Tri-City Americans favorite Christmas movies

December 24, 2012 

It’s Christmastime, and I love everything about the holiday (except the fruitcake). The sparkling lights always catch my eye. The arrival of Christmas cards (I sent out 40 this year) brings a smile to my face — though this year I thought my mailbox would be empty, as the first card didn’t arrive until Dec. 10.

And, Christmas movies always are a good option to reruns in the afternoon Gotta love the DVR. My favorite Christmas movie — A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens — has been done over and over again with subpar actors in color. The only way to watch this classic is in black and white (yes, I’m old school) with Alastair Sim in the leading role (circa 1951). Nothing else will do.

When VHS went by the wayside with the dinosaurs, my hubby got me the DVD edition of A Christmas Carol — that has a version in color. I have never watched that option.

Before the Tri-City Americans headed home for the holidays, I was able to get them to tell me their favorite Christmas movies. With several players liking the same movies, I have lumped them together.

Eric Comrie, Luke Lee-Knight, Justin Feser and Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens goalie, who is taking ice with his former junior team): A Christmas Story (what little boy doesn’t want “an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”)

Coach Jim Hiller: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (with the Griswold’s obnoxious family, if it can go wrong, it will).

Assistant coach Dan Price, Justin Hamonic, Lucas Nickles, Phil Tot, Lukas Walter and Marcus Messier: Elf (There’s room for everyone on the nice list.)

Athletic trainer/equipment manager Innes Mackie, Jesse Mychan, Justin Gutierrez, Malte Strömwall and Zach Yuen: Home Alone (You guys give up yet? Or are you thirsty for more?)

Wil Tomchuk, Drydn Dow, Michal Plutnar, Tyson Dallman, Beau McCue and Parker Bowles: How the Grinch Stole Christmas — with Jim Carrey, not the original animated version. (Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas ... means a little bit more. This movie puts a different twist on the original, but fans shelled out more than $345M to watch it.)

Athletic therapist Darcy Ewanchuk: It’s a Wonderful Life (The film is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema, and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season).

General manager Bob Tory: Miracle on 34th Street (“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”)

Ryan Chynoweth: The Santa Clause (“In putting on the suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all rights to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus in perpetuity until such time that wearer becomes unable to do so by either accident or design.”) In other words, don’t scare Santa off your roof.

Mitch Topping, Brian Williams and Clint Filbrandt: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.) Tri-City seems to be that place. It has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special in history.

Connor Rankin: Frosty the Snowman — original animated version. (“There’s a certain magic that comes with the very first snow, especially when it falls on the day before Christmas. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow ... Well, something wonderful is bound to happen.”)

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