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What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

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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.

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  2. Gazmo,

    Die Hard

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  3. Lisa,

    A Christmas Story, classic.

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  4. Richard,

    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.

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  5. tara,

    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.

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  6. “Comfort & Joy” directed by Bill Forsythe.

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  7. Call me an old traditionalist. Miracle on 34th Street (the original) is still my favorite courtroom drama, but I can’t get the kids to watch it because it’s in black and white (inserting whining here). Also It’s a Wonderful Life.

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  8. Wow, my html skills suck today. Sorry about that link. I meant It’s a Wonderful Life.

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  9. FlamingAtheist,

    Olive, the Other Reindeer and Nightmare Before Christmas

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  10. Nightfall,

    Love Actually or Nightmare Before Xmas depending on mood.

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  11. It’s too early to think about Christmas movies!

    A Christmas Story and/or Miracle on 34th Street.

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  12. darren,

    Alien.

    [same answer to any "what is your fave _________ movie!]

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  13. Tie between A Christmas Story and Nightmare before Christmas

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  14. janey,

    Bad Santa, Christmas Story, Natl. Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, in that order.

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  15. Ben,

    Dorm Daze.

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  16. janey,

    But TV special wise, I’d have to say I love me some Rankin and Bass (hey, how do you spell that anyway?)

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  17. Erin,

    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.)

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  18. 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.

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  19. janey,

    Shitter was full!!!

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  20. Nina,

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

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  21. Nate,

    A Christmas Story
    but it would be KISS saves Santa if it existed.

    Favorite Christmas album:
    James Brown’s Funky Christmas

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  22. Ninabi,

    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!”

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  23. Finklebop Pinkleporkey, III,

    It´s mid-November!

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  24. 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)

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  25. Piri,

    Hands down, it’s Christmas Vacation
    Followed by How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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  26. Neil,

    Definitely Christmas Vacation. Never miss it.

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  27. sam io,

    I can`t decide between Smoky Mountain Christmas on Ernest Saves Christmas.

    I love Dolly.

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  28. dave m.,

    Another vote for Die Hard.

    …followed closely by Gremlins.

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  29. Reverend Bob,

    Please. All sane people must realize that A Christmas Story is the hands down winner.

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  30. I’ve never seen A Christmas Story. When did it come out?

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  31. @Rev Bob,

    I thought so too but then Gazmo reminded me of Die Hard.

    @Miss Cellania
    Surely you jest!

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  32. bamboozlde,

    black christmas (the original 1974 version, not the 2006 remake)

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  33. jesica,

    Love Actually, followed by Bad Santa

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  34. Matt,

    The usuals — It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, etc., but I also love me some Scrooged.

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  35. deepsea33,

    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.”

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  36. A Nightmare Before Christmas takes it by a land slide.

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  37. fheywood,

    Hands down, it has to be “Scrooge” (“A Christmas Carol” in the U.S.) – the 1951 Alistair Sim version.

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  38. Seth,

    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.

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  39. lumpi,

    Die Hard 2

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  40. Meg,

    @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!

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  41. deepsea33,

    @Janey & jesica
    Bad Santa is growing on me with repeated watchings, good call!

    @erin
    ahhhh the days when Chevy Chase was funny…

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  42. Robyn,

    jingle all the way:D

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  43. Jim Buck,

    1) Bad Santa 2) A Chrismas Carol (Alistair Sim) 3) A Christmas Story

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  44. Matt,

    I vote for A Child’s Christmas in Wales with Denholm Eliot. Very funny and touching.

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  45. the shining.

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  46. not a movie per se but:
    the futurama christmas specials.

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  47. +1 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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  48. Droplet,

    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.”

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  49. j,

    Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, trust me

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  50. orangefall,

    A Christmas Story…. and the Muppets specials…. and Bad Santa. The various stop motion movies I remember seeing all the time as a kid.

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  51. 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.

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  52. 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.

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  53. “Santa Vs Satan”. Honest. 1959. Directed by Rene Cardona. Retitled as merely “Santa Claus”, according to IMDB. It’s a hoot and a half, and scary too, but for all the wrong reasons.

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  54. the junky’s christmas

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  55. Silas,

    Home Alone and the Gremlins

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  56. perro,

    anyone from Rankin Bass: Rudolph, Santa is coming to Town, The Little Drummer Boy, etc…

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  57. Sue Dunham,

    Bad Santa, The Ice Harvest.
    You folks who picked Bad Santa check out The Ice Harvest (2005)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0400525/

    Dark, funny and very well written.
    (Robert Benton)

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  58. Sheldon,

    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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  59. LorenzoStDuBois,

    TIE:

    Home Alone
    and
    Laurel and Hardy: Babes in Toyland

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  60. Derek,

    Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

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