Lots of holiday traditions out there, from gatherings and foods, to caroling and embibing...but to really get in the mood, I roll out a classic seasonal movie. Here are my choices:
5. Miracle on 34th St (1947). the classic black and white Christmas flick. Edmund Gwenn is the Macy's Santa who claims he's the REAL Kris Kringle. Isn't he? Let's go to court to sort it all out. My God, this movie is 65 years old and just delicious.
4. Christmas Story (1983). This is my wife's family's "go to" Christmas movie since it came out in the 80's. It has an instant old-school classic feel since it has a 40's theme. Ralphie wants a Red Rider BB gun. Who doesn't? Darrin McGavin is awesome as the Dad. This movie was key in later sales of women's leg lamps.
3. White Christmas (1954). Simply delightful, a great family movie. Reminds me of growing up in New England. It mixes in a WWII story in Vermont with all the great Bing Crosby Christmas songs as Bing and Danny Kaye work two hot blondes on the down low. Bing looks like he needs advice on how to "close the deal" with Rosemary Clooney. Too bad Vince Vaughn wasn't around to tell him he's "money".
2. It's a Wonderful Life (1946). This was the movie on at my house growing up. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) loses eight grand and runs around acting like Jimmy Stewart. What the hell, you've seen the movie, let's move along.
1. Bad Santa (2003)
Of course this is my fave. Billy Bob Thornton at his twisted best. That's saying alot for a guy who's really twisted. Who wouldn't like a Santa that smokes and drinks and tries to rob a department store on Christmas eve with his little pal? Don't watch it with your younger kids, unless you want to speed up their path to delinquency.
Those are my top five. What are your favorite Christmas Movies?