10 Favorite Christmas Movies, YMMV #MondayRecommends and #Nails

We probably each have our own list. Mine is liable to change order and gain or lose an item, but #s 2 and 1 are pretty constant. I’m all about A Christmas Carol, so the list always contains several versions of that.

10. Smoke

Not actually a Christmas movie, but it’s one of my favorite movies of all time, and I adore Augie Wren’s Christmas Story at the end. Harvey Keitel. ‘Nuf said.

Played out silently under the closing credits.

9. The House Without a Christmas Tree

8. Early Edition Christmas Episode

Gary (Kyle Chandler — be still, my heart!) gets tomorrow’s newspaper today and tries to prevent reported bad things from happening. His pal, played by Fisher Stevens, is cynical SOB. He finds himself in jail one Christmas with a man who claims to be Santa Clause and helps him break out. This set of scenes was filmed by Pam Schwetz, who worked as an extra on the show.

7. Amahl and the Night Visitors

A one-act opera written for television. This used to be on TV every year, and Mom and I would always watch it from the time I was a wee child. Very hokey, but it holds fond memories.

6. Scrooged

Bill Murray. Need I say more?

5. Scrooge

Starring Albert Finney. The first time Mom and I saw this, we HATED it! Then we saw it again, and we LOVED it! I don’t know why that happened, but it did. It became one of our Christmas traditions.

4. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Because Muppets. Also: Michael Caine.

3. Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol

You heard me.

2. We’re No Angels

I’m talking Humphrey Bogart. Nothing says Christmas like embezzlement and murder, amIright?

And, of course, my #1 top favorite movie:

1. DIE HARD

My nails this week:

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: What is your favorite Christmas movie, and why?

MA

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  1. circadianreflections

    December 7, 2020 at 4:08pm

    I love the old black and white Scrooge, and I still love the animated classics, I just watched Frosty and Here Comes Santa Claus last night. I don’t think I’m ever going to outgrow those if I haven’t by now. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a favorite too. šŸ˜€ Die Hard I haven’t rewatched in ages!

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      Marian Allen

      December 8, 2020 at 11:04am

      The only animated special I like is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with Boris Karloff. Because Boris Karloff.

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  2. Dan Antion

    December 7, 2020 at 4:32pm

    I would substitute or add the version of “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott. Muppets, a must, sand with Die Hard.

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      Marian Allen

      December 8, 2020 at 11:04am

      Just about any version of Christmas Carol would make my list one year or another.

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  3. joey

    December 7, 2020 at 8:48pm

    We have very little in common here :/
    Mine would be Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Elf, Die Hard, The Holiday, The Ref, While You Were Sleeping, Muppets, and Charlie Brown Christmas — to order them would be dread.

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      Marian Allen

      December 8, 2020 at 11:07am

      Oh, yeah, A Christmas Story! We have some neighbors who always have a yard full of junk, and we call them The Bumpuses. šŸ˜€ I guess I’ll have to watch Love Actually again; I SO DID NOT like it when I saw it. I liked bits, but far from all of it. That happens sometimes: I don’t like something the first time around, but love it afterwards. Good to see you, joey!

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