Every year at the start of December my family and I pull out our favorite holiday films for a movie marathon countdown to Christmas. We make a list of must-sees that can be as strict as Christmas-only classics or as loose as ones that just remind you of Christmas time (for example, my husband likes to watch Star Wars because it played on cable every year in Scotland when he was a kid). No matter the lineup, I always have my solid top ten that it would be sacrilegious not to watch. And how fun would it be to pair a food or drink with your movie? Something related to the theme, characters, title, etc? Like my old favorite show but Christmas style! Here's a start but let's add to it!
10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas - A roast beast feast! Hot roast beef with your favorite sides perhaps? "Dinner with me? Well, I can't cancel that again."
9. Elf - Spaghetti (hold the maple syrup)! With homemade meatballs, mmmm...."Does syrup have sugar? THEN YES!"
8. Love Actually - I drool for the Banoffee Pie that Kiera Knightley brings to the door. And do I have the perfect recipe for you! "There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?"
7. Scrooged - Frank Cross' signature drink: Tab and Vodka. Drinking to this game would be fun! "Would you PLEASE...HOLD...the GODDAMN hammering!"
5. The Family Stone - Morton Family Strata. "Are those mushrooms—" "I DIDN'T KNOW!"
4. Home Alone - One cheese pizza, just for me! "Fuller! Go easy on the Pepsi!"
3. Meet Me In St. Louis - Corned beef and cabbage. "Tootie, remind me to spank you right after dinner. " "Yes, Papa. Agnes, if I forget to remind Papa, you remind me."
2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Eggnog! Two points if you drink it from a moose cup too. "Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?" "Nah, I'm doing just fine, Clark."
1. It's A Wonderful Life - Mulled wine that is "heavy on the cinnamon, easy on the cloves." Ah, Clarence. "Oh, why don't you stop annoying people?!" "Well, I'm sorry—HEY!"