I've already written this post once, and, thanks to Firefox, I get to write it again. I know I have advertisements for Firefox on my site, and though they are better than Internet Explorer, I still prefer Apple's Safari. At least it doesn't crash when I'm nearly finished creating a post, wasting at least a half-hour of work.
1. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
In the genre of Christmas films Cousin Eddie is possibly the best character. I also think he is a composite of several members of my extended family. If you've only ever watched this on tv, be prepared to fast-forward a couple parts
2. A Christmas Story
Red Rider BB guns, the neighbor's hounds, the smiling Christmas duck, chocolate ovaltine--this movie has it all. And you can't beat the tongue on the flagpole--that's the type of humor that appeals to all ages.
We love watching the angel/ghost beat the snot out of Bill Murray's character. If you like Groundhogs Day or What About Bob? or Ghostbusters you'll love Bill Murray in this movie. Ditto on the self-edit, the tv version cuts out some of the unnecessary crass material.
4. It's a Wonderful Life
I'm sometimes sentimental but never sappy. This is one you can watch with the whole family.
This movie is good, but not great. I particularly enjoy the scene where Will Ferrell tries to put the star on the tree. Also, answering his father's office phone, "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" is classic and oft repeated. Speaking of oft repeated quotes from Will Ferrell, can we please be done with everything being "kind of a big deal?" Sure, I think more cowbell is just as funny as the next guy, and I know Ferrell is popular because even the dumb get his jokes, but still, can we let this one die, please? It's overused in the way "alrighty then" from Ace Ventura Pet Detective was abused. Apologies to those of you too young (especially my frosh American Heritage students) to remember that movie or the quote or, if you do, don't remember why it was funny. You probably don't remember because it wasn't that funny in the first place. But, in ten years when some little-read blog writes about Anchorman and how everyone used to wait around for the obligatory reference to something being "kind of a big deal," you'll wonder at the fact that you thought it was so frickin hilarious. And then, you'll know what I mean.
6. The Santa Clause
My sister wanted me to include this one. And yes, I did watch Home Improvement growing up, and loved it.
7. Santa Claus The Movie
Before there was Elf there was this movie where an Elf leaves the North Pole because he doesn't fit in. This movie has Dudley "need I say" Moore? Seriously. Need I?
8. White Christmas
I first watched this movie because Chevy Chase's character (Clark Griswold) referred to it in his famous rant near the end of Christmas Vacation. Watch this one with grandma.
9. Home Alone
What is it about pain that gets such big laughs? Suspend your hate of Macauley Culkin and watch this one with your younger cousins or neices and nephews--that way you can either laugh at the movie or their response.
10. A Muppet Christmas Carol
My favorite version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This one should also appeal to your friends of the Angry Left. I don't know why I wrote that, it just felt right (no pun intended).