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Mark’s Miscellaneous Monday – Favorite Holiday Movies

I thought I share a few of my favorite holiday movies and what we traditionally make sure we watch every year.

#5    A Christmas Story.
There’s just something wonderfully nostalgic and just pure americana in this movie.   Besides how can you not love a movie that has lines like:
In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenity that as far as we know, is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
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#4  A Christmas Carol
There have been a lot of versions of this movie released over the years and a lot of wonderful Scrooges – but in my mind when I picture old Ebenezer in my mind it always seems to be Alastair Sim from this classic 1951 version – and of course in black and white.   While the newer versions offer wonderful special effects – these do nothing to improve the story and this version is one of the closest to the original words by Charles Dickens everything since just suffers from having to be compared to something done so well if so long ago.
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#3  White Christmas
OK by now you’ve figured out I have a thing for the classics, movies that where old even when I was young.   This movie would be on the list just for Bing singing “White Christmas” alone – one of my favorite holiday songs.
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#2 It’s a Wonderful Life
Again I tend to prefer the classic B&W over the colorized versions – but find this to be one of my favorite films in it’s regards to friendship and how our lives interweave with each others.
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#1 Christmas Vacation
Nope – I’m not kidding on this one.  This has been on our yearly watch list since if first came out on VHS tape over 20 years ago.
I think for me it’s because in a strange way I kinda identify with poor old Clark.   He just wants that near perfect Norman Rockwell holiday for him and his family – and we can all understand and identify with that – but his family puts the “fun” back in dysfunctional – and I’m sure far too many of us can identify with that as well.   Heck I can match most of the characters in this movie up with my immediate family – only in some cases the movie versions seem far too toned down and believable.