Friday Top 5: Must Watches At Christmas

Taking a break from the Top Transmogrifications until the new year, when you can be certain I’ll finish off the various weapons.  This week, I wanted to share 5 movies/specials that I absolutely have to watch this time of year.  I actually watch a plethora of holiday themed shows, but here are five that really stand out for me:

Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas is my absolute favourite of all-time.  I remember watching it a few times a year, every year, when I was young.  Then all of a sudden, it was gone.  All your other traditional specials came every December, but not this one.  I realize the popularity of the California Raisins faded, but this was a classic!  How could they do this to me?  I sought out buying it, but the prices on e-bay were absurd.  I was relieved the day I found it on YouTube and resume this annual tradition once again.

A Christmas Carol is one of the all-time stories from this time of year. There are countless versions, but in my family there is but one: the 1951 classic Scrooge starring Alistair Sim, and it has to be the black and white version.  That’s just how we are.  Plus, without question Sim’s performance captures the absolute essence of the character in the book.  I used to watch it on Christmas Eve when I was very small, but now I make a point of simply catching it early in the holidays.

I will be the first to admit Christmas Vacation is not a great movie by any stretch, however there’s so many little spots in it that I honestly laugh my arse off…to say nothing of the classic lines and moments.  Everyone remembers something from it, with my personal favourite being Clark’s rant and request for Tylenol.   The theme song also happens to be among my favourite carols.

In all honesty, the live action movie wasn’t horrible, but if I don’t see it again I’m ok.  There’s only one Grinch and he sounds like Boris Karloff…not Jim Carrey doing Sean Connery.  I grew up with Dr. Seuss and I’ll always appreciate How The Grinch Stole Christmas from 1966.  It was literally the book, animated. 

Couldn’t find the full video, but Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Ghosts of Christmas Eve is phenomenal.  Ossie Davis narrates a light tale in between performances by various folk joining the Orchestra.   I’m a huge fan of TSO to begin with, and the DVD was a Christmas gift from my wife that I absolutely must watch.  While it doesn’t have the rich history the others do with me, this one probably means the most to me and just illicits an exuberance for the holidays and a love for all the wonderful things in my life. 

So there’s just a few of my traditional shows.  Speaking of which, the contest continues for your chance to win a Pandaren Monk courtesy of me.  Just click on the link on the home page and then come up with a WoW christmas image about a carol or special.  You have until Winter Veil ends on January 2nd!

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