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What were your favorite Christmas-themed TV specials or movies when you were a kid? Do you still enjoy those same ones as an adult? What's the greatest Christmas movie of all time, in your opinion?

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  • I remember holidays past where my mom and I used to watch all the holiday classics, like “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Not a night would go by without us watching our favorite Christmas show or movie. I still enjoy the same shows. You can also add “The Santa Claus” and “The Santa Claus 2”. I saw one of those movies during movie night last night here at Deer Path. The 2nd one is showing tonight. I really hope that my wonderful boyfriend is going to want to watch it with me this time. In my generation, “The Santa Claus” is probabably the greatest movie of all time. If anyone has seen the TV show “Home Improvement” back in the 90s with Tim Allen, you could most definitely agree with me that these Christmas movies are hilarious.
  • "Yippi-kai-ay, Mother........."
  • My favorite was and still is "Its a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart... In a close second is "A Christmas Story". Its about the kid who got the Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. I got one too..
  • The Rankin/Bass puppet cartoon classic movies they play several times at Christmas. I love them. Have loved them since childhood. The greatest of all time are those. I cannot chose between them
  • Charlie Brown. But the one movie we watch every Christmas is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. There are too many great Christmas films to pick a "greatest of all time".
  • Never regularly watched any Christmas specials as a kid -- I mean, I have a vague memory of watching several of them, but the only one I really remember is THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS -- the real one, of course, not the ... thing ... with Jim Carrey. I have some vague memories of enjoying the Charlie Brown one. Never seen any of the Rankin-Bass ones, although I am of course AWARE of them. But the best Christmas movie, which I DIDN'T see as a kid, is, of course, DIE HARD. Ho ho ho. Now I have a machine gun. I mean, there are those who will claim that GREMLINS is a better Christmas movie, and I respect that opinion, but I'm a DIE HARD partisan.
  • Hard to say. Never really made it a tradition to watch Christmas-themed specials (cartoon or movie), but there are several I did enjoy when I saw them. Muppets: Christmas Carol is pretty high on the list. As is Charlie Brown's Christmas Story. Those two I wouldn't mind re-watching, but there are several others who's titles escape me at the moment. Santa Clause - staring Tim Allen - was good, while it was still a single, (didn't really care for the sequel, and the last with Jack Frost, I have yet to see) When it came to "The Grinch Stole Christmas", I saw, that was enough. (both cartoon and Jim Carey version).
  • I have never been a bit fan of Christmas specials, even when I was a Child. They often felt an awkward fit around the usual outfit of the whatever show it was. There are exceptions of course; there are two episodes of the Avengers with a festive theme (three if you count Takeover which has an interesting personal backstory to explain the slim Christmas trappings), Dressed to Kill and Too Many Christmas Trees. The first involves a New Year's Eve party on a train, faulty early warning rasar and impending nuclear war, it is as you may guess incredibly festive. The later involves a Dickensian Christmas, secret agents trying to steal secrets telepathically using a spooky Santa and a surreal dream. Last of the Summer Wine used to have a fairly cynical view on Christmas with it's few festival episodes, often with very little Christmas dressing. I get the impression Roy Clarke had a Grinch like view to Christmas, so we have our intrepid trio bemoaning the season with apt support from Sid and Wally. Elsewhere there are a few Christmas films I enjoy, though a bit predictable: Holiday Inn, Scrooged, Muppet's Christmas Carol, Die Hard, Wonderful Life and the original Home Alone. I think Scrooged is probably my favourite of them with Bill Murray in his usual brilliant form and a good meta transfer of the Dickensian tale.
  • I remember watching Charlie Brown, the Grinch and Rudolph every year. Those were the days when people like Andy Williams and Bing Crosby had a Christmas special every year and I watched those too. Greatest Christmas movie? Maybe "It's a Wonderful Life," though I am also partial to "White Christmas" and the George C. Scott version of "A Christmas Carol."
  • A Garfield Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, A Muppet Christmas Carol, The Grinch... i don't watch A Garfield Christmas much anymore, it makes me think of my grandma and i cry.
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