Here is a fun survey to take on the Journal/Sentinel Web Site - The Greatest Christmas Classic.
Below are the movies in consideration - and my personal votes and comments.
Dasher Regional (Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reigndeer, Nightmare before Christmas)
I choose, of course - Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph. If I had to choose between the two: Rudolph! It amazes me how this movie is just as fun for my kids to watch as it was for me to watch 30 years ago.
Of course, my husband is horrified that I didn't pick Charlie Brown Christmas.
Prancer Regional (It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Elf, A Christmas Carol - 1938)
Oh wow, I don't know what to choose here. I have never seen Elf.
White Christmas - I saw it a long time ago, but barely remember it.
A Christmas Carol (even the old 1930s version) SCARED me as a kid - and still scares me a little now!
So if I were to choose, I would have to choose It's a Wonderful Life. It's a classic ( ... even though, I may get lectured for saying this - a little boring).
Dancer Regional (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Polar Express)
How can they make me choose here? Two of my favorite Chrismas movies of all time are in the same lineup: Grinch and Polar Express.
I'm trying to decide.
I guess I pick, by a very small margin, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Polar Express is a great movie (wonderful seeing it at the IMAX Theater). However, knowing that Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) - when he was 53 years old - wrote a story about himself (The Grinch) and his negativity toward the commercialism of the holidays, I now smile at the masterpiece he ended up creating.
I choose this movie because of its author - the original Grinch.
"Why, for 53 years, I've put up with it now. I must stop Christmas from coming. But how?"
Vixen Regional (A Christmas Story, Miricle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol - 1951, Holiday Inn)
I love, love, love A Christmas story. And unlike most of the people I know, I am truly not sick of it. I smile every time I think of Ralphie wearing the pink rabbit suit.
Or watching the mall Santa pushing Ralphie down the slide with his boot - with a loud - "Ho! Ho! Ho!".
Or the thought of Ralphie's little brother waddling down the street wearing the thick snow mobile suit - and then finally tipping completely over.
Oh, the memories of this movie go on and on.