I’m back again with only a day to go before Turkey Time. The drama is sizzling up like a piece a fake fish at Red Lobster. Tempers are spiking, bad habits are emerging- it’s going be chaos, people.
Which is why I have some more suggestions for you. Starting with the movies – there are a lot of movies out there that can make you smile about the holidays -vs- trying to slice yourself open with a dull butter knife. One of my all time favorites is the Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. Home For the Holidays. And if you think you life is off-kilter, check out National Lampoon’s Christmas Vactaion or Scrooged. Those people really have it bad. Would you want a trailer parked in your front yard for the holidays? Planes, Trains, and Automobiles takes place over Thanksgiving weekend and is a great watch for those of you home alone this year. I promise you, you’ll feel much better about your decision not to travel.
Love Actually is a feel good holiday movie right up there with A Muppet Christmas Carol. I used to watch the Muppets with my grandfather so maybe I’m biased on this one, but if you have little ones you should definitely check it out. Another kid favorite is Nightmare Before Christmas. Stick those little buggers in front of the TV and hit play, is what I say. You’ll have two uninterrupted hours of cleaning up mash potato and putting away cranberry dressing. Whoo-hoo. Another glass of wine?
The Family Stone is a favorite of mine. A movie that reminds you that sometimes, you just gotta go with the flow and waive your freak flag. Groundhog Day on the other hand, reminds you to make the most of it all the first time around. If you’re into low-brow comedy you’ve got ELF, The Santa Clause, and Fred Claus. Unfortunately, the only Hannukah movie I can think of is Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, but maybe A Christmas Carol can make for that. Even though it’s not Jewish, it’s really funny.
In closing, if you have time for only one movie alone by yourself tonight and one movie as a family tomorrow I say this… Watch Harold and Maude tonight to get yourself into the mood to accept the strange, the bizarre, the different. This movie has nothing to do with the holidays, but it’ll make the medicine go down. You’ll be able to watch your neighbor eating with his mouth open and your daughter reading a magazine at the table with new eyes. (Plus it’s all set to the most amazing music ever by Cat Stevens so that doesn’t hurt.) And then tomorrow pick one of the ones I’ve listed for you. They’re all crowd pleasers.