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?
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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