Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Christmas Movie?

its_a_wonderful_lifeWhat’s going on everyone? It’s that time of year, time to break out the Christmas songs… and movies.

Yes, movies revolving around Christmas are practically a genre unto themselves. It’s a narrow field compared to some of our other discussions, but it’s still a discussion worth having.

What’s your favorite? Do you lean towards the classics, like “Miracle on 34th Street”, or do you prefer the more┬ámodern, like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”? Do you need to visit one version or another of “A Christmas Carol” every year?

Let’s hear it! What’s YOUR Favorite Christmas Movie?

A quick note: For those of our friends who don’t celebrate Christmas, please feel free to bring up any holiday themed film you’d like. Not that it’s fair, but I was at a loss to come up with enough films to justify changing the topic to the more generic “Holiday” movies :( . Feel free to help me out ;)

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143 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Christmas Movie?

  1. For the longest time I just didnt have a favorite that wasnt a claymation presentation, but now since 2003 its far and away Love Actually. Its my annual holiday homage to love! I know, strange, but then again my favorite Christmas song is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. What can I say.

  2. 1. It’s a Wonderful Life
    2. Miracle on 34th Street
    3. A Muppet Christmas Carol
    can’t mess with the classics
    also, not strictly a movie but the Peanuts Christmas Special is one of my favorites too

      • No… in fact, the only one I even own in some form is Christmas Vacation (and A Charlie Brown Christmas, which isn’t a film, but should be mentioned). Which isn’t to say I don’t want some of the others, but you know how it is — they’re unavailable 11 months out of the year, and then they’re priced above and beyond normal DVD prices.

      • Last year I could defend them a little bit since they were doing that big giveaway for several days with CinemaNow. This year, though, they’re being Scroogey. (Granted, it’s not like they have to give away free stuff… but I did appreciate it.)

    • I did this pop culture playoff game show on Tim Keaty’s Surfing Aliens podcast, and I whiffed on the name of the Grinch’s mountain, I think. I would have known Whoville, so it had to have been the mountain. :(

      Elf is good stuff, you should thank him! :D

      • Isn’t it Mount Crumpit or something? I watch it so many times and even I’m not sure I know. Although based on your podcast from last week, I’m guessing this pop culture playoff games are really hard.. haha!

        Elf is quite enjoyable. Its taken a few viewings but now I think I do like it.

        I collect Christmas movies. This year my marathon has like 20+ movies or something…so when you put a question out like that..man..the possibilities..I still feel like I left out some good ones..say Nightmare Before Christmas..

      • Holy cow, 20? :D I have a pretty big movie collection myself, but I think I only have like 4 or 5 that are straight up Christmas movies! :D

        I think it IS Mount Crumpit. He told me after all was said and done, and that sounds right. It’s only hard when you dont know the answer LOL. I do pretty well, but its head to head, and its not just movies (there’s sports, and books, all kinds of stuff) so if the person you’re up against does better than you… you know?

        I always do well in the later rounds (its pre-recorded) and then get knocked out before they air!

  3. I have to watch White Christmas(1954) every year. I enjoy watching the dancing and the dialogue between Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Usually for me during this holiday time- the more traditional the better. I concede that whatever friends and family can gather and spend time together viewing is a fine Christmas film.

    Phil Davis: My dear partner, when what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting, whatever it is you’ve got left.
    Bob Wallace: When I figure out what that means I’ll come up with a crushing reply.

    Some other Christmas films I like include:
    The Santa Clause (TAllen)
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Elf
    Scrooged
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Home Alone
    NL Christmas Vacation
    The Muppet Christmas Carol
    A Christmas Story
    Miracle on 34th Street

    • Holy cow, that’s like an entire Holiday Season full of movie watching right there!! :D

      You know, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen White Christmas or not… If I have, it would have been a long time ago, when I was young, and its faded away on me now :(

      Maybe I should try to work it in this holiday…

    • I still have to see Love Actually… I guess I really need to, seeing as its already been mentioned here like three or four times :(

      My podcast partner liked “Arthur Christmas” as well. I havent seen it yet, but if it pops up I’m on it… not sure why my blogging schedule didnt permit it last year :(

  4. I love Christmas movie season and I’m so pleased to see Christmas Vacation getting so much appreciation here, my friend’s don’t get it but it’s always the first one I go for each year. My mum insists on us watching Polar Express as a family every Christmas, I hate the characters but the sentiment makes me feel warm inside.

    I like to watch the silly ones first so; Christmas vacation, Elf, Muppets, Hogfather and Home Alone. Love Actually as a light break in the middle and then the classics; White christmas, Miracle on 34th street and It’s a wonderful life on or around christmas day.
    I’m excited just thinking about it.

    • You know? I started watching the Hogfather, and I liked it, but then for whatever reason, I never finished it. So thanks for reminding me, Simon.

      The “Fogs needs to watch Love Actually” tally rises to 64, here. LOL

      Meanwhile, nice to see the classics still have life, and thanks for helping me in my quest to post the entirety of “Christmas Vacation” via embedded clips! LOL

  5. Hi, Fogs:

    I enjoy ‘A Christmas Story’ for its near flawless execution. ‘White Christmas’ for Danny Kaye’s “Choreography” and his duet with Bing Crosby lip synching “Sisters”.

    Also enjoy a little known cons & capers flick from 1967. ‘Fitzwilly’. With Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon and an A list of veteran character actors who bend the law to keep the rich old Manhattan matron they work for financially above water. A neat, very family friendly comedy directed by Delbert Mann.

    • I need you to keep your eye open for opportunities to help out with the Readers Recommendations series, Jack. You scoop me on a weekly basis. :D So… no rush, cause I’ve got a nice little list brewing, but keep your eyes open for a real winner that I’ve missed, and then lets do it up, what do you say? :D

      Meanwhile, I need to get a couple of “A Christmas Story” clips embedded in here at least, to counter balance all the “Christmas Vacation” ones!

      My Christmas season Gravatar hails from this moment (One of my faves)

      • “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”

        I liked Chevy Chase very early on, during his gig with “Saturday Night Live” and maybe, “Fletch”. Never got the hang of the “National Lampoon Vacation” and “Christmas” flicks. Though I was a hard core fan of “The National Lampoon Magazine” and P.J. O’Rourke before it dissolved due to Political Correctness.

        Your idea sounds intriguing. Send me an e-mail with specifics. I also have
        a post over in Ruth’s hopper that should be out between Christmas and
        New Years.

      • No email now… lets keep an eye out for a movie first. Lets put it this way, if you catch me saying I havent seen a movie (and I’m sure you will) that’s really something you think I SHOULD see, call me out on it, and we’ll start there :D

        Then I’ll email. ;)

  6. “Scrooge”. The 1951 take on “A Christmas Story” with Alastair Sims. Rarely seen these days, probably because it’s black and white. This one more than any other puts me in Dickens’ London! The affection cast and crew had for this beloved classic really showed through. To me, the other versions pale in comparison.
    On TV, “Hogfather” really is incredible. Terry Pratchetts’ Disc World is fabulous fantasy from another universe!

    • Yeah, I started to watch the “Hogfather” and then for whatever reason, never finished. Now I dont know where it is. :(

      That said, I did enjoy the first 1/4 to 1/2 of it that I saw…

      Not sure I’ve seen 51′s Scrooge, but there are so many versions of “A Christmas Carol” out there, and I’ve seen so many of them, that they all tend to blend together a bit

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