The staff here got to talking about it and it got… weird. I mentioned a Christmas horror movie I dig, someone else mentioned A Very Brady Christmas. It got funky, nostalgic, and super ’80s really quickly. I decided to round up some of the weirder ones (and some of the BEST overlooked ones) that we simply have to watch each year around the holidays.
Sure, we’re all watching Elf, but what are we watching secretly in our beds with the cats and the rest of the advent calendar?
Sales Manager Tiff
A Very Brady Christmas. A classic! I mean, if Carol Brady singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” doesn’t get you, perhaps you are dead inside. And this comes from a hardcore atheist.
Santa Claus: The Movie. Dark and awesome origin story of Santa. And John Lithgow as the evil toymaker? Come on.
One Magic Christmas. Sigh. So much to say. Peak ’80s dark factor. Fun fact: this is a Disney movie! What!
“So Called Angels” episode of My So-Called Life. Delicious ’90s goodness! Julianna Hatfield as an angel? Yes please. Shedding light on the plight of runaway teens? Thank you, television.
Former Editor Megan
The Muppet Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas movie AND Muppet movie combined.
Oh and Die Hard!
Oh and Scrooged!
Former editor & copyeditor Caroline
I’m very passionate about this topic, thank you for asking. A Muppet Family Christmas is my all-time fave.
An ex used to watch A Junkie’s Christmas every year. That’s definitely weird!
Sr. Editor Catherine
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale — a surprisingly awesome and definitely unconventional horror-meet-Christmas tale from Finland.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol — because Scrooge McDuck needed to play Ebenezer Scrooge at some point.
The Simpsons: The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire — The introduction to Santa’s Little Helper and a fun Christmassy tale from way back in season one.
Nomination for a new tradition: A Christmas Prince from Netflix. It’s DRIVEL. It’s every cliche in the holiday book. And I’ll definitely watch it again.
I am a basic bitch and will say that Tavi and I seem to watch Frozen every winter, but now he’s got his new lyrics (as seen on my Instagram stories). [Spoiler: the new lyrics are “Let it go, let it go, let the toilet overflow!”]
YOUR TURN! What weird, silly, lesser-known holiday films are you watching? Share in the comments so we can add ’em!