Happy Christmahanukwanzaa!

As an atheist who grew up in the south, the December holiday stretch was always fun as long as you didn’t go to deep into conversation into the Reason for the Season™. Holiday movies are a staple in my home. The lighter and fluffier the better. Here are the movies that are featured in heavy rotation with my family.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is what we watch when decorating the tree. Period. We usually watch it on Christmas Eve, too. Many lines have made their way into everyday use. “Thank you for making me a part of this.” This is my favorite version of Christmas Carol on film.

If you haven’t lived in the South odds are good you have no idea what is happening here. The Tuna plays (Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, and Red, White, and Tuna) are set in Tuna, Texas, the fictional third smallest town in the state. The radio station is OKKK. One of the station’s sponsors Didi’s Used Weapons, “Where if we can’t kill it, it’s immortal.” Every character is played by one of the two actors in the show. When done well, this show is a master class in transitional blocking. The filmed performance makes it look so easy, but I work in theatre, and what they do is incredibly difficult.

Sure, the first one is better in almost every way. This one, however, features the Stapleton Airport as a stand-in for Dulles. I may have lived in the south for much of my life, but Denver is home. Also, this one doesn’t have blink-and-you’ll-miss-it female nudity or drug use, so my parents were somehow fine with me watching it at a young age (which is messed up, but whatever).

What films are special to you and yours for the holidays?