This week’s Top Ten, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, gets to be a topic of my own devising. I haven’t been as diligent as usual with watching my holiday programming, but I certainly do have favorites. Since it is Christmas, I will make a list of my favorite shows.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas. I watch this purely because of nostalgia. As an adult, though, you really see how depressing it is and how mean everyone is to Charlie Brown. There is hope at the end, though, and Snoopy mimicking Lucy behind her back and the dancing make you forget about nickels, nickels, nickels.
- A Christmas Story. I still crack up at this show. Everyone has their favorite moment, from the leg lamp to Ralphie swearing to the bunny outfit to the Bumpus’ dogs to the Chinese goose. (“It’s smiling at me!”). Even though it plays all day on Turner, I still only seem to catch the end.
- Elf. A new family favorite, we will watch this at least a couple of times over the holiday. My daughter didn’t like this movie when she was younger because the spaghetti and maple syrup scene grossed her out. She’s over it now. (“I’m singing! I’m in a store and I’m singing!”) There are just way too many awesome lines from this movie. Thank goodness there’s an app that will play them for you. No one could have played this part except for Will Ferrell.
- The Holiday. Jude Law at his sexiest. End of story.
- Holiday Inn. Yes, there are some super hokey songs and dance numbers in this show, but if you let yourself go with the flow, the performances are awesome. I really love the duos this era churned out, and Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are some of the best. George Clooney’s aunt ain’t so bad herself.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! No, not the way over-the-top Jim Carrey version, the real one. Boris Karloff narrates and my heart grows a couple sizes larger just watching this show. I think this is my all-time fav.
- Meet Me in St. Louis. Not a Christmas movie in the strictest sense, it has one of my most favorite Christmas songs of all time sung by one of the greatest performers – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland. This movie has some of the best character actors ever as well.
- Miracle on 34th Street. What an awesome, hopeful story. And the real star of this show is Natalie Wood, whose acting is so natural. Edmund Gwenn’s Santa is one of the best ever.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Even though we quote the lines along with the movie and make (gentle yet constant) fun of it, it is still a classic. Sh-sh-SHINY? Bumbles bounce!
- The Santa Clause. Funny, endearing, etc. etc. Love this one, even though I feel a little bad for Judge Reinhold every time I see it. He should have been more than a movie step-dad, am I right?
What are your favorite holiday shows?