Bernstein Family Christmas Movie Page

(Last change to this page: November 15, 2005)

Information about the Christmas Movie tradition is available below. Each link from a movie title goes to the page about the given movie in the Internet Movie Database.

Winner for Xmas 2005: King Kong

The 2005 election took a surprise turn when both Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich opened on December 23 in Western Connecticut, turfing front-runner Walk the Line. With that movie ruled ineligible, the Giant Ape became a foregone conclusion, garnering a five vote plurality on the first ballot and a majority on the second. It should be pointed out that this is the second consecutive year that David’s early choice has prevailed, although this is the first monster movie chosen. Also, at 187 minutes, this is the longest Xmas movie since Reds (194 minutes, with an intermission).

Next year: All the King’s Men, Charlotte’s Web, Arthur (Luc Besson children’s animated feature?), Branagh does As You Like It, Dreamgirls, and a werewolf movie called Skinwalkers. Oh, and Santa Clause 3.

The final 2005 ballot:

Sun City, AZ

San Francisco, CA

San Antonio, TX

Kent, CT

Watertown, MA


The Christmas Movie Tradition (Past and Future)

Since nineteen aught and 77, the Bernstein family have collectively chosen a movie to see the day of Christmas Eve. Sometime around 1985, they went national: various members of the clan scattered to far-flung cities, and agreed to continue the tradition by all seeing the same movie even if in different locations. This tradition allows them to do something together as a family and, perhaps more importantly, provides an opportunity to argue, politick, lobby, and otherwise engage in lively debate. At the first Official Christmas Movie Rules Convention (held in Phoenix in 1995), after lengthy debate, all members came to the conclusion that no rules of any sort could be agreed upon. Nonetheless, the tradition continues, and in an effort to bring it into the Information Age, Ed commissioned a Web page to make it easier for all concerned to see up-to-the-minute voting trends. The actual voting is done by conference call; information on this page does not reflect a commitment and is probably intended to deceive.

For more information, to suggest movies, to argue vehemently, or to complain about this page, contact Ed by clicking this link.


The History of the Christmas Movie

To the best of recollection, research, conjecture, and makin' it up as one goes along, here is the Definitive List of Xmas Movies

1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1978
California Suite

1979
...And Justice For All

1980
Star Trek: the Motion Picture

1981
Reds

1982
The Verdict

1983
To Be Or Not To Be

1984
The Natural

1985
Clue

1986
'Crocodile' Dundee

1987
[no movie]

1988
A Fish Called Wanda

1989
Blaze

1990
Russia House

1991
The Addams Family

1992
Aladdin

1993
Addams Family Values

1994
Bullets Over Broadway

1995
Sense and Sensibility

1996
My Fellow Americans

1997
Wings of the Dove

1998
Star Trek: Insurrection

1999
Sweet and Lowdown

2000
Miss Congeniality

2001
Ocean's 11

2002
Frida

2003
Love, Actually

2004
Sideways


Page originally created by Jed Hartman <logos@kith.org> and Ed Bernstein; if you encounter any problems, let Ed know.