But, for me Sunday may have been even better. Maybe it comes from growing up in the cable generation. One of the first things that always springs to mind with the holidays is Christmas movies. Sunday’s cold, wet weather was a perfect excuse to pile up on the couch and force two or three decades old classics on the little Norwoods.
Thankfully, there’s plenty to choose from. Since anyone can do a top 20, here’s my top 13 Christmas movies:
13— Santa’s Slay. Not a kids movie. Not at all. But as someone who spent three or four years (about three or four years too long) watching every episode of WCW Monday Nitro, it was good to see Bill Goldberg, a former wrestler and football player, dressed up as Santa Claus. As a bonus, watching a psychotic Santa on a Zamboni, mainly because driving a Zamboni is one of my three unattained goals in life.
12— The Muppet Christmas Carol. What’s not to like about muppets?
11— Emmett the Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. See above, only with more singing
10— Elf. Will Ferrell back when Will Ferrell was funny.
8–Scrooge (1970). Normally I’m opposed to musicals (Emmett the Otter’s Jug-band Christmas a notable exception, along with the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). But this one is worth it to see Obi-Wan Kenobi (the original one) as Jacob Marley’s Ghost.
7— Trapped in Paradise. One of only four Nicholas Cage movies worth watching despite having Nicholas Cage. Mainly since Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey carry the weight as burglars trapped in a small town on Christmas.
6— The Nightmare Before Christmas. Two Decades later, I’m hoping I’ll soon start understanding this movie.
5— National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswold. 25,000 Christmas lights.
4— It’s a Wonderful Life. Watching it is almost as much of a tradition as putting up the tree.
3— Die Hard. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like Hans Gruber blowing up Nakatomi Plaza.
2— A Christmas Story. Kolchak the Nightstalker and his lamp. Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB Gun.
1— Scrooged. Bill Murray in his second great holiday epic (Groundhog Day being the other).