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Top 10 Christmas movies

By David Hotle | Dec 22, 2011

What are you doing? It isn’t Halloween!

Very true, but it occurs to me that Halloween, like Christmas, comes but once a year. So I figured, it might be a good way to get us in the yuletide spirit if I came up with a list of my top 10 favorite Christmas movies — while I grant you that my idea of what constitutes a Christmas movie is probably different than most people’s.

I think it was during Christmas break in my freshman year of college when “It’s a Wonderful Life” was on TV. I mean it was on TV. You would flip through all 50 channels and that #%^^$%#& movie would be on every one of them. Flip through the channels again the next day and it would still be on. It is mostly for this reason that “It’s a Wonderful Life” didn’t make my list. It is a good movie to see once, but the networks took it just a little far that year.

I don’t suspect “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be included on my list. Like most movies I watch, I want to have fun watching it. There are some really good movies about Christmas or set on Christmas. So, without further ado, here is my list of my top 10 favorite Christmas movies.


10. Santa’s Slay: Pro wrestler Bill Goldberg took on the role of Jolly Old St. Nick in this movie, although he wasn’t so jolly. Imaging a mean, bloodthirsty Santa with a buffalo for a reindeer out committing mayhem. In case you are wondering, it is a comedy. Favorite line — “aw, grandpa got run over by a reindeer!”


9. The Grinch: Growing up, I always liked Jim Carrey on the show “In Living Color.” When I heard that he was going to play the Grinch, the quintessential Dr. Seuss villain, in a live action movie, I had to see it. I wasn’t disappointed. Fun for the whole family.


8. Lethal Weapon: Yes, the first buddy movie that teamed Mel Gibson and Danny Glover up was set on Christmas. In fact, the theme is “Jingle Bell Rock.” Gibson portrays an insane (typecasting, I guess) and very deadly cop teamed up with Glover, a strait-laced detective longing for retirement.


7. Gremlins: A teen gets what is more or less a living teddy bear called a Mogwai for Christmas. When he breaks some of the rules for keeping it, chaos ensues in the form of a hoard of monsters taking over his town.


6. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Tim Burton – enough said.


5. Miracle on 34th Street: Yes, I love this classic Christmas movie about a man working as a Macy’s Santa claiming to be the real Santa. It’s a guilty pleasure. See this with your family.


4. Bah Humduck: I love Looney Tunes cartoons. This one is a send-up of A Christmas Carol with Daffy Duck as Ebenezer Scrooge learning a little Christmas spirit with the help of the vicious er ... lively Looney Tunes characters.


3. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: Made in 1964, this B-movie classic regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. The best thing to do is have fun MST3King this movie. It really has it coming. Fair warning – it stinks.


2. Jingle All the Way: Action star and muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger and comedian Sinbad in a bitter and mean-spirited competition to purchase a Turbo-Man action figure — the traditional must-have and perpetually sold-out Christmas toy — each is trying to buy for their respective sons on Christmas Eve. The realization at the end is priceless.


1. A Christmas Carol: I have a thing for this movie/play/book by Charles Dickens. It doesn’t matter which version. In fact, Scrooged with Bill Murray is a great movie. Ebenezer Scrooge is the cheapest and most hated man in town until three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.


So go out, see some holiday movies and, in case I forget to say it later, Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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