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Weekend Ramblings: Christmas Movies
Dec 18, 2011

Once Thanksgiving comes and until Christmas, my DVR loads up with Christmas movies.  Helloooooooo, Lifetime & Ion channel Christmas movies.  I never even knew I had the Ion channel until this month.  And ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas….it’s on!

Now, it always happens that I can’t remember which mediocre made-for-TV Christmas movies I’ve already watched.  Often times, I start the movie and 5 minutes in, I remember I already saw that movie.

You have to be a bit choosy about which movies you give a chance.  Anything from ’98 or earlier, pass on them!  These movies do not stand the test of time.  Any movies with Connie Selleca or the mom from Family Ties or any cast member from Facts of Life, pass on them!!

My tips for choosing made-for-TV Christmas movies to watch:
–Stick with movies made within the last 8 years
–Any movie with a former 90’s star, it’s a safe bet (examples: Dean Cain or Elisa Donovan from Clueless).  Someone from 90210 is in it??  Gold!
–Any movie with a former WB TV star, go for that one too!  ( examples: Joanna Garcia or  Carly Pope from Popular).
–And finally, is Nicole Eggert (Charles in Charles, Baywatch) in it?  Go for it!  She seems to be the queen of doing made-for-TV Christmas movies.

So far this season, I’ve watched Dear Santa, Desperately Seeking Santa, 12 Wishes of Christmas and A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride.  Dear Santa has been my favorite.  I still have A Christmas Kiss and A Nanny for Christmas waiting on my DVR.

If you choose a few duds with TV Christmas movies, have no fear!  Sometimes you have to break out the big guns!

Julie’s Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies:

5.Love Actually:  Who does love a great ensemble cast?  And the scene with Hugh Grant dancing around the house as the Prime Minister?  And when Colin Firth proclaims his love to his Portuguese maid?  I cry ever time I watch this movie.

4.  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation:  Clark!!!!!!!

3.  Elf:  We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

2.  Home Alone:  This movie makes me laugh so hard!  When Daniel Stern falls down the icy stairs, hilarious!

1.  The Holiday:  I think I’ve seen this movie at least 12 times.  I just love it so much.  I even love it during the middle of summer.  Can I please do a house exchange and meet a handsome widow??