Thursday, November 30, 2006

TT #11 Holiday Stuff

Thirteen Favorite Christmas Movies and Shows

In no particular order, besides the fact that they made the list itself.

1….Frosty the Snowman (1969) (TV) a classic little cartoon that features the voice of the great Jimmy Durante.

2.Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) (TV) Based off the classic christmas song, this TV show was special for a few reasons, first it had that claymation/metal posing setup and it introduced me to Burl Ives!

3."Roswell" A Roswell Christmas Carol (2000) Not only is Roswell a TV show that introduces us to Katherine Heigl of Greys Anatomy fame, but this particular episode just helps you to believe in the power of miracles.

4.Everybody Loves Raymond: The Toaster Not only is it a great christmas episode that shows how freaking hard it can be to buy for ones parents, it also has one of the greatest lines uttered in the shows existence. Marie: I am not just some trophy wife. Frank: (after a long pause for one of his faces) Trophy Wife? What contest in hell did I win?

5.The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) (TV) Four Words: Heat Miser & Snow Miser.

6.Love Actually. Not does the movie have a great pedrigree, done by the people that did Bridget Jones and Notting Hill, but it is also one of the first date movies I can remember watching with Mrs Duck.

7.A Charlie Brown Christmas I loved this one more when I was a kid, now I feel it might be a tad too preachy, or its the fact that I actually enjoy the commercialism. But, it still brings back great memories so on the list it goes.

8.Army-Navy Game. Yes, its not exactly a Christmas thing, but as I was growing up this game was always the last one just before the bowl games. It gives you a holiday feel because its usually bitter cold and occasionally snowing. Now its a big deal in this house because I have always grown up rooting for Navy and my lovely wife comes from an Army family.

9.Christmas Vacation (1989). A classic modern Christmas movie, again something that shows how much fun family can be at times. Clark's rant at the end of the movie with the "Wheres the Tylenol" still makes me laugh.

10.Noël The West Wing was always known for its Christmas Episodes, and this in my opinion was the best. An episode about friendship and an appearance by Yo Yo Ma!

11.White Christmas. Simply the greatest Christmas movie ever. If you dont get a little bit choked up when the General comes down to dinner, you dont know what your missing.

12.Miracle on 34th Street Now I must admit I have never seen any version besides the 1994 version, but the girl is so cute in the movie, and Richard Attenborough made a great santa, so I think I will always be slanted to this version. Plus ladies theres Dylan McDermott

13.Christmas at Rockefeller Center This used to be the signal that is was Ok to put up the Christmas tree, until Mrs Duck came into my life and allowed me to have my holiday spirit much earlier. The show has gotten a little lame over the years, but you still stop to watch the lightining. Click on the link and you can get a live look at the tree.

Yea! The Holidays are here!!!

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scooper said...

My girls and I just watched Charlie Brown Christmas and my seven year old loved it.

Chaotic Mom said...

I LOVE the older Christmas pics the best.

HEY! We're in the Philly area and are GOING to the Army/Navy game on Saturday. YEAH! My hubby went to one of the schools... ;)

I've posted my Thursday Thirteen, too. Enjoy!

beth said...

That Everybody Loves Raymond is hilarious!!!

Momma Bee said...

What, no "A Christmas Story"?! :)

You've got some great ones there, I will admit.

Happy Holidays!

Racy Li said...

Charlie Brown Christmas! And you forgot Dr. Seuss's Grinch! (the original cartoon, not the Jim Carrey movie) :)

Chickadee said...

LMAO at that Everybody Loves Raymond true! The interaction between Marie and that woman shopper is priceless.

I like the movie Christmas Story because Ralphie reminds me of my husband.

My 13 are up.

Janet said...

I love #s 2 & 7, too!

Anonymous said...

I love all of those... Feel good Christmas movies and especially the older ones.
My TT is about Sinterklaas.

Duchess said...

I love watching holiday movies. My husband doesn't quite understand since we don't have kids at home anymore, but why can't we watch Charlie Brown and Frosty.

Great post!

teachergirl said...

Can you believe ABC has already shown Charlie Brown? I wasn't ready for that. Your list is great!!Happy TT!!

Anonymous said...

Hey!! What about TBS 24 hours of Christmas Story??

Happy TT!

Anonymous said...

What a great list! Here I thought I was the only person who watched Roswell! I loved that damn show!! I was so mad when it got cancelled!!

And Charlie Brown Christmas?! That is when my Christmas season truly begins!! Love it!

And I think I have seen Love Actually about 50 times. I would watch it for Colin Firth alone. It is such a great movie!!

Great TT!!

Anonymous said...

Love Actually- one of my most favourite movies ever! Wasn't Mr. Bean a hoot in that one?!!=) Watched that episode in Everybody Loves Raymund,Frank's rejoinder was really funny!

Anonymous said...

I love 'A Christmas Story', and although you left it out of your list, you redeemed yourself by dedicating the next post to it. All is forgiven. LOL
I also love Christmas Vacation. It was the first movie I ever saw at the movie theatre...I was like 9 or something. Maybe that's why I love it so never forget your first. :-)

Jenny Ryan said...

#4 is some of the best dialogue ever!