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My favorite holiday movies

December 13, 2010 - Bennet Goldstein
Throw traditional holiday movies out the window, I have my own list of holiday films I love to watch this time of the year. So you’re not going to find “It’s a Wonderful Life” on this list. Here are my top holiday films — some may surprise you. 1. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Simply a classic. Clark Griswold’s rants in the film are epic though not for children’s ears. Cousin Eddie is wildly eccentric as he drinks egg nog out of a moose mug and in another scene empties the contents of his RV bathroom into the storm sewer. Now we are finding out the actor who portrayed Eddie, Randy Quaid, is just as cuckoo. 2. “Yogi’s First Christmas.” Well this little-known animated film highlights Yogi Bear’s first Christmas when he was awoken from his hibernation. You see, he Yogi is usually sawing logs over the holidays deep in a cave but a drum beat woke him up for this particular Christmas. Not sure why I still like this as an adult — guess it just brings back good memories. This film also stars Boo Boo, Doggy Daddy and Snagglepuss, just in case you wanted to know. 3. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” OK, this is more of a television special but it still is a classic. The Abominable Snowman kind of freaks me out still to this day. 4. “Home Alone.” This movie made the song “Rock’n Around the Christmas Tree” a holiday favorite as Kevin McCallister warded off potential thieves with his labyrinth of pain. It also sends a message how important family is around the holidays. “Home Alone 2” also has its moments but is a step behind the original. For some reason “Home Alone 2” has been on TV seemingly non-stop this year. 5. “Love Actually.” This Hugh Grant film has a star-studded cast and has a message to make sure you tell the people you love that you love them around the holidays. Yeah, a little on the sappy side but I’ll risk the ridicule by admitting I like this one. This is technically not considered a Christmas movie per se but the holidays are a main focus throughout the film.


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