What's your favourite Christmas movie?
We asked a few people around the CBC office and listed them here.
We want to know what your favourite Christmas movies are, too! Try our quickie poll and leave a comment below and let us know!
Here are the staffers' picks:
Morning Newsreader Ted Deller: The Sound of Music
It features the beautiful scenery of the wintry Alps, memorable musical numbers, NAZIs and car chases. What more could you ask for?
Host, Saskatoon Morning Leisha Grebinski: Love Actually
Love Actually has become a holiday tradition of mine. Sure, it's a glossy, superficial take on love (read: physical attraction) but what romantic comedy isn't? You can't deny that warm fuzzy feeling you get when the Prime Minister falls for a staff member half his age. Or was that the rum and egg nog?
Host, The Morning Edition Sheila Coles: It's a Wonderful Life
Hands down, best Christmas movie ever made! It has life and death, good and evil (Mr. Potter, what a villain!), cute kids, an angel (Oh Clarence!), and the one-and-only Jimmy Stewart. Not just a simplistic feel-good tale, it takes us to one man's darkest hour (how many Christmas movies take us to a suicide attempt?) and forces us all to look at how others' lives would be without us. Each life causes a huge ripple (What's yours look like?)
-"What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."
-"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings."
Weather Specialist Sabeen Ahmad: Home Alone
"Guys, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!"
....Am I the ONLY one who LOVES Home Alone?!?! I think even as a child it was a dream to be left home alone and do whatever the heck you could/wanted...To this day...Christmas is not Christmas if Home Alone (just 1 and 2) have been watched... I'll confess, I've even watched it in July.
Host, The Afternoon Edition Craig Lederhouse: Die Hard
Bruce Willis blasts away your Yuletide blues by single-handedly busting a holiday heist which has interrupted his effort to spend a simple Christmas Day with his family.
Online Host, Saskatoon Morning Matt Kruchak: A Christmas Story
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
The 1983 cult classic A Christmas Story is genius. Like many men, I can relate to the childhood events that the main character, Ralphie, experiences -- from yearning for a gift that's out of reach to sticking one's tongue to a metal pole to confronting a fist-throwing bully. On the other hand, my dad never came home with a leg lamp.
News Presenter / Editor Candace Holmstrom: Elf
Because I love seeing a fully grown adult press all the elevator buttons in a sky scraper, run circles in a revolving door, then go to work and scream "SANTA! OH MY GOD!!!!" - or sing rather than speak sentences in the workplace. And I've always wanted to answer the phone in the newsroom saying: "Buddy the Elf. What's Your Favourite Colour?"
Host, Saskatchewan Weekend Dan Reynish
Exactly what is a Christmas Movie? Is it one that focuses on the day itself, like Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story? Or, can a Christmas Movie merely take place in the latter part of December and while it features people trying to get to their loved ones or to events that usually take place at this time of year, it doesn't actually get to December 25th, like Die Hard, Home Alone or Love Actually?
Plus, does a Christmas Movie have to make you feel all warm and fuzzy, like Elf and The Santa Clause? Or can it be a guilty pleasure, like Scrooged or Bad Santa? And, should we exclude the cartoons we watched as kids - like A Charlie Brown Christmas and How The Grinch Stole Christmas - because they aren't feature-length?
To me the answer is that any film that makes you feel the way we all feel at this time of year can be classified as a Christmas Movie, even if you watch it in the middle of the summer, as I sometimes do.
So my answer is threefold, my favourite Christmas Movies are: It's A Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I can watch them any time of year, and they make me happy in the way that only Christmas does. Ho Ho Ho, and Happy Viewing!!
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