Favorite Holiday Movies

When December rolls around each year, our family pulls out the Christmas movies. We’ve got all the traditional holiday favorites and we spend a lot of time devouring fudge while lounging on the sofa watching joyous movies that tug at nostalgic heartstrings.

But once a year, we also have to watch “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.”

For some reason my husband loves this movie. Personally, I’m not even sure why they bothered to put it on video, let alone DVD. Seems like a waste of precious resources that could have been allocated toward, I don’t know, toilet bowl cleaners or floss sticks or something more useful.

If you’ve never heard of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” consider yourself lucky. This is seriously the cheesiest movie ever made. The costumes had to be laughable, even back in 1964 when it was made. I still haven’t watched the whole thing because I always fall asleep.

To top it all off, ten-year-old Pia Zadora played a Martian child. Need I say more? And yet, every year the kids and I snuggle up with my husband and laugh at this ridiculous piece of cinematic lameness. I guess you could say it’s one of our gifts to my hubby.

Their gift to me? Watching “Holiday Inn” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Like they even compare! Of course, no arm twisting is necessary when we pull out “A Christmas Story” or “Elf.” And no season is complete unless ALL of these movies have been watched!

What movies does your family enjoy each December? And I’m curious…are there any Hanukkah movies?


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In the meantime, have yourself a merry little Christmas!

12 thoughts on “Favorite Holiday Movies

  1. Ah this post made me laugh. It's not a Christmas movie, but my family is also forced to sit through a movie called My Name is Nobody. A western that was okay the first time, but it gets old after the 18th time. For some reason, my man loves this movie. I feel for you with the martians.

    I would say my favorite Christmas movie is Elf (which my man hates)

  2. Oh, and as far as movies go, we watch a lot of the classics. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon), Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Dummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, A Christmas Carol, etc. I used to love watching It's a Wonderful Life with my mom every year but I don't own that one yet.


  3. Wow. That movie looks … um… well… ridiculously awesome! 🙂 My favorite two Christmas movies: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the live version with Jim Carey). I also occasional enjoy watching The Santa Clause… but only the first one…

  4. LiLa: I laugh just thinking about Buddy 🙂

    TerryLynn: My sympathy is with you 🙂

    Shelley: Well, if you find it, don't blame me. I warned you!

    Casey: I might just tuck my copy of the movie in with your book! Oops!

    Jm: It IS horribly bad. Enjoy!

    Valerie: I have not seen the National Lampoon movie, but I hear it's good. We watched the Santa Clause this year, too.

  5. That movie looks so bad it's funny!
    My favorites are Elf and Christmas Vacation.
    My kids like Elf and A Christmas Story too. We watch it every Christmas day at my mom's house.

  6. Oh, my husband laughed his head off at Elf.

    Hannukah moves? Hmm… none that I know of. We've been watching the Grinch and Home Alone a lot with the kids.

    My personal favorite is It's a Wonderful Life!

  7. My mission for the next few years is to collect some special books and movies for the Christmas period.
    So far 'Miracle on…whatever the heck the number of that street is…is the sum total of our Christmas collection.
    I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for ELF and 'The grinch that stole christmas', But I think I'll give your husbands martian movie a miss.
    Be happy and stay safe.
    Maureen. http://www.thepizzagang.com

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