Guest Author - Caitlin D Neely
Grab a hot cup of cocoa and gather around the television; these Christmas classics are sure to make you laugh and help you get into the holiday spirit.
White Christmas was released in 1954. Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are a song and dance team that becomes romantically involved with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen). They both work together to save a Vermont Inn owned by Wallace and Davis’ former commanding general. It is a very popular Christmas classic, even today. The comedy is lighthearted and contains the famous Christmas song, “White Christmas”
In A Christmas Story (1983), Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) has to convince the adults around him (including actors Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin and Tedde Moore) that a Red Ryder BB gun is a great Christmas present. The only problem is that “it’ll shoot his eye out”. This movie contains classic scenes like the pink bunny outfit that he gets as a present from his aunt and is forced to wear. TBS is running that starts on Christmas Eve and runs through Christmas Day so it will be hard to miss this classic!
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation (1989) was directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by John Hughes. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his family (Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, John Randolph and others) prepare for a family Christmas which, naturally, turns into a huge disaster. This movie has ranked on numerous top ten favorite Christmas films and it’s no surprise. Christmas Vacation will have you laughing out loud.
In The Santa Clause (1994) Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) unintentionally kills Santa on Christmas Eve and is then forced to take his place. He must navigate a new found “magical” world while also taking care of his son (Eric Lloyd) and convincing everyone around him including his ex-wife and husband (Wendy Crewson and Judge Reinhold) that he isn’t going crazy. Allen does a great job as Santa and is very believable. The movie has a good message that will pluck at the heartstrings of every family member.
Other Christmas comedy classics that weren’t mentioned above but are definitely worth a look include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Elf (2003) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947) which would be classified as more of a dramedy.