Ah the Holidays. The time of year when tastes in entertainment wildly fluctuate between traditional (when you're trying to offset the deluge of commercialism, and rekindle the childlike wonder of innocent Christmas's Past) and non (when too much traditional leaves a saccharine taste in your mouth). And so, to indulge both polarities of mirth I offer my list of alternative Christmas films, and favorite quotations from A Christmas Carol.
The Top 5 Alternative Christmas Films (in no preferential order):
1. Die Hard 1
2. Die Hard 2
3. Lethal Weapon
4. Love Actually
Honorable Mention (for those films that feature Christmas but aren't exclusively set during Christmas)
-About a Boy
And the Dickens' passages, starting with the Spirit of Christmas Present, an angel...
"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "Who claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us, and all of our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."
163 years after its publication, and still as relevant as if it were written this year...
"No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; golden sunlight; heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh, glorious! Glorious!"