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Bloggerville's Favorite Holiday Movies

I've got some Nick Cave on the winamp, a tequila Bloody Mary, and a brand new keyboard. I'm ready to roll. Let's get this Christmas thing rolling, shall we? I mean, all my neighbors have their lights set to Yankee Stadium brightness already and the guy down the block has a ten foot Homer Simpson as Santa inflatable thing on his front lawn. Mmmm....beer. Anyhow, for the first of many holiday related posts, I bring you:

THE BLOGGERVILLE DEFINITIVE HOLIDAY MOVIE LIST

This is the way it goes. Use the comments and give me your three favorite holiday movies. I'll tally them up in a few days and we will end up with the blogosphere's faves. Yea, it doesn't mean all that much in the end, but it's fun and it sure beats trolling Indymedia for stupid quotes.

The key here is my broad definition of holiday movie. To wit: A holiday movie can be any movie that is either about a winter holiday or takes place over the course of a winter holiday. A winter holiday would be Christmas, Hanakkuh, Kwanzaa and New Year, though I don't know if there are any Kwanzaa related movies. I'm just trying not to leave anyone out. Now please not the movie does not have to be about the holiday. For instance, two of my favorites are Die Hard and The Ref, both which take place at Christmastime but don't center around the holiday, per se.

Ok, that's a lot of wording for something that's supposed to be fun.

Three favorites, no particular order. Tomorrow or Monday I'll whittle it down to the top five finalists if there are enough entries. What are you waiting for, go!

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Yay! I'm first
Christamas Story
A Christmas Carol (The old one)
Rudolph (The old one)

1 - A Christmas Story - 'cause I wanted a Red Ryder BB gun and my Mom wouldn't get me one either.
2 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - The original animated one. Damn, that Grinch is so mean ya gotta love him.
3 - Holiday Inn - Bing sings, Fred dances, what's not to love?

A Christmas Story
The animated Grinch
The Nightmare Before Christmas

1- Lethal Weapon I
2- Home Alone
3- The Preacher's wife (The Denzel one, not Cary Grant)

Mine:

A Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas Story (which I finally bought on DVD tonight)
The Ref

1. A Christmas Story
2. A Christmas Story
3. A Christmas Story

...and thanks to Ted Turner, I'll get to see it 482 times before the big day.

1. A Christmas Story

2. The Preacher's Wife (new)

3. Its a Wonderful Life

1. A Christmas Story

2. It's a Wonderful Life

3. Miracle on 34th Street

Life of Brian
Silent Night, Deadly Night
The Nightmare Before Christmas

1. Lethal Weapon I

2. Holiday Inn

3. A Christmas Story

1. A Christmas Story

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

1. A Christmas Story

2. Frosty the Snowman

3. Lethal Weapon I

Hmm. Following Laurence's always fine example, I shall have to say: Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Okay, okay, just kidding, awright? Here's my real list: A Christmas Carol (the old English version with Alastair Sim as Scrooge); A Christmas Story; and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Plus the other ones that everybody else mentioned. I'm a sucker for sentimental movies, all year long.

1) Die Hard

2) A Christmas Carol (the Patrick Stewart version--I'm sorry, but he's way better than Sim)

3) Trading Places

(Honorable Mention to Holiday Inn. I love it, but I still cringe when I see the Lincoln's Birthday blackface scene, so I can't put it in the top 3)

Holiday Inn

The Year Without a Santa Claus (BTW, for those wondering, it's official that Heat Miser would beat Snow Miser in a fight)

Hans Christian Anderson (probably not a holiday movie, but they always show it around Thanksgiving, so I associate it with the holidays)

1. Santa Claus: The Movie
2. One Magic Christmas

(Duelling Christmas movies, both from 1985...the heydey of my childhood. Disney vs. John Lithgow's overacting. "FOR FREE??")

3. Christmas Vacation

(National Lampoon. Chevy Chase. Enough said.)

1. Hands down, "The Grinch...

2. Christmas Vacation (Chevy & Randy are CLASSIC)

3. Motel Hell ("It takes a whole lotta critters to make farmer Vincent's fritters")

"Die Hard", Hans Gruber perfectly symbolized the greed and materialism of the Holiday Season.

8 Crazy Nights

I'm gonna stick with actual movies, otherwise I'd have Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, The Grinch, Blackadder's Christmas Carol...and on and on and on. I'm a Christmas TV junkie.

1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. Muppet Christmas Carol
3. A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott one!)

I do love the Walton's prequel, The Gathering, though. And I'm surprised no one's mentioned Santa Claus Conquers the Martians...

Rewease Bwian!

1. Miracle on 34th Street
2. It's a Wonderful Life
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

And all the really old Christmas cartoons.....

What a great idea!

1. A Christmas Story
2. Christmas Vacation
3. It's a Wonderful Life

1. Miracle on 34th Street, the original, accept no remakes.

2. Santa Clause Conquers the Martians, if for no other reasons than the delightfully annoying theme song. The MST3K version must be seen for the "Oscar Wilde" comments alone.

3. White Christmas, mit der Bingle.

You may have to throw out my vote because I've got 3 old movies I love. .

1. Miracle on 34th Street (original)
2. Christmas in Connecticut
3. Holiday Inn

and 3 "current" movies I love. . .

1. Muppet Christmas Movie
2. Home Alone
3. The Grinch

Sorry, I just couldn't decide which list to go with.

It's A Wonderful Life
Scrooged
Holiday Inn

[Runners Up ('cause they're not actual feature-length movies, but I must mention them because I watch them every year):
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas]

A Christmas Story
Scrooged
Nightmare Before Christmas

1. A Christmas Story
2. Miracle on 34th Street
3. Year without a Santa Claus

One that we always have to view at least once in my house (that hasn't been mentioned yet): Joe Dante's Gremlins, with its touchingly inapt Phoebe Cates' monologue about Santa Dad's chimney death. (Beautifully parodied in the sequel.)

1. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
2. It's a Wonderful Life
3. Home Alone

Honourable mentions: Muppet Christmas Carol, Life of Brian, Die Hard. And there's this New Year's thing called Dinner For One about an old woman pretending to have a New Year's party with her friends (who have all passed away), and the butler has to drink for all of them... hilarious stuff.

1. A Christmas Story, too funny.

2. Animated Grinch
Jim who?

3. Scrooged, classic.

Or, the sappy list

1. A Christman Story,

2. Miracle on 34th Street (either of the first two, the one in 90s sucked, the best one had Natalie Wood)

3.It's a Wonderful Life

Psychotic List

1. Christmas Story (hey, fun for the entire family)

2. Santa conquers the Martians.
Hey, Pia Zadora is hot. errr, was hot.

3.A Very Brady Christmas.

1. Year Without A Santa Claus (Snow Meiser/Heat Meiser) CLASSIC!!!!

2. A Christmas Story (I triple-dog-dare you)

3. Christmas Vacation (And I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-assed, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spineless, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol)

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. A Christmas Story
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (the original one)

1. Scrooged
2. Muppet Christmas Carol

1. The Year Without a Santa
2. Frosty the Snowman
3. How the Grich Stole Christmas (cartoon version, not Jim Carrey)

It's a Wonderful Life
Scrooge (the musical with Albert Finney)
Miracle on 34th Street

I love
Christmas movies
here is my list!
holiday inn
all the cartoons with Beril Ives singing in them.
it's a wonderful life
emmett otter's jugband
a christmas carol
miracle on 34th street.
scrooged
all the old 1920's santa cartoons
always got a have christmas story
and many more