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  1. I love so many of them…”Miracle on 34th Street” (the Natalie Wood version), “The Bishop’s Wife”, “A Christmas Story” and “Christmas Vacation” probably round out my top faves.

  2. Two that spring to mind don’t exactly have Christmas as their main underlying theme, but feature Christmas scenes – Trading Places and The Sure Thing.

  3. Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. Awesome forgotten classic of muppet greatness. It was the only Christmas movie I really cared about as a kid. Well, that and The Christmas Toy.

  4. I am kind of a spaz for Christmas movies. I am kind of a spaz for Christmas in general. But, being an atheist, not for the Jesusy stuff, but rather for the glutonous holiday binging, commericalism-at-its-best present buying/giving/receiving, and fun times spent with the family. My family has some pretty big family traditions revolving around the holiday and that always gets kicked off by our annual Christmas tree night. We go over to my mom’s and help decorate the tree while chowing on (deep fried) finger foods and watching Miracle on 34th Street (the original – not that crap remake with that obnoxious little girl with the speech impediment). That’s usually followed up by Elf (which has quickly risen to being a favorite). Christmas morning consists of It’s a Wonderful Life, followed by several hours of the TBS A Christmas Story marathon going on in the background of our family festivities.

    Then there’s Christmas Vacation, which I watch throughout the entire year. I miss the days when Chevy Chase was funny.

    So to make a long response not-so-short…I have a hard time choosing one favorite.

    (You might even catch me watching thing like Jingle All the Way when it inevitably begins to saturate the movie channel rotation soon. Christmas movies are my sickness.)

  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    [as an entourage of suits – lead by Clark’s boss – passes by single file]
    Clark: Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.

  6. Favorite movies: A Christmas Story, A Muppet Christmas Carol, and Elf.
    Favorite tv specials: The Grinch, Robbie the Reindeer, Charlie Brown Christmas.

  7. We watch It’s A Wonderful Life- shouting out bits of trivia and comments in the style of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

    And the corollary we shout is
    “Every time the Blackberry buzzes, a devil gets his pitchfork!”

  8. the stop motion animated rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was always my favorite as a kid. then came the nightmare before christmas and i was totally hooked on stop motion.

    favorite christmas album:
    elvis’ christmas(its my mothers fault)

  9. it’s a tie between Trading Places and Christmas Vacation! OK, ok Christmas Story gets me every time. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

  10. Pfffft, easy. Die Hard.

    I guess A Christmas Story if for no other reason than TNT shows it for 24 hours solid. I also had a roommate who won $100 on a bet that he couldn’t watch that movie on DVD 5 times straight. He did 6 out of spite.

  11. @Nina
    I love the Muppet Christmas Carol, makes me cry every time.

    @l’elk!
    The stop-motion Rudolph was one of my favorites too. I’ll always watch if I stumble upon it channel surfing.

    A Christmas Story is classic. Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!

  12. 1. It’s a Wonderful Life. People who don’t cry when George Bailey’s friends start to pour money on him to save him from prison are not human. No man is a loser who has friends. Sob.

    2. A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim). Impossible to watch without grinning.

    3. The Ref. Best angry Christmas movie ever. Watch it once the relatives have gone home. “Your husband ain’t dead, lady. He’s hiding.”

  13. I’ll second Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, and will make a special shout out for a super-B movie thing John Cusack did called The Ice Harvest. It’s nasty, the way I like so many movies. If there’s a redeeming character or situation in the whole mess, I’d be surprised. I watched it shortly after I reviewed the book.

  14. Maaaaaaaan. Someone actually beat me to Die Hard!?? That features one of my favorite Christmas tunes “Christmas in Hollis”.

    It’s funny…we’re not a religious family, but we love our Christmas movies, from the irreverent (Christmas Vacation, Die HArd) to the sappy (Miracle, Christmas Story). In fact, we’re watching a great holiday flick “Home for the Holidays” right now, though technically it’sa Thanksgiving flick.
    Cheers.

  15. Alfred Hitchcocks “Psycho”.
    I hate xmas, and one year I spent xmas with my mother and sister, and xmas day my mom had brought home some “new” free movies she had at the public library she worked at, and Psycho was one of them. It was the first time I ever saw that movie too.

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