Holiday movies are already on TV – kids (and adults) are so lucky these days. Growing up we had to wait until almost 11 pm at night to watch the hour long Claymation specials that looking back now were kinda’ creepy. The variety of movies that are now available is way better, here are my top Christmas movie picks:
Jingle All the Way – Don’t judge, this movie is hysterical and they worked so many Minnesota landmarks in there that it makes it fun to watch. For those of you who have never been to the Mall of America, it really is like that 😛 The cast is classic, Sinbad, Arnold, Rita Wilson…I mean, come on. And who doesn’t understand the frenzy of trying to track down that one gift that everyone wants? So many good one liners but this one cracks me up:
Myron Larabee: As if I didn’t have enough trouble, my son sends me out for some goofy-butt toy. Some fruity robot named Turtle Man.
Howard Langston: It’s Turbo Man. My son wants one, too.
Home Alone – Well obviously, any movie written by John Hughes is an instant classic in my book. The plot is so wildly unrealistic and pre-helicopter parents and I love it. Another stacked cast with Joe Pesci, John Candy, Daniel Stern and how adorable is Macaulay Culkin in this movie? The fashion and haircuts are so fabulously 90’s and that house is just gorgeous. I watch this one every year, usually more than once. This is classic kid logic right here but can’t we all relate?
Kevin McCallister: This house is so full of people it makes me sick. When I grow up and get married, I’m living alone. Did you hear me?
Kevin McCallister: I’m living alone! I’m living alone!
A Charlie Brown Christmas – It is so sad, so pathetic, so endearing and that crappy dancing?! Does anyone know how old Charlie Brown was supposed to be? He had some serious opinions on consumerism for an 8’ish year old, sarcastic, bald kid. It is adorable and tragic, as a kid I had no idea what he was talking about but it was a favourite.
Charlie Brown: Thanks for the Christmas card you sent me, Violet.
Violet: I didn’t send you a Christmas card, Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: Don’t you know sarcasm when you hear it?
A Christmas Story – this one is a fav because it feels so rustic, they so perfectly captured a 1940’s family Christmas. The snow suits, the old Packard, Higbee’s – it is just perfect. I have several favourite scenes, when the kids are all gathered around the Christmas window decorations. It reminds me of going to the Downtown Durango Mall at Christmas time, you could pay 25 cents to watch these animated tableaus. The closing season with the lights and those big snowflakes coming down, it makes me miss Colorado and having a white holiday almost every year.
Mr. Parker: Aaah! “Fra-GEE-leh!” It must be Italian!
Mrs. Parker: Uh, I think that says FRAGILE, honey.
Mr. Parker: Huh? Oh, yeah.
The Santa Clause – I grew up with Tim The Tool Man Taylor and say what you will about him, he is hilarious in this role. I thought that this one touched me as the family archetype was a little different than many other Christmas movies that include a happily married mom and dad with their mostly perfect children, nestled in a picturesque suburb. This one included a fractured family and the struggle of juggling everyone at Christmas. The yuppie stepdad – Neil, hilarious. It also touched on what happens when kids hit that age where Santa isn’t totally believable. I wouldn’t’ necessarily call this one a kids’ movie though, some of those one liners 😀
Neil: What about Santa’s reindeer? Have you even seen a reindeer fly?
Neil: Well, I haven’t.
Charlie: Have you ever seen a million dollars?
Charlie: Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean is doesn’t exist.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – This one is just too realistic with all of the catastrophes that happen, haven’t they happened to all of us? Maybe not the squirrel but everything else for sure. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo trying to keep it together, oh parents – I think that this one most reminds me of my family Christmas experiences. The nutty relatives, misbehaving pets, dinner disasters – I can totally relate 😀
Clark: Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon) – Nothing needed, how can you not love this movie?
Grinch: How could it be so? It came without ribbons!… it came without tags!… it came without packages, boxes, or bags!
Meet Me in St. Louis – This one isn’t necessarily about Christmas, watching this one during the holidays is just a tradition that I have. I love Judy Garland in this one and the musical score is wonderful. Again, it has that old world charm and the costumes are lovely. The Trolley Song is my fav part of the movie, such a classic.
I definitely watch others, some of the older classics as well but these are the ones that I watch every without fail. Do any of these make your favourites list?
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