Best viewing for holidays

Published 8:35 am Saturday, December 8, 2018

This is the time of year that everyone has a favorite Christmas or holiday movie. I will list my top 12 choices and see if they match up to what you have for a favorite movie.

1. “A Christmas Story”: “You’ll shoot your eye out” and the leg lamp are just two of the reasons that this movie is a must-watch every year. TBS runs a 24-hour marathon just because of how many people love this show.

2. “Elf”: Two words: Will Ferrell.

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3. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: The original cartoon is the best one. I love the little puppy with the antlers.

4. “Christmas Vacation” with Chevy Chase: The Griswolds are too funny with the best lighting display of any movie about Christmas.

5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Since I was born on the Island of Misfit Toys, this classic has always been one of my favorites.

6. “Charlie Brown Christmas”: I love the Charlie Brown tree.

7. “White Christmas”: Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye sing and dance through every scene with old time charm and poise.

8. “Scrooged”: Bill Murray makes the classic tale come alive with a new twist.

9. “Frosty the Snowman”: “Happy Birthday!” with a wonderful snowman.

10. “Miracle on 34th Street” with Richard Attenborough’s spot-on Kris Kringle in the 1994 version. This movie is timeless.

11. “It’s A Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart. “Everytime a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” is a classic line.

12. Holiday Inn — Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance. This is the first movie ever that featured Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas.”

So grab some hot chocolate, eggnog, popcorn and have a great family night.

What are your favorites?

Thanks for listening


Scott Schmeltzer is the publisher at The Tribune. To reach him, call 740-532-1441 ext. 16 or by email at