Christmas Cannon

I'm a bit of a sucker for Christmastime. Despite the blatant commercialism and all the worst aspects of capitalism that are on display this time of year (not to mention the fucking idiots that come out of the woodworks), I have a soft spot for the Christmas spirit. There's a lot of stuff which I consider the “Christmas Cannon”… the songs and movies that get trotted out this time of year which are actually good amidst the sea of utter crap that is most stuff with “Christmas” in the title. Here's my list:

Songs (my Christmas playlist):

  • You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch (From Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
  • Jingle Bell Rock (Sung by the Muppets)
  • The Chanukah Song (Adam Sandler)
  • The Night Santa Went Crazy (Weird Al Yankovic)
  • A Mad Russian's Christmas (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
  • First Snow (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
  • O Tannenbaum (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)
  • Christmas Time is Here (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)
  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (The Irish Rovers)
  • Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo (from the Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics album)
  • The Chipmunk Song (Alvin & The Chipmunks)

I also have a playlists of the more typical Christmas Carols, composed mostly of the versions by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. But I'm not gonna retype them here, as it's somewhat larger than the above, and the tracks are pretty predictable (Let it Snow, Jingle Bells, etc). They're not bad songs if you stay away from crap pop-star versions.

Movies:

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The cartoon, not to be confused with the Jim Carrey movie)
  • A Miracle on 34th St (Original, not the crap re-make)
  • Roasting on an Open Fire (The Simpson's pilot episode)
  • Xmas Story (The Futurama Xmas episode)
  • A Tale Of Two Santas (The other Futurama Xmas episode)
  • Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (South Park)
  • Die Hard (great movie for people who want to blow stuff up around the holidays…)
  • Home Alone (It was funny when I was a kid, now it's even funnier because I can see what a terrible movie it is)

Alright, so some stuff I left off because I forgot, others I probably left off because I don't like. Either way, I'm trying to build a definitive cannon in time for the actual holiday… I'll take any suggestions and produce an updated list as the holiday draws nearer. Be warned though, it'll be based entirely on what I like. My blog, my list. Don't like it, get your own. đŸ˜›

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