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!







Five for Friday: Five Things 80’s Movies Taught Me About Life

The 80’s taught me so much.  Big bangs make you look totally rad.  Add a synthesizer to any song and it instantly gets much cooler.  Neon matches everything……..And the films of the 80’s were just full of great life lessons.  Below are a small sampling of some of my fave 80’s flicks and the nuggets of wisdom I picked up from them.

Number 5:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

Ok, technically this is not an 80’s movie.  But TMNT were born in the 80’s; so I’m counting it.

Fight for what’s right even when the odds seem stacked against you.  These turtles were outnumbered, but in true karate flick fashion they battled overwhelming odds and came out the champions.

Everyone needs a catch-phrase.  Just like any 80’s movie worth its weight, this one has a great one.  Cowabunga!

WTF Lesson:  If someone is a criminal, it is perfectly okay to crush them in a trash compactor.  Murder is perfectly fine.


I can’t believe Michael Bay is about to destroy this movie.  Gag me with a spoon.


Number 4:  Pretty in Pink 1986

Is there anything MORE 80’s than a John Hughes film?

Sometimes the “right” guy is right in front of you.  Ugh, I get pissed every time I watch this movie.  I cheer for Duckie so hard.  Come on Andie, give him a chance!   I obviously didn’t learn this lesson early enough though.  Matt was clearly amazing the entire time we were in college together, but I was as clueless as young Molly Ringwald.  At least I finally figured it out.

Teenage girls are stupid twits.  See above.  Some of us don’t outgrow this until our late 20s.

WTF Lesson:  You can create an awesome prom dress in no time flat with your super teenage sewing skills.  Yeah, not so much.


Number 3:  Gremlins 1984

Exotic animals are not pets.  Hello! This is the clear message of this movie.  None of the deaths and mayhem that occurred would have been possible had Mr. Peltzer not bought that damn Mogwai.

Directions are there for a reason.  Don’t get them wet.  Well that really resonated with Billy.  It took him about an hour to dump water all over Gizmo.

Karma’s a bitch.  Sorry Mrs. Deagle.  Maybe you shouldn’t have been so miserable.

WTF Lesson:  Don’t ever try to dress up like Santa and come down the chimney to surprise your kids.  Otherwise you die and stink up the house.


Number 2:  Karate Kid 1984

Sometime assholes learn their lessons and change.  Johnny finally shows Daniel respect in the end.

You can make someone do a whole lot of manual labor for you if it’s under the guise of mentorship.  Now how do I apply this to getting some work done around my house?

A theme song will make you more successful.  The 80’s were full of wonderful montages.  KK had one of my faves!

WTF Lesson:  If you stand in a crane position it will confuse your opponent and lead to victory.  Nope.


The leg, sweep it.

Number 1:  Back to the Future 1985

One of my VERY favorite 80’s films.  I still would love to own a DeLorean.

What happened in the past shapes your future for better or worse.  We are all a product of our experiences.  Going back and redoing things sounds great, but could cause some serious issues!  We shouldn’t live  a life full of regrets.  After all, what happened throughout lives is what got us here!

Puffy vests look rad no matter what the year.  Truth.

Scientists aren’t very ethical when it comes to saving their own skin.  All that talk about disrupting the space-time continuum and Doc still rips open the letter about his murder and saves his own life.

Huey Lewis should write a song for every movie soundtrack. “Power of Love” is perfection.


WTF Lesson:  You probably would not want to meet your parents when they were young.  It’s just too weird.  And your Mom might try to make out with you. 


Honarable Mentions:

Rocky-  Don’t ever give up.  Not if your friends die.  Not if you can’t remember anything.  Not if you have to go train in Siberia.

The Breakfast Club-  Even those whose lives appear perfect have problems.  High school principals are easy to trick.

The Princess Bride-  True love is worth fighting for. 

Let me stop here so I can eventually do a part two of this one!  I leave you with this:

Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Jimmy Iovine – feat. Ab-Soul

Eating:  Leftover spaghetti

Drinking:  H2O

Random fact:  I didn’t see any of the Rocky films until college.