I’m not a big fan of Christmas movies in general, although there are some out there that I actually really enjoy. I finally watched Elf for the first time last year, at it was a lot of fun. I adore The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, although my children don’t like it (one thinks the ghosts are scary, the others haven’t explained why). Scrooged is another brilliant take on Dickens’ Christmas classic, and Community‘s, “Regional Holiday Music” stands as a high point of modern television Christmas episodes.
But there are some that I hope my kids never, ever see.
The Star Wars Holiday Special
This doesn’t even qualify as “so bad it’s good.” It’s just bad. And it only gets worse. Don’t believe me? Just watch this monstrosity for yourself:
A pint-sized sociopath is left at home while negligent parents hop a plane to Paris for the holidays. Yeah, my kids aren’t watching that. Die Hard is less violent than this thing…
Jingle All the Way
This represents one of the lowest points in Schwarzenegger’s mid-90s career (aside from Junior, which might have been the worst). Arnold vs Sinbad battling to see which of them gets the last of the year’s hot action figure? The Santa Clause series has more redeeming qualities…
So what do I hope they’ll enjoy? I think they’ll enjoy Elf eventually. It is a light-hearted, surprisingly family-friendly movie (you never know with Will Ferrell). We might even give Arthur Christmas a shot this year. But, really, I hope that, someday, they will see the light and realize that the Muppets Christmas Carol is delightful.