Shawn’s Favorite Christmas Movies
Recently, our staff has been debating in the hallway, and on-line, what are our favorite Christmas movies?
Merry Christmas, it's Shawn from 97-7 KCRR, our sister station, K-98.5 Neuman's Favorite Christmas Movies and Q-92.3 Slater's Favorite Christmas Movies have their own lists. I agree with some of their picks and respectfully disagree with some as well.
First, let's review a couple of "classics" that I left off of my list. Sorry, but "A Christmas Story" did not "make the cut" for me. (I realize this is blasphemy, for some people)... And, yes, the scene where the kid get his tongue stuck to the pole is classic, but other than that, it's just not one of my favorite "must watch" movies. Also, I've never really paid any attention to "It's a Wonderful Life", just not my style, I guess. Maybe it's the generation gap. Speaking of which, I have to give a nod to one of my Mom's all time favorite's 1954's "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye.
One of my family's favorite traditions is to bust out our tote of Christmas movies, claim a spot on the couch, grab a blanket, a snack, our favorite beverage and watch one of these classics!
10. Home Alone I'm a sucker for any movie with pratfalls (and lots of 'em) so this one is great!
9. Scrooged I'm a HUGE Bill Murray fan. Again, lots of pratfalls in this one. Love it!
8. A Christmas Carol I prefer the 1951 version with Alastair Sim as Scrooge, but I can watch George C. Scott's version from 1984 as well. A family tradition is to watch this one late at night on Christmas eve with all the lights turned off!
7. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) - The narration by Boris Karloff is stellar. And who doesn't love the Grinch's (cute) dog, Max?
6. Elf Will Ferrell stars and he doesn't disappoint. One of my favorite lines from the movie, Buddy: "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup."
5. Frosty the Snowman (1969) So, the little girl, Karen, is naive enough to jump on northbound train with a Snowman she just met, and she thinks her mother won't care, as long as she gets back by supper? Did you ever notice that all the kids are outside making a snowman in shorts? Plus, the magician's rabbit, Hocus Pocus, steals the show in this one.
4. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) Rudolph is bullied for his red nose. Then, he helps defeat the Abominable Snowman, and comes back and saves Christmas. Hurray! My favorite part is when Santa comes to the "Island of Misfit Toys" and rescues the poor sap "Charlie in the Box".
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) It starts out with Charlie checking his mailbox for Christmas cards and it's empty, "I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?" - When they're rehearsing the play, the dance scenes are the best! Plus, when Schroeder is playing the piano for Lucy, and Snoopy starts dancing on top of the piano...I laugh out loud, every time!
2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation You might find this surprising that this is at #2, considering the fact that Clark Griswold is my hero. This might be the most quotable movie of all time. "We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny (bleeping) Kaye."
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas This movie barely inches out "Christmas Vacation" for the #1 spot, mainly because of brilliant special effects, great costumes and Jim Carrey's outstanding performance as the Grinch. Plus, they stayed pretty close to the original book and cartoon version from 1966. Unlike, the new version of the Grinch movie. Which is suppose to be a "re-telling" of the story, and I know it's doing well in theaters, but I refuse to watch it, just because of my allegiance to the original, an all time classic.