In Episode 26, we welcome guests Zac and Sally Crippen, the founders of the Vernacular Podcast Network, for a very special episode where the four of us rank a selection of 11 Christmas movies from worst to best.
Two of the films chosen for our list were automatically added due to their classic nature (It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas). Then, to round out the list, each of us chose two films to add. Maureen chose Love Actually and Elf, Zac chose How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 2000 live action version) and The Holiday, Sally chose You’ve Got Mail and Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version) and Josh chose Home Alone and The Santa Clause. Since there were so many others we didn’t pick (hey we all have kids and fulltime jobs), we opened up the list for one wild card. Of the wild card options (Die Hard, A Christmas Story, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Christmas Vacation), A Christmas Story won out in a blind vote amongst the four of us. Animated classics like The Grinch, Rudolph and Frosty were not eligible since they are too hard to compare to feature length films.
Once the films were chosen, we individually ranked each film on a scale of 1-10 in three categories. 1. Overall enjoyment of the film. 2. Overall quality of the film. 3. Christmas spirit. We then averaged everyone’s score to get a total for each film out of 30. The film with the lowest score would be #11 and the film with the highest score would be #1. In the event of a tie (and there WAS a tie), the film with the highest average Christmas spirit score would prevail.
The results might surprise you!
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