HOLIDAY MOVIES & SPECIALS

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The short cartoon... Because Boris Karloff and Tony the Tiger.)
  2. Miracle on 34th Street (sometimes the original; sometimes the remake; sometimes both.)
  3. A Child's Christmas in Wales (because Denholm Elliott narrates a perfect adaptation of a lovely, nostalgic Dylan Thomas poem.)
  4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (because "the shitter was full.")
  5. A Muppet Family Christmas (because the Muppets, the Sesame Street Crew, and the Fraggles all at Fozzie's mom's place is a recipe for perfect.)
  6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (because it's so wrong on so many levels, but it's got Yukon Cornelius and Burl Ives, so it's also so right.)
  7. Love Actually (because beneath all the shmaltz and "at Christmas you tell the truth" there IS a truth: Christmas can be hard and it can be sad, too. Emma Thompson and Laura Linney's story lines keep the fluff grounded.)
  8. The Holiday (because Kate, Jack, and Jude are perfection in it.)
  9. A Charlie Brown Christmas (because actual kid voices and perhaps the best soundtrack to a tv special of all time.)
  10. A Muppet Christmas Carol (because Michael Caine acts the shit out of his Scrooge despite being surrounded by muppets. And Gonzo & Rizzo guiding us through the story is brill.)
  11. White Christmas (because I still want to be Rosemary Clooney and I want that train to still be running and I want to stay at the General's inn to count my blessings instead of sheep. And because Danny Kaye and Bing have a good giggle at the end of "Sisters.")
  12. Elf (because it's rare for a new movie to become timeless immediately. And because it's so quotable.)