Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ever see the movie The Family Stone? How 'bout Little Miss Sunshine? I'm sure there's a bunch of them out there about the dysfunctional families functioning in strange ways. And there's no better time to bring out the dysfunctions like the holidays.

What's your worst holiday memory? Most shocking holiday memory?
Have any holiday traditions that must be STOPPED?


Debra Dixon said...

I loved The Family Stone. And this year I saw HOLIDAY and immediately added it to my list of must-have DVD's when it comes out in DVD.

One tradition I'm stopping this year is my obsessive need to find good holiday movies on TV. For some reason, any time *I* had time to plop in front of the TV this holiday season there were no holiday movies on OR the stupid TV was running back-to-back-to-back showing of the BB gun movie. Arrgh!

Where have all the good romantic Christmas movies gone?

Michele said...

Okay, I must stop pining to watch The Little Drummer Boy every Xmas. That rum-pa-pum-pum tune gets me every time. And the scene where the little shepherd boy picks up the lamb that was just ran over by a carriage? And that perfect little fake teardrop that rolls from his eye? Aggh!

I love it. And I hate it, because it's such a cheesy movie, and it's that old stop-action stuff that is just dorky, and my kids think I'm a major goof for buying the video, and...and...


lois greiman said...

I looooove The Family Stone. And Love Actually--one of my all time favorites, holidays or no. Of course there is that naked couple in there which makes it less than perfect viewing for familis...but still.

As for traditions that must go. I really think I'm going to have to forego eating until I'm sick and year.

Helen Brenna said...

I loved The Family Stone, too, Luke Wilson was hilarious. Can't wait to see Holiday. Got Love Actually for my daughter for xmas, so I'll have to watch that one again.

Michele, the Little Drummer Boy used to be one of my favorites too. My family all groooaaan when I mention it!

I'm going to have to figure out how to do away with the traditional pork roast for Christmas dinner. It was tough AGAIN this year!

Betina Krahn said...

Ahh, the Family Stone. . . not, unfortunately, one of my favorites. The combination of that Rachel McAdams with the daggers out and the dying mom. . . a little much for me. I felt so sorry for Sarah Jessica Parker. . . which was a little unnerving, since I usually think she's overrated. She was trying so hard and they were MEAN to her. sob. Okay, I'll give you interesting, but that's as far as I go.

"The Holiday," on the other hand, was WONDERFUL. Had a blast and suddenly understood the world's fascination with Jude Law. Yummmm. Was mystified by the choice of Jack Black for the secondary hero slot. Not my idea of a romantic good time, no matter how much I love him. But Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz were GREAT. I wanted part 2 and more, more, more!

And Rex insists on watching the BB Gun movie. . . which I perversely kind of like. . . and "It's A Schmucky Life". . . which I used to love and, now that I've watched it with adult eyes, hate. Melodrama with a side of squirm. I do, however, love the Grinches in every edition and version. And Rudolph and the Isle of Misfit Toys still grabs me.

I love the tree once it's up. . . but I would happily skip the whole thing and settle for greenery and candles. The whole taking-it-down thing. . . ugh.

And will somebody write some NEW Christmas music? I'm so sick of Bing Crosby and Gene Autry I could scream!

:) Betina


Candace said...

Speaking of Bing Crosby... I finally, for the first time ever, sat down and watched "White Christmas" all the way through and I gotta say, "This is a classic?" The music was nice but the rest of it was too hooky for words. Another time, I guess.