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The Plugged In Show, Episode 161: What Makes a Christmas Movie ‘Classic’?


Christmas is a time of traditions. We decorate the tree. We eat our tamales (or, in our family’s case, lasagna) on Christmas Eve. We read the original Christmas story. And … we watch movies.

We don’t flip on any ol’ Christmas movie, mind you. It’s got to be a classic! An all-time fave! But just what makes a Christmas movie an annual must-see?

We launch this conversational sleigh by talking about Spirited, Apple TV+’s new, problematic holiday flick that, I admit, pulled a few heartstrings for me. I know, right? A silly Will Ferrell/Ryan Reynolds musical? A possible classic? For me, though, it just might be.

And then the team tosses around a few other potential holiday gems.

So why don’t you come in, sit by the fire and help us ponder the entertainment we stream for Christmas. We promise that it won’t put an eye out. Then, chime in with your own thoughts on Facebook, Instagram or by email ([email protected]). And check out the links below for more ho-ho-holiday fare.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.