Holiday Movie Challenge continues

The Holiday Movie Challenge continues with several movies I had never before seen. Some turned out okay, while others left much to be desired.

Something I had not anticipated is how indulgent it feels to watch a movie every day. It reminds me when I was a kid and faked sick to stay home from school (sorry Mom). It was nice not to go to school, but the guilt made me uncomfortable. Kind of like watching a movie instead of doing something more productive.

Anyhow, on to the movies.

Day 6: Bad Santa (2003) – While I understand why this is considered a holiday movie, I’m not sure the slightly redeeming ending captured the true meaning of Christmas. Sure, the bad elf and his girlfriend go to jail and Mrs. Claus’ sister gets the hot tub, but I like my Santa with milk and cookies, not beer and cigarettes.

Day 7: The Santa Clause (1994) – I don’t understand why I never watched this movie before now. Definitely a fun one. I’m putting The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 on the list to watch in the future. Not sure I will have time to get to them this year, but I’ve decided to do this challenge next year as well. Maybe I will get caught up on all the holiday movies then!

Day 8: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) – Talking vegetables, crying rats, Animal on the drums and Gonzo as Dickens. Perfect casting! I was a little surprised that Kermit and Miss Piggy didn’t show up more often in this movie. As a kid, I remember thinking the the oddly-matched couple were the focus of the Muppets. Apparently Michael Caine got top billing for this movie!

Day 9: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000) – Several times as I was watching this, I wondered if I could get run over by reindeer too. Not a nice thought, but this movie was a struggle. It was the first one that I almost quit watching, but for the sake of the challenge I persevered. The animation reminded me a lot of Scooby Doo. Cousin Mel reminded me a lot of Daphne. Speaking of which, I need to see if Scooby Doo has a holiday show! Moving on…

Day 10: Trading Places (1983) – Movies made in the 1980s seem harsh to me. Maybe it is the language or the see-through material of Jamie Lee Curtis’ dress, but sometimes I think directors tried too hard to make a point. In addition, it wasn’t a holiday movie per se, but a movie set during the Christmas season. The movie’s tagline did make sense to me: “They’re not just getting rich…They’re getting even.” I don’t know what that says about Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy’s characters, but they did show the Dukes the what for.

Thanks to those of you how have been following along on social media. Keep up the feedback! I appreciate hearing your thoughts. I’m planning to get to some classic Christmas movies from the 1940s and 50s next week, so stay tuned for that.

There is still time to let me know if you have a favorite holiday movie I should watch. Email me at or comment below!

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