It’s holiday movie watching time!

Here we are, 9 days and a wake-up away from Christmas! As I’ve hung up my weapons and armor and declared myself a Veteran of the Christmas Wars, that means my nights are free to catch up on traditional holiday movie viewing.

A few years ago, I wrote a couple of guest blogs for my friends over at Forgotten Flix, offering up candidates for Christmas-themed movies which might not be some people’s first choice for “standard holiday fare.” Why? Because most holiday movies suck, that’s why.

If you start tonight, you can watch one a day leading up to Christmas Day and my #1 all-time no-arguments now and forever favorite Christmas film. A few contenders for placement on the list have come along since I first wrote this piece, but the top couple? Yeah, I don’t see those going anywhere anytime soon.

Click on the provided links to read my reasons for including each of these cinematic jewels to your holiday viewing rotation. Do it.

“Ten Christmas Flix for People Who Don’t Like Christmas Flix, Part 1”
16th: Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
17th: Bad Santa (2003)
18th: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
19th: Gremlins (1984)
20th: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

“Ten Christmas Flix for People Who Don’t Like Christmas Flix, Part 2”
21st: Home Alone (1990)
22nd: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
23rd: Lethal Weapon (1987)
24th: The Ref (1994)
25th: Die Hard (1988)

If you’ve got candidates for possible inclusion on such a list, feel free to offer them up in the comments, and maybe we’ll see about revisions for next year.

Just forget about trying to unseat #1, though.




About Dayton Ward

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13 Responses to It’s holiday movie watching time!

  1. John Ordover says:

    Galaxy Quest


  2. MST3K version of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, primarily for the song “Let’s Have A Patrick Swayze Christmas.”


  3. Paul LeGere says:

    enough Christmas involved in “Trading Places” to count? (sorry it’s quoted and not italicized!)


  4. Steve Roby says:

    Remember the Night. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck together again, in a romantic comedy/tearjerker/Christmas movie. So not much like Double Indemnity, one of the top 10 best movies ever, but still enjoyable.

    The Thin Man, for after Christmas. Perfect if you’re having a quiet night in on New Year’s Eve — you can do a marathon, though I think only one is actually set during the holiday season. Six movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy. The marathon counts as another of the ten best movies of all time.


  5. Jason Arnett says:

    Donovan’s Reef is our #1 Christmas movie. You can’t go wrong with John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero, Jack Warden and Hawaii. Just too much fun and a touching ending.


  6. Glenn Hauman says:

    Batman Returns. The Last Boy Scout. Iron Man 3. And if you’re British, The Great Escape. (No, I don’t know why either. It’s like how New Yorkers think King Kong is a Thanksgiving movie.)


    • Dayton Ward says:

      The Great Escape doesn’t count. It has one brief scene set near Christmas, but the escape itself takes place in March 1943.

      I don’t remember if The Last Boy Scout was set on or around Christmas time.


  7. amysisson says:

    Well, duh. Obviously, “Die Hard” (on your list) would be top choice.

    I hereby offer you “The Sure Thing”….. “…. chestnuts roasting on an open fire….” with a trough of spritzer!


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