Never enough time to pack in all the movies, music, and decorations.
By Melissa Presti (Book Publisher)
Step away from your Thanksgiving leftovers and button up your pants, it’s time to bust out your Christmas movies and albums! It was a balmy 65 degrees in Manhattan this weekend, but it was winter in my apartment. I blasted the air conditioner and cranked up the classic NSYNC Home for Christmas album of 1998 while I cut out snowflakes to hang from the ceiling (I’m kidding. That’s my activity for tomorrow’s craft hour at “work”). My favorite holiday season starts NOW.
I’m not a cult fan of A Christmas Story or Muppet shenanigans, and I'm already Elf-ed out before December 1st, so you might not agree with my list of favorites...
“We’re going to have the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye!”
- quoted once by Chevy Chase, and 1,739 times by my Dad.
Christmas Vacation (1989)
#1 movie of the season, if the quote didn't make that obvious. My family can recite every word which is disturbing yet gratifying. If you’re watching this for the first time, you shouldn’t watch with us.
White Christmas (1954)
It wasn’t until I was older that I realized Bing Crosby is actually way hotter than Danny Kaye, and that long distance train rides suck (no one sits around in a club car singing about snow!) balls. But everything about this film is classic and cozy, and I will easily watch it 10x or more.
Little Women (1994)
There is nothing better than my favorite book ever turned into a movie, and we’re dealing with Kirsten Dunst here. But she’s a tolerable 12yr old, and with Christian Bale, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, and a pre-shoplifting Winona Ryder, this is stellar casting for the ‘90s.
The Family Stone (2005)
Another all-star ensemble (and Claire Danes again). It’s a bit dramatic and awkward and uncomfortable, which means it’s an accurate portrayal of an American family Christmas, especially when Sarah Jessica Parker trades in one brother for another pretty flawlessly. I mainly enjoy their huge, Pottery Barn-decorated New England home, because they’re actually a bunch of assholes hating on SJP the entire movie (spoiler alert).
The Holiday (2006)
English cottage, snowy English countryside, English accents…all tempting reasons to peruse the housing swap offers on Craigslist. Totally possible that I will find my own Jude Law drunkenly knocking on my cottage door in a rural London suburb looking for love.
Bonus: 1978 Sesame Street Christmas Special...alI I ever wanted was to ice skate with Big Bird to Feliz Navidad.