Friday Fun…Popcorn, Hot Cocoa, and What Christmas Movie?

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Friday Fun…Popcorn, Hot Cocoa, and What Christmas Movie?


The Hallmark Christmas movies started before Thanksgiving and I know at least one person watching them…right Rocky Dickerson?



I know that when I’m baking Christmas cookies, I love watching “The Santa Claus” (all three starring Tim Allen) or Love Actually.


There has always been a debate over Die Hard…Christmas movie or not??  And if you’re curious, here are the Top 60 Best Christmas Movies according to Esquire. 


Over Thanksgiving weekend, one channel had an “It’s a Wonderful Life” marathon. And of course, you can’t forget these favorites… “White Christmas”  and “A Christmas Story.”



So, just for fun…grab some popcorn, and hot cocoa, and tell us what your favorite Christmas movie is! 


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Comments (22)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... don't call me a Scrooge, because you know I adore Christmas... but I don't bake Christmas (or any other) cookies and I don't watch Christmas movies (just too saccharine for my taste). Have fun!

Dec 02, 2022 04:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker some of the movies on Hallmark and other channels are a bit sugary but I love  The Santa Claus

Dec 02, 2022 09:23 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know who is a bigger fan of the Hallmark channel Rocky Dickerson or my Mom, haha.

Dec 02, 2022 04:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England i don’t know but I know he likes them - a lot

Dec 02, 2022 09:24 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

My wife and I watch one or two Christmas movies every Saturday during the season.  With hot chocolate.  

Dec 02, 2022 05:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley that is so sweet!!!!

Dec 02, 2022 09:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I was kinda concerned (but not too much) about being called a Scrooge until I read the comment by Nina Hollander, Broker.  I may not be as much a Christmas enthusiast as Nina but there are limits to my holiday spirit.   

I don't recall seeing one of the mentioned Tim Allen (no offense to him) movies and it's been years since I pulled some holiday cookies out of an oven (that's the correct term for that baking device, right?).  

Dec 02, 2022 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - I have seen "It's a Wonderful Life" multiple times.  However, I often catch just parts of it.   Maybe it's best when served in small amounts - kinda like fruitcake - another holiday favorite.  

Dec 02, 2022 11:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs  you’re not a Scrooge- you know what you like. It took me years to watch It’s a Wonderful Life! I saw it years and years ago but couldn’t get into it 

Dec 02, 2022 09:27 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

My favorite movie is, A Wonderful Life.  The message of a hard working, average man making the world a much better place really is uplifting. I could watch it over and over. 

I also love the movie, Elf.  I think it is Will Farrell's best movie (actually, I am not a fan of most of his movies).  I laugh more each time I watch the movie.  I also share Buddy's love of Christmas trees.  Here is one I found in Thailand.  I love the theme of, "Embracing Happiness."

                                            Koh Sumai Christmas tree

Dec 02, 2022 06:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson i’ve only seen Elf once but plan on watching it again. That is a beautiful tree!

Dec 02, 2022 09:28 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Favorite Christmas movie? WOW! I have watched over 300 in the last 13 months. My favorites that most people may be familiar with are "Love Actually", "Elf", "Christmas Vacation", "The Holiday" and "It's a Wonderful Life". A rare, but highly worthwhile Christmas special to enjoy (if you can find it because it is rare) is "Ziggy's Gift". I do love the Hallmark Christmas movies (I even created a game to play with your watchmate for watching Hallmark Christmas movies), I am now starting to enjoy Christmas movies on the UP network, I watch some of the Lifetime Christmas movies (I just don't find them as good as Hallmark). And this year, the new kid on the block are on Great American Family (a channel I don't get - unfortunately). These folks bought a lot of great talent away from Hallmark (including Lori Laughlin) and are making their own Christmas movies this year.

Remember to play with things like peppermint (from items like candy canes) and cinnamon to create new flavors for your cocoa. I even made French Toast this year using peppermint coffee creamer instead of milk to add to my eggs. And I highly recommend having all the lights off at night except your Christmas light when watching movies.

Dec 02, 2022 06:33 AM
Kathy Streib

Rocky Dickerson you really are into Christmas!!!! I watched Love Actually this weekend and plan on watching it again.

I’d heard that some of the actors left the Hallmark Channel!

Christmas is at our house and I plan on making brunch so I may play around with the hot cocoa ideas!

Dec 02, 2022 09:33 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Mine is Love Actually. My sister is a big fan of the Hallmark movies and watches them over and over again!

Dec 02, 2022 06:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  did you see the 20 year special that Diane Sawyer did on Love Actually? You might find it on Hulu

Dec 02, 2022 09:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Kathy. 

Enjoy the movies and have a great day.

Dec 02, 2022 07:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley thank you. Please tell Chef Dolores hello

Dec 02, 2022 09:35 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Very interesting list! Some I would not even think of as Christmas movies but I like the outside the box picks 

Dec 02, 2022 07:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe i know what you mean - I saw the list and may try to find some of the movies

Dec 02, 2022 09:36 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

I say mix the movies up with a traditional Christmas movie followed by a new one. The new ones are more formula driven like on Hallmark. Usually involving two girlfriends or two boyfriends both competing for someone else with some "misunderstandings" confusing matters and it all gets resolved at the tree lighting festival and best cookie contest on Christmas Eve and it is snowing. I guess the new ones have people with Smart Phones, tablets and texting each other while the traditional movies did not.....Just sayin....Jeff 😀

Dec 02, 2022 08:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI that is too funny and you are right- same formula, different actors.

Dec 02, 2022 09:37 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

It's A Wonderful Life and Elf and Christmas Story are my three favorites. I am sure I will watch each of them at least this season.

Dec 02, 2022 08:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I like all three but Love Actually is one of my favorites along with The Santa Claus. 

Dec 02, 2022 09:39 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Also looking forward to the new Christmas Story!

Dec 02, 2022 08:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara who’s in it??

Dec 02, 2022 09:39 AM
Sharon Tara

Kathy Streib  Peter Billingsly is.  I don't know who else from original is in it. It is on HBO Max.

Dec 03, 2022 08:12 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I feel like a split personality when it comes to Christmas movies Kathy!  For a long time I was so sick of the same 0 same 0 SAME 0 sappy plot that always went south at about 15 minutes before the end of movie....and then miraculously they got back together. Over and over and over.  So enough of that!

I do have a couple of movies that we watch as a tradition - which we did with family for many years.  The Bishops Wife (the first version) and there's another one that we both like.....can't remember the name.  I did see a new movie last week called 3 Wise Men and a Baby.......very funny and sweet too.  Not at all the same o plot by a long shot, not even close.  And there was another new fun one with Bill Murray - 12 Days of Christmas. He did a great job playing that part...very grumpy!


Dec 02, 2022 10:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It wouldn't be Christmas at my house, if "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" wasn't viewed at least once.

Dec 02, 2022 11:58 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 02, 2022 12:10 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy add my wife to the list of people watching the Hallmark Christmas Movies.  And YES "Die Hard" is most certainly a Christmas Movie in my book.

Dec 02, 2022 02:33 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

White Christmas is still at the top of the list for me, Kathy! As a child, I was mesmerized with the singing, dancing and the beautiful costumes the women wore. It still holds the allure!

Dec 02, 2022 03:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy, I love Christmas, but I do not bake.... never before or now..... as to watching Christmas or any movies let me just say it has been over two or three years since we had the TV on.... I always loved  It's a Wonderful Life:)Endre

Dec 02, 2022 06:01 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

December is really my hallmark month and I really enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn and a good christmas movie Kathy Streib 

Dec 03, 2022 12:47 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - We start with Hallmark in July!  It is crazy.  Christmas movies are a feel-good experience.  As a family with Ricky and Tristan, we start the season around Thanksgiving with Christmas Vacation.  Family Man is another favorite, and Rick and I love "Love Actually".  Tristan and the family like Elf and the Grinch, and Ricky loves Scrooge.  These are all movies we watch together. Oh!  Tristan also loves all the Tim Allen movies and Christmas Chronicles.  Of course, the classics are always welcome!


Dec 03, 2022 02:31 PM