Although, this year, we may be limited to the family with whom we share a roof, we are upon the season of gathering together – around the table to share a meal, around the tree to open presents and around the TV … to argue about which holiday movie we’ll watch.
Yeah, Mom will wax nostalgic about the distinctive voice of Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life. Although TNT airs it nonstop for 24 hours, Dad sneakily will turn on A Christmas Story every chance he can get his candy cane-stained fingers on the remote.
Ever the Peanuts fan, your spouse will spout off about why A Charlie Brown Christmas is “the best movie ever!” while your kid will steadfastly defend Elf until the reindeer come home and your sibling will incessantly quote Home Alone to the point that even Kevin McAllister’s signature scream won’t compare to the one in your head.
Luckily, there is an easy way to solve this cinematic spat. Here’s how:
- Convene the family in the dining room, away from the TV.
- Say the following sentence, “Die Hard is definitely a Christmas movie.”
- Watch the heated debate begin.
- Sneak away, unnoticed, into the family room (where the TV is).
- Insert National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation into the DVD player or find it on a streaming service.
- Press play.
- Hide the remote.
Do this, and you’ll have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since … well, you know how the rest of the quote goes.