Christmas Fodder

I know I started my talk about Christmas last week but it’s a little hard to ignore the shops, the lights, the smells and the lists. It also feels like the month of December is going to race by and soon, I’ll be slapped in the face with 2006. How did the year pass so quickly?

To kick off the fun for this festive time, I thought I’d ask you to name your top 5 favorite Christmas movie or CDs. I know it’s difficult to pick 5 but give it your best shot.

Here are mine, in no particular order:

Harry Connick Jr’s When My Heart Finds Christmas – When My Heart Finds Christmas
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
Love Actually – I know the ending seems predictable but I love the characters in the film
It’s A Wonderful Life – a classic, I cry every time I watch it.
A Very Special Christmas – reminds me of when my teenage years.


  1. Most definitely Love Actually, both album and movie!! I just love it and find myself listening to the soundtrack all year long as well as watching the movie over and over…

    I also love Charlie Brown Christmas, The Partridge Family Christmas and Christmas with Dino (Dean Martin) Those are definitely must plays.

    Other films I adore at this time of year are You’ve Got Mail, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

    The countdown begins…!

  2. ooh…this is fun.

    1. Movie – A Christmas Story
    I laugh myself silly about this story of a kid wanting the Red Rider BB Gun.
    2. Any Christmas album of Jim Reeves
    3. Favourite Christmas Carol – The Holly & The Ivy

  3. I love Christmas. And Christmas music and movies!

    Hard to pare it all down, but I shall try:

    1. movie: A Christmas Story
    2. movie: Love Actually (me too, me too!)
    3. movie: A Charlie Brown Christmas
    4. album: Harry Connick, Jr, When My Heart Finds Christmas
    5. album: Diana Krall: Christmas Songs

  4. I don’t really have a favorite entire album (though I did just buy James Brown’s Christmas last night but I haven’t listened to it yet) but there are some singles I can’t live without….

    My Fave Five:
    1) Song: I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus by Brenda Lee (I can be in a bad mood in JULY and play this and perk right back up)

    2) Song: Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt or Macy Gray

    3) Movie: A Christmas Story (“Show Mommy how the piggies eat!” PRECIOUS!!!)

    4) Movie: Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (“It’s not like I expected to get anything in return….but I didn’t GET anything in return!!!”)

    5) Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas – the original Boris Karloff version, not that weird digitally remastered or the live-action versions.

    I could go on and on and on but if I had to just pick five, those would be it.

  5. Five Christmas Things….
    (1) The original “Miracle on 34th Street.”
    (2) “Babes in Toyland” (haven’t seen it in years – might be full of cheese)
    (3) “Maybe This Christmas” series of albums by alternative bands
    (4) The 1985 production of “Anne of Green Gables” – seen it about 40 times, no joke
    (5) I guess “It’s a Wonderful Life”

  6. 1. Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life. Hands-down, the best Christmas movie ever–and among the best movies of all-time. I’ve seen it easily more than a dozen times, and I still cry every time Harry makes his toast to his “brother George, the richest man in town.” :..)
    2. Album: Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas: I’ve yet to find a holiday CD I like better. This is always the first one I listen to after Thanksgiving; it gets me in the holiday spirit.
    3. Movie: Miracle on 34th Street (the original). My dad’s favorite holiday movie, and he passed on his love of the flick to me. My family has many lines from this that we love to quote, such as when the original parade Santa, who’s drunk, slurs, “Well, a man’s gotta do something to keep warm!”
    4. Album: Ray Charles Celebrates a Gospel Christmas with the Voices of Jubilation. I added this one to my collection last year. Soulful and lovely. Gets you clappin’.
    5. Cookie (I know this category’s not on the list, but I couldn’t resist): Butterballs (my nana’s recipe). Sort of like Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cookies, these simple little morsels mean Christmas has arrived in my family. I have an aunt who needs no other gift than a box of these handmade by my mom. I hated them as a kid, and now I could eat a whole batch myself. Magical!

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