Let’s talk Christmas movies! And TV!

Yeah, it’s that time of year, again.

Christmas specials every night on TV, be they old childhood classics or newer attempts to tap into that same nostalgia, concerts, and other slices of yuletide entertainment beg for our attention. We just can’t get through the season without some traditional holiday viewing, right?

Now, anybody who’s hung out here for any length of time knows the name of my very favorite Christmas movie. Need a hint? Here you go:

ho-ho-hoWelcome to the party, pal.

In years past, I’ve referred folks to an article I once wrote, “Ten Christmas Flicks for People Who Don’t Like Christmas Flicks.” Without belaboring the details, here’s the list from that original piece:

#10: Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
#9: Bad Santa (2003)
#8: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
#7: Gremlins (1984)
#6: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
#5: Home Alone (1990)
#4: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
#3: Lethal Weapon (1987)
#2: The Ref (1994)
#1: Die Hard (1988)

Is this meant to be a be all-end all list? Of course not. In fact, that’s why we’re here!

What are some of your favorite holiday movies? In the past, we’ve had such titles as The Great Escape, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Donovan’s Reef, The Sure Thing, Batman Returns, Iron Man 3, and others offered up as candidates. Also, Die Hard 2 is also set at Christmas, but we need more!

I’m sure somebody out there dearly loves Elf, and how can we not mention A Christmas Story? I didn’t include it in my original ten because there was a time when I was absolutely sick of seeing it run for 24 hours straight every Christmas.

This time around, I’m also interested in hearing about Christmas-themed episodes from favorite television shows. “In Excelsis Deo” from The West Wing, “Dear Dad” and “Death Takes A Holiday” from M*A*S*H, and “Silent Night” from NCIS are some off the top of my head. Whatchoo got?

Let the holiday binge watching begin!


7 thoughts on “Let’s talk Christmas movies! And TV!

  1. Bad Santa is still one of my favorite quotable movies. I’m none-too-interested in singular Christmas episodes when it comes to t.v. movies as my speed has been more of G to PG-rated films.

    Having said that, I still enjoy one of Ernest Borgnine’s last movies called “A Grandpa for Christmas”.


  2. MASH always had good christmas episodes. IMHO.

    x-men (the ’90s animated series) had a nice one called have yourself a morlock little christmas.
    and as zany as the series was moonlighting had a good one called twas the episode before christmas.


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