Monday, December 29, 2008

The Lindke Family Holiday Movie Marathon

For many, the holiday season brings to mind old Rankin/Bass stop motion animation films, Charlie Brown Holiday specials, and It's a Wonderful Life. All of these are mainstays of the American holiday film viewing tradition, and deservedly so. I would venture to guess that most families have ritualized holiday viewing traditions, and the Lindke family is no different. No different, that is, except for the length, and genre breadth, of our Holiday Movie Marathon.

Each year, starting about a week before Christmas and ending sometime around New Years, my wife and I -- and now our 9 month old twin daughters -- sit down daily for our annual cinematic affair. Most days we watch only 1 or 2 movies, but on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day we fill most every waking hour with cinematic entertainment. The only interruption on New Year's is the USC game. Each year the list of films from which we select our holiday fare grows, it's nigh impossible to watch our full list, but each year we make sure that all the films we watch are about or take place during Christmas. This means that films like Ben Hur and King of Kings aren't on our list. As Jody says when she sees these films playing on TCM, "why are they showing all of these Easter movies?"

Without further ado, here is our list -- in no particular order:

  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard 2
  • The Last Boy Scout
  • The Thin Man
  • The Sound of Music -- The one film that breaks our about or take place rule because the movie "feels" so Christmassy and Jody has many fond memories.
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Holiday Inn
  • White Christmas
  • Elf
  • Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • 3 Godfathers
  • The Bishop's Wife
  • Scrooged
  • The Ref
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Holiday Affair
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • In the Good Old Summertime
  • Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone -- Harry's Christmas present is important for the whole series and the opening song sounds ├╝ber-Christmassy to us
  • We're No Angels
  • Joyeux Noel
  • Gremlins
  • Love Actually
  • About a Boy
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Christmas Carol

This is by no means the full list we "select" from, but this is a list of films that tend to be selected from that list.

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