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Old 11-23-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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Talking It's the Most... Schmaltzy Time of the Year

We're big on Christmas movies & shows in this house. There's nothing like sitting all cozy& comfy in flannel jammies with freshly baked cookies, hot chocolate, seeing peoples' Christmas lights twinkling through our window & watching some of these shows. Here are some of our favourites...

Movies:

A Christmas Carol: Only 2 versions worht watching in my eyes - the black & white version with Alistair Simm & A Muppet Christmas Carol; they're very different but both great shows.

It's A Wonderful Life: Love, Love, LOVE this show. It's long, it's hokey... it makes me snivel every year.

A Christmas Story: "You'll shoot your eye out!" Makes us giggle every time. SO's absolutely favourite Christmas movie.

Polar Express: That was new to us a couple of years ago. It's a wonderfully animated film & Tom Hanks is superb.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Jim Carey is brilliant.

White Christmas: a classic

Christmas in Connecticutt: another classic.


TV shows:

A Charlie Brown Christmas: what's there not to love?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: I still chew my nails when the sleigh is teetering on top of the mountain.

Frosty the Snowman: It makes me cry when Frosty melts.

There are even Christmas ads I love. The coke ads with the lighted trucks - every town they pass lights up. I don't know why but they make my throat get all lumpy. The coke polar bear ads - sweet.

So what are other favourites out there?
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:32 PM   #2
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Don't forget Rudolph!

I caught part of a commercial the other night that said something about showing a NEW Charlie Brown Christmas show. Don't know any more about it but I can't imagine that it could be any better than the original.
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I love all the claymation kids specials but my absolute favorites are Santa Clause Is Coming To Town and The Year Without A Santa Clause. The official kick off of the holiday season is watching Miracle On 34th Street with Natalie Wood.
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I love the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol with Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart. Never been much of an Alistair Sim fan. Now if it was Alec Guinness, I'd be all over that.

Ditto on It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Rudolph, and Charlie Brown. I also love Holiday Inn and The Bishop's Wife.

I can't watch the live action Dr. Seuss movies -- they creep me out. But I'll happily watch the original Grinch anytime. (As an aside, my now 18-year-old niece looked just like Cindy Lou Who when she was two. :-D)

DH introduced me to Scrooged (the Bill Murray "Christmas Carol") and Christmas Vacation. ("Dad, you taught me everything I know about exterior illumination.")

More of my favorite newer ones: Home Alone, Elf, the Santa Clause movies (all three -- we're suckers). But my all-time favorite new Christmas movie is Love, Actually.

We always watch "A Christmas Story" on Christmas Eve. Sometimes more than once (thank you TNT and your 24-hour marathon).

And we'll be watching the original "Miracle on 34th Street" tomorrow night -- it's on Turner Classic Movies at 6pm EST.

Whoo-hoo!
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I forgot Love Actually. Brian introduced me to that. Superb cast, fast & tight plot lines - great charactors.

You folks are reminding me of more great shows to catch!
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My favorite Christmas movie was only shown once years ago and lucky for me I taped it. Problem is I no longer have a vcr. I may take it to Walgreens after the holidays and have it put on DVD. It's "A Wish for Wings that Work", staring Opus the penguin and Bill the cat. I was a big Bloom County and then Opus fan.
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I can't believe the flood of Xmas movies and ads on tv this year. I like many of them, but WOW! Too much, too soon. I think the retailers are just plain desperate.
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A Christmas Carol, with Simm, very late, Christmas Eve, after everyone's asleep. Thank you, CBC.

Animated Grinch, Frosty, and Rudolph. The ones from my childhood. Never did like Charlie.
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About 5 years ago the kids and I watched Zoolander on Christmas.

Bizarre movies have been a tradition ever since.

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My favorite Christmas movie was only shown once years ago and lucky for me I taped it. Problem is I no longer have a vcr. I may take it to Walgreens after the holidays and have it put on DVD. It's "A Wish for Wings that Work", staring Opus the penguin and Bill the cat. I was a big Bloom County and then Opus fan.
Ohhh, Feaaaatheerrrrrrrrrrrr....

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Ohhh, Feaaaatheerrrrrrrrrrrr....

http://www.amazon.com/Opus-Bill-Wish.../dp/B000UZDO6M

On DVD for $10!

COOL!!!! Now I know what I want for Christmas and I'm going to go order it. Opus got me started collecting penguins.
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