Best Holiday Movies
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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?