Merry Christmas! Today is one of my favorite days of the year. We live in the greatest country God ever created where we are all free to worship whatever we believe and for me as a Christian, Christmas day is one of the biggest days of the year. My Jewish friends celebrate Hanukkah which actually started this past Sunday this year. For me, this time of year is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our family does that at our church and by spending time together, eating way too much food and playing games.
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FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES: Most years my family watches several Christmas movies as we lead up to this special day but this year was different. The kids are getting older. My daughter is busy all the time. She’s either working at Chick-fil-A or running around with friends. So missing out on the Christmas movie tradition is bittersweet. I miss spending the time with the family watching the movies we love and just being with each other but I couldn’t be happier for my daughter or more proud as a parent that she is growing up to be such a wonderful, caring person.
I was recently thinking about which Christmas movies I most enjoy watching. With that in mind, here are my top five Christmas movies.
The most enjoyable Christmas movie for me and my family is Elf. Don’t take things so seriously. For us, it’s about fun and spending time together and this is something the entire family enjoys. Plus, is there anything funnier than Will Ferrell dressed up as an elf with Bob Newhart as his elf father?
2. Christmas Vacation
In recent years Elf replaced what used to be my favorite Christmas movie which is Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase is terrific as usual but Cousin Eddie steals the show in my opinion. He takes an enjoyable movie to another level (“Shitter’s full!”). One of the neighbors might look familiar to Seinfeld fans (“Why is the floor wet Todd? I don’t know Margo!”)
3. A Christmas Story
On Christmas day my go-to movie is A Christmas Story. That’s from years and years of seeing it all day on TBS to the point where it doesn’t feel like Christmas if I don’t see it. When it was just on TBS I wouldn’t necessarily sit down and watch it more than just have it on while Christmas happened in the house. Now I find time to sit down and watch it since I stream it to take out the commercials. It goes by much quicker without commercials. We get enough commercials. That’s one reason I don’t have any ads on the website or in the podcast! I love this movie!
4. The Polar Express
The Polar Express has to be on my list. The graphics are incredible. Tom Hanks is terrific. It’s a great story. And how can you not enjoy the music in this movie? The Hot Chocolate scene is probably my favorite. Turn the volume up with the surround sound and enjoy it!
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This covers both the original TV special as well as the movie version starring Jim Carey. The Grinch, Max, Cindy Lou Hoo and the rest of the gang are quite entertaining. Max is the most powerful dog in the world to be able to pull a sleigh with as many presents as we saw in both versions to the top of Mount Crumpit. Who else can do that? The music in this show is fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this movie / TV special.
Others receiving votes: It’s A Wonderful Life
Since this is a sports website I feel like I have to throw in an extra pick that receives votes. In the past five years or so I have really gotten into It’s a Wonderful Life. I normally have a policy that I don’t watch black and white movies but this has become my one exception. The rest of the family isn’t interested so I usually watch it when they are out. This year it happened this past Monday when the kids went with their friends to see Star Wars and the wife was riding bikes with her dad. I’m not sure why I enjoy watching this movie. I just do.
And with the important stuff out of the way let’s get to the sports news from Tuesday…
The Houston Texans designated DE JJ Watt to return from the injured reserve. Watt is returning from a torn pectoral muscle that was thought to likely end his season at the time. He will start practicing in hopes of being available for Houston’s first playoff game.
The Seattle Seahawks signed RB Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin because of the season-ending injury for Chris Carson.
The Steelers placed QB Mason Rudolph on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder on Sunday against the Jets after he replaced a struggling Devlin Hodges. The designation means that Rudolph is done for the season. Rudolph had a procedure to fix the shoulder injury and should be able to start throwing against in 6-8 weeks.
Alameda County agreed to sell its share of Oakland Coliseum to the Athletics in its effort to get out of the sports business. The city of Oakland previously sued to prevent the sale but recently decided to drop the suit. The county will save $13 million a year in debt payments. The Athletics are hoping to redevelop the land with a multi-sport facility that would include residential development and parks. As a part-owner of the stadium, the city of Oakland would have to approve any changes the team proposes. Commissioner Rob Manfred recently said that the club would be allowed to move to another city if Oakland did not allow the sale.
- The New York Mets agreed with RHP Dellin Betances on a one-year, $10.5 million contract with two player options. The option in 2021 is a typical player option. The 2022 option is a vesting option that kicks in if he has 50 or more appearances in 2020.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed with Kole Calhoun on a two-year, $16 million contract with a club option for 2022.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: Like many, I will be watching A Christmas Story today. I’ll probably also throw in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and who knows what else. I’m not an NBA fan these days. I enjoyed it when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird played and then when Michael Jordan was playing but I lost interest in it after that.
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I hope you have a Merry Christmas. Thanks for reading…