Virtual Advent is hosted by Marg and Kelly, and is one of my favorite events in book blogger land.
Here’s the thing: I love Christmas. I love kitchy decorations and hot cocoa and stocking hung by the fireplace and wrapping presents. I love ridiculous Christmas songs and I love Christmas episodes of my favorite TV shows and I absolutely love Christmas movies…just maybe not the most Oscar-worthy ones.
My Christmas celebrations are very secular and focused on friends and family and good cheer. So today I’m going to share a few of my favorite, often silly, Christmas movies.
What it is: A retelling of A Christmas Carol and, dare I say it, Billy Murray’s finest work.
Why I love it: There are muppets!
Favorite moment: The sing-a-long at the end. “Put a Little Love In Your Heart” is always (mostly happily) stuck in my head for days everytime I watch Scrooged. It’s so happy.
White Christmas (1954)
What it is: A musical of the highest order.
Why I love it: Bing Crosby. Rosemary Clooney. MUSIC! WAR HEROES!
Favorite moment: A tie between the tear-inspiring moment when they honor the General and when I inspired tears among my co-watchers when I inform them that Vera-Ellen was suffering from the late stages of anorexia and wears high-necked clothes throughout the film to cover her neck. You’re welcome.
Bad Santa (2003)
What it is: Ridiculous.
Why I love it: I saw this movie in the theater when it was opened and I absolutely hated it. I thought it was gross and offensive. And then I went and saw it again with a different friend and I finally “got” the humor…and then I went back and saw it in the theater again.
Favorite moment: “Should I fix you some sandwiches?”
Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
What it is: So a Dolly Parton-like character who happens to be played by Dolly Parton needs to get out of the spotlight so she goes and finds seven children to adopt. Also she falls in love with a man named Mountain Dan.
Why I love it: Dolly Parton. Lee Majors. Christmas joy.
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
What it is: No one loves Kevin, and he gets to spend Christmas eating pizza in limousines and befriending homeless ladies and torturing thieves.
Why I love it: I had a ritual of watching Home Alone 2 every summer vacation (mostly because it was one of the few VHS tapes I owned) and I kind of know all the words to the whole movie. Also, this (fast-forward to 1:08):
Favorite moment: Home Alone 2 is basically a long ad for the Talkboy, and if you were born in the 1980s in the United States and didn’t ask your parents for one, it’s like I don’t even know you.