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Best Christmas movies and TV episodes on Netflix, Shomi and CraveTV

By Sean Fitzgerald, 24 Hrs

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Can you feel it in the air? It's that time of year again, when it's socially acceptable to sit around in your fleece onesie all day – likely with family and friends, also possibly wearing onesies – and gorge on holiday sweets while watching Christmas classics on TV. But since this is 2014, there's a good chance that you'll be logging into a streaming service instead.

And now that Canada's stream scene has expanded with the recent additions of Shomi and CraveTV, you'll have a number of holiday-themed movies and TV episodes to watch during your time off. So, we've decided to recommend titles in this Christmas-themed column in a unique way – instead of researching content libraries, making a list and checking it twice, we've decided to ask people that work at Shomi, CraveTV and Netflix for their own suggestions. What's their favourite Yuletide film or TV episode that is currently offered on their service? Here's what they told us:

SHOMI

(from Marni Shulman, Head of Content and Programming, and Rita Ferrari, Director of Brand and Product Marketing)

A Christmas Story (1983): “The Christmas season would not be the same without Ralphie and his unwavering quest to get the Red Ryder BB gun of his dreams from Santa (or anyone else willing to buy it).” (Shulman)

Home Alone (1990): “The original Home Alone movie is my all-time favourite because it wouldn't be Christmas without watching it over and over with my son, who has learned how to set a few booby traps of his own.” (Ferrari)

Love Actually (2003): “For whatever reason I only discovered Love Actually for the first time just few Christmases ago. It has a stellar cast and some iconic moments, such as Hugh Grant dancing to Jump (For My Love) and Andrew Lincoln’s character silently declaring his love to Keira Knightley. I have to confess I’ve already watched it twice this season.” (Ferrari)

A Miser Brother's Christmas (2008): “Although it's not the original – the classic The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), that first introduced many of us to the intense sibling rivalry and musical prowess of the crazy Miser Brothers – it's a modern day story, complete with a new, high-tech sleigh for Santa. Anything starring my all-time favourite Heat and Snow Miser is okay by me. I can't wait to watch this movie with my two sons, not just for the nostalgia factor, but because it's entirely possible that my boys are the human incarnation of the highly competitive Misers themselves, so I guess that makes me the all-powerful Mother Nature.” (Shulman)

CRAVETV

(from Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President of Programming for Bell Media, and head programmer for CraveTV)

Seinfeld, The Strike episode (1997): “Any episode with Frank and Estelle is hilarious, but Frank’s invention of Festivus makes this episode a classic that has gone on to take its own place in popular culture. The Strike is almost an anti-holiday special, in that it revels in the frustrations many people have during the holiday season. A ‘Festivus for the rest of us’ makes this beloved episode stand out.”

NETFLIX

(from the Netflix team)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947, 1994): “Edmund Gwenn’s Kris Kringle (from the original version) is perhaps the greatest portrayal of Santa to ever be on screen. It's so warm and friendly, you feel like you’re actually watching the real Santa.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): “This adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic does justice to the legendary author...it manages to balance the quirky characters with the awesome imagery of the original story.”

Elf (2003): “This is possibly the funniest holiday movie ever made. Will Ferrell’s Christmas spirit is contagious and hilarious.”

Fred Claus (2007): “You don’t usually see such an A-list cast in a holiday comedy, but this one has everyone from Vince Vaughn to Paul Giamatti and Kathy Bates. Plus, it’ll make you realize that your siblings really aren’t so bad after all.”

Twitter: @SeanDFitzgerald

sean.fitzgerald@sunmedia.ca


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