>One of the reason’s I love the christmas season is it the only time of year that you are allowed to watch movies that aren’t that good, but after a couple glasses of rum and eggnog while surrounded by your friends and families, these not so good movies become classic movies, that form life long memories. So far this year I haven’t really watched any Christmas movies persay, but as the countdown to the big day winds down, I’m looking forward to finding some time to sit down and watch my favorite seasonal fare!

It would not be a real christmas if I didn’t watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This movie has been apart of the holidays for me as long as I can remember. My mom loves this movie! (I think sometimes more than she love me. tear.) Every scene is classic, from Chevy’s fantasy of the nudie in his pool, to the squirral in the tree. I love this movie.

Love, Actually is for me, is more than a christmas movie. If I was legally allowed I would watching this movie 24 hours a day. I love this movie. I can’t get enough of it, and because I’ve seen it so many times, I regelated that I may only watch this movie during the Christmas season. I’m already planning on watching next thursday for the first annual Holowatuk/Morrison Christmas. If you have it on DVD or are going to get it, watch the special deleted scenes, there were whole story lines left out, including the lesbian principal and her dying lover. I challenge anyone to watch the Emma Thompson scene when she finally pieces everything together about her husband, while Joni Mitchell is playing in the background. That is my sad song. I don’t want to dwell, but once there was a night filled with that song on repeat and McCain’s Deep and Delicious Cake. Ahh…sad times.

It’s nice to be apart of a tradition, and it feels even better to be a part of The Office’s Christmas specials. They’ve only had two, but they remind of the classic Roseanne Halloween Specials. Every year, I’m going to look forward to these. I can’t decide between last nights and last years for which one was better. The show is almost completly different then last year. The characters have changed so much for the better what with all the changes that came out of last season’s Casino Night finale. My roomate is still on season 2, but saw a preview for the Xmas special, and she was like “What happened to Pam, she looks happy. And who is that new girl?” All in good time rebecca, all in good time. I love this show $400 worth.
My guilty pleasure christmas special is The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I’ll always have a special spot in my heart for A Christmas Carol, it was the first professional theatre I ever did. No surprise that I was Tiny Tim. I think I actually gained weight to play the dying kid. Discuss. Anyway, I remember once we bought the soundtrack for the little boy that lived across the street, but that weekend I watched the movie and loved it, and kept the tape for myself, and I think I gave him, left over halloween candy or something. Hey, it’s the thought that counts. If your out there Nicholas, I’m sorry. This movie is way funnier than it should be, it is great for both kids and parents alike. It’s even better for lonely single guys who is still mystified by how muppets “work”. I know alot of people who haven’t seen this, but you need to see it! It’s great!

I know I don’t have the classic claymation movies or tv shows on this list. I don’t know, I never really got into them, plus they always did kind of scare me. What’s your favorite Christmas movie/tv show tradition? Oh wait does anyone remember that awkward American Idol christmas special from a couple of years back? Ryan Malcom singing with Kelly Clarkson! I wonder what restaurant he is working at right now?

Mike Morrison