Christmas/Xmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. I'm not just talking the day itself where my friends and family get to open my always awesome gifts, but the whole time frame starting late November through the end of December.
Note I said late November. Give Halloween its space. Adam and I rocked out Han Solo and Leia Organa costumes and plan for Link and Zelda soon. /end tangent
I have traditions (more like rituals at this point) that start Thanksgiving weekend with the pulling-decorations-out-of-storage, setting them all up with movies on the TV.
I am a Christmas movie whore. A high-class whore as there are only certain ones I will watch. I seriously go through each movie at least 5 times during the season. With the exception of this one:
All day long ON Christmas day? You bet!!!
A Christmas Story is tied as my all-time most loved and viewed movie. The other?
Because Bill Murray.
Of course there's Charlie Brown and Home Alone and It's A Wonderful Life and cartoon Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty, and Snow Miser.
But it all really starts, and this is Mom's fault, with an oldie but a goodie:
Presented in VISTAVISION!
The second the boxes are brought up, I hit "play" on the PS3 and Irving Berlin starts my holiday off perfectly. This is the classic movie White Christmas if you have no idea what Bing and Danny there are doing in pretend drag. Want to have fun? Take a drink everytime Vera-Ellen comes on screen wearing a high-collared top.
"I don't know what he's up to, but he's got that Rodgers and Hammerstein look again."
"Is that bad?"
"Not bad, but always expensive."