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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Top 5

Top 5 Christmas Movies
...the ones I consider Must See during the holiday season. 

1. It's a Wonderful Life 1946
If I have not talked enough about this movie I have no idea why. [g] This is my favorite movie of all time. Frank Capra combined with Jimmy Stewart just equals classic and heart-tweaking for me! 

2. Christmas Vacation 1989
A good, old-fashioned family Christmas with the dysfunctional Griswold's. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! Hilarity ensues. 

3. A Christmas Story 1983
Ralphie and his family and his memorable Red Ryder B.B. gun story. [You'll shoot your eye out, kid!] Instant classic!

4. Elf 2003
Six foot three Will Ferrel as an errant Elf seeking his bio dad in New York City. Directed by Jon Favreau. Awesome stuff!

5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 1970 & Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1964 (claymation version)
Classic. Mickey Rooney & Co. Rudolf, Hermey & Yukon Cornelius. There are no words. They will never go out of style for me.

Top 5 Christmas Albums
...the ones I buy when the music output changes (i.e. vinyl to tape to CD to iTunes-LOL)

1. Bing Crosby: White Christmas
I grew up listening to this one. There was another one and I occasionally hear the Little Drummer Boy version I remember from growing up but have no idea who the artist was/were. 

2. Amy Grant: Home for Christmas
I have already talked about this. I just like this whole album. Great versions of old songs and a few new ones included. 

3. John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas
We were John Denver fans growing up. We had every album (even on 8-track) when I was little. It reminds me of home and family.

4. Kenny G.: Miracles
Beautiful instrumental versions of classics as well as his own stuff. Great album!

5. Various Artists: TimeLife Treasury collection. 
Since I couldn't find just one more album I decided to go with a Various Artist because I love Nat King Cole (he does a few) as well as Harry Belafonte, Elvis, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, and more.

What are your favorite movie and album for Christmas?

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