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40 best Christmas-related pop-culture items (#10-1)

It’s the wrap-up of my seasonal list.  And sure, I was without internet on Christmas day (seems grandmas can do without such things), so my final 10 are a wee bit after the fact, but let’s just consider it a continuation of the holidays.  Enjoy!

10. The Polar Express
Book, Houghton Mifflin, 1985
Written and illustrated by Chris van Allsburg

9. Moroccan Christmas
The Office episode, NBC, 2008
With Steve Carell, Kate Flannery, and Phyllis Smith

8. White Christmas
Film, Paramount Pictures, 1954
With Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney

7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Television special, CBS, 1965
With Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer, and Chris Shea

6. Home Alone / Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Film, 20th Century Fox, 1990/1992
With Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara, and Joe Pesci

5. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
The Simpsons episode, FOX, 1989
With Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, and Nancy Cartwright

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Television special, NBC, 1964
With Burl Ives, Billy Richards, and Larry D. Mann

3. It’s a Wonderful Life
Film, RKO Pictures, 1946
With James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore

2. “The Christmas Song”
Song, Mel Torme and Bob Wells, 1946
Performed by Nat King Cole

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Book/Television special, Random House/CBS, 1957/1966
Written by Dr. Seuss/With Boris Karloff and June Foray

Happy Holidays All!
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40 best Christmas-related pop-culture items (#20-11)

Part three keeps bringing the holiday cheer (hopefully) with my next ten entries to the list of 40 – just remember, if you’re not seeing your favorite flick, song, or book, it’s not sheer quality that landed these folks on my rankings – it’s entirely up to my susceptible little heartstrings.

20. A Christmas Carol
Book, Chapman & Hall, 1843
Written by Charles Dickens

19. A Christmas Album
Album, Myrrh/Word, 1983
Performed by Amy Grant

18. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Film, Jim Henson Productions, 1992
With Michael Caine, Frank Oz, and The Muppets

17. Christmas Special
30 Rock episode, NBC, 2008
With Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Jane Krakowski

16. While You Were Sleeping
Film, Hollywood Pictures, 1995
With Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, and Peter Boyle

15. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
Album, RCA, 1979
Performed by John Denver and The Muppets

14. A Wish for Wings That Work
Book, Little Brown & Co., 1991
Written and illustrated by Berkeley Breathed

13. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Short film, Walt Disney Pictures, 1983
With Wayne Allwine, Clarence Nash, and Hal Smith

12. Frosty the Snowman
Television special, CBS, 1969
With Jimmy Durante, June Foray, and Billy de Wolfe

11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Film, Touchstone Pictures, 1993
With Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, and Chris Sarandon

**The final 10 are soon on their way!**

40 best Christmas-related pop-culture items (#30-21)

The countdown continues – I’m taking a peek at my 40 favorite Christmas-related pop culture things – it’s purely sentimental and highly subjective, but what the heck, right?

30. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Song, Johnny Marks, 1958
Sung by Brenda Lee

29. The Santa Clause
Film, Walt Disney Pictures, 1994
Starring Tim Allen, Wendy Crewson, and Judge Reinhold

28. “All I Want for Christmas is You”
Song, Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, 1994
Sung by Mariah Carey

27. Jingle Balls
Will & Grace episode, NBC, 2001
With Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally

26. The Jolly Christmas Postman
Book, LB Kids, 2001
Written and illustrated by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

25. Christmas Scandal
Parks and Recreation episode, NBC, 2009
With Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza

24. The Preacher’s Wife
Film, Touchstone Pictures, 1996
With Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, and Jenifer Lewis

23. Miracle on 34th Street
Film(s), 20th Century Fox, 1947/1994
With Edmund Gwenn/Richard Attenborough

22. The One with the Holiday Armadillo
Friends episode, NBC, 2000
With Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, and David Schwimmer

21. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Television special, ABC, 1970
With Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, and Keenan Wynn

Come back for #20-11 tomorrow!

40 best Christmas-related pop-culture items (#40-31)

In honor the impending holidays, I figured I would throw together my favorite things entertainment related having to do with Christmastime – feel free to voice your thoughts below, always remembering the sentimental nature attached to decisions such as these…

40. A Garfield Christmas
Television special, CBS, 1987
Starring Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, and Pat Carroll

39. Carl’s Christmas
Book, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1992
Written and illustrated by Alexandra Day

38. Love Actually
Film, Universal Pictures, 2003
Starring Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson

37. “Jingle Bell Rock”
Song, Joe Beal and Jim Boothe, 1964
Sung by Brenda Lee

36. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Film, Walt Disney Pictures, 1997
Starring Paige O’Hara, Jerry Orbach, and Angela Lansbury

35. Woodland Critter Christmas
South Park episode, Comedy Central, 2004
Starring Trey Parker and Matt Stone

34. Gremlins
Film, Warner Bros. Pictures, 1984
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, and Hoyt Axton

33. A Season for Miracles
Television film, Hallmark, 1999
Starring Carla Gugino, Patty Duke, and Lynn Redgrave

32. Christmas in the Aire
Album, American Gramaphone, 1995
Performed by Mannheim Steamroller

31. A Christmas Story
Film, MGM Studios, 1983
Starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darren McGavin

Check back tomorrow for Nos. 30-31!