The Top Christmas Scenes – in Non-Christmas Movies

— Teddy Durgin • December 2016

This is the time of year when folks spend countless hours at home flipping channels and watching such perennial favorites as “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Heck, many will even click on the Hallmark and Lifetime channels to catch one of their shameless, made-for-TV cheapies starring everyone from Tori Spelling to Candace Cameron to Dean Cain.

Some are such suckers for all things red and green, naughty and nice that they can get that holiday feeling throughout the year, watching flicks on cable, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime that are not holiday movies but still feature a memorable scene or two centered on the Christmas season. So, between now and December 25, if you can’t stomach another traditional holiday movie but still want just a little of that spirit, I recommend the following 10 flicks (in no particular order):

“Mean Girls” – Guys, is it wrong that, whenever this flick is on cable, we have to stay and watch until Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and the other Plastics appear in their sexy-cute Santa outfits singing “Jingle Bell Rock?” OK, don’t answer.

“Lady and the Tramp” – Wholesome movie picks, Buzz writer! Wholesome! OK, what could be more innocent than that lovely Rockwell-esque beginning sequence of a family opening presents and one of them is an adorable spotted puppy?

Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

Lucille Ball hangs Christmas stockings in “Yours, Mine and Ours” (1968).

“Yours, Mine and Ours” (1968 version) – What’s the opposite of getting a puppy for Christmas? Coming down on the morning of December 25, being part of a blended family of 18 kids and finding out mom (Lucille Ball) is going to having – gulp – No. 19! Lucy, you have some es-plainin’ to do!

“American Psycho” – There’s a murderous yuppie at your office holiday party, and his name is Patrick Bateman. He’s the one with the fake-whimsical reindeer antlers on his head talking about the genius who is Huey Lewis.

“Goodfellas” – Or how about that post-heist Christmas party in which you show up with your new Cadillac and your woman draped in fur after Robert DeNiro told you NOT to buy anything expensive with the loot money. “What are you stupid? Are you nuts? What’s the matter with you?!”

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – Probably the best Santa cameo ever in a movie. He gave the Pevensie kids weapons!

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – The Christmas scene in this first “Potter” flick is a charming, magical bit. And it’s not wrong to love Ron Weasley’s Christmas sweater MORE than Harry’s cloak of invisibility!

“Star Trek: Generations” – There’s a great, seven-minute Christmas scene midway through in which Captain Picard wakes up inside the Nexus – an interstellar phenomenon that allows you to be in the time and place you’ve always wanted to be. He finds himself in a Victorian-era Christmas scene with an adoring wife and children in an immaculately decorated home. The mysterious, melancholy tone of this sequence is marked by this one lone ornament on the tree – a clear ball inside of which is a tiny, repeating supernova. It catches Picard’s eye and briefly puts the thought in his head: “Hey, I really shouldn’t be here.”

About a Boy

Hugh Grant stars in “About a Boy” and has a peculiar relationship with Christmas in the film.

“About a Boy” – Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) is the son of a one-hit wonder musician whose one hit was one of those catchy evergreen Christmas carols that gets played ad nauseum on the radio every December, then goes away for the other 11 months. Will’s come to hate the season as a result.

“Bridget Jones’s Diary” – Between the title character not being able to carry a Christmas tune during her infamous holiday party to Colin Firth’s ridiculous reindeer jumper, the Christmas bits in this flick can put anyone in the holiday mood, whether in March, August or December.