Well, this one was close. Your favorite traditional Christmas movie is . . .
In a surprise comeback, the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim narrowly wins with a total of five votes. Honestly, I’ve never even seen this particular version—I’m far more familiar with the one starring George C. Scott and, more importantly, Roger Rees. But that’s not so surprising; I haven’t seen almost half the films on this list, and some of the ones I have seen, well, I watched them so many years ago that I barely remember them at all.
Tying for second place is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Scrooged (the more comedic version of the Dickens’ classic). Third place is also a tie between A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the animated How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Each nominee scored at least a little love, though, except for the poor black and white version of Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara and little Natalie Wood. Admittedly, I wouldn’t have voted for it, either—if pressed, I probably would have chosen How The Grinch Stole Christmas—but I actually like this movie. I thought it was sort of oddly endearing . . . and so much better than the 1994 remake with Mara Wilson and Richard Attenborough.
But the best Christmas movies—my Christmas movies—are yet to come.