Top 20 Theatrical Christmas Movies from 1980-2014

Top 20 Theatrical Christmas Movies from 1980-2014

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20. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)

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19. Deck the Halls (2006)

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18. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

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17. Jack Frost (1998)

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16. Just Friends (2005)

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15. Jingle All The Way (1996)

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14. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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13. Last Holiday (2006)

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12. The Polar Express (2004)

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11. The Santa Clause (1994)

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10. Four Christmases (2008)

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9. Fred Claus (2007)

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8. Gremlins (1984)

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7. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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6. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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5. Home Alone (1990)

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4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

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3. The Family Man (2000)

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2. Elf (2003)

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1. A Christmas Story (1983)

You may be Right

You may be Right
There were some great songs that came out of 1980:

On the Radio Donna Summer
Heartache Tonight The Eagles
Longer Dan Fogelberg
Do That to Me One More Time Captain and Tennille
Fame Irene Cara
Another One Bites The Dust Queen
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My favorite song from 1980 is It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me by Billy Joel. I remember having this song on a 45. For those too young to know what a 45 is: It was a seven inch record that had a single song on each side. The large records were 12 inches and 33rpms. The 45 and 33 rpms refer to the speed at which the record spins on the record player. That is revolutions per minute. The speed had to be set on the record player. If the player was on the wrong speed, you would end up with either a low, slow-motion sound or a “Chipmunk” sound. And, you could manually turn the record backward. Some records were supposed to contain hidden messages, if played backward. The messages were usually of the satanic nature. For a 45 record, you had to have an adapter. If you did not have an adapter, the record would spin in a lopsided fashion and the record would get scratched. You can still find 45s on line at classic45s.com
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We later got the album Glass Houses that this song was part of. This was Billy Joel’s seventh studio album. Joel is responsible for synthesizers, harmonica, acoustic & electric pianos, accordion, and vocals on this album.
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This was the end of the disco era. There was a new type of music called Nuwave. Billy Joel did not think this was a new style. He felt it was the same music that started in the sixties.
At the time Joel was being negatively talked about by journalists. Most artists just ignored it, but Billy Joel addressed it in these lines from the song: “”It doesn’t matter what they say in the papers, ’cause it’s always been the same old scene.” and “There’s a new band in town, but you can’t get the sound from a story in a magazine,”

This was his first #1 hit on the Hot 100, spending two weeks at the top spot in July, 1980.
“Miracle Mile” that he mentions in this song refers to a road in Long Island where Billy Joel is from.
“Side Winders” mentioned in the song refers to a pair of dancing shoes from the 1950’s.
“You could really be a Beau Brummel baby If you just give it half a chance.” Beau Brummel was a fashion trend setter in Regency England.

Did You Know…..Three Point Oh!

Did You Know…..Three Point Oh!

Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest.

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1. The first written
record we have of a mother and baby surviving a cesarean section comes from Switzerland in 1500. Jacob Nufer performed the operation on his wife. After several days in labor and help from thirteen
midwives, the woman was unable to deliver her baby. Her desperate husband eventually gained permission from the
local authorities to attempt a cesarean. The mother lived and subsequently gave birth normally to five children,
including twins. The cesarean baby lived to be 77 years old.
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2. There are three members in the group Salt n Pepa . The group, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”), and Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”), was formed in 1985 and was one of the first all-female rap groups.
Before auditioning Roper, Salt-n-Pepa had offered the spot to then-unknown radio and TV personality Wendy Williams. Roper was selected as the group’s DJ, taking the name Spinderella, around the time the group’s first album was being released. Since she was sixteen at the time of joining, Ropers’ parents had to give permission for Roper to travel around the country.
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3. Mary Anderson patented windshield wiper. The patent office awarded U.S. Patent No. 743,801 to a Birmingham, Alabama woman named Mary Anderson for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.”
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4. Uromancy is a practice of divination. Back in the ages of the Roman Empire, after voiding into a chamber pot, the characteristics of a person’s urine were examined and read for their omens, future predictions such as the sex of an unborn child, and even used to determine if someone was a practitioner of witchcraft. This practice of divination is called Uromancy and some obscure cultures still practice it today.

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5. Baseball evolved from the British game of rounders. It is a cousin to cricket in that it also involves two teams that alternate on defense and offense and involves throwing a ball to a batsman who attempts to “bat” it away and run safely to a base. However, baseball-style gloves are not allowed. The main differences between baseball and rounders are that the bat is much shorter and is usually swung one-handed; misses or strikes are not called, so there are no walks or strike-outs; each batter receives only one good ball and must run whether he or she hits it or not. Other differences include the posts for marking the bases, which should be wooden. The playing field is marked in the form of an open irregular pentagon measuring 39 1/2 ft on three sides and 28 ft on the other two.
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6. The first professional baseball team was formed in 1869 (the Cincinnati Red Stockings), and it gained in popularity to become United States’ “national pastime” in the late 1800s.
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7. We have had a woman president. (kind of) After Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, his wife, Edith Bollin, was called the first woman president. Many believe she took over much of his decision making. Her nickname was Mrs. President.
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8. The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game in 1927. On January 7, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team traveled 48 miles west from Chicago to play their first game in Hinckley, Illinois. This was at a time when only whites were allowed to play on professional basketball teams.
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9. Adults can get umbilical hernias. An umbilical hernia is when the belly button pops outward due to a weakness in the muscles in or around the belly button.
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10. There is an Indian tribe that would pull out all of a girl’s hair. In the Ticuna Indian tribe, after the girl is given a drink that makes her slightly drunk or numb the father pulls all of the hair out of her head one strand at a time. It is said that if she can bear this, she can stand the pain of childbirth. When a girl first starts to become a teenager, she is put into a cabin of isolation for up to three years. During this time, she can only be visited by her mother or other women. When she is released, a big ceremony occurs to celebrate.

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Did You Know…Two Point Oh!

Did You Know…..Two Point Oh!
Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest.

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1. Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean.

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2. Fort Lauderdale is known as The Yachting Capital of the World.
With 300+ miles of inland waterways and 50,000 registered yachts, Fort Lauderdale is often dubbed “The Yachting Capital of the World.” With 23 miles of sandy beaches, Fort Lauderdale draws in millions of dollars of revenue each year from the yachting industry. Another nickname for Fort Lauderdale is, “The Venice of the Americas,” because of the many residential criss-crossing, canal-like water ways

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3. Apple Records is a record label founded by the Beatles in 1968.
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4. Buttons for a women’s blouse are on the right, while buttons for a man’s shirt are on the left. This is a holdover from when women were typically dressed by a servant, and buttons on the right make it easier for a right handed person to handle them.
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5. About 10 percent of a cat’s bones are found in its tail. The cat’s tail has 19 to 23 vertebrae, about 10 percent of the total number of bones in her body. A cat’s skeleton is made up of 250 bones. The tail of cats and dogs are like fingers, bone with joints all the way to the tip. The tail is used to maintain balance. Felines use their tails to show a wide range of emotions.
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6. The Earth travels at more than 65,000 mph. Orbited by its companion, the Moon, the Earth travels at more than 65,000 mph (105,000 kph), covering millions of miles each year as it journeys through space The earth moves round the sun in an oval track, that has an average radius of 93 million miles, at a speed of 18½ miles a second A planet’s revolution is its motion around the sun in a path called an orbit. The shape of the earth’s orbit is a closed curve called an ellipse. The force of gravitation between the sun and a planet is always pulling the planet toward the sun. The planet does not fall into the sun because of the centrifugal effect of its orbital motion. It is kept steady in its orbit, like any other planet or satellite, by two balancing forces, the gravitational pull of the sun, and the centrifugal force due to its own speed.
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7. Willie Nelson is a fifth-degree black belt. Willie Nelson received his fifth-degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul just in time for his 81st birthday. The country legend Willie Nelson received this belt in April, 2014.
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8. Ruth Wakefield invented chocolate chip cookies in 1937 at the Toll House inn. She and her husband Kenneth ran the inn near Whitman, Massachusetts. It was like a bed and breakfast where she made food for her guests. One evening in 1937 she got the idea to make a chocolate butter cookie so she broke up one of the bars of semi-sweet chocolate that Andrew Nestle gave her. She thought that it would mix together with the dough & make all chocolate cookies. Needless to say, it didn’t. However the cookies came out decent so she served them. They of course were so good they had to be done again. She published the recipe in several newspapers and the recipe became very popular. This gem of Ruth’s she called the Chocolate Crunch Cookie and she made a deal with Nestle that they could put the recipe on their chocolate bar if they supplied her with free chocolate for her cookies at the Inn. Nestle tried to make it easy for people to make these cookies. They even included a small chopper in the package. Finally, in 1939, the Chocolate Morsels that we know today were introduced. The Chocolate chip cookie is the most popular kind of cookie in America. Seven billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten annually. The Toll House produces thirty-three thousand cookies each day. Some Vendors only sell chocolate chip cookies. Half of the cookies baked in American homes are chocolate chip.
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9. The B flat tuba is 18 feet long. The main tube of a B♭ tuba is approximately 18 feet long The B flat tuba is the Big Daddy of the brass section. The tubing, if laid out flat, would equal about 18 feet in length.
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10. The L.A. Lakers were originally the Minneapolis Lakers. The Lakers were based in Minneapolis from 1947 to 1960. Minnesota is the state with 10,000 lakes.

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Did You Know…………..?

Did you know….
Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest.
1. The letter A was inspired by the ox. The letter A is derived from the Phoenician letter Aleph. Aleph can be traced back to the Middle Bronze Age found in parts of Egypt and Canaan from around 1850 BC. The character comes from an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph or pictogram depicting an ox’s head.

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2. Humpty Dumpty was not an egg. During the English Civil War Humpty Dumpty referred to a cannon used by the army of Charles I in 1648. There are two preceding verses, now mostly forgotten, that name the expert gunner, One-Eyed Thompson, and the cannon, Humpty Dumpty. It was mounted on a church tower the church tower was knocked down and the cannon tumbled into the marsh below, never to be found.

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In Sixteen Hundred and Forty-Eight
When England suffered the pains of state
The Roundheads lay siege to Colchester town
Where the King’s men still fought for the crown

There One-Eyed Thompson stood on the wall
A gunner of deadliest aim of all
From St. Mary’s Tower his cannon he fired
Humpty-Dumpty was its name…

3. The ampersand was once part of the alphabet. Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. The origin of its name is almost as strange as the name itself.
In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.

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The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand.
4. The most frequently used letters in the English alphabet are E, T, A, O and N.

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5. Betsy Ross was married three times. “Betsy Ross” (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836), born “Elizabeth Phoebe Griscom” and was also later known by her second and third married names: “Elizabeth Ashburn” and “Elizabeth Claypoole”.

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6. The original color of Oscar the Grouch was orange.

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7. Dr. Pepper was the first brand name pop/soda invented.
• 1885 Charles Aderton invented “Dr Pepper” in Waco, Texas.
• 1886 Dr. John S. Pemberton invented “Coca-Cola” in Atlanta, Georgia.

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8. Elizabeth Blackwell (The first woman in America to receive a medical degree) had a glass eye. Her eye was infected from a boy that she was treating for his eye infection. She was also against abortion.

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9. McDonald’s original fountain drink was 7 oz.

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10. Isaiah is the longest book of the Bible written by a single person. There are 66 chapters. Isaiah was a prophet (Someone who brings a message from God to people.) and he referred to his wife as “Prophetess”. His ministry lasted about 40 years from 740 B.C. to 701 B.C.

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Another Brick in the Wall

My favorite song from 1979 is Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd.
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My favorite line from the song is: “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?!”
I was in the third of fourth grade when this song came out. So, I really like how the song also features a choir of school children singing in the second verse.
The producer of Another Brick in the Wall was Bob Ezrin. He is the guy who made Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. He had a thing about kids on record. This was fitting because the song is about kids. They sent their recording Engineer, Nick Grififths, to a school in North London. The school was near the Floyd studios. Ezrin wanted 24 tracks of kids singing the song. He said he wanted Cockney.
Cockney English refers to the accent or dialect of English traditionally spoken by working-class Londoners. The actor Michael Caine has an accent like this. Here are some attributes that Cockney contains:
• The sound of many vowels is said in a deeper tone
• The vowels are drawn together, as opposed to said separately. For example, mouth is pronounced “mauf.”
• The letter t often disappears from words. For example, water becomes wa’er and city becomes ci’y.
• The letter h is often dropped at the beginning of words. For example, house becomes ‘ouse.

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The recording engineer approached music teacher Alun Renshaw of Islington Green School, around the corner from Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row Studios, about the choir.
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According to songfacts.com:
“Though the school received a lump sum payment of £1000, there was no contractual arrangement for royalties from record sales. Under a 1996 UK copyright law, they became eligible for royalties from broadcasts, and after royalties agent Peter Rowan traced choir members through the website Friends Reunited and other means, they lodged a claim for royalties with the Performing Artists’ Media Rights Association in 2004.”

Top 15 Musical Saturday Night Live Skits

Top 15 Musical Saturday Night Live Skits
15. Mascots (Justin Timberlake) – October 11, 2003

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14. The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi) – April 22, 1978
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13. John Belushi as Joe Cocker (1976)

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12. The Hanukkah Song-Adam Sandler-December 3, 1994
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11. “The Barry Gibb Talk Show”-Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon-December 21, 2013

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10. “James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party”-Eddie Murphy-11/5/83
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9. “ Little Richard Simmons Show”-Eddie Murphy-October 2, 1981

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8. “Lunch Lady Land”- Adam sander and Chris Farley-January 14, 1994
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7. Buckwheat (Eddie Murphy) – October 10, 1981
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6. Season’s Greetings From Saturday Night Live (Christmas is Number One) (Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan) – December 16, 2000

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5. Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein’s Monster (Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman) – December 19, 1987
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4. MERRY CHRISTMAS, DAMMIT! (1982)
Eddie Murphy often played kiddie-claymation favorite Gumby as an aging, cranky entertainer, here as the host of a holiday special whose guests included Donny and Marie Osmond (Gary Kroeger and Julia Louis-Dreyfus), whose duet melted down into an incestuous make-out session.
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3. The Sweeney Sisters (Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn) – October 18, 1986

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2. The Culps (Ana Gasteyer, Will Ferrell) – November 2, 1996

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1. The Lawrence Welk Show (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – October 4, 2008

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