Shannon Stacey

Bring on the Christmas movies!

December! I love it! (Well, except for that little voice saying taxes taxes taxes taxes in the back of my mind.)

I love cheesy Christmas stuff—songs, movies, books. All those mushy Christmas category romances. Christmas tunes on the radio.

And Christmas movies!

So far, on TV, we’ve seen The Santa Clause, Jingle All the Way, and Surviving Christmas. I really want to see Four Christmases (I think that’s the title, but I’m too lazy to look it up).

On DVD, I have:


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

A Christmas Carol (with Patrick Stewart)

The Polar Express

A Christmas Carol (with Alastair Sim)

And a personal favorite:

The Penguins’ [of Madagascar] Whacked-Out Holiday DVD

There might be more. I know there’s a bunch of Thomas the Tank Engine ones we haven’t watched in forever. But you may have noticed two missing…

A Christmas Story

Quite frankly, I don’t see any reason to shell out bucks for the DVD when TBS plays it over and over again for twenty-four hours straight.

It’s A Wonderful Life

For some reason, I can’t bring myself to buy the DVD, and I can’t explain why in any way that makes sense.

It seems almost wrong to me to “own” that movie. It’s a treasure and when it comes on TV, it’s an event. It’s stop what you’re doing and sit down and lose yourself in one of the most memorable and beautiful holiday movies ever made time. And it seems to me that owning the DVD and being able to pop it in and watch it at will would lessen the awesomeness that is curling up once a year to watch it. It would be less special. Dumb, huh?

So what’s your favorite holiday movie?

9 comments to “Bring on the Christmas movies!”

  1. Karen Templeton
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 11:04 am · Link

    Only one? Uh-huh.

    In no particular order:


    Oh, and not a movie, but the season’s not complete without Charlie Brown.

  2. Annmarie
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 11:10 am · Link

    White Christmas is my favorite of all time Christmas movies. I own it. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl. *happy sigh*

    PS: Christmas Categories are my most favorite of categories!

  3. Jaci Burton
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 11:15 am · Link

    I also don’t own It’s A Wonderful LIfe and couldn’t possibly buy it. I must see it on TV. Weird, huh? But I do own A Christmas Story and will watch the DVD, but also watch it while it runs on a loop endlessly between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Also weird.

    I love Love Actually and White Christmas, two of my absolute faves that I must see during the season. And of course A Christmas Carol…the old black and white versions though I think George C Scott did a great one too. Christmas Vacation is always a must. So is Christmas with the Kranks…hysterical.

    I’ll pretty much watch almost any Christmas movie….just gets me into the spirit.

  4. nightsmusic
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 11:50 am · Link

    Let’s see…also in no particular order…

    Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim (the very best of all of them)
    NL’s Christmas Vacation
    Charlie Brown Christmas
    White Christmas
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Muppet Christmas Carol
    Ebbie (cheesy and yet, always makes me cry)
    Home Alone
    Holiday in Handcuffs (which is also really cheesy, but cute)
    The Santa Clause
    Die Hard (don’t ask)
    The original Miracle on 34th Street

    There’s a couple others I can’t think of. I have most of these on DVD, much to the DH’s chagrin since there are a couple he’d just as soon never watch again :lol:

  5. Shannon
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Okay, I’m not sure I should admit this and I’m not sure how it possibly happened but…

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen White Christmas.


    Added it to my grocery list. (You know, the necessities.)

    Annmarie, Christmas categories are my favoritest romances, too. Happy sighs all around.

  6. Shannon
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Oh! Miracle on 34th Street!

    I don’t own the DVD of either version, though I watch every year on TV. I actually like the remake, even though the ending annoys the crap out of me. The mail was important, dammit.

  7. Shannon
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Hey, Die Hard’s an awesome Christmas movie! With two references to Die Hard in the Devlin Group series, it’s no secret I’m a big fan. :lol:

    I’ve never heard of Holiday in Handcuffs. Hmm…

  8. nightsmusic
      · December 2nd, 2009 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Holiday in Handcuffs is a cheesy little ABCFamily movie with Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez (which is reason enough to watch it right there…such eye candy!) But it’s cute and my girls and I like it. According to imbd, it’s on the 10th at 8 and the 13th at 4.

    Don’t know how I could have missed Christmas with the Kranks. Hysterical!

  9. Sydney Somers
      · December 3rd, 2009 at 3:10 pm · Link

    White Christmas and Love Actually are two must-watch movies every year for me. I’ve already watched Christmas Vacation so far. The scene with the squirrel cracks me up every damn time.

    And I really enjoyed Four Christmases. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny, so that’s always a plus. :grin:

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