Holiday movies for the rest of us

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose…
In the words of my favorite 80’s cartoon character, gag me with a silver spoon.

This is the time of year that radio and television stations bombard the citizenry with all things Christmas. Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and sweet baby Jesus rule the airwaves from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. (We shall not discuss those radio stations that started playing Christmas carols BEFORE Thanksgiving. There is a special place for people like you.)

Like family dinners, with all that is awesome about the holiday season there is bound to be some funkiness. In this case, it’s a (less than) surprising lack of diversity in what is considered standard holiday movie fare. If we are completely honest, those of us who are not white/cis-hetero/Christians are unlikely to see ourselves represented in holiday movie marathons.

Being somewhat of a non-traditionalist, I am bringing tidings of good cheer and some holiday movies for the rest of us.

RENT

This is far from White Christmas (though the musical pays homage), and that is why I love it. It features people of color and the LGBT community with the winter holiday season as its backdrop.

Monty Python and the Life of Brian

For the Christians among us, Christmas is widely celebrated as the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. If your savior blessed you with a sense of humor, then this take on “non-Jesus” will be a refreshing break from The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Die Hard

In the words of a trusted authority, this may be the best Christmas movie that has nothing to do with Christmas.

Edward Scissorhands

Anytime you combine Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, you can’t go wrong — especially when answering the question of where snow comes from.

Nothing Like the Holidays

Debra Messing plays John Leguizamo’s Jewish wife in a Puerto Rican family. With a Latino family as the leads, it gets a basket full of diversity points. And it gets bonus points just for Elizabeth Peña.

The Hebrew Hammer

A “Jew-sploitaion” movie notable for a cameo by former New York Mayor Ed Koch and “dirty” talk consisting of such gems as “I want to send our children to private schools.” The hero’s mantra is: “Shabbat shalom, mother***s.” This is definitely not for children or Bubbe but you’ll have a good time.

is an anime and theater nerd who works only to feed those addictions. Between her plans to take over the world, perfecting her winged eyeliner and cooking large batches of Korean fried chicken, Mea managed to complete her M.A. in Communications at Sacred Heart University. She lives in Connecticut with two loving pets: her daughter and her boyfriend.