Poll: What is the best Christmas movie?

What is the best Christmas movie?

  • Home Alone (10%, 9 Votes)
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (24%, 21 Votes)
  • A Christmas Story (25%, 22 Votes)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (25%, 22 Votes)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Jingle All the Way (2%, 2 Votes)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (7%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 89

This poll was active 12.22.2013 through 12.28.2013

  

About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

24 comments:

  1. 1
    The Tim says:

    There is no “other” option because if you think it’s some movie not on this list you are wrong.

    Also here, have this.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. 2
    Jack says:

    Die Hard.

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  3. 3
    The Tim says:

    RE: Jack @ 2 – Touché.

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  4. 4
    Eleua says:

    It’s a wonderful life is the best on your list (only because you don’t have BAD SANTA as a choice).

    The protagonist is a man with many strengths (humility, grace, charity, righteousness,etc) but those values are not cherished in today’s world. Sadly, more people would identify with Potter rather than Bailey.

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  5. 5
    nwbackpacker says:

    Scrooged
    Elf

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  6. 6
    Blurtman says:

    The Tim, You left off two classics – Miracle on 34th Street would be on anyone’s list. And what about the March of the Wooden Solders?

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  7. 7

    I have no taste(obviously), but Bad Santa would be my choice.

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  8. 8
    ARDELL says:

    Trading Places

    The starving Dan Aykroyd crashing his office Christmas party dressed as Santa, stuffing meat from the buffet in his pockets and trying to eat it without removing his Santa beard. Classic.

    I’m probably biased because it was filmed near my office in Philly back in 1983. If you haven’t seen it, this is the 30th Anniversary of the film. A good year to watch it.

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    By ARDELL @ 8:

    Trading Places

    The starving Dan Aykroyd crashing his office Christmas party dressed as Santa, stuffing meat from the buffet in his pockets and trying to eat it without removing his Santa beard. Classic.

    I’m probably biased because it was filmed near my office in Philly back in 1983. If you haven’t seen it, this is the 30th Anniversary of the film. A good year to watch it.

    Great movie. Hilarious.

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  10. 10
    Macro Investor says:

    By Eleua @ 4:

    It’s a wonderful life is the best on your list (only because you don’t have BAD SANTA as a choice).

    The protagonist is a man with many strengths (humility, grace, charity, righteousness,etc) but those values are not cherished in today’s world. Sadly, more people would identify with Potter rather than Bailey.

    Yes, but the Baileys are socialists, which fits well into the Seattle/Obama political scene. Everyone hates bankers.

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  11. 11
    Scotsman says:

    RE: Macro Investor @ 10

    Not socialists, but crony capitalists- in cahoots with the government to regulate George and his ilk out of business.

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    Home Alone and Die Hard are basically the same plot.

    Vulnerable male, distant from family during the holidays has to fight bad guys on his own, inventing clever traps, places to hide, and plans of attack to thwart the enemy and save himself for what is most important: Family.

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  13. 13

    RE: Jillayne Schlicke @ 12 – But one features a star who didn’t really age well, and the other has Bruce Willis.

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  14. 14

    …one has Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern and the other has Professor Severus Snape.

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  15. 15
    Macro Investor says:

    By Scotsman @ 11:

    RE: Macro Investor @ 10

    Not socialists, but crony capitalists- in cahoots with the government to regulate George and his ilk out of business.

    Wow Scotty, you don’t understand AT ALL. The Baileys (socialists) work hard all their lives and don’t even try to make a profit, letting their customers (society) get most of the benefit. Hollywood portrays them as good — so good that heaven intervenes directly in their lives.

    Potter (capitalist) is portrayed as evil because he works only for his own benefit. The message being, God and heaven won’t save everyone wrongfully accused of a crime — only the “good” socialists.

    So even back when this old movie was made (1947), the media was portraying capitalism as evil, and socialism as the path to God. Nothing’s really changed. Now we have half the population working to support their own families, and being forced through taxation to support the other half. I make no values judgement on that… simply pointing out how the media has been sending the same political message since the 40s.

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    By Macro Investor @ 15:

    Nothing’s really changed. Now we have half the population working to support their own families, and being forced through taxation to support the other half.

    Taxation and something that they call insurance, which is really something else entirely at this point.

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    Macro Investor says:

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 16:

    By Macro Investor @ 15:
    Nothing’s really changed. Now we have half the population working to support their own families, and being forced through taxation to support the other half.

    Taxation and something that they call insurance, which is really something else entirely at this point.

    We could also call it forced charity. IRS as the enforcers, lobbyists as the “family” capo who get a cut of everyone’s business.

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  18. 18
    Dirty Renter in Banjo Country says:

    A Christmas Carol – 1951 w/ Alastair Sim.
    Trading Places – in Philadelphia, it’s 50 bucks.

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    ChefJoe says:

    This past week I’ve watched Elf (free thanks to Google play) and Gremlins last night (takes place at Christmas… decent Spielberg with limited/judicious use of special effects).

    What this thread really needs is what I watched last year… the Star Wars Holiday Special with Bea Arthur/Jefferson Starship musical interludes and inter-species porn.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c3B18gAJyc

    Happy Life Day.

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    ARDELL says:

    Interesting tidbit on Trading Places is “The Eddie Murphy Rule” enacted in 2010. What the guys did at the end of the movie was not illegal back in 1983 and likely not until 2010. Commodity Trading was not subject to the same “inside information” rules as stocks. The testimony given by Gary Gensler to congress to pass the new legislation back in 2010 actually referred to Eddie Murphy and the movie Trading Places when making the argument to add the restriction.

    “On March 3, 2010 Commodity Futures Trading Commission chief Gary Gensler stated, in testimony he gave to the 111th Congress, “We have recommended banning using misappropriated government information to trade in the commodity markets. In the movie Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy, the Duke brothers intended to profit from trades in frozen concentrated orange juice futures contracts using an illicitly obtained and not yet public Department of Agriculture orange crop report.” The “Eddie Murphy Rule”, as it came to be known, later came into effect as Section 136 of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, under Section 746, which dealt with insider trading.

    For those who like a dose of Politics and Finance in their Christmas Movie watching. :)

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  21. 21
    ChefJoe says:

    @20 Ardell, one of my favorite Planet Money episodes.
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/07/09/200401407/episode-471-the-eddie-murphy-rule
    Episode 471: The Eddie Murphy Rule

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  22. 22
    ARDELL says:

    RE: ChefJoe @ 21

    Thanks for the link! The comments on that were awesome.

    In my banking days there were two “men only” clubs in Downtown Philly. I became the Account Manager for one of them and a call came in for emergency funds…but when I went to bring it to them I wasn’t allowed in. That was funny. Of course being my Philly self I said, “Hey…you need some money or don’t you? If you do…you’ll let me in there so the right person can sign the receipt for it.” They let me in…the kitchen. LOL! Both of those clubs have “cameos” in the movie, but the club scenes weren’t filmed there.

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  23. 23
    Nick says:

    It has to be either Gremlins or Die Hard. It doesn’t feel like Christmas without a little gore.

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  24. 24
    Robert says:

    I vote for A Christmas Story! Classic!

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