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Christmas Movies Open Thread

It’s been a depressing week. Let’s try something cheerier to talk about.

What are your favorite Christmas movies?

This is an open thread (but you already knew that)

51 Responses

  1. I love the movie “Love Actually”. My son and I watch it every Christmas ( and occasionally other times during the year).

  2. Death by Chocolate

    4 eggs
    1 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup oil

    Beat above ingredients in large bowl until thoroughly mixed.

    1 chocolate cake mix
    1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
    Beat until smooth.

    Stir in:
    1 12 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

    Pour into buttered pan and bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.
    When cool, sift powdered sugar on top.

    What a way to go!

  3. Hmmm….

    White Christmas

    Why doesn’t this post as a video?

    • Christmas Story

        • That’s a Sandress family tradition. Die Hard, Little Women, and the Nightmare Before Christmas. Also, now we do Hogfather, too.

      • leg lamp movie fer shur. that is the sweetest little movie. i find the classic one with jimmy stewart so starkly sad that i can’t watch it. there is one that i read about today that is kind of a memoir of truman capote and a developmentally disabled woman (relative?) and they used to make christmas cookies when he was a young boy. does anyone know of it?

        • It’s “A Christmas Memory” — originally a short story but it went there a lot of adaptations. It’s one of my husbands favorite Christmas stories.

  4. I remember we watched a Christmas classic when I was in college:

    Trading Places

  5. My favorite Christmas movie is the 19 version of The Lion in Winter. Christmas with the Plantagenets: adultery, attempted regicide/patricide, scheming, betrayal, all the family values that made England great! Peter O’Toole (playing Henry II for the second time), Katherine Hepburn as a most regal (and devious) Eleanor of Aquitaine, Anthony Hopkins (in his very first film role) as a truly psychopathic Richard the Lionheart, Timothy Dalton (in his first film role as the scheming, manipulative former-boytoy-of-Richard, King Philip II (Philip Augustus) of France.

    I think it truly captures the spirit of the season!

  6. The one and only Christmas movie for me

  7. My husband and I always watch The Apartment sometime between Christmas and New Year’s

  8. Except maybe this one

    in spite of the scary bits

  9. This is coming out for Christmas and might be a remake worth watching:

    • Ooh. This will probably be very good…better than the preview with that cast and the Coens directing.

  10. I loved The Polar Express. It was a poignant story with a party at The end.

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  12. A true life Christmas story: So, Brooke is on a French jag, skipped 3 grades, language teachers falling all over her begging her to switch to German or whatever. My French colleague, M, heard that Princeton’s Whitman College is doing a series on French playwrights. Tonight they were tackling Ionesco’s Bald Soprano and M said we should come. All cool and groovy.
    We planned to meet at a local shopping center parking lot and drive there together. It’s not far but parking is a hassle. So, I told Brooke to be ready by 6:45 so we could meet M and her friend and the three of them could converse in French on the way down and I could listen intently for the occasional English word from the backseat.
    Except that Brooke had a 6 page paper due for her English class and it had to be turned in by 8pm. She hadn’t finished all of her citations when 6:45 rolled around. I called M to warn her we might be a little late but all I got was M’s voicemail. uh-oh. That’s a bad sign. I called her house to see if she’d left. She had. $#%@.
    7:00pm, the appointed time, came and went. Brooke was still citing her sources. 7:15, 7:25. Ok, now she’s done, uploaded to the inbox and we’re off. We get to the parking lot. No trace of M. She left without us. Brooke looks very disappointed. Can’t we go anyway? The play doesn’t start until 8.
    Yeah, except I don’t know where the Class of 1970 theater is at Whitman college at Princeton. Princeton has always struck me as very insular. I used to take classes at the chemistry building but it was always locked up like a safe, even 15 years ago. Even the students don’t know where everything is. Odd little theaters in out of the way corners of residential colleges are like legends of faeries. Everyone claims they have seen one but no one can remember the details.
    I called Princeton. The off hours security guy was no help. Is it on the map? We check the ipad in the car while we’re speeding towards Princeton. No. Not the interactive map or google. There is a building diagram of North Hall with a small roundish area labeled “drama”. So, try to match the building diagram to the interactive map. We get to Elm street and are turned back by campus police. There is no parking near the building which is about an 8 minute walk away. It is now 8:19. The play has already started.
    Exasperated and frustrated, I turn around, head towards McCarter theater and find a parking spot. Start walking in the vague direction of what I *think* is Whitman College. It’s dark. It’s hard to find signs on the gothic arches or pathways. I assault several students wandering by who offer to take me in the wrong direction. Then another couple tell me I’m way off and they take me in the opposite direction.
    Finally found North Hall but must walk all the way around the quad before I find an open door, go through the cafeteria, down a ramp through a narrow corridor to an unmarked door where the theater is. We are now about 40 minutes into the play. We enter quietly. There are no more seats. We have to stand. Well, *I* have to stand. For about an hour. Brooke is transfixed. It’s entirely in French. I catch about every 10th word.
    The play finally ends. We make our way back to the car and on the way home, she turns to me and says, “I know that was a frustrating experience. But I really enjoyed it. It meant a lot to me and I just wanted to say Thank You, Mommy”
    I thought she might have a fever.
    Ahhh, now I can relax.

  13. The Family Stone

  14. Another favorite holiday romcom

  15. While You Were Sleeping

  16. nobody said Elf?

  17. It’s a Wonderful Life. Followed closely by White Christmas, Scrooge (George C. Scott version this year), Miracle on 34th Street (original) and (I must confess) Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

    I can’t help it — I love the singing by Burl Ives.


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