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December 10, 2010 – Comments (34) | RELATED TICKERS: KO

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So, we're well into that crazy holiday season. It's the time of year for Charlie Brown specials on ABC, Jimmy Stewart contemplating suicide on NBC, and an absolute glut of other similarly themed movies all centered around Thanksgiving / Hannukah / Christmas / New Year's Eve / and other celebrations. So which one is your favorite? Which is the "best" holiday movie?

Sure, it would be easy to throw a title like "A Christmas Story" out there. It's hilarious, eternally relevant, and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy at the end.

But, I'm taking the road less traveled on this topic. I'm declaring "Trading Places" to be the best holiday movie of all-time. Yes, I'm talking about Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy engaged in an insider-trading duel with the Dukes. This classic bit of cinema centers around the Christmas and New Year holidays, involves both a rags-to-riches AND riches-to-rags story, has a moral lesson...sort of, features the classic 'hooker with a heart of gold', and so much more. There's Santa Claus, company Christmas parties, a New Year's celebration, gorillas, an appearance by not-yet-Senator Al Franken, financial industry espionage, an uncontrolled commodity trading market with insane naked shorting...but in the end, it leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy.

 

So, what's your favorite holiday movie?

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#1) On December 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

Just as there is more than one piece of popcorn to a popcorn string there is more than one movie I must watch to properly usher in the season :)

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#2) On December 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

My newest favorite compliments of my brother-in-law from Scotland is The Snowman. http://www.amazon.com/Raymond-Briggs-Snowman-Peter-Auty/dp/B000HIVIOW/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1292012296&sr=1-1 This movie has no words, but with the ethereal music and charming animation it doesn't need it.

(You will like the part when the snowman gets on the motorcycle.)

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#3) On December 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

To get in the mood for holiday retail and romance watch

The Shop Around the Corner http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Around-Corner-Margaret-Sullavan/dp/B00006FDCV/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1292012705&sr=1-2

Also watch the modern re-make You've Got Mail.

http://www.amazon.com/Youve-Got-Mail-Tom-Hanks/dp/6305368171/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1292013218&sr=1-2

 

 

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#4) On December 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM, TMFJake (32.74) wrote:

Have to go with my favorite cartoon:  Phineas & Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas

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#5) On December 10, 2010 at 3:45 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

My husband is a Christmas Carol connoisseur. His favorite one is http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Carol-Patrick-Stewart/dp/0780623746/ref=sr_1_9?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1292013610&sr=1-9 He thinks that Scrooge is just the right age not too old or too young in this one.

We read the Christmas Carol a chapter a night during the Christmas season.

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#6) On December 10, 2010 at 3:47 PM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

lemoneater wrote:
"My newest favorite compliments of my brother-in-law from Scotland is The Snowman"

I attended a Holiday Pops concert a few years ago in which the symphony played the score as the film was showing behind them. It was quite an experience. I enjoyed it a lot.

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#7) On December 10, 2010 at 3:49 PM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

lemoneater wrote:
"The Shop Around the Corner...
...Also watch the modern re-make You've Got Mail
."

I'll agree with Shop Around the Corner, as I'm quite a Jimmy Stewart fan...but on You've Got Mail I'll have to strongly disagree. I just can't take anymore Meg Ryan.

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#8) On December 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

TMFJake wrote:
"Have to go with my favorite cartoon:  Phineas & Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas"

I keep hearing people reference Phineas & Ferb. I've never seen it...not even sure what it's all about. Perhaps I'll have to check this phenomenon out.

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#9) On December 10, 2010 at 3:58 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

Also we watch Rick Steve's Christmas.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_8_34?url=search-alias%3Ddvd&field-keywords=rick+steves+european+christmas+dvd&sprefix=rick+steves+european+christmas+dvd

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#10) On December 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

lemoneater wrote:
"Also we watch Rick Steve's Christmas."

I LOVE Rick Steves! And I'm confident enough in my masculinity to say that proudly...

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#11) On December 10, 2010 at 4:02 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

@ #6 Wow!

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#12) On December 10, 2010 at 4:12 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

My husband can't stand this movie. He saw only part of it as a child, but had not been able to finish the story so I got it for him as a joke. What could be cornier than seven friendly giants?

http://www.amazon.com/Snow-White-Christmas-Erika-Scheimer/dp/B000WC38MI/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1292015139&sr=1-1

If this is anyone's treasured memory, forgive me for this comment.

 

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#13) On December 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

@ #10 That's good because my husband loves it too:)

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#14) On December 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

We also watch Poirot's Christmas http://www.amazon.com/Poirot-Hercule-Christmas-David-Suchet/dp/B00005MM5H/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1292017508&sr=1-1 

I'm thankful every time I watch it that my relatives are nothing like the characters in this mystery! Consider it a moral tale about how greed doesn't add cheer to the holiday.

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#15) On December 10, 2010 at 4:55 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

Another Christmas mystery is Sherlock Holmes the Blue Carbuncle. How does a valuable gem end up in a goose?

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Sherlock-Holmes-Carbuncle-Beeches/dp/B00005O5CQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1292017906&sr=1-3

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#16) On December 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

I can't believe that I almost forgot to mention a Child's Christmas in Wales. http://www.amazon.com/Childs-Christmas-Wales-Denholm-Elliott/dp/B000AOEN90/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1292018201&sr=1-1 We might have to skip watching something else, but we never skip this one.

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#17) On December 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

There I will give somebody else a chance to participate! Have a great evening!

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#18) On December 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM, Seano67 (26.68) wrote:

A Christmas Story is my all time favorite X-Mas movie, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles is easily my favorite Thanksgiving movie.

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#21) On December 13, 2010 at 10:48 AM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

@ #18 I will have to check out Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I could use more movies for Thanksgiving time.

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#22) On December 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

For a holiday movie that mentions Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa check out Arthur's Perfect Christmas. http://www.amazon.com/Arthur-Arthurs-Christmas-Michael-Yarmush/dp/B00004Y7J6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1292255034&sr=1-2 This is another movie we watch every year.

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#23) On December 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

Seano67 wrote:
"Planes, Trains & Automobiles is easily my favorite Thanksgiving movie"

Love it! Truly a classic...

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#24) On December 13, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

lemoneater wrote:
"For a holiday movie that mentions Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa check out Arthur's Perfect Christmas."

Wow. You are truly a prolific movie-watcher! I only wish I had the time to see all the recommendations. I do think I'm going to try to get Poirot's Christmas, though. My spouse is a big mystery fan.

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#25) On December 13, 2010 at 12:57 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

The Poirot movies are sometimes a better deal as a set than sold individually. I hope your wife enjoys the movie.

We save a lot of time for watching movies by never watching the news but reading it online instead. Also we get more time off at Christmas than during the summer so I have more time for holiday movies than I otherwise would.

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#26) On December 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

Since this is for foolanthropy. I will add some more comments. One of my favorite movies to watch at Thanksgiving is this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Island-Widescreen-Michael-Craig/dp/B00006JDRG/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1292270662&sr=1-1.

I've re-named it the Big Blue Chicken movie. I laughed hysterically the first time I saw the gigantic chicken. Now watching it around Thanksgiving has become a tradition.

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#27) On December 13, 2010 at 3:12 PM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

I also like to watch the classic Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

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#28) On December 13, 2010 at 8:23 PM, jgknot (30.52) wrote:

ok, i see lemoneater all over here too..

fool is becoming more of a twitter ...

well. reg movies..

PTA is a good one. enjoyed watching HomeAlone with the kid.

My take would be "Its a Wonderful Life". 

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#30) On December 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

jgknot wrote:
"fool is becoming more of a twitter ..."

Only when we're raising money for Thurgood Marshall Academy.

 "My take would be "Its a Wonderful Life"

One can never go wrong with Jimmy Stewart!

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#32) On December 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM, tekennedy (74.97) wrote:

Hands down Elf is my favorite Christmas movie.  I would also like to add the Always Sunny Christmas special was one of my favorites shows of theirs (just came out yesterday), and thats saying alot.

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#33) On December 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM, Turfscape (44.88) wrote:

tekennedy wrote:
"Hands down Elf is my favorite Christmas movie"

Bob Newhart cracks me up!

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