Christmas Viewing

Son of a gun, it’s Christmas Eve.  Time flies when you’re having fun, and Christmas gets here a lot sooner when you’re the one buying all the gifts.

I won’t keep you long, I know you’re busy, but I thought I’d share my holiday viewing this week.  It has turned rather frigid here in Tennessee and there’s nothing better than curling up beside the fireplace (or heating vent) and watching a good movie.

Black Christmas, of course, is a perennial watch in my house.  I suggested it last week for viewing, but I wanted to throw it out there, once more, for good measure.  If you remain in the horror mood, also check out Rare Exports, Better Watch Out, and Sint (Saint or Saint Nick in the United States).  For a bonus, let’s go the Gremlins route, too.

For traditional Victorian flavor, you can’t go wrong with a Scrooge movie.  The Muppet Christmas Carol ( available on Disney+, also) is always a sure hit, but my favorite adaptation of Dickens’ classic is 1984’s A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott.  Scott is one of the greatest Scrooges to ever grace the screen, both the small or silver incarnations.

Lastly, it’s not Christmas without A Christmas StoryNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and It’s A Wonderful Life.  The first and second films are comedy gold, and the most relatable for the young and the middle-aged.  The final selection, well, what is a person without their family and friends?  What are they without you?  We’ve all known a George Bailey at some point and, perhaps, we’ve all been in his shoes ourselves.  It’s just one more reminder of the magic of life.

Merry Christmas.