Being December and all, it’s time to tell you about a little-known Knapp-Fisher family tradition, one that has been passed on down from generation to generation, all the way back to 405 A.D. which, coincidentally, was the year the video cassette recorder was introduced to the home viewing audience. It seems that every year after we’ve gorged on our Christmas dinner, we all like to sink deep into our couches, knock back a few eggnogs and try to digest the massive meal we just conquered. And once we’re all settled and comfortable (make that too bloated to move) we put in some classic Christmas themed movies to watch as we slowly, quietly slip into our respective carb-comas.
So in honour of this tradition, I wanted to share with you a few favourites, just in case you too, wanted to bring this tradition home for your clan to enjoy; but a word of caution: Don’t be expecting any black and white classics, like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street” on my list; Grandma goes to bed at 7:30 p.m.! No, here are some newer “classics” that – when enjoyed with a few eggnogs – are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Ho! Ho! Ho!
LOVE ACTUALLY – from the team who brought you “Bridget Jones” and “4 Weddings and a Funeral” comes this multi character story about love & lust in London during the holidays; extra points for Bill Nighy’s hilarious turn as a washed up pop star!
SCROOGED – Bill Murray skewers Dickens… need I say any more? Just note that the “smack in the face with the toaster” bit didn’t happen in the book
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Too long, too bloated, too..zzzzzz… but great to stick the under 8 crowd in front of if you need 3 hours of peace to sleep off the turkey
ELF – What can I say? It’s my second favourite of all time! Will Ferrell in the days before Ron Burgundy messed it up for us all…
THE POLAR EXPRESS – THE BEST EVER! Don’t bother renting it, just buy it; you WILL watch it every year for the rest of your life, I guarantee!
Tristan’s BONUS pick:
DIE HARD – Kids these days! But if Tristan thinks that Bruce Willis with hair chasing Snape around an L.A. high-rise qualifies as a Christmas flick, who am I to argue? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
And finally, for the closet nerds and disbelievers out there… here’s a Star Wars “Holiday Special” that I bet Harrison Ford and George Lucas wish they never made; somebody must have naked pictures of them to allow this injustice! Just Google “Star Wars Holiday Special” to enjoy this hideously recorded T.V. show, complete with commercials and news breaks; make sure you jump to 1:45 mins to see the stars “sing” some God awful song to the Star Wars theme. And don’t blame me if you can never “un-see” what you see! Cheers!
What are your favourite holiday shows/movies? Let us know in the comments below!