Five for Friday: My 5 Favorite Christmas Movies

It’s that time of year again.  My house has so many lights that Clark himself would be jealous;  everything smells of evergreen; and the my playlists normally dedicated to rock start to give way to a bit of holiday cheesiness.  Everything about Christmas is wonderful, but without a doubt, one of the very best things about the holiday season is Christmas movies.  Here are my top five that must be watched each December.


The 5 Best Christmas Films of All Time (according to me)

Number 5:  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

This one is near and dear to my heart,  because I can totally relate to Clark on the light obsession.  It’s never enough.  Ever.  Each year I just keep buying more and more lights.  I’ve been eyeballing the house that went all out for Halloween each time I drive through the neighborhood.  I told Matt, “Don’t think I won’t just keep running out to Home Depot every time they put more up.”  I’m throwing down the gauntlet people.  They WILL NOT outdo us!


Number 4:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

My favorite of the Christmas Classics.  I love his little squeeky nose.  I love Hermey.  I love Yukon Cornelius.  Hell, I even love the Abominable Snow Man.  This one takes me right back to being a kiddo.


Number 3:  A Christmas Story (1983)

You know why Ted Turner plays this thing for 24 hours straight?  Because we’ll watch it for all 24 hours.  I just turn on the TV and let it cycle over and over.  Somehow I always see to walk in on the part where the dogs are stealing the turkey.

You really can’t pick one best scene from this festive gem.  Don’t even try.


Number 2:  Home Alone (1990)

Keep the change, ya filthy animal!  This one ranks number one on my Mom’s list.  She’s obsessed with this little prankster.  I tend to cry at least every other showing because of the old man and his grand daughter.  Old people and animals, they get me every time.


Another connection to this film,  I’ve had far too many people to count say to me, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like the Mom from Home Alone?”  Yes, yes they have.  Maybe I should do a list of the 5 “hey you look like’s” I’ve gotten over the years.  I always fail to see the connection.

Are you ready for #1?!  What could it be?  Surely it is something on everyone’s top 3, right?  An obvious classic?


Number 1:  Gremlins (1984)

Yeah, I see that your jaw just dropped and some of you are shaking your heads.  But this is my #1 folks!  Matt will argue for the rest of our lives that this isn’t a Christmas movie, but I say, hell yes it is!

Does it take place at Christmas?  Yep.


Are Christmas and Christmas related accessories apparent throughout the movie? Uh-huh.


Is there Christmas music?  Sure is.


This is also on my list of top 80s flicks.  I’ve blogged about it before in 5 Things 80s Movies Taught Me About Life.

Christmas. Have a nice flight Mrs. Deagle.


Honorable Mentions:

Scrooged (1988)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970)


What are your faves?


Stay positive & love your life!






Santa at CD Warehouse

Yesterday after an amazing afternoon of delicious food and craft beer, Matt and I ventured over to CD Warehouse.  I was quite shocked that this place is still in business given the fate suffered by most used CD shops.  I hadn’t visited this area in sometime, but when I lived in Alpharetta, I’d hit this store up rather frequently.  It’s a fun and cheap musical adventure.

As soon as we got inside, Matt asked, “What are you looking for?”  I shrugged.  Because I never know exactly what I hope to find.  I simply skim through the bins, running my fingers over each CD waiting on that one gem that will make my day.   I stop to laugh and utter a “remember this?!” or “God, this album was great.”

While I adore my iPod and in no way do I long for the days of lugging 800 lbs of CDs around or suffering through skipping discs caused by my sever neglect when it came to care, there is something still vastly appealing about opening that cheap plastic shell.  There is still a little bit of magic in picking up a CD based purely on cover alone.  And finding an album you lost long ago is like a brief reunion with your former self.  You instantly are brought back to moments spent listening.  You remember who was there.  You recall your thoughts and dreams.  For me, nothing creates moments of reminiscence quite like music.

I guess CD Warehouse is kind of like Christmas.  I know what I like.  I have a sort of mental wish list.  But what will appear under the tree on Christmas morning is still a mystery.  So imagine my surprise when who to my music seeking eyes should appear, it was Santa though he didn’t have any reindeer.  Seriously guys, Santa actually walked in CD Warehouse.  He was perfect.  The beard, the belly, the jovial face.  Everything was as it should be.  He was even sporting a Santa print shirt.  He walked up the counter and asked, “Do you guys have The Santa Clause 1 and 2?”  A few short minutes later, he left, movies in hand.  And I was left standing by the bargain bin wishing I’d had the foresight to snap a picture.  I turned to Matt and said, “Tomorrow’s blog post just wrote itself.”


What gifts did I find?

Soundgarden- Superunknown  This makes the 4th time I’ve purchased this album.  Who knows where copies 1-3 ended up.

Minus the Bear- Infinity Overhead Digging these guys.  I’d not checked out much aside from “Pachuca Sunrise”.

Various Artists- The Roots of Nirvana- Includes the Melvins, the Meat Puppets, Mudhoney and some other solid bands.  It should be a great listen.

Various Artists- Econium:  A Tribute to Led Zepplin- Another great compilation with bands like STP, Rollins Band, Duran Duran, etc.

Foo Fighters- In Your Honor

Stay postive & love your life!



Listening to:Minus The Bear – Lonely Gun

Eating:  Leftover couscous and black eyed peas.

Drinking:  Sugarfree Red Bull

Random fact:  I sold the majority of my original CD collection freshman year of college.  I think I got $85.  I’m still kicking myself to this day.  Come to think of it, that’ s likely where my first Soundgarden “Superunknown” disc went.