It’s t-shirt Tuesday. The day where I choose one of my husband’s many amusing t-shirts as inspiration for my blog. Given my continued struggle with the book-mas tree this week (see blog from this weekend) and the fact that it’s still not complete, my choice of t-shirts this week will seem pretty fitting.
Here’s our current progress with the book-mas tree. See this picture of my poor dog whose “spot” by the window is covered in books as we struggle to complete this book-mas tree undertaking? Poor thing.
Here is this week’s t-shirt.
Seems appropriate, right?
And since it’s Tuesday, let’s combine TWO things and make it a Twos-day: T-shirt Tuesday and Tuesday Top Ten. Inspired by this t-shirt and all the trees that secretly want to destroy us, here’s a list my top 10 funny holiday movies (bonus points to stories about hilarious family dysfunction)! And, it’s mostly movies.
10. Gremlins. Yes, Gremlins, you read that right. Now you know what kind of list this is going to be (ie, maybe not 100% conventional.) Not only is this considered a “comedy horror” film. It’s also considered a Christmas movie and a kids movie! Seriously, when I look up appropriate scary movies for my 6th grader, this movie comes up! But why a Christmas movie? Well, it does start with a Dad buying a cute little Mogwai and actually makes some intelligent commentary about the commercialization of Christmas. Also, interesting note, Steven Spielberg was the film’s executive producer. Go figure.
9. Bad Santa. First, let me start out by saying this movie is not appropriate for the kiddos. But, you adults who’ve seen it know it’s a pretty hysterical, dark comedy. And, for me, it gets extra points for also starring Lorelai Gilmore (aka Lauren Graham.)
8. Scrooged. This one stars the always hilarious Bill Murray in one of his best crazy, rant-filled performances. It’s a modern (or at least modern at the time, 20+ years later it may feel like a classic now) take on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
7. A Christmas Story. I have a secret. I’ve never seen this movie! (I know, freak out now.) But, I also don’t live under a rock and know people quote it all the time and many claim it is the funniest holiday movie ever. So, even though I haven’t seen it, I think it has to be on the list, right? I’ll try to watch it this year!
6. Trading Places. This movie has Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy and tons of funny. (Too young to know who they are? Sit back, watch it and be prepared to be impressed by how much you will laugh.) The Wikipedia descriptions sums it up well, if you’re not familiar. “It tells the story of an upper-class broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet.” And it all starts at a work Christmas party. A must-see classic comedy as far as I’m concerned, not just a must-see holiday movie.