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Nothing quite matches the energy and excitement one experiences as a kid during the Christmas Eves of his or her youth. My family always ate a formal dinner the night before and my memories of those meals are so overwhelmingly positive. The food was great, sure. But my remembrances are partially slanted on the positive side of the scale because of the anticipation that hung thick in the air over what was to happen the next morning. It’s the one day in life when you wake up to magically delivered toys.
How can one not be excited — to the point of ecstatic — when a jolly old guy is expected to show up in your living room and leave a lot of toys, whether you were good that year or not?
There’s no feeling like Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in adulthood. The toys get larger and more expensive, but the excitement isn’t there. My brother and I were always up before the sun rose. Our next-door neighbors, the Hemeters, were the only family whose lights were already on when we awoke.
We weren’t allowed to go into the living room to see what Santa brought us until our grandparents, aunts, and uncles all came to the house. “Just open your stockings and stay in the den,” our mom would say. That amped up the anticipation. It was pure torture.
The other holiday anticipatory excitement I experienced as a kid had nothing to do with toys, formal meals, stockings, or bearded men breaking into our house to deliver toys. No. This time of year always brought Christmas movies that weren’t shown the rest of the year.
Waiting for the Christmas movie season to begin also involved anticipation and excitement. But that is a joy I still experience as a 61-year-old man. I love Christmas movies, not cheesy Hallmark stuff, but fun, happy Christmas movies.
Here’s a list of my Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time:
10.) A Christmas Carol (1951 version) — There are so many versions of this Dickens classic. As a child, I grew up with the Albert Finney Scrooge. I love Finney’s work, but Allister Sim nails the character better than anyone, in my opinion. The special effects are circa late 1940s Hollywood, but this is the classic of all classics.
9.) Love Actually— O.K. it’s a chick flick, but the scene where Emma Thompson opens her Christmas gift and makes a realization about her husband, Alan Rickman, while Joni Mitchell sings an updated version of “Both Sides Now,” is worth the price of admission.
8.) Scrooged — I’ve been a Bill Murray fan since his SNL days in the late 1970s. There’s not much he does that isn’t stellar. This has a very 1980s vibe, but it’s a great re-telling of a classic piece of literature, and Al Green and Annie Lennox do a great cover of “Put A Little Love in Your Heart,” to wind things up.
7.) It’s A Wonderful Life — What a great message and a feel-good movie. Jimmy Stewart always reminded me of my grandfather. Excellent story, well written and well-acted.
6.) Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer — I never missed this stop-motion classic the first 13 years of my life. I had the album. I know the songs by heart, and the Abominable Snowman used to scare me more than the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” Back in the era when there were only three channels, this was prime holiday viewing.
5.) Die Hard — Say what you want, but this is a Christmas movie. Granted, it’s an action flick, but make no mistake. It’s a Christmas movie. I have never been one who’s afraid to go back to the theater to rewatch a movie during its first run. I scored a rare three-peat on this one. This was the first in the new era of action movies. From around the 10-minute mark until the credits roll, the action is non-stop. That’s very common today, but this was the first movie I remember that got rolling right off the bat.
4.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Ron Howard’s version) — What perfect casting. I’m not a huge Jim Carrey fan, but this was the role he was born to play. I once read that Robin Williams and Eddie Murphey were in line to play the lead. They might have been good — and I prefer them in most any other movie over Carrey — but Ron Howard got it right when he gave the lead to Carrey. I love the animated version that I grew up with, too.
3.) Elf — There really should be a tie for the final three as they are all just as good as the others. I remember thinking, “All of the great Christmas movies have already been made. Why is anyone trying to make another?” as I was walking into the theater to see this for the first time. I walked out knowing that another Christmas classic had been made. My family quotes this movie throughout the year, and we never miss watching it sometime during the season.
2.) A Christmas Story — I am one of the only people I know who saw this in the theater. I was living in Jackson at the time and had to go across town to see it. I loved it from Day One. I love that era in America. These days everyone is a little burned out on it because TNT runs it as a non-stop marathon on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. If this were back in the three-channel days, I think we’d all appreciate it a little more.
1.) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — When I saw this during its first run at the theater, I didn’t laugh as hard as I do know after at least 50 viewings. I love everything about this movie. It’s far-fetched and silly, but we all know, it’s not too far off base. There are so many quotable lines, most can’t be repeated here.
Merry Christmas to all, and may all of your New Year’s dreams come true.
Onward.
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