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DragonBlaze
12-07-2011, 08:32 AM
A fun and novel idea to ask the question amongst a community of storytellers for discussion. Let's just make sure to keep in fun and in the good Christmas spirit and not get too hostile! :tongue

With a great number of stories out there ranging from classics like A Christmas Story to Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer to others like Frosty the Snowman or How the Grinch Stole Christmas? I know some of these can be or are specifically television but I see them as stories just the same.

So what is the greatest Christmas story of all time in your opinion and why?

The Lonely One
12-07-2011, 08:43 AM
Talking movies I think this one is up there. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0393685/)
http://www.upcominghorrormovies.com/movies/santaslay2.jpg

kuwisdelu
12-07-2011, 08:49 AM
Best story about Christmas or best story set during and around Christmas in which Christmas plays some kind of role?

DragonBlaze
12-07-2011, 08:56 AM
Best story about Christmas or best story set during and around Christmas in which Christmas plays some kind of role?

Ooooooh! Good points! I guess we can focus on each if you want to have separate categories.

happywritermom
12-07-2011, 09:18 AM
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

jjdebenedictis
12-07-2011, 10:12 AM
Bad Santa.

That's not one I would recommend to my mom, mind you.

PEBKAC
12-07-2011, 10:51 AM
Rare Exports

TNK
12-07-2011, 11:45 AM
A Christmas Story. I love that movie. I watch it every year. :)

blacbird
12-07-2011, 11:57 AM
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Nothing else even close.

caw

Flicka
12-07-2011, 12:58 PM
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Nothing else even close.

caw

This. It's the Christmas story.

swvaughn
12-07-2011, 02:57 PM
Die Hard. :D

Diana Hignutt
12-07-2011, 03:49 PM
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Nothing else even close.

caw

I agree with the bird.

heyjude
12-07-2011, 04:01 PM
My vote would be the original story from the Bible, but this is my favorite answer:

Die Hard. :D

:tongue

Ken
12-07-2011, 04:18 PM
... "From the Manger to the Cross," 1915.
TCM usually runs it on Christmas morning.

Dr.Gonzo
12-07-2011, 05:03 PM
Die Hard. :D

Beat me to it :(

KyraDune
12-07-2011, 05:23 PM
A Christmas Carol.

richcapo
12-07-2011, 05:40 PM
The Hogfather.

Sunnyside
12-07-2011, 07:56 PM
For books, my allegiance is to Washington Irving's stories making up the "Old Christmas" sequence in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Irving's the one who made up many of the traditions we still celebrate today, because Irving TOLD us they were old traditions when, in fact, he just made them up. Brilliant stuff.

For film, it's A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The one with George C. Scott. And if you disagree, I will fight you.

ChaosTitan
12-07-2011, 08:19 PM
For film, it's A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The one with George C. Scott. And if you disagree, I will fight you.

I say "The Muppet's Christmas Carol." :D

Jamesaritchie
12-07-2011, 08:30 PM
1. The Bible. 2. A Christmas Carol.

Belle_91
12-07-2011, 08:58 PM
My top three are:

It's A Wonderful Life (I can't believe no one has mentioned this)
A Christmas Carol (watch it multiple times each year)
The Polar Express (I know it's a little-kid book/movie, but it strikes a cord with me.)

COchick
12-07-2011, 09:06 PM
For film, it's A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The one with George C. Scott. And if you disagree, I will fight you.

I will also fight anyone who disagrees with this. George C. Scott rules so hard. I just watched it last night.

For films, I also like CHRISTMAS VACATION. And...my husband and I always watch FRIDAY AFTER NEXT around the holidays, which is the third in the Friday movies.

Yes, we are ghetto.

BardSkye
12-07-2011, 09:42 PM
It's a Wonderful Life.

And the song Leroy the Redneck Reindeer.

backslashbaby
12-07-2011, 10:35 PM
A Christmas Carol! Also on stage; going to the theater with downtown all lit up and decorated is so Christmasy :)

So I'll add The Nutcracker, too.

And A Christmas Story is always great fun. I think we may have watched that one too much, though. Something new would be great.

I like Scrooged, too :D

Shadow_Ferret
12-07-2011, 11:02 PM
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, of course.

:D

And everyone knows the best "A Christmas Carol" adaptation is 1951's Scrooge starring Alistair Sims.

Anaquana
12-07-2011, 11:21 PM
Nobody has gone with "A Nightmare Before Christmas"? *shakes head* I'm completely ashamed to know the lot of you. :tongue

Mclesh
12-07-2011, 11:37 PM
Two for me: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, and Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Both should bring a tear to the eye. Wonderfully written.

And for movies, what about Scrooge, the musical, with Albert Finney?

Gondomir
12-08-2011, 12:41 AM
Yes, Dickens nailed it. It's a Wonderful Life a close second.

The Lonely One
12-08-2011, 01:02 AM
Two for me: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, and Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Both should bring a tear to the eye. Wonderfully written.

And for movies, what about Scrooge, the musical, with Albert Finney?

Thanks, I'm definitely reading the Capote story later with some eggnog.

DragonBlaze
12-08-2011, 02:26 AM
For me it is without a doubt A Christmas Carol. No story out there captures the emotion and idea of Christmas spirit turning a person completely without or good morality into the a great person bursting with it and joy. I know Grinch comes close but nothing warms the heart so much as watching A Christmas Carol.

"God bless us, everyone!"

Mclesh
12-08-2011, 02:38 AM
Thanks, I'm definitely reading the Capote story later with some eggnog.


Capote at his best, IMO.

As for A Christmas Carol -- what a classic story of redemption. It gets me every time.