Movies are a great way to bring family and friends together! Grab some popcorn, a comfy blanket, and a seat by the fireplace and you've got yourself a perfect movie night. Time to pick the movie! Here at the Reinke Real Estate Team, we've come up with a list of our 5 favorite flicks to watch this holiday season. 


1. A Christmas Story (1983)

  • Every year since 1997, TNT and/or TBS has a 24 hour marathon airing of "A Christmas Story"
  • The film has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"
  • A Broadway adaptation took the stage from November 2012 to Dec. 30, 2012.  It received several Tony Award nominations


2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

  • Jim Carrey spent a total of 92 days in the grinch makeup which took over 2 and a half hours each morning to apply
  • Carrey improvised the famous line "6:30 PM Dinner with me; I can't cancel that again"
  • Max the Dog (real name, Kelley) was a shelter dog


3. The Santa Clause (1994)

  • The role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus was written with Bill Murray in Mind
  • Tim Allen has a criminal record and Disney has a no hiring of ex-cons policy.  They made an exception for him.


4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

  • The only 'Vacation' movie where the family doesn't actually travel anywhere
  • Features 4 former SNL alumni (Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Brian Doyle-Murray)
  • None of the movie actually occurs on Christmas.  The final scene is late Christmas Eve.


5. Elf (2003)

  • The cotton balls that Buddy eats while in the Doctors office are cotton candy that hasn't been dyed yet.
  • Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to star in Elf 2
  • When the screenplay emerged in 1993, Jim Carrey was originally attached to the film. 


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