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The Genius of Clark Griswold

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A Dynasty of films that set a blueprint to enjoy the blunders of vacationing with your family. Having been able to grow up along with the Griswold family as they explored the globe, I can say National Lampoons Christmas Vacation is in my top ten of all time favourite films. Everytime I watch I pick up small bits of laughter. The journey of their christmas tree from when they first scooped it out of the ground till it burst in flames from the cigar. The chase scene where the only animal that I didn’t see running through the house was a racoon. I can only wait until I get my hands on a set of holiday moose glasses for drinking egg nog. So get some popcorn and on The Second Show Of Christmas watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation because like the jelly of the month club this film is a gift that keeps on giving.

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Gizmo Turns Badass After Midnight

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Like the snowflakes that fall upon this Christmas season no two Gremlins are like. That sweetest Christmas movie comes from malfeasance little characters trying to reak havoc on a small little town. On The Third Show Of Christmas watch The Gremlins.

A Magnificent Story Enhanced By The Amazing Alastair Sims

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Inspiring so many to bring his words to the screen, Charles Dickens created brilliance and imagination. The 1951 film is a honourable adaption to Dickens’ story. As movies relate to the book detail may be lost and scenes might alter how the book describes it, but Alastair Sims as Ebenezer Scrooge illustrated something that Dickens only related about the character, without being able to show a scene that spelled it out.  Sims version comes to enhance the story with the harshness of his demenor, the stubborness of his ways and the conflict of his emotions as he faces the misery and happiness of his life and begins to understand. Beauty all around my favourite part is Christmas day as he dances, stands on his head and scares the bejesus out of Mrs. Dilber. On The Fourth Show Of Christmas celebrate the wonderful Christmas Carol with Alastair Sims.

The Winter Warlock Just Wants To Be Called Winter

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It’s always special when you discover how each character enriches the story, showing something significant about themselves and how they connect to the moments in the story were their actions  becomes the history.  In particular the classic Santa Claus is Coming To Town brings the history of how it all came to be delightfully to life. Kris always having to be one step ahead of that mean old mayor The Burgermeister, finding ways to sneak kids the toys (which later had him on the run like Harrison Ford in the fugitive). The beard and red coat, Meeting Miss Jessica, the future Mrs Claus and all the Winter Warlock wanted to be called when he was nice was Winter. On The Fifth Show of Christmas watch some playful animation with greats like Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney in Santa Clause Is Coming To Town.

Bringing in Christmas Like A Badass, John McClane Style

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This is it, if anyone is wondering, Die Hard is my favorite christmas show. Partly because so many tell me it’s not, I feel I have discovered a rare holiday gem.  Just listening to the musical score throughout the movie, there is so much christmas music beautifully orchestrated you would think you were in Carnegie Hall,New York until  you see John McClane tearing across the screen with a machine gun and realize your in sunny LA with that determined German bastard Hans Gruber trying to take over Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas Eve.  With so many actors who had passed on the main role, I couldn’t image anyone else but badass Bruce Willis playing the role. On The Sixth Show Of Christmas get some Wild Turkey bourbon and watch Die Hard. To all a yippy ki ya muthaf%#*ker and to all a good night

How The Grinch Stole Our Hearts

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Finished the last of my Christmas Shopping (I hope). The traffic was bad, the people were jerks and all the noise, noise, noise makes it a perfect night to have some wine and watch That grouchy green old Grinch. He is so lovable my heart grows the full three sizes every time because like many of us, it’s when we expect someone to fall into their normal pattterns and then are completely surprised and delighted when they do what we never thought they were capable of doing. On The Seventh Show of Christmas  we take a sleigh ride to the quirky town of Whoville with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

FInd The Heart of Dance and Theatre in White Christmas

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As White Christmas was introduced to the world the holidays would forever get a precious gem that brings the heart of dance theatre and film all together.  The performance of the whole cast is phenomenal, but Danny Kaye  and his number in “Choreography” is my absolute favorite. Even in a snowless Vermont, the director Michael Curtiz, also of Casablanca, found an elegance in the landscape and every time I watch I become more aware of how much work went into building the sets and the whole production during that time of film. With The Eight Show of Christmas turn on some lights, curly up with some egg nog and watch  a timeless treasure.

Trading Places Makes Vengeance So Freaking Funny

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With it being only his second role, Eddie Murphy strikes comedic genius with Dan Aykroyd. A charismatic  con artist man and proper gentlemen of the stock exchange find their paths unlikely crossing and raise the bar for future movies to come. Billy Valentine and Wintrop characters are priceless, even down their names. Showing how the season of Christmas can bring you luck, disappointment, Jamie Lee Curtis in German lederhosen and the sweet joy of revenge. So on the Ninth Show of Christmas we are watching Trading Places and unlike the Duke Brothers, I don’t even have to bet you a dollar that this will become one of your holiday favs.

A Christmas Story Makes It Fun To Be A Kid

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Great moments of Flick’s tongue getting stuck to the pole and the quest for Ralphies Red Ryder BB Gun are why The Tenth Show of Christmas is The Christmas Story. A great portrayal of a  kids world. Watching it I can only image what it would be like if they cast their first choice of Jack Nicholson as Ralphies Dad.

Scrooged is Hilarious

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Like a nasty windup from the ghost of christmas past, I’m completely dizzy from going around and around in the mall parking lot, but now I am ready to kick off The Twelve Shows of Christmas, starting with Scrooged. A hilarious remake of the classic Christmas Carol starring Bill Murray as Ebenezer Scrooges character named Frank. A cut throat TV network exec who staples antlers to make mice reindeers and gives presents like towels and shower curtains to his brother. If anything a chance to see a cameo by awesome jazz musician Miles Davis. Christmas Carol is such amazing story that you might not want to mess with it, but maybe a funny rendition is okay I mean “We don’t want to scare the Dickens out of them”. Watch the movie, you’ll get it.

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