Right now my brain is the consistency of cold oatmeal and about as useful. Usually that would mean Random Tuesday would get pushed to the side in favor of memes, but not today! Today I will power through my oatmeal brain sludge and provide you with A LIST!
I'm not a big fan of Christmas. My childhood memories are primarily filled with high anxiety and general boredom, and my adult experiences haven't been much better. It involves a lot of hours in cars, a lot of waiting on other people, a lot of money spent on things no one wants and visiting with people I see once a year that I'm not all that sure even like me very much*. Since my nephew was born, Christmas is a little more fun because I'm normally one of a few baby-wranglers and my nephew is very silly. But overall, not a huge fan of the Christmas thing.
But today I will be positive! I will say things I like about Christmas (-related pop culture items)! And spread joy about all the land! Or something of that nature.
Today I present to you Leslie's List of Christmas-y Things She Likes Even Though She Doesn't Like Christmas (trademark pending).
My Favorite Christmas Movie(s): I can honestly say I haven't seen many of the "classics" of the Christmas genre, and I am okay with that. The ones I have seen are far too sappy for me to sit through more than once if I can help it. There are, however, two Christmas movies that I do really enjoy, though many would probably argue that they aren't actually Christmas movies (thus explaining why I enjoy them).
The Nightmare Before Christmas - It's a Christmas movie! See! It's even there in the title! It doesn't matter that whenever I mention this movie, Fernando breaks out with "This is Halloween" because it says Christmas in the title! I've loved this movie since I saw it as a kid. It's just fun and musical and manages a "moral of the story" without any cloying sentimentality. And because you can never go wrong with a dancing boogie monster.
Love Actually - I don't know what it is about this movie, but I could watch it over and over again. I think it would be a little weird watching Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead being all love-sick over Keira Knightly now, but otherwise this is just a fun movie. Christmas is just sort of in the background of this movie, which is more a collection of modern, realistic faerie tale vignettes than an actual movie. The sentimentality level is uber high, but I don't mind as long as Hugh Grant keeps dancing like a goober.
My Favorite Christmas Television: I'm excluding the Charlie Brown Christmas special because, if you don't like that, you have no heart. That's just fact.
"A Very Supernatural Christmas" Supernatural 03.08 - If you've ever seen Supernatural and if you've ever visited this blog, this season three episode being on this list is not a surprise. It's not the most conducive show for Christmas episodes, which is why the Winchesters hunting down the "anti-Claus" is one of my favorite pieces of Christmas entertainment, but not something I would recommend watching with my family. I think this is the first time the boys face any Pagan gods, expanding the show's mythology beyond just monsters in the dark. And it probably helps that the flashbacks to a Christmas past make me get all fangirl flailing at the cuteness.
Doctor Who Christmas specials - They tend to be weaker and more gimmicky episodes of the series, but it's nice to get a little bit of the Doctor in the middle of the super long hiatus the show takes between seasons.
"Chuck vs. Santa Claus" Chuck 02.11 - Chuck trying to save the day without letting his friends and family know he's a spy? Check. Morgan and the Buy More crew causing havoc, making Chuck's life more difficult? Check. Captain Awesome being awesome? Absolutely. This episode changed the dynamic of the show a little, what with Chuck watching Sarah shoot an unarmed bad guy and getting a reality check that, no matter how much he tries, his family and friends are prime targets for danger. Plus Big Mike dressed as Santa and Awesome being awesome is... well, awesome.
My Favorite Christmas Music: I hate Christmas music. I hate it with a burning passion of a million suns. With that said, "Baby It's Cold Outside" sung by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss makes me a little giddy inside. Then again, Darren Criss can make Katy Perry tolerable (if not absolutely addictive), so I don't think there's much bad music he couldn't save in my mind. I think it's the bow ties. Bow ties are cool.
So that's about all I can get out of my oatmeal brain today. What about you guys? Any particular piece of Christmas pop culture that makes you happy? Is there something out there that can make me less of a grinch? Think Ebeneezer Scrooge has an opening at his accounting firm? Where are all the Christmas robots?!
* Okay, this is a little misleading. It's not that they don't like me. It's that many of my relatives think I am very strange and do not understand me, so conversation topics are very limited and I receive funny looks. They are not wrong.