1. Holiday movies

As I write this, I’m watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on AMC. It’s showing every night this week at 8 p.m. and I’ll probably watch it again before the week is over. It never gets old and I can quote most of it from memory, I’ve seen it so many times.

Christmas Vacation is one of the movies, though, you can’t watch any other time of year. It just doesn’t feel right watching it during the spring or summer, of course… and it’s the same with pretty much any Christmas or Christmas-y movie. This is why Christmas movies are my first favorite thing about the holiday season. How would you know it’s time to get ready for Christmas if they didn’t start showing movies like The Santa Clause and How The Grinch Stole Christmas every other day?

Here’s a few favorites:

"Francisco! That's fun to say! Francisco... Frannncisco... Franciscooo..."

"Ma'am, I'm eight years old. Do you think I would be here, alone? I don't think so."

"You'll shoot your eye out..."

"I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery."

Then of course, you have two more of the classics. The first of these everyone agrees on, I think. The other, well, it’s a classic in my house.

You know how I like Muppets, right? Well. This bit of awesomeness came out in 1987. My parents taped it and it’s not in the best shape these days but it still plays. And it’s still awesome.
Here’s the premise: all the Muppets go to Fozzie’s mom’s house for Christmas even though she was planning to go on a vacation. Miss Piggy is stranded at a photo shoot and doesn’t know how she’ll get to the farmhouse. And – WAIT FOR IT – not only are the Muppet Show Muppets in this movie, but the Sesame Street Muppets AND the Fraggles are too. Holy crap. I know you’re excited. Luckily for you, someone has the first 10 minutes (and probably more, I just grabbed the first one) that I’ve added below.

Ahhh. Love it. I will be watching probably all of these in the next couple of weeks, some maybe more than once – thank you TBS and AMC for reruns. For now, though, I’m going to bed. Night, kids. And watch out for the icy patch…

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