Patch Poll: What's Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

What would baking cookies be without a Christmas movie playing in the background?

We liked A Christmas Story the best until they started playing it 12 times in a row every Christmas Eve. At first, we watched every single one — and we can recite the dialogue right along with the actors. But enough is enough, Ralphie, and it's time to branch out a bit.

There are some other obvious holiday favorites: Charlie Brown, and the Grinch, which always makes me cry when the Whos are in the circle at the end (and we mean the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas and not the train wreck that Jim Carrey was in). There's Elf, of course. I love smiling; smiling's the best.

We've all seen It's a Wonderful Life about a thousand times, but that one fills up the soul every single time. Right about now is when the networks start rolling out the old gems, such as Holiday Inn and White Christmas.

The stop-action animation of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer looks so primitive now, but I still get a catch in my throat when Rudolph comes back into the cave and Santa says, "They're gone, Rudolph. Gone to look for you." Devastating. And don't get me started on the Abominable Snowman.

So tell us: What's your favorite holiday movie? You know you have one. Nominate the best, and later this week we'll put the candidates up for a vote.

Get to work now, or we'll shoot your eye out (Just kidding!).

Brian December 16, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Most will say Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation. But the BEST Christmas movie ever is DIE HARD. Think about it. One of the greatest action movies ever made. Takes place around Christmas. There are Christmas Trees. Santa hats. John McClane writing "Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho" on a dead terrorist. Really brings out the holiday spirit. "All right, listen up guys. 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except... the four a-holes coming in the rear in standard two-by-two cover formation."
Mary Jo Knox December 17, 2011 at 04:49 PM
I agree with what Beth wrote in the article but, you missed a few. For example, A Christmas Carol with Reginald Owen (1939) or with Allister Sims (1951) or one of my favorites Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (the songs alone are worth it.) There's also A Christmas in Conneticut with Barbara Stanwick. Oh! I forgot the delightful Muppet's Christmas Carol. And finally, Love Actually with quite a cast! I wish they had Mr. Magoo's Carol on more often, somtimes they just skip over it. What a loss for the children and young adults. Thanks for this opportunity. Mary Jo (MJ)


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