10 random observations about the Christmas classic ‘Gremlins’

I'm not as big of a Christmas movie guy as I am a Christmas TV guy, but I have settled on my answer – at least for now – when someone asks me my favorite Christmas movie: "Gremlins" (1984). Growing up, I was more familiar with the 45 rpm read-along record, which in many ways is actually scarier than the film thanks to the ominous narrator and the intense music from the Buena Vista library that can also be heard on "Star Wars" records like "Planet of the Hoojibs" (In another link, the voice actor for Billy also voiced Luke Skywalker).

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‘Die Hard’ Christmas movie poll reveals Americans shouldn’t be trusted to vote on anything

Is "Die Hard" (1988) a Christmas movie? According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, it is not. Sixty-two percent say it's not a Christmas movie, 13 percent say it is, and the rest are undecided. The debate is more balanced (and heated) – perhaps with an edge toward those saying it is a Christmas movie – on sites that are likely to draw cinephiles, such as "Die Hard's" IMBD page or the comment threads below this Entertainment Weekly article.

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‘Star Wars’ flashback: ‘The Story of the Faithful Wookiee’ (1978)

Ah, Christmas Day. For a "Star Wars" fan, that means listening to Chewbacca croon "Silent Night" and watching the "Star Wars Holiday Special" on YouTube, right? On second thought, Life Day (the GFFA's Christmas equivalent) really should be observed on Nov. 17, the date the "Holiday Special" premiered 36 years ago, so I'll skip the re-watch for now. Actually, I don't think I've ever made it through the entire "Holiday Special," and honestly, I'll have to be scraping the dregs of the "Star Wars" back catalogue before I ever do.

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Classic Christmas TV episodes: ‘So-Called Angels’

Show: "My So-Called Life" (Episode 15)

Airdate: Dec. 22, 1994

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Classic Christmas TV episodes: ‘Xmas Story’

Show: "Futurama" (Season 2, episode 8)

Airdate: Dec. 19, 1999

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Classic Christmas TV episodes: ‘Amends’

Classic Christmas TV episodes: ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’

Show: "The Simpsons" (Season 1, episode 1)

Airdate: Dec. 17, 1989

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What are your favorite Christmas stories?

My question for this post is: What are your favorite Christmas stories (movies, books, comic books, TV episodes, etc.)? When you think of Christmas entertainment, what comes to mind? What do you re-watch or re-read at this time of year?

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