Tuesday, December 9, 2008

You Better Watch Out!

Complain on your blog and watch it change. Husband and I were inspired by my previous post to decorate the tree and our fireplace mantle last night.  Turns out we have no plug outside in front of our house so no lights out there. 

The Rudolph in the bottom corner was made by Husband when he was in Webelos. 

In honor of this holiday season I will not be complaining about the kids sleeping - I'll give you an update when they reach their fourth month and hopefully have some good progress to report.  Instead I think we should discuss FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES. 

As a child of course I watched Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Frosty The Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.  Now I tend to watch Christmas movies while baking cookies with my mom and wrapping presents.  Since my parents live nearby those activities occur at their house - helping cut down on clutter at my own.  

"Must watch Christmas" includes: Miracle on 34th Street - both versions, White Christmas (sing-alongs required) and Love Actually.  What are your favorites? 


Stacey said...

I prefer the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. White Christmas is absolutely a must! I taped it off Lifetime last week and watched it while wrapping presents. DH thought I was crazy while singing along. Also a new favorite is Last Holiday. So cute! And who doesn't like Queen Latifa? I heard a sequel came out and went to video. I hope Mom got it because I totally want to see it.

Nancy said...

We've been watching the kiddo movies with the twins (we have 'em alllll on DVD.) But you missed the Charlie Brown Christmas! Definite favorite :)

I never really got into any of the grown-up ones. Perhaps it's time to start pretending to be an adult and go watch some. *sigh* ;)

LOVE the Rudolph, btw :)

Jordan said...

Two movies completely outshine all other Christmas movies: Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story.

Watching Chevy Chase go on his eggnog-fueled rant after not receiving his bonus check is priceless cinema. We watch it annually at my in-laws and I still crack up during that scene every time.

A Christmas Story is a total classic featuring some phenomenal lines "You'll shoot your eye out, kid". It's pretty incredible to see the cult following of that movie considering none of the actors became big-name Hollywood stars.

Bad Santa gets honorable mention here. If you haven't seen any of these, rent them over the next few weeks. Laughter is the best cure for the current economic blues.

T. said...

I agree with Jordan completely! (oh, except on Bad Santa, I just didn't like it). My list of Christmas movies includes A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, It's a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf (new addition), and yes, Die Hard. It's a Christmas movie! Oh, and I think we'll be adding Love Actually. Great movie...wow, I have a lot of movies to watch!

T. said...

Other classic Christmas Story lines..."FRAGILE!!! It's Italian!!" HA! And, the completely politically incorrect singing at the Chinese restaurant at the end of the movie "fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra." I am laughing just thinking about it.

My other favorite Christmas line, from Elf - "Santa Claus is coming HERE?!? I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!"

A. said...

M. and I were just talking the other night about how we're always willing to watch Love Actually when it's on TV. It's on my favorites list! Also Elf and White Christmas. I'm just not that into A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation, but M. and his family definitely are - he would rank them at the top, I think.

Natalie said...

Elf is my absolute favorite but also a big fan of Love Actually. that is a supremely re-watchable movie. also, I like that movie Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. It's not specifically a xmas music but it does show xmas time twice so i think it counts.

Jordan said...

I really liked Love Actually but never thought of it as a holiday movie before. I love Theresa's suggestion of Die Hard. I would argue that Die Hard 2 is even more of a Christmas movie with all the snow scenes and the playing of "Let it Snow" at the end. Both are great if you want some violence and foul language to brighten up your holiday season.

T. said...

Ah yes, Die Hard 2 is also on the list. (Die Hard 3...not so much..that movie sucked)

Remember that BOTH 1 and 2 play "Let It Snow" at the end, though in the first one, it's "snowing" bearer bonds from the company safe, and I think in 2 it's actually snowing. I may have to go back and review!

Husband said...

You people are all crazy. The best Christmas movie ever is clearly The Ref.

Jordan said...

The Ref??? No chance Lance. I need to start a movie blog to have an outlet for all my movie discussion. Theresa, you are right about Die Hard 1 now that i think about it. There's a good scene in that one where Hans (Alan Rickman in his first ever role) is reading the note left by John Mclean and gives a good "Ho... Ho... ho" in his "German" accent #1 really may be more christmasy now that I think about it.

Die Hard 3 was actually pretty good though. The simple simon riddles were fun to watch. The movie turned into a train wreck at the end though.

Anonymous said...

You forgot "The Year without a Santa Claus," which has great songs AND Mr. Heat-miser and Mr. Cold Miser. A must-watch up there with Rudolph and Charlie Brown.