Thursday, December 3, 2009

Huh, Huh, You Said "Poll"

Seeing as how it's a week after Thanksgiving, guess it's time I wrap up my write-in poll for your favorite Thanksgiving movies, huh? For those who may have missed the half-naked Rachel Ray icon in the sidebar and the accompanying post, my question was, "What's your favorite movie to watch during Thanksgiving?"

I had hoped to uncover some hidden Thanksgiving-related gem, but your answers confirmed my fears. There just aren't that many. Here's the breakdown:

The Mad Hatter finds himself enthralled by Elf.

Fletch watches the football, but will squeeze in time for A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott) and Home Alone over the holidays if it's on.

Invisible Woman gave the only holiday must-see, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. A Charlie Brown Christmas and a decades old version of A Christmas Carol also rank high on her holiday viewing list.

For me, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is probably my only Turkey Day staple. The two movies that always come to my mind are Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Pieces of April. The latter stars Katie Holmes before she moved into the house of crazy. Even though these are Thanksgiving-centric, I've never dusted them off to watch them every year like I do horror movies at Halloween.

Looks like Thanksgiving will continue to fall in the shadow of the Christmas entertainment empire. Which is a nice segue to my latest poll!


Every Christmas, I settle down with my favorite holiday films which includes Gremlins, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bad Santa, Elf, Scrooged, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Over the years I've caught snippets of the "classics," but have never taken the time to watch them in their entirety. This will all change in 2009. I scoured the interwebs, discovering several holiday classic lists. The Top 10 films according to various sources are:

Chicago Tribune:
10. Love Actually
09. Elf
08. A Muppet Christmas Carol
07. White Christmas
06. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
05. Miracle on 34th Street
04. The Santa Clause
03. It's a Wonderful Life
02. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
01. A Christmas Story

10. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
09. Babes in Toyland
08. Home Alone
07. Christmas in Connecticut
06. Elf
05. White Christmas
04. Scrooged
03. Miracle on 34th Street
02. It's a Wonderful Life
01. A Christmas Story

Associated Content (in no particular order):
10. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
09. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
08. A Christmas Story
07. Home Alone
06. The Santa Clause
05. Scrooged
04. Miracle on 34th Street
03. A Charlie Brown Christmas
02. A Muppet Christmas Carol
01. It's a Wonderful Life

From these lists and others, I have listed seven holiday classics that I should have seen by now. Over the next two weeks, take a moment and let me know:

Which holiday classic should top my must-see list?

If you don't see one in particular that you consider required viewing, by all means write it in! I'll watch and review the top scoring movie before this Christmas passes.

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  1. I'm upset that there's a pic for the Charlie Brown Christmas, but that it's not an option. As such, I abstained from voting. Yeah, I know it's not a movie, but I hardly think that matters in this case. :)

    My list of must-sees every year (already covered somewhat):

    Charlie Brown
    the stop-motion Rudolph
    A Christmas Carol (1984, with George C. Scott)
    and Home Alone.

    Strangely, though I love Chevy and like the Vacation movies, I'm not nearly as head over heels for Xmas Vacation as everyone else seems to be.

    We own all of those above on DVD save for Home Alone, and also own the some Muppets Christmas special, though it's not a version of A Christmas Carol. We're about 50/50 on watching that one each year.

  2. Charlie Brown didn't make the vote b/c it's a must-see for me every year. I was only looking to expand my Xmas viewing with movies I've never seen.

    I need to dust off Home Alone. I used to love it, but it's been ages since I saw it. Never saw the George C. Scott Carol, but it's on TV next week so I'll have to check it out.

    I can't believe you don't absolutely adore Xmas Vacation?!

  3. It's good, I've just never found any of the Vacation movies to be crazy LOL movies; they're good fun and totally rewatchable, but aren't iconic to me. They're more like comfort food.