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DadOf3
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I'm sitting here about a thousand miles from my family, feeling sorry for myself, and I'm watching "Miracle on 34th Street" on AMC. This, along with the recent thread about the up-coming live version of "A Year Without a Sant Claus", got me thinking.

What's everybody's favourite Christmas specials, and / or favouite Christmas movies? I realize this all assumes you actually like those things, and not everyody does, but this thread is for those of us who do.

So, I'll go first. My top ten favourite Christmas specials would be:

A Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Little Drummer Boy
A Claymation Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Garfield's Christmas
The Year Without a Sant Claus

Movies would be:
It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart) / A Christmas Carol (Allistair Sims) / A Muppet Christmas Carol
White Christmas
Miracle on 34th Street
The Bells of Saint Mary's

So, what do you all think?

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Favorite christmas songs: Christmas Eve 1913, What Child is This and Christmas For Cowboys.

Favorite Christmas movies: The Santa Clause, Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart) & the new Annie.

Shows: Rudolph and all of the rest.

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I like all of the told Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated specials. Even the lame ones like Jack Frost. [Razz]

So...

Traditional Animation
A Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Frosty's Winter Wonderland

Stop-Motion Animation
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Little Drummer Boy (1 and 2)
Nestor the Christmas Donkey
The Year Without a Sant Claus
Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Jack Frost
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

Movies
A Christmas Story (But only a few times, I can't bear the 24 hour marathon on TNT)
It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Carol (any version, really... it's my favorite Christmas story but my two most favorite versions are...)
Scrooge (Albert Finney)
Scrooged

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I have a friend who I've known for 30 years (and I'm only 37!)... we saw Holiday Inn when we were about 12, and made a pact to always watch it together every holiday season for the rest of our lives. We've actually done pretty well with our promise. It hasn't been EVERY year, as life got a little more complicated than the 12-year-olds had envisioned, but I'd say we've only missed it 5-6 times in 25 years. I gotta call her.... [Smile]

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DadOf3
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Now that's an impressive pact, Katness. I don't usually think of Holiday Inn as specifically a Christmas movie, but it's certainly a great classic. And, in tour case especially, as long as it's a Christmas tradition it works for me (you know, just in case you were wondering).

TallGeekiyGirl, there was a Little Drummer Boy 2?

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Christmas songs:

Father Christmas- The Kinks
Chestnuts roasting

Film:
Christmas story

tv:
Simpsons Christmas
Mr. Hankey christmas special

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MissEltoe
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I love any Christmas song as long as the Temptations are singing it.

My favorite Christmas movie is without a doubt, A Christmas Story. I usually watch the marathon (even though I haven't acutally watched it in its entirety).

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TallGeekyGirl
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quote:
Originally posted by DadOf3:
TallGeekiyGirl, there was a Little Drummer Boy 2?

Yup! It takes place right after the first. Some Romans steal some silver bells and one of the Wise Men help the Drummer Boy get them back.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074805/

Edit: I'd like to add another special. I only saw this once on television, but I've seen it a few times on video.

A Cosmic Christmas

It's by Nelvanamation, and tells the tale of three alien wise men who follow a star to Earth. They don't realize until they land that they are 2,000 years too late.

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We have to watch

Pee Wee Playhouse Christmas Special
The Christmas Story

Just about any A Christmas Carol, including the Muppets' and Mickey Mouse's version.

And I have to catch at least one version of the Nutcracker.

I really don't like most of the Christmas specials and don't go out of my way to watch them. But I love Christmas episodes of TV shows -- almost any TV show, even ones I don't watch -- both repeats and the new ones.

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Horse Chestnut
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Songs:

Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" (My favorite earworm of the holidays)

Longfellow's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

On the silly side Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey!

I do love the stop-motion Ruldolph. I can still remember how much the Bumble used to scare me when I first saw it.

Favorite movie has to be "Miracle on 34th Street". In black and white, please.

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DadOf3
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AMC, like I said at the start, is currently showing the original "Miracle on 34th Street", but sadly it's the colourized version.

As to Christmas episodes, TV Land has been showing a bunch of them this weekend, and I've enjoyed watching Andy Griffith, Sanford & Son, All in the Family, and The Jeffersons. I haven't seen it in years, but WKRP had a great one.

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The stupid dog woke me up at 5:30 the other morning and I ended up catching one of Murphy Brown's Christmas shows on Nick@Night. I forgave the dog.

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Any version of A Christmas Carol, including Scrooged.

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Morgaine La Raq Star
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Movies:

Elf
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
A Christmas Story
Muppet Christmas Carol
Love Actually (not for kids but a great love story set around the holidays)

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Sara at home
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Elf! How could I forget Elf?

My family always considered "An Affair to Remember" a Christmas movie but I hardly ever see it any more.

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I like a few things. I am really into Christmas this year. Dunno why, but in Augest I kept saying I wanted it to be Christmas time. Anyhow, here's my list... Definitly a few already listed here:

Cartoons~
Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Frosty the Snowman


Stop-Motion Animation~
(Barrowed Tall's list.)
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Little Drummer Boy

Movies~
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart)
Scrooged

Songs~
Bing's "White Christmas"
Elvis "I'll be home for Christmas"
Nat King Cole all of his stuff.
Various Artists "Twisted Christmas"

Forgotten "Bah Humbug Need Not Apply" Fay

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TallGeekyGirl
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Oh there is one version of A Christmas Carol that I didn't like much. That was the musical version with Kelsey Grammar. Maybe I just have a different definition of "musical."

Having the characters break into song every now and again is enjoyable. See Scrooge with Albert Finney as an example. When you sing every freakin' word it gets very annoying very quickly.


ETA: A Christmas Carol, with George C. Scott, is also one of my favorite versions of that story. I haven't seen this one in a while, and it had slipped my memory!

Also add:

A Christmas Carol, animated, with Alastair Sim. This half-hour version showed once on TV in 1974. After much searching and much Googling, I finally found a VHS copy of it a few years ago and ordered it at once. I watched it as soon as it arrived... in June. Thus far, this is the *only* version of the story in which an attempt was made to show the Ghost of Christmas Past as she was described by Dickens.

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I also have to put a vote in for Scrooge (1970). But I've often wondered if my fondness for it stems largely from having grown up with it. I could imagine someone coming to it fresh today might well find it overlong, sometimes tedious, and only having a couple of genuinely "good" songs. Other thoughts?

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Claymation Christmas!
"Here we go a waffling.."

My favorite was the Carol of the Bells. SPLAT!!

I also love the Muppet Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, and Wakko's Wish.

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Oooh, I was originally going to pass this by since honestly I haven't done the whole Christmas thing all that much the past few years, but now y'all have done and got me all nostalgic. [Wink]

Let's see...

Movies:
A Christmas Story (I'm surprised it took til the third entry for this to pop up [Wink] )
Umm... eek. I can't think of any more I'm really attached to offhand. Most of the stuff I liked for the holidays were specials. I mean, some like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street make me feel nostalgic and all when I catch bits of them, and make me feel more like it's the holidays, but I don't go out of my way to see them or anything. I know there's gotta be more that I liked, but I can't bring them to mind right offhand. Maybe I'll edit them in later if I think of any. [Wink]

Specials:
Most of the stop-motion animation ones, but especially Rudolph the Rudolph ones (I guess there was only the one Christmas one come to think of it, then one for New Years', and one for Easter, or something?)
Emmit Otter's Jug Band Christmas (Haven't seen this on TV in ages, and it's somewhere between "special" and "movie," and I actually found it on DVD a while back, yay! Probably wouldn't like it if I saw it for the first time as an adult, but I loved it as a kid, and some of the songs are sweet.)
While most of the specials and movies and songs that I like are from liking them as a kid, I also saw a newer one like two Christmases(esesese) ago that I thought was surprisingly good for something new that just popped up on Cartoon Network - it was "Olive the Other Reindeer" or something like that, about a dog named Olive who heard about Santa needing "all of the other reindeer" and thought it was a call for her personally, and follows her adventures from that point on. Surprisingly cute, and clever in places. ^^

Songs:
"The Little Drummer Boy" (the version sung by David Bowie and Bing Crosby)
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Live Aid (or Band Aid, I forget which it was then)
"Gabriel's Message" sung by Sting
And just a lot of Christmas Carols in general make me feel all mellow. ^^

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DadOf3
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"Waffling" and "Carol of the Bells" were great, pirateslife, but my favourite bit was in "We Three Kings" when the camels started singing. The California Raisins were great, too.
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Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas.
I love that one, too. Also, I just remembered Chrismas Eve on Sesame Street
ETA: I listen to John Denver and the Muppets every year. BAH-DUM-DUM-DUM!

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Movies:
Scrooged
The Ref
Lethal Weapon (the first one)

Music:
The Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping" (Save Ferris also does an awesome version)
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
John Lennon "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
Beach Boys "Little Saint Nick"

TV shows:
None that play every year, though occasionally there will be a good new episode of something. The Studio 60 that aired tonight (tomorrow in the States) was pretty terrific, but serialized shows don't make for seasonal repeating. The episode of The X-Files with Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner as a couple of Christmas ghosts was a great one. I kinda remember that Sesame Street, the one with Bert and Ernie playing out the Gift of the Magi scenario. Then there was the John Denver episode of The Muppet Show. I haven't seen those last two in twenty-five years or more, I think.

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I love all the classics, but my all time favorite is "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the mice.

I am not an Elvis freak, but I like his Christmas songs because my mom always played them when we were kids. We also had a "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (with the mice) and "The Chipmunk's Christmas" albums that had the whole story on the album. I always loved those the most.

I also like the Nat King Cole, and Burl Ives Christmas songs.

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quote:
Originally posted by DadOf3:
Now that's an impressive pact, Katness. I don't usually think of Holiday Inn as specifically a Christmas movie, but it's certainly a great classic. And, in tour case especially, as long as it's a Christmas tradition it works for me (you know, just in case you were wondering).

Well, it tends to be run on tv around Christmas.. but I own the DVD now, so it can be "the holidays" anytime I want. [Big Grin]

Holiday Inn is a Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film and is actually the movie that introduced the Irving Berlin song "White Christmas" to the world. The song became so popular that they made the movie "White Christmas", also starring.. you got it... Bing Crosby.

I agree with you, DO3, it IS a great classic. For those who have never seen it, I'm sure it'll be playing on a tv near you sometime this month.. check it out! [Smile]

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As a testiment to my geekiness, I do rather like A Nightmare Before Christmas, too. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Bach_girl:
I love all the classics, but my all time favorite is "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the mice.

This is a fun one, too, but even when I was younger it always rather bothered me that it had so little to do with the poem. Sure, they recite it at the end, but the main plot of the show had nothing whatever in common with the poem.

And the "kerplunk/kerplooey" interaction became a year-round saying in our house when we were describing anything that went wrong. We'd always set the other person up by delivering the "I was just [doing whatever] and all of a sudden everything went--"

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I really enjoy the Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol. They don't show that one very often anymore.

Sad really.

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quote:
Originally posted by Max_Renn:
Lethal Weapon (the first one)[qb]

I have a friend who lists that as his favorite Christmas movie -- watches it every year....(haven't yet seen it myself)

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The Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping"

One of my definite favorites. If I'm in the mood, I actually almost tear up at parts of it, despite the happy ending....

For special TV episodes, there was always "How the Finch Stole Christmas" on "Just Shoot Me."

And for what had to be the lamest Christmas episode ever, I nominate "A Bionic Christmas Carol." Yep, Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man, in a Santa suit, carrying the crotchety old man (it might even have been Charles Lane) around in a snowstorm to see how his poor employees are celebrating Christmas on thin rations. I saw a rerun of this when I was drugged up on painkillers for a nasty back strain once....come to think of it, maybe I did just imagine it. Because....wow.

I haven't actually watched any Christmas specials or movies in quite a few years, at least that stand out in my mind. Well, other than the "South Park" ones, which only sort of count. [Smile]

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Movies:

Christmas Vacation
Elf
Love Actually

TV:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas (I absolutely love the kid in the orange shirt during the dancing scenes)

Songs:

"All I Want for Christmas"

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quote:
Originally posted by Max_Renn:
Movies:
The Ref
Lethal Weapon (the first one)


Yep! Two of my favorites. I'll also add Die Hard and Die Hard 2.

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Movies:

*Muppet Christmas Carol. Oddly, I find this to be the closest to the actual story.
*It's a Wonderful LIfe
*National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

TV Specials:
*Charlie Brown Christmas
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas
*Muppet Family Christmas (Can you tell I'm a Muppet fan?)

I like most Christmas carols but I think my all time favorite is O Holy Night, only if done properly.

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NancyFancyPants
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Three things I must watch every year:
1. "A Christmas Carol" with George C. Scott as Scrooge
2. "Holiday Inn"
3. "Meet Me in St. Louis" - I still cry every time I see Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to Margaret O'Brien.

I sing with our church choir, and my favorite of all that we sing is the "Night of Silence/Silent Night" combo. For anyone that doesn't know it, "Night of Silence" is truly one of the most beautiful Christmas songs. When the rest of us begin singing the 4th verse, our cantor begins singing the first verse of "Silent Night." It's beyond words.

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BringTheNoise
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Greatest Christmas Song EVER: Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl.

As for carols, I'm very fond of "Hark! The herald angels sing".

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DadOf3
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You know, I've yet to see "Meet Me in St. Louis". It's definitely one of those movies to see before I die. I've also never seen "The Christmas Story" or "Elf".

Maybe we need a whole new thread to compare versions of "A Christmas Carol". I do like George C. Scott's version, but I tend to think of Alistair Simms' when I think of a classic rendition, Patrick Stewart's when I think of a modern, straight version, and the Muppets' when I think of a musical version. I think the fellow who played Fred in the Muppet version was the best Fred ever. My favourite Bob Cratchitt was in Patrick Stewart's version (with no offense meant to Kermit).

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