DARKE COUNTY – There’s nothing quite like a Christmas movie to get you into the spirit of the holiday, and while many of us have a few days, there’s no better time to kick back and enjoy your favorite festive film.
No matter your tastes, chances are there’s at least one film that bring up nostalgia of warm family, or just offers up a few good laughs.
To gauge our reader’s opinions, The Daily Advocate’s presented an informal online poll on Monday asking them to post their favorites on our Facebook page.
In just a short period of time, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) appeared at the top of many of our online readers’ lists.
Close behind were “A Christmas Story” (1983) and “A White Christmas” (1954).
But preferences vary widely.
For instance, a Yahoo Movies festive films poll voted on by the public showed “Home Alone” (1990) as the most popular Christmas movie, with “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) placing second and “Miracle On 34th Street” (1947) coming in third.
An online Rotten Tomatoes list showed that “Holiday Inn” (1942), was still regarded as the greatest holiday film of all time, utilizing the talents of combined talents of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin.
But modern classics are gaining ground, as Christmas movies like “Elf” (2003), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), “Love Actually” (2003), “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992), and even “Gremlins” (1984) are appearing on more and more holiday lists recently.
To join in on the holiday season, we asked members of our editorial staff about their favorite Christmas movies, which are listed below.
Editor Christina Chalmer’s Pick: “White Christmas” (1954)
“This is a classic with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. One of my grandma’s favorites, we used to watch it each year when I was growing up. Even though my grandma has since passed, I still watch it every year and think of her. The famous song that shares the movie’s title is one of my favorite all-time Christmas tunes.”
Staff Writer Clinton Randall’s Pick: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)
“I enjoy the movie because its a comical look at how family is more important during the Christmas season than gifts or a Christmas bonus. Plus the scene with the squirrel jumping out of the tree is the best. And Cousin Eddie rocks!”
Sports Editor Kyle Shaner’s Pick: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)
“Charlie Brown is one of the best characters ever, and Linus, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy and the rest of the gang provide the perfect Christmas mix. Among the many other favorites are “Elf” and “The Santa Clause” plus the very underrated “It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown,” which stars Peppermint Patty as a sheep. Woof! Meow! Moo! Whatever.”
Features Editor Linda Moody’s Pick: “Home Alone” (1990)
“The things that boy went through and thought of during his ordeal were unimaginable. It made for a good story. I wish I’d written it.”
Staff Writer Ryan Carpe’s “Pick: Die Hard” (1988)
“This action flick takes place on Christmas Eve, ensuring that the best way to enjoy the holidays is by watching explosions. Also, Alan Rickman delivers the best Christmas quote of all time: ‘Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho.’”
Staff Writer Heather Meade’s Pick: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)
“I loved Dr. Seuss as a child, and in the movie version, I could see myself enjoying a visit to their cozy, quirky town. It’s also good for a laugh, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.”