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December 13, 2012

It's cold outside and the fireplace is going (well at least in some places where applicable)... the only other thing needed is a good Christmas movie on the TV to watch while curled up on the couch.  So grab your favorite blanket and a glass of eggnog (or wine or hot chocolate or winter beverage of your choice) while I count down my favorite Christmas flicks.  These are my favorites so I'm sure not everyone will agree with the rankings! 


Batman Returns - I guess this is more of an alternate (according to my wife, it doesn't even qualify)... but I love it.  Technically it's not a Christmas movie, but it does take place during Christmas.  What?  It counts!  Given my like of the Batman franchise, this really shouldn't be a surprise.


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - While not as great as the first (not many sequels are), it still capitalizes on the magic of its predecessor. However, if not for Macaulay Culkin, it would have crashed and burned... which is why the third effort is no where on this list.


The Santa Clause - Tim Allen takes on Christmas with a family friendly explanation of the importance of Santa in a child's life/imagination.  I loved this movie growing up and find I'm still drawn to it even as an adult.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Both the animated original and the remake starring Jim Carrey are good; I like them for completely different reasons.  It's hard to imagine getting through a single Christmas season without one Grinch reference in some form or another.


Miracle on 34th Street - It's such a classic Christmas movie.  Who doesn't enjoy this one?


A Charlie Brown Christmas - Another classic that everyone, regardless of age, can enjoy.  It's fun and the epitome of a great Christmas cartoon.  Plus who hasn't had a Charlie Brown Christmas tree at some point?  I have...  I was 19 at my first apartment... that tree was pitiful.


Elf - Hands down Will Ferrell's most hilarious role.  I can't get enough of this movie!


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Funny.  Smart.  Witty.  This movie is probably one of the greatest movies of all time as far as comedies go and I don't see how anyone couldn't enjoy themselves at the Griswold's expense.  The charades are endless and so are the Christmas lights.


A Christmas Story - Traditionally the one movie I have on a constant loop Christmas day.  My mother absolutely cannot stand it, which may contribute a little to why I liked it so much as a kid.  Regardless, it's really good.  From the leg lamp to the bunny costume to the "shoot your eye out" catchphrase... I can't go a single Christmas without watching this movie at least once.  Admit it, you've either tried or dared someone to try sticking their tongue to a frozen pole.


Home Alone - Maybe I'm alone on this one, no pun intended, but this movie screams Christmas!  Macaulay Culkin at his best as the hero every child wishes to be.  The music score is among the greatest for any movie ever; John Williams was a genius on this film.  The antics and obstacles are the definition of entertainment.  In fact, I think I'm throwing this one on the tube this weekend.

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