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Saturday Smackdown: Holiday Style

December 5, 2009

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It’s Saturday Smackdown time again here at the Daily Dose and I wanted to take a moment and thank all the authors who have contributed so far to the Daily Dose Holiday Blog Giveaway and to the wonderful mothers, sisters, brothers, friends, mothers-in-law, grandmothers-in-law and more who have nominated the people in their lives to receive these great gifts. I really wish I had something to give to each and everyone!

Today, we take a short break from our giveaway to play Smackdown holiday style, but the giveaway will be back tomorrow with more gift certificates, more books, more movies and just more to share!

Saturday Smackdown: Holiday Style

Last month I posted my family’s Top Ten Holiday Flicks and Sara Reyes over at Fresh Fiction and I got into a debate on what I left off! It turns out, my Christmas list isn’t everyone’s. So we’re bringing the debate to you this week in an extra big, fun holiday smackdown. You pick the top movie, you let us know what you think and you will win a holiday movie of your choice (provided it is available on Amazon)!

Home Alone vs. A Christmas Story

Home Alone: Love him or hate him, but it’s every parent’s nightmare to forget your child and it’s every child’s dream to get the run of the house to themselves. So when his family leaves behind Kevin while they all hustle off to Paris for the holidays, major hijinks ensure. Kevin learns that as annoying as his family is, he loves them and that his crazy neighbor is just as lonely as he is. The stunts to keep the thieves out of his house are hilarious and Joe Pesci is a riot.

A Christmas Story: Set sometime during the holidays in 1940s Indiana, Young wants only one thing for Christmas, the Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Lightning Loader Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock.. He carefully plans, how to lay the groundwork for this while avoiding the dreaded rebuff, but hears “You’ll put your eye out!” anyway. His relentless struggle for the one true gift is accompanied by many other stories and amusing details, a tongue-on-frozen-pole triple-dog dare, facing the local bully, the notorious leg lamp, the Santa slide, Peking Duck for Christmas, and more!

Both stories feature young men determined to make the most of their Christmas, both are resourceful and both are learning more about Christmas than they knew before. So is it Kevin or Ralphie for you?

Holiday Inn vs. White Christmas

These two movies have so much in common, not to mention Bing Crosby that it can be tough to choose between them!

Holiday Inn: In 1942, America was at war and Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby delivered this fantastic song and dance film scored by Irving Berlin and featuring the original “White Christmas” song release. Astaire and Crosby play partner/rival song-and-dance men who compete for the hand of their performing partner, played by Virginia Dale. After Crosby loses, he moves to the Connecticut countryside where he creates a resort that is only open on holidays and puts on the shows with the help of Marjorie Reynolds. Dumped by Dale, Astaire makes a drunken arrival at the inn on New Year’s Eve and dances with Reynolds. He decides she’ll be his new partner, but doesn’t remember what she looks like, setting off a frenzied search at every subsequent show while the once-bitten Crosby does his best to steer him off track.

White Christmas: The music is a good reason to load up this classic, but then so are Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Set in the years after World War II, the duo has become a popular performing act, doing the circuit. They even hook up with a pair of sisters in a corny, cooky romantic subplot. But the real kicker is when they get word that their General, the man they followed into every battle during the War is in danger of losing his Inn in Vermont. Kaye and Crosby bring all their fellow soldiers in, jam packing the Inn and performing for free – why? Because they love him. What better reason is that?

The comparison between the films is obvious, the first was originally aired in Black and White and Astaire’s dancing is truly unmatched, but the music, the hilarity and songs are all there. Which one would you choose?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation vs. Christmas with the Kranks

Two very different families and two very weird Christmases result when you get these people together.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: The third film in the National Lampoon Vacation series, we find Clark determined to have a fantastic Christmas despite his family and their attitudes as summed up in this quote: “Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse!”

Christmas with the Kranks: The Kranks are that great suburban family that do up Christmas right every year, but then their daughter decides she is going to work with the Peace Corps in Peru, so the couple decides to avoid all the holiday gruff and bluff and skip the decorations. Their neighbors led by a hilarious Dan Ankroyd are bound and determined to get them back on the Christmas track (anyone who has a homeowner’s association can really appreciate this crazy mania). While nowhere near as funny as John Grisham’s novel “Skipping Christmas”, the film definitely touched my funny bone – particularly when they are frantically trying to get Christmas ready for their daughter who is now coming home.

The craziest things happen at the holidays. So is it National Lampoon or the Kranks for you?

Bonus: Share your favorite version of A Christmas Carol

So it’s smackdown time, post your choices and all comments count towards winning a holiday movie for yourself. The winner will be notified via email next week.

The Hollows vs. Future Atlanta

Last week’s smackdown pitted world against world and the race was neck and neck finally falling only slightly in favor of The Hollows. Hats off to Kim Harrison and Ilona Andrews for creating such incredibly vital worlds!

Have a great Saturday!

A lifelong writer turned author, Heather Long‘s first book Remembering Ashby is available for purchase at Sapphire Blue Publishing. Coming soon is the urban fantasy: Prime Evil. The Daily Dose explores books, television, writing and more — all topics that Heather enjoys.

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  • Kathleen O December 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

    These are four very good Christmas movies..and very hard to choose between them.
    My choice of the first 2 whould have to be: White Christmas.. why you ask? I saw this one long before I saw Holiday Inn, while good, I just felt that White Christmas had more of the holiday spirit in it.. And the scene at the end always makes me tear up.

    2nd two movies: Has to be Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase is just so great in this movie. He is trying so hard to make sure everybody is the holiday spirit, that he goes to extremes.. The scene I love best when he explodes after every conceiveable thing that could go wrong has and he just lets all his frustrations out. Then the door bell rings and it his the guy with the Christmas bonus cheque.. His reactions are just so great. Now Christmas with the Kranks is good too, but I don't think it has the timing in it that Christmas Vaction does..

    Well now you have my choices, can't wait to see what the next shamkdown movies are..

  • Fred December 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Holiday Inn is my preference mainly becausue I prefer the more spare musicals, rather than the extravaganzas. Also, the dancing by Astaire and his camaraderie with Crosby is terrific.