December 10, 2008
I was going to write this post yesterday, but, you see, gentle readers, we were kicked for using the internet yesterday for non-related-work-things. Pfft! How else am I supposed to spend my day if I’m not blogging? Certainly by doing actual work…
Anyway. If there is any holiday that has awesome movies, it’s Christmas. I’m not sure why, but Christmas movies are among my favorite movies ever. If they were on TV all year, I would probably stop and watch them. They are always a little upbeat and always have a nice little messages and really just give you that tingly feeling inside – because, hey! it’s Christmas.
So, gentle readers, I give you my list – in no particular order- of my 7 favorite Christmas movies of all time. And hopefully, this will help people get into the spirit.
1. Home Alone and Home Alone 2 – I saw the first one in the movie theater when I was 8. My best friend and I had taken our moms to the movies on New Years Day that year, and it was actually a lot of fun. Other than the fond memories I have about this movie, I really think that what better way to celebrate Christmas than to spend it alone? Or at least wish your family was gone. Seriously, who hasn’t succumbed to holiday stress and wished their loved ones far away to an island somehwere so whatever needs to be done can get done, and they can come back later to have an enjoyable remainder of the holiday? The message? As much as you can’t stand your family, and as much as they stress you out, they are still your family, and the holidays are meant to be spent with them.
2. A Muppet Christmas Carol – Seriously, who doesn’t love Muppets??? I know I do. I was first introduced to this movie when my mom had bought it as our “Christmas Tree decorating movie.” Every year, usually the second week in December, my family brings home a tree and we get Chinese food and decorate while watching a different Christmas movie. What better way to get in the spirit… I honestly can’t remember ever enjoying the story of A Christmas Carol, and I know my mom is quite partial to the 1938 version in existence. But there is something about having Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat narrate and watching them travel through and witness the story as it’s happening. Oh, and Michael Caine as Scrooge? Awesome!
3. Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas – I remember watching this in Nickelodeon when it first aired many years ago. It was a similar to the muppets, but they simply had a different name. What I loved about this story was that a boy wanted more than anything to do something for his mom, and the mother wanted the same for her son, so they end up selling their prized possessions to get a gift for the other… It’s a classic story of selflessness, and it’s cute too.
4. A Charlie Brown Christmas – I don’t know how many times this poor kid needs to be kicked in the ass. Every time we see poor Charlie Brown, he basically has the world telling him how much he sucks, and how nobody likes him. But aside from good ol’ Chuck being a buzzkill for all the other kids’ fun, I love the Christmas music from this one. It’s very classic, and very Christmasy, and Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without it.
5. Elf - Will Ferrell is one funny guy. He’s not funny in everything. There are certainly areas where I feel he shines more. And Elf was one of those movies that makes me die every time. Every time Buddy gets excited he screams and really gets excited. He’s new in town and everything is shiny and new. And of course, there’a girl. But this is definitely one of those movies to add to your Christmas movie marathon list.
6. Christmas Vacation — I hate Chevy Chase with a passion. Almost as much as I hate Nicholas Cage. I pretty much want nothing to do with any of the movies either of them are in. And I blame my ex for this one. One of his favorite movies to watch at the first snowfall was Christmas Vacation. And I’ll admit, after giving it a chance, it’s a pretty funny movie – Chevy Chase aside. It’s the classic Murphy’s Law for Christmas’s with the family. If something can go wrong, it will. Now that’s the Christmas spririt.
7. A Christmas Story – You’ll shoot your eye out! This movie has been played for 24 hours straight for at least the last decade or more. Originally aired over 25 years ago, this is one of things that really stood the test of time and probably won’t disappearing any time soon. I think I’ve only seen this movie from beginning to end in one sitting only once. And that is the benefit to watching “24 hours of a Christmas Story”… no matter where you leave off, you can always pick it up again in a little while, and it doesn’t matter if you watch it out of order, because it WILL come around again. It’s funny and stupid all at the same time. How can you not enjoy this movie?
Do you have any favorite Christmas movies, gentle readers?