Green Girl adores Christmas movies. She tears up mightily when the little deaf girl sits on Santa's lap in Miracle on 34th Street and the girls mother says, "She's deaf--she doesn't expect you to talk to her, she just wanted to see you." And then? (Excuse Green Girl while she grabs a tissue.) Santa starts talking to the girl in American Sign Language.
She adores every second of Love Actually (except the part where the slutty secretary makes a play for her beloved Alan Rickman). She sings along heartily with White Christmas (shout out to Cha Cha who gets the sheer awesomeness of this movie. Yo! Sisters!). A Christmas Story makes her quote long sections of dialogue all year long ("Fragile. Must be Italian.") Polar Express and Elf are new favorite classics and she giggles herself senseless watching National Lampooon's Christmas Vacation. Green Girl's heart expands with goodwill towards all men--except for Mr. Potter--at the end of It's a Wonderful Life. She couldn't wait to share all of these holiday classics with her sons (except Love Actually because it's not kiddie fare).
But her sons have discovered another favorite. These films have them rolling on the floor laughing fit to bust their guts. They can't get enough of these two movies and Green Girl can only sigh and shake her head because she thought Kevin and the gang would be a sad blip, not even registering on the Great Christmas Movie Traditions radar. She underestimated the power of prat falls and gags and a little boy outsmarting grown ups with gadgets. Now her sons quote things like "AAAAARRRGGGGHHHH!" and "You guys have enough yet? Or are you thirsty for more?" and "Keep the change you filthy animal." and from the sequel, "Merry Christmas you filthy animal (machine gun fire) And a Happy New Year."
Spill it, reader. What's your favorite holiday movie? What one makes you cringe and switch channels?