Missy and I had a serious heart-to-heart the other night as we both found ourselves sitting down at the table…at the same time…for a five fleeting minutes. It wasn’t money related, or if we should have another baby…no, I asked Missy to list off her five favorite Christmas movies.
This is serious stuff here, folks. The fate of our happiness for the night was hanging in the balance (not really…but it was still important to know!). Luckily, she and I both quickly came to terms.
5) Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas/The Holiday – The divergent pick. Our only disagreement on the list, which I guess is OK. My pick is purely nostalgic, while hers is purely based on the fantasy of spending a snowy Christmas in a quaint village in the English countryside 😯
4) Love Actually – The opening monologue to this movie could be one of the greatest of all time, and not just for a Christmas movie. Definitely a good movie with a great theme for the holidays…and Missy has probably watching the “All I Want for Christmas I You” musical scene a least three times more than the actual movie itself. Just…be careful watching the DVD if you’ve only ever seen the Made for TV edit 😉
3) Home Alone – The Original, mind you (although remember how the TalkBoy from HA2 was the coolest thing ever?). Anyway, Home Alone came out in theaters when I was about the same age as “Kevin,” and I can honestly tell you that must have I spent many a weekend after seeing it devising all sorts of “traps” and other sorts of hijinks for catching “burglars” that would surely invade my home. Good times!
2) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – There are so many great one-liners and classic scenes in this movie (I think I’ve even referenced most them at least a dozen times here on the blog), it’s hard not to go a Christmas season without watching. Secret want: a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey sweater with “GRISWOLD 00” on the back. Oh, and also a glass Moose Mug.
1) Elf – “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.” Elf is the new Christmas classic, plain and simple. One that we watch all year ‘round and not feel an ounce of guilt doing so.
Biggest Snub – A Christmas Story was an obvious choice for the list, but after being subjected to years of 24-hour Christmas Story marathons on TBS, I’m just a little worn out from the whole “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” shtick. Although I LOVE the overall 1940’s setting and décor…
Honorable Mentions – The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Santa Clause, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Muppet Family Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol
So…what are your Christmas Movie Faves, ya filthy animal!?
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