>Top Five Christmas Movies

>In no particular order, as always, these are my favorite Christmas movies. I try to watch them every year.  And yes, I’m well aware that your favorite movies are probably not on here.  If it has Jimmy Stewart in it, I sort of hate that movie.  It just doesn’t seem Christmas-y to me.

The Ref: Denis Leary stars as a burglar who happens upon Kevin Spacey and Judi Davis when he’s on the run from the law. It’s a dysfunctional Christmas for all. Glynis Johns and Christine Baranski are great in their supporting roles. Maybe I’m just partial to Leary’s rants. There’s just something about humorous ranting that I like. Shocking, I know.

Scrooged: I love Bill Murray. But who doesn’t really? I’m not a fan of the Christmas Carol story, but I like this version. Maybe because it has comic relief in it. Maybe because the cast in and of itself it great. Either way, it’s always on my to watch list.

Elf: “Buddy the Elf, What’s your favorite color?” I always want to answer my phone like that. The thing I really love about this movie, aside from Will Ferrell, is that it captures the essence of Christmas specials and movies. It makes me remember what it was like to be a kid at Christmastime and how much I enjoyed all the little things about it…like candy.

The Bishop’s Wife: If you haven’t see this movie, I suggest you rent it. Don’t get the stupid Ted Turner colorized version. You can watch a movie in black and white and enjoy it. Cary Grant is what all actors aspire to be like…or should at least. He’s classy, but can make you laugh.  Also, someone needs to tell Santa that I want those self-refilling wine glasses.

A Christmas Story: Everyone loves this movie and for good reason, it’s a good movie. I remember watching this movie in the theater. My parents and I were the only ones there. We could not stop laughing and still haven’t whenever we watch it. You will shoot your eye out kid.

(Bonus for Flavor) Ernest Saves Christmas: This is one of my guilty pleasures. I know I’m the only one who thinks Ernest P. Worrell was funny. Heck, I even watched the Saturday morning show he had on for a while, but this movie has a soft spot in my heart. My favorite scene: Ernest is driving his taxi and singing Oh Christmas Tree.

(What you should be watching this Christmas) The Mystery Science Theater episode where they watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Aside from the comments about the bizarre looking Martian children, a guy in a bear suit who is supposed to be a polar bear outside Santa’s house, and of course Droppo, you get treated with a musical interlude: Let’s Have A Patrick Swayze Christmas. Watch the video and you will be singing it while opening your gifts or giving someone a roundhouse kick in a dive bar:

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