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What's your favorite holiday movie?





Thanks to my youngest daughter, Christmas at our house starts right after Halloween. The morning after the neighborhood kids do their annual round of Demanding Candy with Menaces (or as they like to call it 'Trick or Treating'), she puts away the pumpkin cookie jar and digs out the one shaped like a snowman. Tea-towels and oven mitts take on a distinct snowman look and  the house jingles to the sound of various Christmas songs. DVDs like The Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas are assigned to the back of the shelf, while Elf and The Muppet Christmas Carol go on a near-permanent rotation on the various TVs around the house.

Not that I'm complaining. I love Christmas, and I love me a good holiday movie. Last night, Senior Management and I settled down to watch one of our favorites. 


Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner is a delightful romantic comedy about two pen pals who fall in love by letter, not realizing they know (and dislike) each other in real life. For my money, it's much more enjoyable than James Stewart's better known Christmas staple, It's a Wonderful Life.


How about you?

What's you favorite holiday movie?

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msstacy13
Dec. 10th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't go so far as to say I like it more than It's a Wonderful Life,
but it ~is~ an order of magnitude better than You've Got Mail.

Oh and if, for anyone reason,
my books seem not to be the ideal christmas or hannakuh gift,
this movie is part of a two-disc four-movie package.
:)
jongibbs
Dec. 10th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
So, do you have a favorite?
msstacy13
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, right, my answer should include an answer to the question...
It would be a toss-up between two versions of
A Christmas Carol

Patrick Stewart is the better Scrooge,
but the 1984 version, with George C. Scott,
is better, overall.

Luckily, I have both, and two other versions, as well.

My favourite holiday movie is Groundhog Day,
but that's a different holiday...
:)
jongibbs
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, right, my answer should include an answer to the question...
There's a great moment in the Patrick Stewart, where you think Scrooge is choking, or coughing, but it turns out it's just so long since he laughed, his pipes had gotten clogged :)
msstacy13
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, right, my answer should include an answer to the question...
Yes.

In the same way that the bit with the hat
reveals how long it's been since he was in church.

A good model for those writers who wish to avoid the
"Of course you know, Bob..." pitfall.
:)
musingaloud
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
You know, I have never seen that movie all the way through. I've seen the beginning several times, but as much as I love Jimmy Stewart, I just can't get interested enough to watch the whole thing. Will have to try again. But now I'm curious what you think of the modern day re-telling: You've Got Mail. That's a movie I watch over and over again. But Christmas movies: Tie between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "White Christmas"
jongibbs
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Did you know they actually took some dialogue from the original and used it in You've Got Mail? :)
year_anda_day
Dec. 10th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Aw I love The Shop Around the Corner!

My favorite is A Christmas Carol, the 1934 version. It's public domain, you can watch it free here- http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/christmas/videos/469467/title/scrooge-1934-film
jongibbs
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
It's such a great story :)
bogwitch64
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid my favorite holiday fare is a bit less family-friendly these days. I have three never-miss: Scrooged, A Christmas Story...and Bad Santa. :)

New fave? Harold and Kumar's Christmas.
jongibbs
Dec. 10th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Lol, I do like Scrooged :)
lizziebelle
Dec. 11th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
I love Scrooged and A Christmas Story, too! I think Scrooged edges out to be my fave.
j_cheney
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Christmas in Connecticut....the old one.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
So many great movies :)
blood_of_winter
Dec. 11th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Scrooge (the 1970 musical - and I'm not a fan of musicals)
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

I was wondering why the plot to The Shop Around the Corner sounded so familiar, then I saw in the comments it was the original to You've Got Mail. Don't ask me why I was watching YGM. It was one of those weird, I got sucked in just to see what happens movies. I generally deplore rom-coms.

That's not true, come to think of it. I don't like modern rom-coms. I like the ones from the 40s and 50s.

jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
I love a good romantic comedy, but I think they either work really well or fall flat, there doesn't seem to be an inbetween.

My favorite made in recent years would have to be The Proposal :)

Edited at 2012-12-11 09:56 am (UTC)
ladysaotome
Dec. 11th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Hmm, I love White Christmas. Danny Kaye AND Bing Crosby? All we're missing is Hope & Astaire! lol

I also like ABC's Holiday in Handcuffs way too much. And While You Were Sleeping is one of my top favorites year-round.
jongibbs
Dec. 11th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
'...While You Were Sleeping is one of my top favorites year-round.'

Another goodie :)
ladysaotome
Dec. 11th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
It's such a good, clean romance where they actually build up a foundation for their relationship. So rare compared to a lot of movies nowadays.
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jongibbs
Dec. 12th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
I do like the Muppets. Their version of Treasure Island is also excellent :)
snapes_angel
Dec. 12th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Abbot and Costello's "March of the Wooden Soldiers". Also, The Nightmare Before Christmas, which does double-duty, actually. To tell the truth, I have quite a few of them; and when WWOR-9 used to show them, they also included Yellow Submarine in the mix so, to me, that will always be a holiday movie, too. ;)

Darn it! Almost forgot Carey Grant's "Arsenic and Old Lace"!

Edited at 2012-12-12 01:15 pm (UTC)
jongibbs
Dec. 12th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you have a bunch of 'em :)
snapes_angel
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
I don't have all of them (unfortunately-though I do have a couple of them!)
rowanda380
Dec. 12th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Mine is Muppets Christmas Carol
jongibbs
Dec. 12th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
There goes Mr. Humbug.
There goes Mr. Grim.
If they gave a prize for being mean,
the winner would be him.
:)

angeladegroot
Dec. 16th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Elf is my favorite Christmas movie. We watch it every Christmas Eve - that's our family tradition.
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
That's an excellent tradition :)
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