Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and all that from the Comparative Geeks! Since it’s Christmas we celebrate, we talk about some of our favorite and important Christmas traditions, the sorts of things we really care to continue and pass along to the Geek Baby. Warning: not the most kid-friendly of listens. What traditions do you carry forward?
We all have our holiday traditions, those things that help to make it Christmas (if you celebrate Christmas!) For me this includes four movies, in particular. I just realized, as I was putting this together, that the most recent one is nearly 40 years old… so I would love to hear what your favorites are – add some more recent movies to my list!
I feel like everyone has a few movies that they want to watch as soon as the holidays come around, movies that maybe they’ve always watched with family as a tradition. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I thought I’d share my list of favorite holiday movies and shows.
A Christmas Story
No holiday season is complete without watching A Christmas Story. It’s been one of my favorite movies since I was little. It’s an oft-quoted movie in our family, and honestly I can never get sick of it. Also, “daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie…” TBS playing this for 24 hours straight is amazing and one of my newest traditions.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
I can’t help it. I love this movie, no matter how many times I watch it, and it’s mostly for Yukon Cornelius. Yahoo!
It actually took me years to watch Elf after it came out, which makes me so sad. It’s amazing! Mr. Narwhal is my favorite character, and I may have definitely once answered the phone at my old job by saying “Buddy the Elf what’s your favorite color?”
Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation
Also one of my newest traditions. If you haven’t watched Phineas and Ferb, go watch some. It’s fantastic. The Christmas Special is wonderful, and hilarious. And on Netflix!
Nightmare Before Christmas
I’m always confused about when I should watch this: Halloween or Christmas? So I usually watch it for both. But really, it’s definitely a Christmas favorite. Jack Skellington is my favorite Santa.
The Thin Man
This is a tradition in our family. We’ve watched this around Christmas for as long as I can remember – and I love it! It’s an absolute classic that is amazing year round – but especially around Christmas!
Happy holidays, and I hope you’re getting to spend time watching your favorite traditions as well!
Ah, what to say about the Doctor Who Christmas Special, “LastChristmas”? It had aliens, and the Doctor, and Christmas. It even had Santa, as promised. Oh, and it had Clara and the Doctor, on an adventure after they had parted ways. An adventure that was rumored to be Jenna Coleman’s exit from the show.
Which made sense. They never really hit a stride in writing Clara, as I discussed in my character study of Clara earlier this season. The season did not change this outlook, and having her bow out in a Christmas Special seemed like a pretty solid idea. Which means I think more than anything I am going to be talking about Clara in this review more than anything else. So spoilers to come for “Last Christmas”!
I know we’ve been talking a lot about Christmas presents, and getting things for the myriad geeks in our life. So you still have shopping to do… what do you get the Geek in your life, here at the last minute?
I’m figuring it’s too late to order online, you need to go somewhere and get something good. I have a few ideas for you. Let everybody know in the comments if you have more ideas to add!