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Leaving me alone all day in a library with no patrons and a bag of truffles is a bad idea. Seriously, it's dead in here. If it weren't for Bing Crosby on the CD player I'd be asleep. Nobody wants to sue anybody the week of Christmas.

While Kirstyn was here, we watched our traditional Christmas movie, The Ref. Okay, not exactly Miracle on 34th Street, but hey, it's all about forgiveness and renewal and Denis Leary saying f*** 400 times, totally exemplifies the Christmas spirit.

It's not my favorite Christmas movie, though. That's It's a Wonderful Life. I know, major sap alert, but I can't help it. It pushes all my buttons.

So what are your favorite holiday movies?
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From:cbellfleur
Date:December 21st, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
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My favorite is White Christmas. I had missed it on TV so many years that I finally found it on DVD. Now to find the DVD and actually watch it some time!
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From:rwday
Date:December 21st, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
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That's a good one too. I don't know why old movies seem to capture the spirit of the season so much better than new ones, but IMO, they do.
From:adventurat
Date:December 21st, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
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If you can't find your DVD, just tune in to AMC on Xmas Eve; White Christmas is all they're playing, all day. (Christmas day is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, for some reason...)
From:cathgrace
Date:December 21st, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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for me it's Holiday Inn and White Christmas, I love me some Bing Crosby at Christmas
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From:rwday
Date:December 21st, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Oh, Bing is the King of Christmas. I grew up watching his Christmas specials every year - I love him.
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From:medievalbooks
Date:December 21st, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Its a Wonderful Life is my favorite with White Christmas second. Haven't seen either this season :( Altho have seen lots of others. Someday I will get Scrooged..that is Kendrick's favorite - wonder if it is out on cd....
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From:rwday
Date:December 21st, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
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We have an old VHS copy of Wonderful Life, but I haven't watched it yet - probably will on Christmas Eve before church. Scrooged is a fun film - I'll bet it's out on DVD.
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From:midnitemaraud_r
Date:December 21st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
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While You Were Sleeping and Love Actually. I think I burnt out on all the 'traditional' ones. I can't even watch "A Christmas Story" anymore either, which I loved as a kid.
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From:rwday
Date:December 21st, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Love Actually is a fantastic movie, great cast. My husband like While You Were Sleeping, but (and I guess I have to turn in my girl card) I really don't care for it - Sandra Bullock annoys me to the point where I want to slap her face every time I see her.

From:adventurat
Date:December 21st, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh, so many great ones! It's a Wonderful Life gets me right there, every single time. Ditto A Christmas Carol (1951, Alistair Sim), whose B&W cinematography is brilliant and whose Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come scares the daylights out of me every time. Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, A Christmas Story, Scrooged, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (for a slightly different mood)... I have many favourites. :)
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From:rwday
Date:December 21st, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
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All of those are great choices. I have George C. Scott's Christmas Carol on VHS, so that's the one I normally see, but I like the 1951 version a lot too (and the Muppet version, which I actually used to show to my 7th grade English students when we read the Dickens story)
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From:donal_mac_r
Date:December 21st, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
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I don't like "It's a Wonderful Life." Despite the ending, I find the route too tortuous. And I cannot STAND those bankers!

I've always liked "Miracle on 34th Street" - the ORIGINAL one, with Natalie Wood as the wonderfully precocious little girl.

I'm always getting "Holiday Inn" and "White Christmas" mixed up. I like 'em both. But of the two, my favourite is the one with Henry Morgan as the retired general-turned innkeeper.

I have a new favourite, though, now that I finally saw it all the way through - "Polar Express."
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From:salviati
Date:December 22nd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
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It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite, too, though I didn't grow up watching it. I think I saw it for the first time in college. I just love that George Bailey is so, well, human. He's a guy struggling to do the right thing and live a good life but fails sometimes. Who among us hasn't snapped at our loved ones when we're stressed about something else? Yet, there's redemption for him and for all of us.

White Christmas is second, I guess - I don't have much choice, because Tommy loves it. We've watched it multiple times over the past couple of weeks. He likes the singing, he says.
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