What’s Your Favorite Christmas Movie?

We talked about favorite Christmas movies on the KKBN this morning.

Do you have a favorite one? Here is a list from Huffington Post.

The Best Holiday Movies To Watch, And Rewatch, This Season

From “Die Hard” to “Home Alone,” these movies never disappoint.

12/07/2015 08:33 am ET

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to be inside on your couch next to the fire with a snuggly blanket and TV/Netflix/On Demand (or even a DVD player, if you’re old school like that).

Who doesn’t love to tap into their holiday spirit and watch dozens of movies that remind us of how special this season really is? Hot cocoa. Mistletoe. Love. Ahhh, the holidays.

Here’s a roundup of the best holiday movies to watch, and rewatch, this month, according to your favorite editors at HuffPost Entertainment.

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
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    I feel like we’d be remiss not to mention “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which is probably the quintessential holiday film (right up there with “Home Alone,” duh). Good guy George Bailey is feeling extremely down on his life, all of which has taken place in the tiny town of Bedford Falls, New York. He’s on the verge of throwing himself off a bridge after a major cash mishap, convinced everyone would be better off had he never been born — a pretty dark premise for one of the most historically beloved films, no? Luckily, an angel shows up in his time of need to point out how much he’s actually done for his fellow man. NBC is airing the film on Dec. 5, but really, the best way to watch it is with your dinner guests when you’re overstuffed and have run out of things to say to each other. We’ll be over here trying to figure out the physics of how to lasso the moon. — Jill Capewell
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)
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    An ad man named Robert L. May created the red-nosed reindeer character of Rudolph in 1939, for the American department store, Montgomery Ward. Unlike other corporate mascots — such as child made of dough and man in clown costume — that only get to fly at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Americans welcomed Rudolph to zoom to the rooftops of their very own homes. The crimson beacon became full-fledged folklore just as if the Hamburglar was an integral part of Easter.But as the future is nearly upon us when our children are nestled all snug in their beds anxiously awaiting the Amazon drones that will usurp the need for Santa Claus, I want to remember the times growing up when I loved everything Rudolph flew for. Although the department stores may throw out their broken stock in reality, “Rudolph” the movie is all about appreciating misfits as being just like anything else. Rudolph proved that body positivity wasn’t exclusive just to old white men and that’s a simple Christmas message that you don’t even need to be well-red to appreciate. — Todd Van Luling

  • “A Christmas Story” (1983)
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    There’s a reason this film plays for 24 straight hours on Christmas Eve/Christmas. It is the real experience of being a kid, and it perfectly highlights how weird and quirky your family and friends can be around the holidays. Even though, in the end, you still love them.
    And who doesn’t want a narrator in their life to say things like, “Only one thing in the world could’ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window” or “My father worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium, a master”?Sorry, everyone else on this list. This is the best Christmas movie ever made. — Andy McDonald

  • “Metropolitan” (1990)
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    If we include Christmas-adjacent movies, a whole world of holiday films suddenly opens up. You can watch “Gremlins” or “The Apartment” or “Sleepless in Seattle” in honor of Old Saint Nick. Imagine that! You can also watch “Metropolitan,” which should be on your must-see list year-round. Whit Stillman’s 1990 cult classic follows a middle-class Princeton student returning home to Manhattan for his first winter break. There, he encounters a group of well-to-do socialites near his age who invite him into their “urban haute bourgeoisie” circle. Together, the entitled aristocrats carouse through 1960s New York, mourning the loss of elitist values that has set in with the rise of the counterculture. Sound festive and jolly? It’s no “Christmas with the Kranks,” but “Metropolitan” is a humorous portrait of changing generational tides and the oddities of returning home after being away. Stillman’s script was nominated for an Oscar, and the movie enjoyed a nice bout of attention for its 25th anniversary rerelease earlier this year. Curl up with eggnog and save the schmaltz for another night because this sharp satire is exactly what you need. — Matthew Jacobs
  • “Die Hard” (1988)
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    When I dream of Christmas, I dream of many things. I dream of a grotesquely buff Bruce Willis in a wife-beater, bleeding profusely from his feet while making cute banter. I dream of Karl, that poor Eurotrash Ken doll, slung over a wheelie chair in a Santa Hat covered in cryptic bloody messages. Of young professor Snape hurtling through space. Of ’80s office buildings that look like flattened rainbow sherbet. Of estranged spouses making out after a near death experience. I dream of “Die Hard.” — Priscilla Frank
  • “Home Alone” (1990)
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    The first time I watched “Home Alone,” I didn’t even know what aftershave was. In the years since, I’m pretty positive I burned my dimples off recreating Kevin’s scream. But who needs dimples anyway? Dimples are stupid. All you really need for the holidays is to watch inept burglars get severely burned and hit in the face with paint cans. That’s always a merry Christmas, ya filthy animals. — Bill Bradley
  • “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)
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    This movie has everything: ghosts, children living in poverty, a bitter old miser, the Christmas spirit, a bunch of Muppets. And it’s a musical! Happily, the story doesn’t stray too far from the classic Dickens tale we all know. Ebenezer Scrooge, who still claims one of the greatest bad-guy names in children’s literature, is a mean old human money-lender who begrudgingly gives his puppet employees a day off for Christmas. To show him the error of his coldhearted ways, three ghosts visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve. One reminds him that he wasn’t always such a jerk, one shows him how his actions hurt the people around him, and the last, most terrifying ghost shows him that if he doesn’t soon change his ways, he’ll have the blood of Tiny Tim on his hands. All the while, a big cast of Muppets sings beloved holiday carols, and Miss Piggy continues to harass Kermit the Frog. It’s great. — Sara Boboltz
  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
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    What’s not to love about a movie that mixes Halloween and Christmas (aka, the best holidays of the year)? “The Nightmare Before Christmas” gives you everything you could ask for in a holiday movie — presents, Santa Claus, singing, romance (Sally and Jack forever!) — with an added dose of darkness. (Shout out to all the people who were terrified of Oogie Boogie in their childhood!)I really can’t express how much I love this movie in one simple blurb. It’s strange, creative, original, and in my humble opinion, a classic. Plus, as a kid/teen, my obsession with Jack Skellington made me feel so ~edgy~ and undeniably cooler than everyone else. — Julia Brucculieri

  • “Jingle All the Way” (1996)
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    I first saw this movie in theaters with my mom and, almost 20 years later, we still watch it for the holidays! (Yes, I have it on DVD). The entire movie sort of celebrates being ultra campy — it never takes itself too seriously. It also feels somewhat accurate in capturing the hysteria of trying to get a silly trendy toy like “Turbo-Man.” The slapstick is unreal — it’s really shocking that these characters survive some scenes?! There’s even a scene where there’s an actual bomb that’s set off.But this movie isn’t about the plot — it’s about the wonderfully ’90s cast. I mean, just the simple fact that a movie exists starring Sinbad, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rita Wilson, and Phil Hartman should compel anyone to watch this. Plus, you also get to see Phil in one of his last film performances, which is very bittersweet. — Melissa Radzimski

  • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (1998)
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    If “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” meets “Home Improvement” doesn’t sound like the sort of laugh-track fueled story sure to put you in the Christmas spirit, well, you’re wrong. If you weren’t a sentient being in 1998, or on the off-chance that you’ve forgotten this total gem, here’s the rundown: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (or, “Jake,” but let’s be real, no matter who Jonathan Taylor Thomas is playing, he’s still Jonathan Taylor Thomas) doesn’t want to go home for Christmas. He’s got a good reason for it — his dad remarried shortly after the death of his mother, and he’s still coping with his grief. But when his dad says he’ll gift him his vintage car in exchange for his mere presence, JTT reconsiders. In what can only be considered a totally reasonable request, JTT’s dad asks him to come home no later than 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (Why the specificity, JTT’s dad? Did you perhaps know that your son would struggle in a gaffe-filled race against the clock?) A ridiculous string of roadblocks later — including a stealthy ride inside a dog kennel on an airplane — and JTT finally makes it home for Christmas. OR DOES HE? You’ve gotta watch to find out! — Maddie Crum
  • “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999)
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    “Eyes Wide Shut” might not scream “holiday movie,” but that’s part of the reason why it’s the perfect film for the oppressively cheerful season. The erotic thriller starring then “It” couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman is, in fact, set during the holidays and won’t let you forget it. Each scene, however sexual or surreal, is set against a relentlessly festive backdrop. Even during a creepy ritualistic orgy, the twinkle of Christmas lights is never far away. — Tricia Tongco
  • “Annie” (1999)
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    No screen adaptation has come as close to capturing the spirit of the classic musical than Disney’s Rob Marshall-helmed “Annie.” It may have been made for TV, but the talents of Broadway legends Victor Garber, Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, Kathy Bates and Kristin Chenoweth (seriously, that cast though) elevated the material to new heights. Nothing screams the holidays more than President Franklin D. Roosevelt promising the orphans of New York a happy ending under Daddy Warbucks’ towering Christmas tree. Whatever you do, do not — we repeat do NOT — mistake this version with 2014’s “Annie.” Sorry Quvenzhané. — Cole Delbyck
  • “The Family Stone” (2005)
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    When I look back on the last 10 years, it’s become clear to me that I have watched “The Family Stone” way too many times. But hey, let a girl live. Sure there are other Christmas movies out there to watch, but something about Carrie Bradshaw meeting the family of Michael O’Neal (“My Best Friend’s Wedding, anyone?) gets me every time. Plus, what’s a holiday flick if Diane Keaton isn’t in it?Not to mention the sibling love-swap is too great to believe … no one saw that coming, right? Luke Wilson 4 lyfe. — Leigh Blickley

  • “A Christmas Kiss” (2011)
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    I grew up on the truly classic Christmas movies — “Christmas Vacation,” “A Christmas Story,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” — all of which I still love. But now that I have cable, and more control over movie selection, I have a soft spot in my heart for the truly ridiculous, cheeseball made-for-TV Christmas romantic comedies that play endlessly on the Hallmark Channel and its ilk throughout December. “A Christmas Kiss,” starring Laura Breckenridge and Brendan Fehr, has it all: It’s overly devoted to the holiday theme, littered with two-dimensional characters, and lacks any narrative logic, yet despite all of this, it’s full of winning charm instead of being mind-numbingly dull. (I credit Breckenridge, who is a fresh and delightful presence; though in the interest of full disclosure I should mention that we were classmates, if not exactly personally acquainted, in college.) Breckenridge plays Wendy, an aspiring designer whose successful but ​difficult boss also happens to be engaged to a handsome heir. When Wendy and her boss’ fiancé are set to work planning a holiday ball together, little holiday lights twinkle between them.What better way to celebrate a girls’ night in around the holidays than with aromatic cocktails and a made-for-TV movie in which two devastatingly attractive people fall in love, despite all obstacles, because they both just love Christmas so damn much? There is no better way. If you really love Christmas or at least like watching cold-hearted, holiday-hating fiancées get what they deserve, don’t miss this “Kiss.” — Claire Fallon

Leigh Blickley Senior Entertainment News Editor, The Huffington Post

 

Gifts That Give Back: A Charitable Christmas

This Christmas you can make a difference and give a gift that keeps on giving.

If you’re looking to give a gift that gives back to someone in need and is a little more meaningful than the average fare, here are some great options.

You’re going to bring a bottle of wine to dinner anyway, so why not bring one that has the capacity to change lives. This California sparkling Brut is just one of the many offerings of the California-based ONE HOPE Wine.

“Every case provides 25 meals to a child in need,” they said. The company also partners with other companies to provide medicine, clean drinking water, and supplies, along other charitable efforts, to those in need.

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Having trouble finding great gifts for the men in your life? This $32 Cambodian Men’s Recycled Tire Travel kit is one of many products handcrafted by Friends International, which provides resources for kids to go to school.

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“By training their out-of-work parents and offering them a range of comprehensive services, Friends International is helping families strengthen their resources and improve their children’s futures,” said Global Goods Partners.

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Another great men’s gift, this $32 T-shirt not only looks good and feels great, but also helps to end atrocities in India.

“Sudara’s chill T-shirts and comfy-but-cute pajamas help end sex slavery in India,” said Refinery29. That’s a momentous task, given the high rate of human trafficking there — the country is home to an estimated more than 3 million sex workers, many of whom are believed to be victims of exploitation. Sudara forges partnerships with indigenous organizations to create sewing centers that employ survivors and “offer these women a fresh start and place to heal.”

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Alpaca fur is soft and warm, and this Peruvian Alpaca scarf is not just great looking and useful for cold winters, but also generates “income for 250 women and family workshops throughout Peru,” said Global Goods Partners. “The sale of this product allows Allpa to provide craft training and access to low interest loan to artisans.”

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This great looking bag is also a great way to give back.

“With its intricate beading and distinctive Masai print lining, this artisan-made bag quickly became (and continues to be) a FEED favorite,” said FEED. “Not only does it support the talented people who hand-bead the bags, but every bag sold provides meals to two children in Kenya for one year.”

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A great stocking stuffer or hostess gift, these bars of soap are just one of the hand in hand products that give back. For every product purchased, the company donates a bar of soap and provides a month of clean water to children in need.

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The perfect gift for the animal-loving kid in your life, these $17 PB Teen pillowcases are also charitable, with $5 of each going to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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Finding a thoughtful and affordable gift for friends, neighbors, and coworkers isn’t easy. This cup and bowl combo from West Elm is super cute, and, better yet, 50 percent of every purchase is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

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Want to really make an impact on a family in need? Donate an animal.

“Options offered through Heifer International range from rabbits ($60) to a heifer ($500). You can even donate a llama ($150),” said Refinery29. You can also donate a share of an animal.

 

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