Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Question Of The Month: The Holiday Entertainment Edition

'Tis the season to curl up with a holiday book or movie, so our question for the Super Authors this month was: 
Which one (or two) might be on your can't-miss list?

Jennifer Lohmann: I love the movie The Holiday, with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, and Kate Winslet. It's only a little bit Christmasy, but still so fun. And a bunch of girlfriends and I are getting together to watch Love Actually for the holidays, which is probably on a lot of people's lists. I always avoid It's A Wonderful Life, even though it has the excellent line about how the awful fate that befell Mrs. Bailey in the George-less alternate universe is that she became a librarian.
 
 Kristina Knight:  I always re-read two Johanna Lindsey books around the holidays - The Present (part of the Malory series) and Home for the Holidays. They're just filled with great characters and holiday goodness! As for movies, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of my favorites, and I love Meet Me In St. Louis, even though it's not *technically* a Christmas movie...but it does have Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"!
Tara Taylor Quinn: My favorite Thanksgiving movie – watch every Thanksgiving – is Miracle on 34th Street.  I own and watch both versions! My husband and I watch holiday movies from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.  We try to watch at least one a night.  My favorite is Elf.  I just love that movie.  Love it.  Love it.  Love it.
Vicki Essex: Christmas isn't Christmas without a viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas. When else can I break out the Snoopy dance in context?
Joanne Rock:  I usually find a way to make time for the movie White Christmas. It's a good one to watch while I wrap presents so I can enjoy the dances and songs every year. On a cold family night, I will put in the Albert Finney version of Scrooge, which is my favorite version of the Dickens' story. As a family, we try to always read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve, even though our kids are teenagers and when we all crowd onto the floor of one of their bedrooms we sure do fill the room. We mix it up though, and take turns reading, sometimes reading in character voices. So if we just watched Scrooge, someone might read the poem in their best Brit accent. Then there was the year my husband read it as McGonagall from Harry Potter and we all laughed so hard we missed the ending... 
Nan Dixon:  Must watch White Christmas while putting up the Christmas tree.  Then Christmas Eve my husband reads The Grinch and I read A Cup of Christmas Tea.  These are traditions from my family - where the The Grinch was cut out from the Family Circle magazine and my dad used to read it!
Claire McEwen:  I love Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. and Ann Bancroft.  I don't know why, really, and it's more of a Thanksgiving movie, but if you're from a dysfunctional family it captures that special, cynical holiday spirit!  I love It's A Wonderful Life and watch it every year.  And I still love Rudolph, the Grinch and that cute Charlie Brown Christmas tree!
Mary Sullivan: Love Actually! I watch it every year. It's brilliant. When my daughter was young, we would watch Home Alone every Christmas. The slapstick never got old. I'm pretty sure if I watched it now I would still giggle!

Cathryn ParryTwo Christmas traditions I never miss: Read A Christmas Carol, and watch It's A Wonderful Life while trimming the tree.
Kris Fletcher: Love, Actually is required. Max's Christmas and The Night Before Christmas are essential. But is it wrong that one of my favorite Christmas reads is Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel? Christmas just isn't Christmas without zombies, a murdered Santa, and a talking fruit bat. 
Now please tell us, readers - what's on YOUR must-see and/or must-read holiday list?

5 comments:

mj compton said...

Love, Actually of course. And I'm having my son order me a copy of While You Were Sleeping. I seem to remember that as a Christmas movie, too.

Kristina Knight said...

I love While You Were Sleeping!

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Grinch
Holiday Inn and White Christmas - Love Bing

penney said...

We all like watching all the Home alone movies and the ELF! For reading I love all the romance Christmas books that come out now and i read all of them. I love this time of year!
Penney

kris said...

SO many awesome choices - I need at least another week between now and Christmas!!!

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