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    December 09, 2008


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    Bill Rainey

    1) As a kid growing up my favorite was always "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer". Every year my mother, brother and I would go to our neighbor's house next door for some of her homemade burn-your-face-off chili, and to watch the Rudolf movie on a COLOR TV! Still to this day I feel like I have to have a bowl of chili whenever I watch the movie! ;-)

    2) As I've gotten older and a little bit more mature, I've come to like "Miracle On 34th Street" (not the old version, but the newer one that uses God as proof for believing in what you cannot see), and would probably call this one my favorite now.


    'It's A Wonderful Life' - Frank Capra with Jimmy Stewart is a slam dunk no matter what time of year.

    'A Christmas Story' - I am one of probably only about 17 people who actually saw this in the theater in 1983. I liked it but before it caught on as a traditional film on TV I had a hard time convincing people to give it a try. "And then his dad wins this lamp that's shaped like a leg..."

    'Scrooged' - Yes, it's a decidedly adult Christmas movie. But it's a very creative and funny retelling of 'A Christmas Carol', it really skewers the TV industry, and - c'mon - she hits him with a toaster!

    'A Charlie Brown Christmas'/'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'/'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (the cartoon, NOT the movie)/'The Little Drummer Boy' - Not really movies but they are better than most movies one could name ('The Santa Clause 3'? Please.) They made my eyes mist up when I was six. They still do. Don't get me started about the little lamb being brought to baby Jesus...

    'Lethal Weapon' - Okay, it's not technically a Christmas movie but it's set during Christmas and I must watch it every year. "Remarks like that will not get you invited to Christmas dinner!"

    Paul Kuzma

    Hands down favorite is "Muppets Christmas Carol". I don't care what anyone thinks of Jim Henson, the guy was brilliant.

    A distant second .... "The Bishop's Wife", but the original. Painful, but true.


    I don't have a traditional favorite. Yes I've watched and enjoyed all the movies you listed. But my recent favorite is Tim Burton's "A Nightmare Before Christmas" Yes its twisted, but the Christmas message is "Buried" in this movie and it makes you think about things from a different perspective.

    Phil Owen, the husband!

    My favorite Christmas movie is "Elf".

    Debbie B

    I love all of the traditional cartoons - Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Clause is coming to town. But as for my favorite movie, I think it is hands down the "Christmas Story". I always laugh out loud when Ralphie's mom dresses his brother to go outside in the snow. It brings back so many memories of my mom dressing me and my brothers and sister to go out and play. It never failed, as soon as she got us all bundled up one of us would cry out "I have to PEE". We never did stay out more than 20 minutes before we got too cold and had to come in for a nice hot cup of hot chocolate with melted marshmallows. YUMMY!


    Mine is definitely Christmas Vacation! I guess it just hits close to home, I think every family has an Uncle Eddie


    My favorite is the old black & white "A Christmas Carol". With the ghosts of past, present & future Christmas' visiting Mr. Scrooge. I love the look of horror on his face as people are cashing in on his belongings after his death, to his change of heart at the end of the movie.

    Sara Walters

    1. Miracle on 34th Street - I'm going to watch it with my little boy for the first time this Christmas, and am so excited to share it with him! I like the original version best.

    2. That Rudolph cartoon that airs on TV each year, with the elf who wants to be a dentist, who runs away and finds the Island of Misfit Toys. I wish I knew the official title and whether it is available to rent.


    First, did Phil really comment or was that you commenting for him? :)

    Growing up, we always watched "A Christmas Carol" (George C. Scott) and Christmas Vacation ("That there's an RV" is our family motto). My family can quote them.

    With my family now, we watch Elf several times a season. We just can't get enough! Levi is finally old enough to appreciate it :). Yea!


    1. It's a Wonderful Life - it's good to be reminded of the things that are really important.

    2. The Christmas Story - this one makes me laugh more than just about any movie ever.

    3. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - while this is not even a very well done movie (it was a made for tv movie in 1983 starring Loretta Swit as the mom), it is a wonderful story (I fell in love with the book, really). It's both funny and touching. I cry every time Imogene Herdman "gets" the true meaning of Christmas as her brother Leroy brings a ham to the baby Jesus.


    its a wonderful fave...

    Jenni Catron

    White Christmas - can't go through the season without it!

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