Poll Position: What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

One of the joys of parenthood, I’ve already learned in 35 months, is getting to see the things that capture your child’s imagination. Some of them are things that never particularly interested you as a child: I played with some trucks in my day, but my son has an astonishing obsession with bulldozers, backhoes, dump trucks, excavators, graders, rollers (yes, he can and does identify them all by name, including skid steers). And then there are the things that you enjoyed, and which your child does, too.

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

  • A Christmas Story (115 Votes)
  • Christmas Vacation (107 Votes)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (89 Votes)
  • Something else (specify in comments) (45 Votes)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (25 Votes)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (21 Votes)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (18 Votes)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon or live action) (17 Votes)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (12 Votes)
  • The Nutcracker ballet (4 Votes)
  • Frosty the Snowman (3 Votes)

Total Voters: 456

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This has been the year of my son “getting” holidays such as Halloween and now Christmas. So, it’s been fun for my wife and me to introduce him to our Christmas traditions, including carols, movies and TV specials. He watched most of the classic “Frosty the Snowman,” but we somehow missed the airing of “Rudolph.” We also took him to the kids’ night at the Fox Theater when the Muppets’ version of “A Christmas Carol” is screened, and he made it all the way through the Ghost of Christmas Present before his attention span faltered.

So, two days before Christmas, here’s this week’s Poll Position: What are your favorite Christmas movies? To offer a sufficiently wide range of choices, I’ve bent the definition of “movie” to include a couple of the classic TV specials as well as the recorded version of the Nutcracker ballet (here’s looking at you, sis). And I’m not limiting it to movies for kids.

Answer in the nearby poll and, especially if I’ve excluded your favorite, in the comments thread below.

P.S. — I don’t always signal my own choice in these polls, but I have to say that nothing lures me to sit on the couch for two — or 24 — hours straight like “A Christmas Story.” And in a movie with numerous classic scenes, few can beat this one:

– By Kyle Wingfield

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90 comments Add your comment

ByteMe

December 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

Absolutely can’t stand A Christmas Story. It strikes me as something that’s both mean and sad. In true “lib” fashion, though, I’m willing to consider that it’s just me and not everyone who likes it. :)

LOVE the Muppets. Probably going to take the little ones to the new Muppet Movie this week.

ByteMe

December 23rd, 2011
10:33 am

Dr. Pangloss

December 23rd, 2011
10:35 am

Our favorite: La Pastorela, a PBS presentation based on Mexican pastoral plays, which are descended from the shepherds’ plays of the Middle Ages. Starring Linda Ronstadt as the angel Michael, Cheech Marin as one of the wise men, Don Novello as the village priest. Also including people like Freddy Fender. The devil drives up from Hell in a Cadillac, escorted by his demons on Harleys. It’s great fun and very affecting.

Another good one: Joyeux Noel, which depicts the World War I incident in which German, Scottish and French troops laid down their arms and came together in peace on Christmas Eve in 1914. Is it true? It ought to be.

Don't Tread

December 23rd, 2011
10:36 am

Christmas Vacation is my favorite. Didn’t care for the sequel, though.

Fixed the newel post!

Kyle Wingfield

December 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

Arrgh. I totally meant to include Christmas Vacation on the list, Don’t Tread.

Kyle Wingfield

December 23rd, 2011
10:43 am

Thanks, ByteMe. Same to you!

J Brooks

December 23rd, 2011
10:59 am

“The gift that keeps on giving all year round…. that it is Edward! That it is.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K8-kNuDgoA

Kyle Wingfield

December 23rd, 2011
11:07 am

Ok, it’s becoming clear that my mistake in omitting Christmas Vacation is egregious. I’m going to edit the poll.

David

December 23rd, 2011
11:09 am

It’s a tie between Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott) and The Homecoming.

Junior Samples

December 23rd, 2011
11:11 am

I remember when Mama Samples took me to the Fox Theatre to see a movie for the first time. I hope your son treasures his memory of that day as fondly as I do.

Merry Christmas Kyle

godless heathen

December 23rd, 2011
11:22 am

We were at our office Christmas lunch the other day and the subject of A Christmas Story movie came up. Our office manager, a lady with children 11 and 18 years old, had never seen the movie, or heard of it. I bought her a copy on the way back to the office and told her if she didn’t show it to her kids I was turning her in to DFACS.

Brian

December 23rd, 2011
11:35 am

Die Hard. “It’s Christmas, Theo, it’s the time of miracles.”

Atticus Finch

December 23rd, 2011
11:53 am

I have to say “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. It’s sad and it’s sweet (and I knew it complete
when I wore a younger man’s clothes,. But I digress)
A hot cup of cocoa, Charline Brown on TV, and I’m 9 years old again.
And it has a soundtrack you can still enjoy as an adult.

The Anti-Wooten

December 23rd, 2011
11:53 am

Probably a tossup between “Elf” and “Love Actually”. Although “It’s a Wonderful Life” is DVRed and ready for our viewing pleasure.

xman

December 23rd, 2011
11:58 am

Love Actually

Matt

December 23rd, 2011
12:00 pm

Home Alone. Can’t believe it’s not a choice.

sp

December 23rd, 2011
12:00 pm

Christmas Vacation:
Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

Atticus Finch

December 23rd, 2011
12:04 pm

Oops. That would be Charlie not Charline.

DW

December 23rd, 2011
12:05 pm

Hang Up & DRIVE !!

December 23rd, 2011
12:09 pm

At Christmas, instead of just entertainment-based films, I also greatly enjoy “Highway Safety” documentaries about all the worthless wastes of flesh taken out of the gene pool because they were talking, watching Christmas movies or playing on their smart phones while using their in-motion automobiles instead of DRIVING.

Santa, my Christmas wish is for every single remaining person who uses their cell phone in any capacity while driving on the roads & highways, thereby SELFISHLY and unsafely endangering the lives of the rest of us, to die in a single, fiery, one-car crash that doesn’t interrupt the flow of traffic or impede the rest of us who actually focus on driving.

That is really all I want for Christmas this year. Thank You, Santa!

Please stay off the phone while operating your sleigh, Santa. We don’t want you to get hurt.

UGA 1999

December 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

John

December 23rd, 2011
12:19 pm

A 1970 musical version of “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney. Also “Friday After Next” with Mike Epps and Ice Cube adds some real edgy comedy to the holiday season.

Kyle Wingfield

December 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

DW and Matt: Yeah, I thought about it and almost listed it. I was trying to keep the range broad…but Home Alone’s definitely one of my childhood favorites.

UGA 1999

December 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

UGA 1999

December 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

SANTA! I KNOW HIM!!!

UGA 1999

December 23rd, 2011
12:21 pm

YOU SIT ON A THRONE OF LIES!

Roekest

December 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Die Hard. Yippe-kay-ay…..

John

December 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Elf or Home Alone.

UGA 1999

December 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

You’re not Santa, you smell like beef and cheese!

Hillbilly D

December 23rd, 2011
12:25 pm

I reckon my post got lost in cyber space.

Dawg Doc

December 23rd, 2011
12:26 pm

I love the classics It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, but I can’t go without Elf!!

ELF

December 23rd, 2011
12:28 pm

ELF! “Are you feeling strong, my friend?”

UGA 1999

December 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Oh, he is an angry elf!

Donna P.

December 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Home Alone (the first one) and Christmas Vacation. Love Clark Griswold

Ilene

December 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Holiday Inn – 1942. Wonderful with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. It gave us the wonderful Irving Berlin timeless classic – “White Christmas.” I’ve seen it over 50 times. Not sure why it’s not on the list or on TV this year.

jconservative

December 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Tie between Home Alone and A Christmas Story.

Aquagirl

December 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Die Hard. Yippe-kay-ay…..

My Christmas favorite. Lots of witty one-liners, guns, dead terrorists/thieves, and explosions. Plus Bruce Willis back when he had hair. That’s my kind of Christmas.

Donna P.

December 23rd, 2011
12:33 pm

P.S., the economy must be getting a lot better since people broke down doors at the Stonecrest Mall to purchase $180 Air Jordans…..

JR

December 23rd, 2011
12:38 pm

Home Alone, Home Alone 2, and Trading Places should be on the list.

UGA 1999

December 23rd, 2011
12:44 pm

Donna….that is not called having a “better economy”… It is called ridiculous that people would pay $180 for shoes. I wonder how many of those people left the mall and went to Kroger and paid for their food with food stamps!

Sam

December 23rd, 2011
12:49 pm

“A Christmas Story” is great, but I love “A Christmas Carol,” and “The Muppet’s Christmas Carol” captures the spirit of the original Dickens story in a way that children can better appreciate. Besides, Michael Caine does a superb job as Scrooge. Love all the others mentioned as well.

S

December 23rd, 2011
12:49 pm

All 3 of the Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen!

MrLiberty

December 23rd, 2011
12:58 pm

How the Gingrich stole Christmas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=373wcoVen88&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTlscD7ZSds

And just search YouTube for ‘How the Gingrich Stole Christmas” – all great stuff.

Let’s all have a happy new year and vote for a real man of principle who doesn’t change his tune just to buy votes. A man with a solid plan for the economy, one who predicted and warned against the housing bubble, predicted and warned against blowback from our failed foreign policy, predicted and warned against our failed war in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been working to expose the criminality of the Federal Reserve, and who wants to actually cut government spending by $1 Trillion his first year.

For a happy new year, vote Ron Paul in 2012.

Jebadiah

December 23rd, 2011
12:58 pm

Obviously Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.

Logical Dude

December 23rd, 2011
1:02 pm

“We’re No Angels” – original with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray. Convicts from Devil’s Island escape for Christmas. Hilarity ensues!

DavidEm

December 23rd, 2011
1:07 pm

Howard Blake’s “The Snowman,” for the music. “Walking in Air” is such an incredibly beautiful and evocative piece, especially.

DavidEm

December 23rd, 2011
1:11 pm

Oh, wait—The Alistair Sim 1951 version of “A Christmas Carol”! It’s EXCELLENT.

DW

December 23rd, 2011
1:14 pm

Good call on the Die Hard Aquagirl :)

Jay

December 23rd, 2011
1:14 pm

The original Barbara Stanwyck version of Christmas in Connecticut. Perfect whether you are wrapping or baking or just sipping wine near a cozy fire! The remake -HORRID!!!

DavidEm

December 23rd, 2011
1:23 pm

Thanks, Dr. Panglos @ 10:35

I will look those up.

I’ve been reading an incredible book of first-person accounts of World War 1 called “Forgotten Voices of the Great War,” and there’s a very affecting account of something similar.
British troops in the trenches heard German troops in theirs singing “Silent Night.” They began singing it, too, and the Germans stopped. When the British stopped, the Germans began again. Then one brave soul stood up out of the trenches, others followed, and they walked out and greeted each other at the barbed wire erected in “no man’s land.”. The British officers ordered the men to stop “fraternizing with the enemy”—and were ignored. They just had to turn their backs on what they couldn
t control.
At the end of the day, the Germans put up a sign saying “Gott mit uns” (sp?) ["God is with us."], and one of the limeys put up one that said, “We’ve got mittens, too.”