Canada.com has a nifty guide for how Canadians can get access to the U.S. Netflix library. It would come in handy if you’re looking for great Christmas movies to stream this week. The selection on Netflix Canada just doesn’t cut it. No White Christmas, no Miracle on 34th Street.
Here are my picks for Christmas movies streaming on Netflix Canada.
A new classic, the Will Ferrell vehicle from 2003 was a hit at the box office and has only grown in popularity since its release. Ferrell is Buddy, a human who was raised by elves in the North Pole. He ventures to New York to find his biological father (James Caan), who Santa tells him is on the naughty list. Elf also stars Ed Asner as Santa, Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Amy Sedaris and a pre-Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage. Directed by Jon Favreau.
While not nearly as crass as the unrated DVD version (the so-dubbed Badder Santa), Netflix’s version of Bad Santa is nonetheless a good bet for laughs on Christmas Eve (Just don’t watch with any children). A department-store Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) plans a Christmas-Eve robbery with his sidekick and meets a bullied kid he wants to help out. Stars Billy Bob Thornot, Bernie Mac and Lauren Graham.
Since 2008, I’ve
lovingly obnoxiously spammed my friends’ Facebook news feeds with what I called the 25 Days of Christmas Songs (25DoCS). Every day, I would post some lyrics to a Christmas song that I’d probably been listening to since May. It was my way of spreading Christmas cheer. The feedback was mostly positive, though my guess is that those annoyed by it didn’t speak up. I was mostly doing it for me: that other people enjoyed them was a total bonus.
This year, I’ve decided to do things a little differently. After a bunch of people (three) asked me where 25DoCS went this year and that it’s what they look forward to most at the holidays (I’m paraphrasing), I’m back with 25 Hours of Christmas Songs (#25HoCS).
Instead of bothering everyone for 25 whole days, 25 songs will be posted over 25 hours. Starting Dec. 23 at 11:25 p.m. for 25 straight hours, one new song will be posted here (and Twitter and Facebook) until Dec. 25 at 12:25 a.m.
Buddy the Elf says “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
Subscribe here and follow me on Twitter (@Chris_Hanna) to make sure you catch all 25 songs. What is your favourite Christmas song?
Follow the jump for all the entries.