I have been known to watch Christmas movies on DVD in the middle of the summer, but I get so excited when I start to see holiday movies on TV. It’s usually one of the earliest signs that Christmas is fast approaching.
I have my favorites, of course…the ones I’ve been watching since I was a kid. There is Mickey’s Christmas Carol…the version I have includes a short of Goofy skiing, which has always cracked me up. Of course, there is A Charlie Brown Christmas…which I think I can probably recite in its entirety from memory. I can’t forget Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas…the original cartoon version.
I have some more recent favorites as well…like Scrooged and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Fred Claus. The Santa Clause trilogy is a huge favorite too…we watched it while we were decorating the tree this year.
Then I have my two absolute favorite Christmas movies of all time. For me, it’s just not Christmas until I watch both of these movies.
The first is a big favorite of almost everyone…A Christmas Story. Who hasn’t quoted this movie a million times? “You’ll shoot your eye out”, “I double-dog dare you”, “Fra-gee-lay…must be Italian” (J said this while we were unpacking the Christmas tree). I remember a conversation on the playground in grammar school debating the merits of licking the flagpole to determine if our tongues really would stick. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same for me without a visit from Ralphie.
The second is far less popular and I actually had to hunt down a copy of it, though it’s much more readily available now…Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. I’ve watched this movie every year since I was 2 years old (when it was made) and I adore everything about it. Bert and Ernie selling their favorite things to buy each other Christmas presents, Snuffleupagus trying to climb into a barrel to demonstrate how Santa fits down the chimney, Kermit interviewing little kids about Santa…so much goodness in one movie. If you haven’t seen this one, do make sure you check it out.
To help make that possible…it’s one of today’s presents!!!
Whoever wins today’s present will get Christmas Eve on Sesame Street…
And…a DVD set that include A Christmas Story, Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…
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So what is your favorite Christmas movie?