LAMBracket: Best Christmas Movie – Play-Off #5

by Jay Cluitt · December 5, 2018 · Featured, LAMBracket, LAMBracket Christmas, Periodic Features · No Comments

From December 1st until Christmas Eve, here on the LAMB, we’ll be determining what is the BEST Christmas movie of all time. We’ve asked you all which films are the main contenders, and twenty-four of you replied with your choices, which will bauble battle it out for seasonal supremacy. It’s a head-to-head, single elimination tournament, so whichever film wins today moves onto the next round. However, here is not the only place to vote. No, head to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see the same poll there, and it’ll be the total of all four results that determines the winner.

Today’s tinsel tussle is the first in the Family group, Jingle All The Way vs National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and will close in just 24 hours:

Jingle All The Way vs National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Jingle All The Way championed by Nikhat Zahra from Being Norma Jean

For a person who grew up without any chimneys or snow on Christmas (we don’t have much of either in Calcutta), the holiday meant mostly yummy cake and the movie Jingle All the Way, that airs on TV without fail every year. It is Christmas tradition in my household. Just the thought of it makes me warm and happy because evidently all I need for Christmas is a macho Austrian man with a difficult-to-pronounce name being a tardy but kindhearted dad trying to find a toy and eventually dressing up as that toy just to make his kid happy. Everyone say “Awwwwwww!”

Keep your Santas and McClanes, this is THE Christmas movie in my humble opinion and my pick for the LAMB’s Christmas movie bracket. It’s Turbo time!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, championed by Matthew Stewart from Simplistic Reviews

Honestly, I’ve never really gotten the devoted fandom of the National Lampoon films, namely the Vacation series, but when it comes to the holiday season, nothing tops Christmas Vacation.

Maybe it’s the time of year, the fact that it takes places in one static location instead of all over the country, Europe or Las Vegas, or the idea that Christmas is a time where we can all get nostalgic, be around family and have the highest of hi-jinks, simply… works. I remember seeing this as a kid in the theater and loving every minute of it, and seeing it as a “full grown man” I still get the warm and fuzzies when the lights finally kick on at the Griswald house, Clark gets his bonus, and when Eddie proclaims, “Shitter’s Full!”

Which is the better Christmas movie?

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