Random Recommendations: Best Christmas Movies of All Time, Says I

If you're a Christmas celebrator, you have your favorites.  I wanted to share a few of mine, and some books to pair them with!  

Bill Murray is a high-powered executive at a national broadcasting company...and he's about to get a wake-up call about the meaning of Christmas.  Based on the Dicken's classic but modernized (okay, to about the 90s), it's hysterical, irreverent, and very tongue-in-cheek.  Featuring a toaster wielding fairy, a chain-smoking cabbie, a televised Death, and dormice, it's a fun twist on the old classic.  
Pair it with... A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 
I tend to lean towards comedy, and this one is everything I love (and hate) about Christmas.  Meet the Griswalds.  We have Clark, the slightly-insane father trying to make Christmas perfect, his long-suffering wife, and the invading in-laws.  Exploding turkeys, sleds breaking the sound barrier, kidnapping...everything Christmas should be.  If you've ever experienced a Christmas disaster or have a crazy family, you'll relate.  
Pair it with... Sketchy Santas by Will Zweigart

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 
Claymation plus old corny songs equals Christmas joy!  Rudolph is an outcast, so he's going on an adventure.  Only now he has a companion: an elf who's sick of toymaking and really just wants to be a dentist.  Add a quirky prospector, an abominable snowman, and a cute doe and you have one of the cutest and most classic kid's movies of all Christmastime.  Plus the songs are really catchy.  "Island of Misfit Toys", anyone?  
Pair it with... How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

The Nightmare Before Christmas 
It's a Christmas movie!  I'll argue with you for ages on this.  Jack is tired of being the Pumpkin King of Halloween town.  He's looking for a change in life.  What better than to try out another holiday?  Only the residents of Halloweentown don't exactly understand the meaning of Christmas...and some of them have others plans for Santa.  Creepy, beautiful, magical.  Honestly, one of my favorite movies of all time, and the music is beautiful.  
Pair it with... It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies by Michael P. Spradin

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