Favorite Holiday Films

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Turd Ferguson, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Turd Ferguson

    Turd Ferguson Commodore Commodore

    Oct 8, 2003
    The thread title says it all. What are the film or films that put you in the Christmas spirit? I've got a wide range I watch all through the month of December that get me singing Christmas hymns to myself. These include:

    Die Hard
    Die Hard 2: Die Harder
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Batman Returns
    Jingle All the Way - "GET OUT OF MY WIFE'S COOKIES!!!" :lol:
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    So what gets you in the Christmas spirit?
  2. Garm Bel Iblis

    Garm Bel Iblis Commodore

    Oct 22, 2009
    Des Moines, IA
    for the past 20 years it's gotta be "A Christmas Story."
  3. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    Bad Santa
    Christmas with the Kranks
    Ernest Saves Christmas
    Love Actually
    Miracle on 34th Street
    The Santa Clause
    The Santa Clause 2

    I never heard of that movie until last year when it kept popping up as a big Christmas favorite in a thread like this one.
  4. Kirks_Flying_Wig

    Kirks_Flying_Wig Commander Red Shirt

    Nov 13, 2006
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has been a traditional film to watch altogether in my family for the last 15 years (I'm not ashamed to admit). Others include The Snowman, Father Christmas, Santa Claus: The Movie and (perhaps less Christmassy) Cool Runnings.
  5. auntiehill

    auntiehill Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 7, 2006
    A Christmas Story--1st, last and always.
    It's a Wonderful Life
    The TV Special, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Love, Actually.
    and, of course, all of the various takes on "A Christmas Carol." I particularly like the Alastair Sim version, but I also like the George C. Scott version and the Muppet version, too.
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  6. StarshipDefiant

    StarshipDefiant Captain Captain

    Jul 11, 2009
    hard to choose, really, I have several, I'd say

    A Christmas Story
    Christmas Vacation

    those are the two I watch the most frequent.
  7. cardinal biggles

    cardinal biggles Put your hands in the air like you just don't care Premium Member

    Sep 7, 2001
    Since auntiehill included a TV special, I'll slip a few into my list as well.

    1. "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
    2. A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)
    3. Love Actually
    4. "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street"
    5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version)
    6. "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (cartoon version)
    7. The Family Stone
    8. A Christmas Story
    9. The Holiday
    10. Home for the Holidays (even though it actually takes place at Thanksgiving)
  8. PKTrekGirl

    PKTrekGirl Arrogant Niner Thug Admiral

    Aug 17, 2001
    Anchorage, Alaska
    The only Christmas movie we do not miss, without fail, is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. That is really a tradition.

    However, I generally try to catch Christmas in Connecticut - it's a great Barbara Stanwyck film. And I might try to catch two of the cartoons from my youth - How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Charile Brown Christmas.
  9. Claudia

    Claudia Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 23, 2006
    Sector 001
    Love, Actually - the only Christmas movie I can watch without puking. *g* Seriously, it's just a feel-good movie that gets me into the right Christmas-mood. :)
  10. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

    Oct 31, 2004
    Joyeux Nöel has become a recent new Christmas favourite.

    I've also recently taken a liking to The Nightmare Before Christmas - a film I hadn't actually seen until recently (even though we've had it on VHS for years and years).

    Plus any version of A Christmas Carol usually does it for me too - I also like the George C Scott version, but also have a soft spot for the Muppet version too. :D

    And of course, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without The Snowman. :D
  11. Jadzia

    Jadzia on holiday Premium Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    My three favourites are:

    • The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993] -- I've watched it every christmas eve for the last 10 years or more.
    • A Christmas Carol [1998]
    • Gremlins [1984]
    When I was single figures (late 80s, early 90s), I remember The Wizard of Oz was always on television on christmas day. That used to be my favourite. Nowadays it's usually shown one day during christmas week, or sometimes not at all.

    Also, christmas morning wouldn't be the same without Charlie Brown. Then in the evening, an episode of the Two Ronnies, Jessica's First Christmas, and finishing off with a 1960s horror film. :D
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  12. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

    Oct 31, 2004
    I remember when Morecambe and Wise were the ultimate Christmas evening entertainment fixture. Actually, no, I don't remember that exactly, but I guess it's been ingrained into our collective subconsciousness for so long...

    Nowadays we have EastEnders. :(
  13. 1001001

    1001001 Pull Up a Groove and Get Fabulous! Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    In a Bozo Nightmare
    A Christmas Story
    Christmas Vacation
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    These are mandatory holiday viewing at our house.

  14. Neroon

    Neroon Mod of Balance Moderator

    Oct 31, 2000
    On my ship the Rocinante
    I enjoyed it for the most part, and it does have some very nice uplifting stories in it (Liam Neeson's being my favorite). Yet ... the ending of the Emma Thompson/Alan Rickman storyline keeps me from calling the film overall "feel good". That part is just too sad.

    My personal holiday favorites:
    - A Christmas Carol (1951) with Alistair Sim. Still the best version of the "classic" era, imho

    - Miracle on 34th Street (1947), with Maureen o'Hara, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwinn. This is the only version worth watching.

    - It's A Wonderful Life, sappy, and not completely a "Christmas" movie... but it works. Because I've been there.

    - A Charlie Brown Christmas. Poignant, nostalgic and one of the few remaining Christmas shows to simply explain "that's what Christmas iks all about"

    - A Christmas Story, the most recent addition to my "must see" list during Christmas
  15. Mistral

    Mistral Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 5, 2007
    Between the candle and the flame
    Sims in A Christmas Carol
    It's a Wonderful Life-under the covers with my wife snuggling next to me
    Charlie Brown Christmas-still gets to me after 40 years
  16. JustKate

    JustKate Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    Gosh, there are so many. We have quite the elaborate Christmas viewing "schedule."

    It starts on Thanksgiving weekend with Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version, natch) - because Miracle on 34th Street starts with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It ends with The Bishop's Wife (not The Preacher's Wife, the 1996 remake - the 1947 original starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven), usually on Christmas Day. We end with that one because it's my FAVorite.

    In between, we always watch several versions of A Christmas Carol (the Alistair Sims, Muppets, George C. Scott and Patrick Stewart versions are particular favorites), A Charlie Brown Christmas (which still makes me teary at the "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown" part), the cartoon version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Nightmare Before Christmas.

    There are several other movies that I love but for some reason or other haven't acquired, including Christmas in Connecticut, A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life. In fact, I just this week bought Christmas in Connecticut as a present - why the heck didn't I get one for myself while I was at it?
  17. ParticleMan

    ParticleMan Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 18, 2001
    Zooland, NC
    Christmas Vacation came on AMC this past weekend and it really got me in the Christmas mood for the first time this year...I'll watch Elf anytime it comes on as well.

    Christmas Story will be on in the background all Christmas Eve/Day...as for non-Christmas movies, the first two Harry Potter movies get me in the Christmas mood too...I guess because they originally came out during the holiday season. HP movies in the summer still seem weird to me because they just "feel" like winter movies... :)
  18. Neroon

    Neroon Mod of Balance Moderator

    Oct 31, 2000
    On my ship the Rocinante
    My daughter was introduced to "It's A Wonderful Life" last year.... and loved it!
  19. Lonemagpie

    Lonemagpie Writer Admiral

    Jan 31, 2007
    Die Hard (and Die Hard 2)
    The Bishop's Wife
    Ghostbusters (not actually a Xmas movie, but was released at that time of year and so somehow feels Xmassy to me)
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Lethal Weapon
    A (Sim/Stewart/Muppet) Christmas Carol
  20. Holoaddict

    Holoaddict Commodore Commodore

    Jul 24, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Two of my favorites have always been:

    Scrooged - I saw this movie in the theater. I watch it practically evert time it comes on. Unfortunately nowadays it only shows up on HBOFAM which I do not get!:scream:

    Scrooge (Albert Finney version). I discovered this version several years ago while visiting my grandparents. I was overjoyed when TCM actually showed this last year, since I had never seen the uncut version before. I really enjoy this movie and often find myself singing/humming the tunes for days afterward.