As promised yesterday, today I give you my top Christmas songs and movies (in no particular order). I'd love to hear yours in your comments. So, without further ado...
1. O Holy Night
This has long been my very favorite Christmas carol, even more so as sung by Josh Groben. Though I enjoy the soaring melody, it's the heartfelt gratitude for the birth of Jesus that touches me so much.
2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Who doesn't love this cheerful song? Especially when it's about the underdog rising to the top to be the savior of the day.
3. Mary Did You Know
Fav version sung by Donny Osmond. Fantastic song wondering just how much did the mother of this little baby know about what he was destined for. Don't all new mom's wonder about their new baby's destiny?
4. Blue Christmas
As sung by Elvis. I think because it pulls me so strongly back to my childhood (raised by an Elvis fan).
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?
I'm not really sure why I love this one so much, other than I love it when I can sing along with the whole thing and not mess up once on whether it's "do you hear" "do you see" or "do you know".
6. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Yeah, sick, I know. But it makes me laugh every time anyway.
7. In Excelsis Deo
If one can sing the whole "gloria" part without needing a breath, that's pretty impressive. This is an earnest, joyful song.
8. Joy to the World
Uplifting and joyous. Who can sing this in a depressed manner? I'd guess no one.
9. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Who can resist a song by Tony the Tiger ("They're grrreat!") aka Thurl Ravenscroft? I don't believe this can be done as well by anyone else.
10. Silent Night
This is the ultimate Christmas song, encompassing the reason for the season, and the sacredness of it.
11. What Child is This?
Again, a song that reminds us of why we celebrate this particular holiday.
I adore this movie! Will Ferrell is earnest and charming as the displaced elf, James Caan is superb as the reluctant "new" dad, and Zooey Deschanel is sweetly cynical. Not to mention Bob Newhart as the undersized foster dad. "Angry elf" anyone? Best. Scene. Ever. Completely quotable movie.
2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
For the same reasons the song is on my list above.
3. A Christmas Story
This movie never gets old. Finally, proof that ignoring your mom's advice just might take an eye out. Tongue stuck to the pole: classic. The leg lamp: coveted. Pink bunny suit: gut-bustingly funny. Santa's elves dropping kids down the slide: horrifying - and yet funny at the same time. Fah-rah-rah-rah-rah: speaks for itself.
4. Frosty the Snowman
Should be creepy, a snowman who comes to life and takes a little girl on a trip without informing her parents, but instead it's charming and heartbreaking.
5. Home Alone
What parent isn't terrified by the idea of forgetting a child somewhere? And then to top it off, said child is harassed by thugs. Good thing he's clever with a streak of cruelty to keep him safe.
6. The Santa Clause
For those of you who have ever wondered what happens when the old guy gets, well, old. Who takes over? Tim Allen, of course.
7. The Shop Around the Corner
Inspiration for You've Got Mail, this classic 1940 movie pairs James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan as the irresistible pair who hate/love one another.
8. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
There isn't anything about this movie that isn't completely hilarious, from the wrapped cat to the over-decorated house to Eddie and his horrible children and RV.
9. It's a Wonderful Life
Don't we all have days when we need to be reminded about how important we are to those in our lives?
10. The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppets + Scrooge = perfection.
11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I am somewhat fond of the Jim Carrey version, but it doesn't hold a candle to the original, cartoon version straight from Dr. Seuss' book.
12. Mr. Krueger's Christmas
If you haven't seen this holiday gem, immediately hunt it down and watch it. I'm not kidding. Do it right now. James Stewart will break your heart, and completely open your eyes to those around you. Stressed about spending the holidays with your family? You won't be after you watch this. You'll be grateful for every last annoying, irritating one of them.