Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People



In Canuckville, we’re still without snow (just because I said that, a blizzard will whisk through here).  We got dumped on at the end of October and enjoyed the white fluffy stuff for a couple of weeks since the temp was hovering around -12 Celsius.  Then a warm spell wooshed in and stole all our snow.  Do I sound like I’m complaining?  Maybe a little bit.  I do enjoy walking through a winter wonderland with the Mals.  They are arctic freighting dogs, so snow for them is an exciting time.

Anyhoo, this is when I list some of my fave Christmas movies.  In the spirit of the twelve days, I’ll supply twelve that I’ve enjoyed over the years.  Keep in mind I’m not a big watcher of Christmas movies.  These are ones that stayed with me through my youth.

12)  Rudolph’s Shiny New Year:  This is a very funny movie.  Aeon the Terrible steals the show as the antagonist who is determined to stop time by capturing Happy, the baby new year, who is on the run after being laughed at by everyone because of his big ears.

11)  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:  I have to admit the snow monster scared me as a kid, heh.  Now I adore that monster.  My fave characters are Yukon Cornelius and Hermey, the wannabe dentist who loaths being an elf.  I also dig the winged lion named King Moonracer, because he supplies a safe haven for the unwanted toys.  What a nice guy.

10)  Frosty the Snowman:  There is something to say about the villains created by Rankin and Bass.  This time Professor Hinkle, the bumbling magician, is out to cause trouble.  When he realises his hat he tossed away is really magical, the ol’  prof is out to melt poor Frosty the Snowman.

9)  How the Grinch Stole Christmas:  Not only do Rankin and Bass do great villains, so does Dr. Seuss.  Who doesn’t love the Grinch, even if he steals Christmas?

8)  Trading Places:  Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy were brilliant in this movie.  The same goes for the Duke brothers.  I can’t forget Clarence Beeks.  I loved his nastiness.  Nobody does bad better than Paul Gleason.  I love when he pops up in movies.

7)  Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town:  I love this movie because it takes us back in time to when Santa Claus was born.  He’s so cheerful and nice that even the super-scary Winter Warlock befriends Santa in the end.

6)  The Year without a Santa Claus:  Anyone who watches this tunes in for the brothers:  Heat Miser and Snow Miser.  Who’s your favourite?  I love ’em both.

5)  The Little Drummer Boy:  I remember the first time I saw this as a child.  This movie captivated me, along with it’s message.  I still get goosebumps when I watch this.

4)  Home Alone 1 & 2:  Joe Pesci.  Enough said.

3)  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation:  This is another movie I love to watch at this time of the year.  There is something about Clark and Cousin Eddie that makes the Vacation movies priceless.

2)  Scrooge:  I think it’s renamed A Christmas Carol now.  Allister Sims is Scrooge.  My dad recommended it when I was a child and it was on TV.  I, of course, blanched at watching a black and white movie.  But I quickly changed my mind.  Now, I watch this every year.

1)  Die Hard:  You can’t have Christmas without Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman.  Okay, besides me, who else was cheering for Hans and his crew?

How about you?  What are your favourite Christmas movies?

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