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Must-hear, must-watch Christmas

19 Dec

Everyone has that song or that movie they have to watch during the holiday season.The holidays are coming up faster than ever, so we don’t have that many days left to enjoy our pop culture goodies.

Here are my “musts” during the holidays…please share yours.


  • “Last Christmas,” Wham!
    One of those, it’s-so-bad-it’s-good kind of songs, and it’s one you can enjoy year-round. A Christmas classic.
  • “Happy XMas (War is Over)” John Lennon
    Such a beautiful, true song.
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Dean Martin
    I love Dean’s voice all year long, but this tune feels extra cozy on a chilly night.
  • “Up on the Housetop,” Jackson 5
    Use the skates Santa bought you to roller skate back into the ’70s with this song. “Too late Jermaine, he’s bringing you mistletoe!”
  • “Winter Wonderland,” Louis Armstrong
    It just ain’t Christmas without “Winter Wonderland.”
  • “Little Saint Nick,” The Beach Boys
    I could listen to this little ditty all year – it’s just that good.
  • “Here Comes Santa Claus,” Elvis Presley
    The King does a standard version of this one but his smooth voice is a joy to hear.
  • “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby
    Possibly the ultimate “must” for the holidays.


  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
    I love that this movie is both very Christmas-y and Halloween-y. It actually does a really good job of covering Christmas, with the residents of Halloween Town being totally befuddled by the idea of Christmas, presents and “Sandy Claws.”
  • “Love Actually”
    This is possibly the most perfect movie ever made. It’s beautiful, full of love and soo funny. All this, and Hugh Grant dancing, too. Here’s a video of “Christmas Is All Around” by Billy Mack (played by Bill Nighy).
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life”
    I know, I know – it gets trumped up every year as this amazing movie that’s required viewing. But really, it is just so good. So good.
  • “Home Alone”
    “Keep the change, you filthy animal.”
  • “The Santa Clause”
    I have no idea why I like this movie, but I watch it once and only once a year – Christmas Eve.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas episodes.

  • “Amends,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    The First – who, as we all know, raised all kinds of trouble in Season 7 – makes its first appearance here and tortures Angel with visions of his evil past. The entire episode is super emotional – try not to freak out when Jenny shows up, or during the climax of the episode. Bonus: Willow and “you’ve got the Barry working for you.”
  • “Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas,” The Golden Girls
    The girls have an unconventional holiday – they make gifts for each other instead of buying expensive gifts, and then they’re held up by a deranged Santa. But, it gives you some of the best lines of the show:
    Dorothy: “Whoa!” (looking at the gift from Blanche, a calendar of her gentlemen callers from the year)
    Blanche: “September?”
    Dorothy: “Yep.”
    Sophia: “I’m surprised you were able to walk in October.”
  • “Truth Be Told,” Dexter
    The Ice Truck Killer leaves the crew an extra-special surprise at Santa’s Cottage. Also, Deb finally learns about Rudy. Finally.
  • “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” Supernatural
    The scene where the “Anti-Santa” kidnaps a dad in front of his blond-haired little boy is truly creepy. The scene where Dean and Sam break into carols at the Santa’s trailer is truly funny.