Reader Friday: What’s Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

What’s your favorite holiday movie?

Do you remember the first time you watched it?

Why is the movie so special to you?

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28 thoughts on “Reader Friday: What’s Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

  1. For me it’s a tie: It’s a Wonderful Life and Die Hard.

    I watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve while I wrap presents.

    We watch Die Hard as a family between presents and Christmas dinner.

    Hubby and I watch his favorite, A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott as Scrooge) on Christmas night after everyone else has gone home.

    Yay Christmas!

  2. Of the few I’ve seen, I’d plump for _Home Alone_. I guess it’s my kind of odd-ball humor with a touch of humanity. Perhaps it’s true that “none wished it longer.”

    _Home Alone 2_ is another one of those sequels that shouldn’t have been made. What was fresh in _Home Alone_ is tedious when re-hashed.

    I looked at Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 50 Christmas movies. Several, like _Die Hard_, hardly seem like Christmas movies even if they happen to be set around Christmas.

    If Jimmy Stewart didn’t irritate me every time he opens his mouth I’d watch _It’s a Wonderful Life_ again.

    • You’re a tough customer, Eric. Home Alone was a funny movie. Haven’t seen it in years, though. I may add it to my gift-wrapping movie list. Give Die Hard a try. I bet you’d like it. Thanks for playing!

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  3. A Christmas Story with Darren McGavin. This movie became a huge thing with my circle of friends that they made a “leg lamp” for our front window. The story of how my friend Gary traveled by air with a mannekin leg is legend. The “major award” arrived at our front door in a box marked in Italian – Fra Gile.

    It’s a Wonderful Life is a must see for me too. My favorite scene is when Jimmy Stewart gets a call from his “hee haw” best friend & Donna Reed is standing next to him, listening in. The sexual tension is palpable as he realizes his dreams if leaving town are gone, that he loves her.

    • OMG, Jordan, that’s hilarious! You need to post pics of the leg lamp. Too funny!

      I love It’s a Wonderful Life. Brings back so many happy memories.

      • The story of Gary traveling with a dismembered leg, unable to hide it in a plane’s overhead bin and walking with it through an airport or going through TSA. That’s commitment.

    • Two fantastic movies, Jim! Loved both. Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favorites. We usually rewatch Miracle on 34th Street every year, too.

  4. Home Alone, Die Hard, Jingle All the Way, and The Santa Claus are high on my list, but the best of all are It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street (the original from 1947 with Maureen O’Hare, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle)—one or the other of these is played every year, often both.

  5. If Miracle on 34th St. is The Season’s love child, I’m all for it. Will never except a killer filler as a Christmas message.

  6. Meet Me in St. Louis. At the end of the scene where Tootie smashes her snow people I cry. Every. Freaking. Time. TCM shows this movie on Christmas Eve and I nearly always watch it.

    I enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, too. Bad Santa has its moments, too.

  7. My husband loves National Lampoon’s Christmas – but only the first half hour or so when they go out for a Christmas tree. So, we have a long history of uproarious laughter from my husband, then the movie often gets turned off and we do other family things.

    • I LOVE that movie. The Wal-Mart shopping scene of Randy Quaid with the see-through dickey & his too-tight pants showing off his jingle bells. Or how Randy empties the toilet system in his ramshackle RV. Classic & definitely politically incorrect.

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