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day 37, everyone’s favorite krampus!
that’s right, autocorrect. i typed “krampus”. not “cramps”. not “grandpa”. DEAL WITH IT.
Jerry Siegel and John Sikela, Action Comics #105
monzo12782 asked: What's the deal with Mrs. Claus? Does she have any kind of historic/folklore basis? (I can't remember if you answered something like this already...)
Mrs Claus is entirely literary. Here is a post I wrote on her last year.
As an update to that previous post, though, here is what I believe to be a more or less complete list of female figures associated with Christmas and Christmas-adjacent holidays:
- Mrs Claus
- La Befana aka Babushka aka La Vieja Belen
- St Lucy
- Mother Goody
- Tante Aria
So it’s not QUITE as dire as I believed last year, but still women are relatively underrepresented.
saintnubbins asked: Claymation Christmas rules so hard and I was so happy to see it on your list.
This is a good opinion to have
Anonymous asked: Good Christmas movie suggestion: I'm not sure whether it's on Netflix, but I think that "Shop Around the Corner" is charming.
I have not seen it, and it doesn’t appear to be on Netflix. But, dang, I do like Jimmy Stewart, so duly noted.
Since my attempt to list good Christmas movies on Netflix Watch Instantly was kind of a bust, here is a more general list of Christmas and Christmas-adjacent movies that I think are at least worth a watch. Some of these might not be traditional Christmas fare—action movies, horror movies, black comedies, etc.—so I will link each movie to the Wikipedia article about it to see if it is something in which you might be interested.
This list is NOT meant to be exhaustive, so I’m sorry if your favorite thing isn’t mentioned. The list is more or less alphabetical, with a few stragglers here or there, so nothing about quality is meant by placement within the list. Also, while I think these are all worth watching, they are not all “good” in the traditional sense.
- Arthur Christmas
- Babes in Toyland (1934)
- Bad Santa
- Batman Returns
- The Bishop’s Wife
- Black Christmas
- A Christmas Carol (1951) (aka Scrooge. This is probably the definitive adaptation)
- A Christmas Story
- Die Hard
- Edward Scissorhands
- Ernest Save Christmas
- Holiday Inn
- Home Alone
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
- Lemon Drop Kid
- Lethal Weapon
- The Long Kiss Goodnight
- Love Actually
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Rare Exports
- Rise of the Guardians
- Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July
- Santa Claus (1959)
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
- Stalag 17
- Tokyo Godfathers (this one is actually also on Netflix. You should 10000% watch it.)
- Trading Places
- While You Were Sleeping
- White Christmas
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- A Claymation Christmas Celebration
- Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas
- Frosty the Snowman
- Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
- A Garfield Christmas
- Jack Frost
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
- The Little Drummer Boy
- A Muppet Family Christmas
- Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
- The Year Without a Santa Claus
Why, yes, I am totally in the bag for literally any Rankin-Bass special.
Anyway, again: sorry if I’ve forgotten some favorite of yours. This is only meant to be a few helpful suggestions.
koltreg asked: Did you ever see Bernard and the Genie?
Nope, but I see it is some 1990s thing with Mr Bean and Nightcrawler.
I was recently asked if I could make a list of good Christmas movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly, like I did with horror movies for Halloween.
It turns out the answer is no.
There are basically eight Christmas themed movies that I think are worth watching currently on Netflix. One of them I haven’t even seen and am just guessing that it might be good.
Nevertheless, here they are:
Love, Actually (true story, you might actually be a monster if you don’t find some part of this movie to like)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (is this a Christmas movie? It’s kind of a Halloween/Christmas hybrid. Anyway, shut the fuck up about your Tim Burton opinions. I don’t want to hear them)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (a favorite of mine, needless to say)
Becoming Santa (Have not seen this! It is a documentary about Santa impersonators. It looks pretty good.)
Rare Exports (100000% recommended. Love it, love it, love it. It’s in Finnish with subtitles, though, if you’re not a strong reader.)
White Christmas (this is a classic, obviously)
Black Adder’s A Christmas Carol (only if you like British comedy)
That’s it. No Miracle on 34th Street, no It’s a Wonderful Life, no Grinch, no Mexican Santa Claus.
There are some Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown specials available, but these are a trick. They are not the classic ones you remember.
If anyone knows of a GOOD Christmas movie on Netflix that I’ve neglected to mention, please let me know. The current list is depressing me.
[edit: According to Evan Shaner, MD, this thing contains Mickey’s Christmas Carol somewhere in its guts.]