Tuesday, December 4, 2012

'Tis the season... well, almost.

"Seven o'clock; psychos seize Santa's workshop,
and only Lee Major's can stop them"
This time of year it is impossible to avoid all the trappings of the holiday season. Lights and decorations are everywhere. Radio stations have begun to inundate us with the sounds of "good cheer", and many television networks are doing the same thing.

Don't misunderstand. I am not a hater of the "seasonal flavor" of entertainment...  but a lot of it is not as entertaining as those who made it would like to believe it is.

I spent hours combing over lists of movies that are "must watch staples" of Christmas entertainment...  I found that I agreed in part with a lot of them...  but not totally with any of them. I polled my friends and family on Facebook, and took what I agreed with from the other lists, and compiled my own little top 40 list for everyone's viewing pleasure.

Don't agree with me? Comment and tell me why. These are, after all, only my opinions.

Dennis' Top 40 Christmas Movies:

40) Jack Frost

39) Fred Claus

38) Jingle All The Way

37) Home Alone

36) It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

35) A Chipmunk Christmas

34) The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas

33) The Santa Clause

32) Reindeer Games

31) Casper's Haunted Christmas

30) Prancer

29) The Family Man

28) The Greatest Story Ever Told

27) The Bishop's Wife

26) The Bells of St. Mary's

25) Holiday Inn

24) Frosty the Snowman

23) Santa Claus: the Movie

22) The Holiday

21) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

20) Star Wars Christmas Special

19) A Charlie Brown Christmas

18) How The Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)

17) The Night They Saved Christmas

16) Polar Express

15) Babes in Toyland

14) Elf

13) Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

12) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

11) Scrooged

The Top Ten: 

10) Gremlins

9)  The Nightmare before Christmas

8)  White Christmas

7)  Miracle on 34th Street

6)  Christmas Vacation

5)  The Ref

4)  Love Actually

3)  The Muppet Family Christmas

2)  A Christmas Story

1)  It's a Wonderful Life

Honorable Mentions:

Edward Scissorhands, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Brazil, & Bad Santa


  1. Another Honorable Mention at least...the Spanish with English dubbing movie called Santa Claus (that also includes Satan and Merlin). Thank you Netflix for putting up this gem. It is SO bad you MUST watch it. If it doesn't make you laugh at least a little, then you have no sense of humor at all! :)

  2. Here's a link to *that* movie... it's Santa Claus (1959)


    The Storyline:

    Santa Claus, high above the North Pole in his cloud-borne castle equipped with more surveillance devices than the Impossible Mission Force, prepares to deliver presents on Christmas night. Santa is especially interested in helping Lupita, the daughter of a poor family who wants nothing more than a doll; and a young boy whose parents are so wealthy they never spend any time with him (Santa fixes this by feeding them Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters). However, the Devil will have none of this and sends his minion, Pitch, to foil Santa's plans. Pitch in turn recruits three Naughty Boys to help him set traps for Santa.