My Christmas cards have been mailed, presents wrapped, stockings hung, and I don’t have to do any baking until tomorrow, so what better time to reminisce about my favorite Christmas movie moments?
5. Chasing off the Filthy Animals in Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone was the John Hughes movie for a new generation – namely, mine. I was too young to appreciate Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I could definitely relate to poor Kevin McCallister and his mean family. It’s still fun to watch him bash the heck out of the “sticky bandits” 22 years later (Wow, I’m old).
4. C.O.D. in Auntie Mame (1958)
It’s a great fish-out-of-water moment to watch eccentric, cosmopolitan Mame Dennis attempt to make an honest living. Her stint as a Macy’s salesclerk is hilarious, especially when the future “Uncle Beau” discovers that she can’t process a cash sale. Mr. Loomis isn’t quite as amused.
3. Randy’s Only Defense in A Christmas Story (1983)
Poor, poor Randy. When big brother Ralphie finally confronts Scut Farkus, the neighborhood bully, Randy’s giant snowsuit keeps him from joining in – but at least it keeps him safe. “Randy lay there like a slug; it was his only defense.”
2. Zuzu’s Petals in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Nothing melts my heart more than a tender scene between a little girl and her daddy. When George Bailey sets aside his anger for a few moments to check on his young daughter, my water works start flowing. When that adorable little face beseeches, “Paste it, Daddy!” I just lose it.
1. Even the Vegetables Don’t Like Him from The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
I’m convinced that Michael Caine was born to play Ebenezer Scrooge. And though he’s not actually featured in the movie’s opening number, it’s by far my favorite. “Mr. Humbug” would be sour if he became a flavor, indeed.