What Movie Quote Best Captures the Spirit of Christmas?
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Flickchart can help you decide your favorite Christmas movie, but choosing a favorite Christmas movie quote is up to you. Whether it comes from an animated TV special or an ’80s action movie, what’s the one utterance from a fictional character that sums up the holiday season for you? Our bloggers weigh in.
From Lethal Weapon (1987)
“It’s fucking Christmas!” — Mr. Joshua (Gary Busey)
It’s the climactic scene of the movie, and the big bad guy, Gary Busey, is trying to track down Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) to get some revenge. On the television, Ebenezer Scrooge asks, “What day is it?” Mr. Joshua responds by shooting out the TV and growling, “It’s fucking Christmas!”
I’ve always liked Christmas as much as the next guy, but lately I seem to find myself muttering those same words more and more as the holiday approaches. It comes faster every year; inevitably, I haven’t started shopping soon enough. I haven’t finished the obligatory Christmas cards. And heaven help me if I start hearing those Christmas carols the day after Halloween. Come on people; this one holiday doesn’t need to take up more than a full calendar month! I don’t want to be sick of it by the time it actually gets here! I suppose this is why my favorite Christmas movies are things like Gremlins, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black‘s highly enjoyable caper, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: They’re Christmas movies that aren’t really about Christmas. I’m getting enough Christmas in the real world, thanks! — Nigel Druitt
From How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
“Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant.” — The Grinch
This is essentially how I feel about Christmas music, which can be extrapolated to describe how I generally feel about the Christmas season. I love getting together with my family, exchanging presents and sharing a meal, but you’re not going to see me in a Santa outfit decking various halls.
That being said, my son is now just getting to the age where Christmas is a “thing” now, so you can basically forget everything I just said and imagine me wearing three Christmas sweaters, a scarf and a Santa hat singing “Jingle Bells” at the top of my lungs, a smile plastered on my face, but pain in my eyes. — Jeff Lombardi
From Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind… and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it.” – Kris Kringle
I love Christmas. I adore it. I’m the one starting the countdown in October and pulling out the Christmas music in November. (Sorry, Nigel.) Christmas feels like more than a special time of year to me, it’s a way of life. And yet, I think we can all admit to having this problem occasionally, there are some years when the rest of the year weights down on me. Whether it’s a distant family member, a difficult winter, or just a weary spirit, something keeps me from getting into the Christmas spirit. But Christmas is a frame of mind, one that like so many other frames of mind, you can choose. Maybe some years it’s more of a struggle, there’re more things fighting to change that frame of mind, but maybe those years are the ones when the Christmas outlook is all the more important to remember and embrace. Those are the years you need it the most. — Naomi Laeuchli
From How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money, but we did have a lot of people. I was the oldest of eight and from early on, my parents made Christmas a magical affair even without the nice expensive presents my friends got. At one point, we began buying gifts for each other at the local dollar store, which allowed everyone to get everyone a gift for the minimum amount of money. The floor beneath our tree was always covered with presents, even if they were likely to be bags of potato chips. Even now as adults, we keep this quirky tradition. As a result, I grew up with a very firm belief that Christmas was never about the amount or quality of the presents. We seldom got the toys we most wanted, but we spent the morning together singing carols and lighting advent candles. We sat together in front of the TV Christmas Eve watching our taped telecast of Amahl and the Night Visitors. We decorated the tree with the many bizarre ornaments we made as children. We made cookies and drank eggnog Christmas Eve and ate breakfast together Christmas Day. Even if we got no presents at all (and I suspect there were years where that was nearly true), well, nothing would really be lost because Christmas really doesn’t come from a store. Christmas, to me, means a little bit more. Dr. Seuss nailed it. Fa hoo foray, da hoo doray indeed. — Hannah Keefer
From A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” — Linus
Let’s be upfront about this – I love all the trappings of Christmas, the popular songs, the tinsel, the fir trees covered with lights, Santa Claus/St. Nicholas/Kris Kringle, Tiny Tim, the whole bit. But for me, it’s quite true that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” It never fails to move me to joyful tears when Linus steps up on rehearsal stage in that empty auditorium and gives a clear and simple recitation of the birth of Jesus, reminding Charlie Brown that he’s not necessarily wrong to find the commercialization of Christmas empty. Getting Christmas cards is great, Christmas trees are lovely, presents are wonderful. But they aren’t what Christmas is all about. Not for me. And hearing that so succinctly and innocently in a children’s cartoon from the 1960s is a Christmas tradition that will never leave my household. — Jandy Hardesty