Total Recall: Overlooked Christmas Gems

Summary

I grew up in a household that owned four Christmas albums -- Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, and the Boston Pops. And that was it. So part of what I enjoy about Christmas as an adult is the discovery of the vast thicket of vintage holiday music out there, from Pearl Bailey and Lena Horne to the Ray Conniff Singers and the Three Sons. Same deal with movies; I came of age in the 1970s, the golden era of It's a Wonderful Life being in the public domain and airing all day, every day, throughout the month of December. As I got older (and wrote the book Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas), I was delighted to find that I had as many new buried treasures among Christmas films as I've had with music.

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Clint Kubat

Clint Kubat

Funny that he mentioned Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, as it's the first thing I thought of when it comes to overlooked Holiday movies. It nearly matches Die Hard as my favorite Christmas movie, personally. A shame it didn't get more notice at the box office, though it seems to be faring much better on DVD/Bluray.

Dec 20 - 06:07 AM

Mathew Jung

Mathew Jung

Saw Gremlins the other day that is definitely overlooked as a "Christmas movie", and I think it holds up well aside from some of the stop-motion effects.

Dec 20 - 07:13 AM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Link still goes to the Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 20 - 07:28 AM

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Mitch Hansch

Sorry about that. O.k. it should be finally fixed. Thanks

Dec 20 - 09:32 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Yeah, still goes on to Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 20 - 02:55 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

The link keeps coming back from the dead. It's a Christmas miracle :)

Dec 20 - 07:06 PM

Josiah Coulter

Josiah Coulter

Oh my gosh -- I just flagged your comment as spam Big Brother!! I didn't mean to. I wanted to reply on how hilarious that was. :p

Dec 22 - 04:48 PM

www.movieswithmitch.com

Mitch Hansch

Sorry about that. O.k. it should be finally fixed. Thanks

Dec 20 - 09:32 AM

anDy

Andreas Babs

The Star Wars Christmas Special is very overlooked.

It taught me how to live life through building things, how to successfully close down a bar if I ever had to, and how to cook.
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no, this was seriously one of the worst things I've ever seen, but I think everyone should see it simply because of how bad it is. It is a gem because it's so hard to find (maybe not now with the internet but still) and because of how horrendously bad it is (even worse than the Star Wars prequels).

Yep. That's my holiday gem. The roller coaster of emotions I go through it (laughing until I can't breathe, and being so annoyed that I could eat my own face off) is indescribable (although I technically just did describe them).

Dec 20 - 09:49 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

You must not like animation do you?

Dec 20 - 02:53 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Yeah, still goes on to Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 20 - 02:55 PM

Justin Slick

Justin Slick

I'd call Prometheus a Christmas movie waaay before I'd call it "great".

Dec 20 - 04:51 PM

zinc alloy

zinc alloy

Rare exports was really interesting.........

Dec 20 - 04:53 PM

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Dec 30 - 01:22 PM

Justin Slick

Justin Slick

I really liked Arthur Christmas, but I *really* like animation. I think it deserved the Oscar nom over either Puss In Boots or KFP2.

Dec 20 - 04:56 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

The link keeps coming back from the dead. It's a Christmas miracle :)

Dec 20 - 07:06 PM

Nate Bettin

Nate Bettin

I would've picked Batman Returns as the best Christmas movie.

Dec 20 - 10:35 PM

Kenneth Tompkins

Kenneth Tompkins

I just watched Rare Exports and really enjoyed it. It is for sure a new addition to my holiday movie list

Dec 21 - 12:46 AM

Ben Sheppard

Ben Sheppard

Lethal Weapon.

Dec 21 - 03:40 AM

Laurent S.

Laurent S.

"Tokyo Godfathers" by Satoshi Kon is also a great Christmas movie. I don't know how well-known or overlooked it is, though. (And it is NOT about mobsters‚?¶)

Dec 21 - 04:22 AM

Dylan P.

Dylan P

Gremlins and the Nightmare before Christmas. Most people hate the 2000 live action Grinch for whatever reason but I thought it was awesome.

Dec 21 - 06:36 AM

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