Some of the best memories for the holidays (that being Christmas of course) come from movies. They don’t make em like they used to unfortunately, but there during the late 80’s and early 90’s they really laid the line with some of the best Christmas movies, now considered classics and traditions in our home.
Hell they were traditions when they first came out. Instant classics.
I can still remember the first time I saw a Christmas Story. I related so well to the kid who wanted nothing more than the Red Rider 200 shot range-model air rifle with a compass in the stock.
Even though it was released in 1983 I don’t think it really gained popularity until the late 80’s. I didn’t see it until I was about 7 I think. (1987). What I considered to be a classic immediately, a movie that I rented regularly during the holidays when I was a young teen, became so popular to people that in most places around the country it starts playing on Christmas Eve and is run continuously on one channel for 24 hours straight. I love that they do this. I can, and do, watch this movie over and over again. This is by far top of the list for me. Upperdeck tradition.
Next up without question is the National Lampoons Christmas. Primarily because..well yes I can relate to the Griswolds because my family was just as insane. Though my brothers and sisters weren’t constantly switched out with new people (always thought that was weird) we loved all the National Lampoon movies. The Christmas flick is by far the best. Our house was always in such chaos during the holidays because of all the traveling, and the people, and the nutty decorating issues. The squirrel scene stands out in my mind the best. Animal mishaps abound in real life, certainly something to relate to. I’ve even got an uncle just like Eddie. creepy I know.
Scrooged with Bill Murray is always a holiday must see. I recently discovered that my wife has never seen this movie. That made me realize that since we’ve been together, going on 4 years now, I completely lost my movie tradition and haven’t been watching my holiday movies! I immediately put in a call to my dad to get copies of all of them, especially Scrooged. It’s a flick that can’t be avoided by anyone from my generation (IE: bring born somewhere in the mid 70’s to mid 80’s) It’s our modern day Christmas Carol. Personally I think it’s by far one of Bill Murrays’ masterpieces in acting.
“The b*tch hit me with a toaster…”
Because I have children now, I will by no means leave out the old claymation Christmas classics. There are too many to describe but do a search for Claymation Christmas Celebration on IMDB.com and see if you can find it at your local video store. It’s a hoot for kids.
The best part about these films is not necessarily the memories, but like any family film they give you the opportunity to sit down with your own family and find common humor in something. Hopefully something you can relate to as a family to laugh at yourselves. They bring us together during the holidays and, in comparison to some of the families in the movies… make us realize that our family really isn’t that bad.