christmas stuff without including the exploding tower of them all - Die Hard and Die Hard 2: Die Harder. Now THOSE are fine family fare!

anne_b said...

Different Christmas shows serve different viewer needs. "It's A Wonderful Life" is the tree-trimming sentimental favorite, great for all of us emo types who don't mind weeping into our eggnog. "A Christmas Story" is the hands-down funniest -- and reminds us of a shared past we want to think we remember, whether or not we actually do.

"The Year Without A Santa Claus" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" share the guilty-pleasures award: they're Rankin-Bass "classics" from the days when our parents sobered up long enough to find ABC, and then left us to the staggering terror of The Bumble.

An aside: should some kind of Christmas-special showdown become necessary, "A Christmas Story"'s Ralphie could easily take down The Bumble with extreme prejudice ... with or without the help of Scut Farkus and the rest of the neighborhood crew. Wouldn't even be close.

Finally, there's the (uncut version) of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!", for Chuck Jones animation/Boris Karloff narration fans. That's my personal favorite. It's a Sixties masterpiece.

Tim Goodman said...

Anne B, how do I find the "uncut" version? And yes, b&w version of "Wonderful" is essential. Though I must confess one of my favorite parts of the whole thing is when Jimmy Stewart explodes and shouts, "Where did we get all these kids" or whatever.

maenad said...

Tim,
Pretty good list. The thing about "It's A Wonderful Life" is that you just can't watch it more than a couple of times a year. It's the endless loop of that ruins it. For me the best scene is the early one between Mr. Gower and young George. "I know you're feeling bad..." It kills me everytime.

Running a close second for me is "Bad Santa." All it took to get me into the theater was Billy Bob as Santa, and add to that the absolutely brilliant comic juxtapositioning of Bernie Mac and John Ritter--well, it's my new holiday classic.

Then comes Charlie Brown or the Grinch. I can't decide and I'm not objective. These are both so muddled together with my childhood issues (I love Linus and resemble Sally and my dad used to love to watch the Grinch with me) that I'll just call it a tie.

And finally A Christmas Story. Just the right tone. Not too sweet, and yet...

Ed said...

On any list I would have The Bishop's Wife from 1947. Starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven.

LizaInSF said...

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is THE holiday TV special of my childhood. The bad animation; the Guaraldi score; Linus's sweet, creaky little voice; all the lines out of all the Christmas Peanuts strips you'd ever read up til then. Sigh.

Are we supposed to notice how TBM posts have started to read a lot like pointers to TGTV? Just sayin'.

novelera said...

Nobody likes Miracle on 34th Street? I just watched it Thanksgiving Day with my son and daughter-in-law while we smelled the roasting turkey. I'd definitely add 34th Street to Tim's list, which is great. I adore How the Grinch stole Christmas, the Karloff one, of course, and would probably put it at number one. Fond memories of watching it with my now-adult son and singing "Wahoo Yores" together (phonetic version of the Seuss carol).

gatz said...

Love your top 5. But I agree with george d., Scrooged should be added. That movie is ridiculously funny.

I like to go old school with White Christmas. Can't have Christmas without Bing. And there's something about Christmas in Connecticut.

But then I like to watch the Christmas episodes of my favorite shows, West Wing and Sports Night. In Excelsis Deo, Noel, Holy Night, and The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee all good viewing.

smckenna752 said...

Tim, your five are awesome for sure, but we have another one we also try to watch as well -and you really have to rent or buy it - because when they show it on basic cable, they beep out some of the funniest bits: The Ref (Denis Leary). (see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110955/)

Check it out!

Tim Goodman said...

Ha. Yes, Liza, they are definitely pointers. They won't all be, of course. But I need to get people in the habit of remembering it's there. Plus it's only, what, four days old? I expect a long slog, but so far lots of people have come to visit. Which is good. I plan on doing a lot here, including The Wire de-cos. Everytime I do one of those pointers, it makes me laugh. Like, "Wow, this is pretty obvious." But I'm not hiding anything. I just bought this nice little property here and I want everyone to see it...You know, just in case.

Gregory said...

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, no contest.

It launched one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and after twenty years it remains one of the best Simpsons episodes ever made.

The story is so much closer to real life, warts and all, than most Christmas programming. The truth is: most people worry about money around the holidays, most people have family members they don't enjoy spending Christmas with, many people must get a second job around Christmas to make ends meet, and many people cope with these stresses by spending the holidays drinking and gambling.

Despite all the dysfuntion, it ends with a heart-warming moral about the importance of family and love over material posessions. It's hilarious, thought-provoking, and beautiful. It just doesn't get any better.

If you limited your list to TV programming - not movies that can now be watched on TV - the Simpsons should definitely make your cut.

Steve T. said...

1. Christmas Story
2. Original Grinch (not the Jim Carrey movie)
3. Rudolph
4. The Christmas that almost wasn't (I love the Heatmiser....)
5. Santa Claus is Coming to town..

Hey does the "Star War's" Holiday special count? ;)

jamester said...

Can't argue with your top 5, Tim.

Even so (and although I wouldn't call Christmas Vacation a classic by any definition of the term), it's just not the Christmas season around here until I see Cousin Eddie in his shortie robe out in the snow, beer can in one hand and hose in the other, emptying the chemical toilet into the gutter and cheerfully telling the neighbors, "Shitter's full!"

Jason said...

A Christmas Story (I have it on DVD and still watch it several times when it's on 24 hours), Scrooged, Olive the Other Reindeer, and a Wish for Wings That Work (starring Opus the Penguin). And for the fifth choice, I'll take the Christmas Party Ep of The Office (funnier than A Benihana Christmas).

If you would have done Thanksgiving specials, I would put the "Ed" Thanksgiving episode from season one in my top five (50 lb meatloaf and Corinthian turkeys!).

Ann said...

Concur with your top 5. My next top choices are
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas
Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special
White Christmas (though it's a bit long, I can't resist watching it whenever it's on)
and if it were available anywhere, John Denver and the Muppets--A Christmas Together. The music from that one is in constant rotation during the holidays.

IceX2004 said...

Re: "The Star Wars Holiday Special"

Steve,
Hey! If you've got a copy, I would gladly trade it for a DVD of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians". Straight up!

***Seriously, though, "Scrooged" is a hilarious retelling of the Dickens' story, but I have to shut it off right at the end. The unbelievably sappy Annie Lennox/Al Green duet at the end almost kills it for me (and I love both singers).

***Oh and it looks like (according to reports from TG, we'll be adding the "Extras" Xmas special to this list next year.

anne_b said...

Tim, I borrow my friend's DVD of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" -- my gas-station VHS copy walked off some time ago. You can get the 50th-anniversary DVD from Amazon.

I think our mean green friend is also going to appear on the Cartoon Network this weekend. Do they do the same hack job the networks (CBS) used to do when the Grinch was aired on prime time, a few years back? I'd like to know before I invest the time.

We also loved Heat Miser and Snow Miser as kids. We used to tell my henpecked little brother that he looked like Snow Miser. The ultimate good sport, he showed up at a Halloween party a couple of years ago with an icicle hanging off his nose.

I was a hateful child.

twogaydads said...

Grinch classic is at the top of my list, followed by all the Rankin/Bass specials.

One caveat: in Rudolph, parents should talk with their children about what an asshole Santa is at the beginning (along with Rudolph's father). Until the judgmental old elf finds himself screwed on a foggy night, Rudolph is just a freak who should cover up his nose, a disappointment and embarrassment to his family. Does Santa ever apologize, say he was wrong about Rudolph? I don't think so, he just gets a free pass on bigotry because he's, you know, Santa.

pizzadrone said...

Wild... Elz, our family watches The Court Jester every Christmas, too. I can't remember how we stated, but it's a tradition now. Are we related?

lieber said...

Casey, yes, how could I forget The Snowman? It's mesmerizing and a must-see at least once a season.

Love the song sung by the child, so pure and pitch perfect.

lieber said...

Tim, can't wait for your Christmas music post!

Mariniter said...

I can't call an absolute favorite, but it's definitely between A Christmas Carol, Scrooge, It's a Wonderful Life, Meet Me in St. Louis, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas and The Little Drummer Boy.

I like your list Tim, but that it's missing A Christmas Carol and Meet Me in St. Louis is unforgivable, punishable by 50 lashes of Mrs. Claus' thong.

maplelicious said...

I've never understood the appeal of the creepy stop-motion of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Otherwise, I like the picks, but I would also like to recommend Scrooged, Christmas Vacation and The Ref. They're must-see holiday viewing at our house.

Who said it should be a top 5 - expand it to a Top 10. Letterman would approve

NCgal said...

As for me, I'd bump IAWL & Rudolph; and move everything up the list. Then I'd add a double feature of "Bells of St. Mary's/Going My Way". I'll finish with "A Wish for Wings that Work"

Bells/My Way - Stars Bing, Barry Fitzgerald, Ingrid Bergman, Frank McHugh and Gene Lockhart. Songs like the Ave Maria sung by Rise Stevens and Bing; Swingin' on a Star and Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra.

Wings - Staring Opus, Bill, Ronald-Ann. I know that Berekely Breathed didn't like it, but I have a soft spot in my heart for it and am so glad that I have it on VHS.

Dave said...

These are all good, but be sure to check out John Scalzi's recap of the 10 least successful holiday specials. It starts with 1927's An Algonquin Round Table Christmas and goes through Christmas with the Nuge, from 2002. I'm pretty sure I remember A Muppet Christmas with Zbigniew Brzezinski, but I'm bummed Ayn Rand's A Selfish Christmas was before my time. Full list at http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/003030.html

tapper100 said...

Personally, I love Holiday Inn.

hickcity said...

After a two-year hiatus I am now primed to watch 'It's A Wonderful Life' again this season - with fresh tears. Do you have contact info for any neo-Donna Reed types who may be out there? I'd love to share a spool cooked meal.

That was quite the ominous 'just in case.' Should we arrange a little private Komodo Dragon one-on-one time for you-know-who?

Tim Goodman said...

Did it sound ominous? I didn't mean it to be. Most everything is good at work. I just may end up liking this personal blogging better. By the way, PB has always taken care of me. We're close. Without him, I wouldn't be there.

eastcoastKaren said...

My top xmas movies have been mentioned here, but with caveats. I'm going right out on the limb and putting them at the top of my list - Elf and Love Actually. The ubiquitous Charlie Brown. And two obscure ones no one has mentioned: A Christmas Memory (Truman Capote's short story, one of the best ever written, and there is a good tv version of it with Patty Duke and Piper Laurie) and (a really sentimental favorite) the (3) Christmas specials of All Creatures Great and Small.

girlina said...

Love Actually is a great movie!

Steve T. said...

IceX2004, If I had a copy I'd make you one. Wish I did. I remember watching it when I was 13 and thinking "Cool...Harrison Ford is on TV!!!". I vaguely remember parts of it, but everytime I read about Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman being in it, it makes me want to see it again for the Schmaltz value......

hickcity said...

That's a relief.

Other than the general poor image the press creates, the only hard evidence suggesting a wicked wit was the roll out of the 'Correct Me If I'm Wrong' podcasts. That's a ballsy commitment to arch comedy.

Now could you get back to me on the other inquiry?

fjcastro said...

Here is my list:

1. It's A Wonderful Life. Yep, still a tear jerker. Plus every year the kids at the high school dance keep on getting older. What are they now, 50-something. Still lusting to see Donna Reed naked as a jaybird in that bush!

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Music so good I listen it it all year long. Plus Pig Pen can really bust a move on the dance floor.

3. A Christmas Story. Never gets old showing how completely stupid little kids can be. Plus, the appropriate amount of racism. Can you say "Fah, rah, rah, rah, rah....Rah, rah, rah rah"

4. The Simpsons Christmas Special First "full length" Simpsons episode. I still give panty hose as Christmas gifts. Plus the introduction of Santa's Little Helper (No. 8)

and finally,

5.A Garfield Christmas. Again, very nice music and a touching scene with Grandma and Garfield.

Lame Brain said...

WOW, where is "Polar Express?"

Tweedy said...

Great list. I'd put Charlie Brown at the top and substitute "The Year Without a Santa Claus" for Rudolph, because Heat Miser/Cold Miser has to make the cut somehow in my book. If the list were longer I'd add the musical South Park Christmas special and the first Mr. Hanky appearance.

I'm chomping at the bit, but will hold off on listing a few personal favorites until your blog entry comes out. I will hint that is absolutely mandatory that one of them be sung along to with a pint of Guinness in hand.

Tweedy said...

D'oh! Meant to say I was chomping at the bit to comment on Christmas songs...

While I'm back on here, I'll mention that I have a vague recollection of the Star Wars Christmas special, and the wookies sitting 'round the tree, that pales in comparison to my memory of the anticipation I had before it aired. One of the strangest X-mas specials ever, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

1. SCTV Christmas special #1
2. SctV Christmas special #2
3. League of Gentlemen Christmas special

Trixie said...

hickcity: I dressed as Donna Reed for Halloween at work one year. Does that do anything for you? We were an all-female department and did a famous housewives theme (Lucy, Mortitia, Peg Bundy, etc.).

marlene said...

No one has mentioned the Claymation Christmas special, most especially Carol of the Bells. We also watch Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, A Christmas Carol (the Alistair Sim verion only), and A Christmas Story (I waddled around in a snowsuit just like little brother). We also used to watch a compilation of very old Disney Christmas cartoons ("It's Christmas Eve, Mr. Duck", Pluto vs. the chipmunks, and a Santa one that seemed to be from the 30's), but the VHS tape got written over one year by mistake and we have never been able to find a replacement. Never got into the Grinch. Charlie Brown always a sentimental favorite in memory only; haven't actually watched it in years. Loved Shrek the Halls. Probably will keep that one around. Some of the suggestions here might become new favorites. Thanks.

sb said...

I would flip A Christmas Story for It's a Wonderful Life in terms of ranking, but agree with the rest.

But I also have to put a plug in for the best Thanksgiving movie ever - Home for the Holidays - Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downy Jr. - have to watch it every year after coming home from dinner with the folks. :)

jde said...

Well...I fear I may be the only person unable to sit through "Christmas Story." Otherwise, my top is in agreement: It's A Wonderful Life is a great movie, dark, serious and yeah the happy ending part! My addition, in place of the aforementioned "Story" would be at TV episode from Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Back to Christmas."
Merry, merry to all.
Glad to see Tim G. with a blog. All is right with the world again.

jde said...

Correction: Back FOR Christmas.

:)
Cheers...

JS1 said...

How about Wayne Wang's "Smoke"?

Erin said...

Great list, but for me, I'd replace Rudolph with another Rankin-Bass (Year w/O a Santa Claus, SC is Coming to Town, Little Drummer Boy), or my personal late night favorite, White Christmas with Bing, Danny, Rosemary and Vera (also Dean, who was the nicest, crustiest General ever). Meet Me in Saint Louis is great, but it covers an entire year and doesn't have a specific Christmas reference (just a wonderful Christmas song). And for homage-sake and honorable mention, I'd watch "The Hudsucker Proxy" for the near-perfect recreation of the scene from IAWL when the nighmare Potterville residents chase George for "stalking" Mary.

wpbooks said...

Make Mine "Brazil"....Best Xmas film ever!

lieber said...

I'm probably posting this way too late, but I wanted to put another plug in for Scrooge with Albert Finney. It finally came out on DVD a few years ago; I think maybe more folks haven't seen it because they're just not aware it.

I copied this review from Amazon:

While this version of the classic Dickens' tale did not receive critical acclaim, it remains one of my favorites and richly deserves this DVD release.
Albert Finney is magical in his portrayal of Scrooge, transforming his physical appearance through the art of makeup and fine acting from a robust youth to an aged man during the course of the story.

The supporting cast is also remarkable, and the songs add flavor to the overall atmosphere of Dickens' era London, as well as great and unexpected depth to the core theme of the story: the precarious reclamation of a person's soul.

Dickens' brilliant story manages to convey religious themes without preaching, and provides an accessible character in Scrooge that we can understand, root for, and ultimately, rejoice with and learn from when his heart is turned outward to his fellow man.

Vastly entertaining and remarkably fresh, this life-affirming version of "A Christmas Carol," along with many of its songs, will stay with viewers long after the final credits have rolled. For me, "Scrooge" has become a treasured Christmas tradition alongside so many other beloved yule time favorites. I applaud its long overdue DVD release!

ladyc said...

All you mentioned are our family favorites but also other top mentions that we always watch each year

Scrooge (musical with Albert Finney)
It happened one Night/Christmas (the remake of it's a wonderful night with Marlo Thomas)
The Bishop's Wife
Meet me in ST Louis

Ziggy's Christms Gift
Garfield's Christmas
Nestor, the long earred donkey
The snow queen
The Tangerine Bear
Joan Walsh Anglund Christmas
Smoky MOuntain Christmas (guilty pleasure)
The Santa Clause

Our family always makes an annual christmas movie/show marathon during the holidays and just doesn't really seem like christmas until we do

Anonymous said...

Love the list, just wanted to add some of my favorite recent holiday flicks:

1) Home Alone

2) While You Were Sleeping

3) Love Actually

I'm also a sucker for It's a Wonderful Life. And I can't get enough of Frosty the Snowman. It makes me a little teary, but I love it.

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised that there aren't more votes for Christmas Vacation--it's probably the only one that my family still sits down and watches together every year (the youngest member of my family being 27).

If I have to pick only 5: 1) It's a wonderful life 2) how the grinch stole christmas 3) Christmas Vacation 4) A Christmas Story and 5) White Christmas.

Honorable mentions go to A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised that there aren't more votes for Christmas Vacation--it's probably the only one that my family still sits down and watches together every year (the youngest member of my family being 27).

If I have to pick only 5: 1) It's a wonderful life 2) how the grinch stole christmas 3) Christmas Vacation 4) A Christmas Story and 5) White Christmas.

Honorable mentions go to A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

davidz said...

I don't think this necessarily belongs on a top ten list, but we just watched the Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Christmas Special. What a great twisted take on the whole genre. But one still gets to watch a phenomenal chef make an amazing meal. Real fun.

elz said...

hey pizzadrone - glad to hear that I'm not the only one!!it does make for strange social moments when I start going off on the vessel with the pestle having the pellet with the poison :)

troybob said...

The only holiday thing I watch anymore is 'Olive, the Other Reindeer' (when I don't screw up and miss it). Drew Barrymore is a perfect voice for it, and the show really takes me back to a kind of innocent outlook that I imagine others get out of some of the other programs. It's modern without being cynical or mean-spirited at all.

Lisa F. said...

I just watched "Stalag 17" via Netflix. I was surprised to see that it was a Christmastime story.

Nellcote said...

"A Lion In Winter" with Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole has been a Christmas staple in our house for years.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I just discovered Tim's new blog! That's what I get for actually working at work! Anyway . . . Along with some more traditional picks, I always have to watch "Desk Set" at Christmas. It's a 1957 Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy movie, about an "efficiency expert" (Tracy) who installs a computer (big as an ocean liner) in a TV network research department run by Hepburn. The movie has one of the best office Christmas party scenes ever. Hepburn gets snockered on champagne and invites Joan Blondell to "pull up a chair and rest [her] handsome face," snorts when she laughs, and sings "Night and Day" to Tracy’s accompaniment on bongo drums. Also love it when the "girls" in Research go to the Legal Department's party and Blondell says, "I love Legal - it's all men!" Good times.

TeaLady said...

Hi, I posted the comment about "Desk Set." Didn't mean to be anonymous ~ I expect to be "adding my 11 cents" at TGTV more often. So let's see if I can get it right this time.

Lisa F. said...

Desk Set -- a great one! Thanks, tealady.

Anonymous said...

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Christmas in Connecticut
Miracle on 34th Street
Year Without a Santa Claus
Charlie Brown Christmas

Jessica Smith said...

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