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Opposite Sex Friendships: Part One
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This week we'd like to talk about a topic we see often on the You Said It pages: Opposite Sex Friendships. All you have to do is take a look at the posts in Opposite Sex Friends to know how they can be great...but complicated. Do you ever ask yourself, like we do, can boys and girls really, truly be friends with each other?

guygirlfriends.jpgFirst, let's look at what friendship is. We define it this way: Friends are people who make us feel good about ourselves, people we can really be ourselves around, and people who will tell us if we have a big hunk of spinach in our teeth.

Seems simple enough, right? And there's nothing in there that says friends have to be the same gender as we are. It really is up to you and your friend to define the relationship. But it's not always that easy, as you probably know.  Chances are, you've had a friendship with someone of the opposite sex that wasn't so black and white. Why is that? Here is probably the biggest reason why opposite sex friendships can be more challenging than same-sex friendships:

One of you might develop a CRUSH on the other!

Yowza! This doesn't have to happen, of course. But it's possible that at some point one of you will suddenly realize that this friend, who may know your secrets and dreams, seen your best and worst, is someone you want to be with in a romantic way. After all, you're already close on so many other levels. Why not just become boyfriend / girlfriend?
If this happens, there are a several possible outcomes:

  1. Your opposite sex friend crushes on you, but you don't feel the same. The dynamic in your relationship is changed, and you'll forever wonder if your friend still has a crush on you. Everything is totally ruined.

  2. You crush on your opposite sex friend, but he or she doesn't feel the same. Same as above. Everything is totally ruined.

  3. You both crush on each other at the same time! Yahoo! But after you become boyfriend and girlfriend, it doesn't really work out, and you break up. You can't get the friendship back now. Everything is totally ruined.

  4. One of you crushes on the other, or you both crush on each other. Maybe it will always be a little awkward, maybe you'll go out with each other for a week or a month or a year or more. But whatever happens, you are strong enough friends to work things out. You fight to save the friendship and it survives. Everything is totally cool.

Still confused? Don't worry, we all are.  People have been pondering the question of opposite sex friendships for years, and that's because there are no easy answers. Even though it might seem like opposite sex friendships are more complicated than others, they're also worth fighting for.  If you've got a close friend of the opposite sex, you know that there are some awesome benefits to hanging out with people from "the other side," such as:

Gaining insight. Having a friend of the opposite sex takes some of the guesswork out of day-to-day situations that come up. Not sure how boys really feel about girls who wear makeup? Ask your "boy" friend. Curious about whether girls are more attracted to guys who are buff and tough, or smart and funny? Get the real scoop from your "girl" friend. Having a friend of the opposite sex to fill you in on the in's and out's of being who they are can save you lots of frustration and confusion.

Getting advice from a different perspective. No matter what you're going through -- a tough situation at home, a breakup with a crush at school, being the victim of vicious gossip -- sometimes it can be refreshing to get advice from someone who sees the world differently than you do. Often times, friends of the opposite sex can shed a little light on a situation and give you another way to handle what's going on.

Enjoying different experiences. Hanging out with same-sex friends can be great; you can bond over movie star crushes or shooting hoops at the park. But these friendships can also have their own set of baggage: jealousies, petty competitions, and so on. Chances are, when you and your opposite sex friend hang out, it's much different than your other relationships. Breaking out of that routine can be a breath of fresh air. In fact, sometimes opposite-sex friendships can be less work than same-sex ones because the expectations are different. You might even find you can be yourself in a way you can't be with your usual group.

Next time, we'll look at some of the obstacles of opposite sex friendships and how to overcome them!

Merry Christmas from IML!
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It's Christmas. That means different things to different people. Sometimes we're surrounded by people we love, sometimes we're not. Sometimes we're doing something we enjoy, sometimes we're not. Sometimes we're in a place we want to be, and sometimes...we wish we could just beam ourselves to anywhere but here.

However you're spending this holiday -- whether you celebrate it big, small, or not at all -- we at IML wish you all the good stuff that Christmas can mean. You know, stuff like love, generosity, kindness, and appreciating what you have in life. If you're struggling to find anything worth feeling jolly about, then we hope you'll do one nice thing for yourself before the day is over. Take a walk. Call a friend. Write in a journal. Or just take a long look in the mirror and notice how you've changed since last December 25th.

We know we feel lucky to have you all, and it makes us feel very warm and merry. :-)


Green Holiday Idea #2: Wrap It Your Way
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One of the things that gives us instant holiday blues: all those piles of post-gift-opening wrapping paper, crumpled and used and pretty darn sad. It's sad because some fun is over, but it's really sad because that's a lot of wasted paper. Did you know that half of the paper consumed in the U.S. every year is used to wrap and decorate stuff? Even if we're normally good about saving paper, it seems like the holidays are a time when people forget about conserving resources. But presents need to be pretty, right?

Ah, but that's where you can really have some fun! Wrapping doesn't have to mean cutting a huge swath of store-bought printed paper. It can be a chance to get creative and express yourself, and make your gift extra-special because you did something different and original with it. Here are a few ideas:

  • First, the "duh." Save wrapping paper to reuse by opening it neatly. If you need a large sheet, try collaging together smaller ones.

  • Paper can be found everywhere. The Sunday comics is a time-tested favorite, as is torn out sheets from magazines. Where else? Think about old calendars, posters, unused wallpaper, and even old road maps. Fancy them up if you need to with a layer of clear or colored cellophane.

  • Tear open brown paper grocery bags and decorate the insides. Buy a roll of "butcher paper" at a craft or art store. If something's small enough, grab a brown paper lunch bag. Decorate with drawings, painting, stickers, rubber stamps, words cut out from magazines, glitter, etc.

  • Put something pretty (a ribbon, some glitter, beads, etc.) between two pieces of wax paper; ironing it will glue them together and make a single, spectacular sheet for wrapping.

  • Consider fabric, too -- fabric scraps make great wrapping material. If you or a family member like to sew, make reusable fabric gift bags that can maybe even become a holiday tradition in your home.

  • If you just have to buy wrapping paper, look out for the kind that's biodegradable or has recycled content.

Don't forget the finishing touches! Give your gift some bling such as fabric or reused bows and ribbons, or take a walk in your backyard and scoop up leaves, fir or cedar branches, pine cones, and sticks. (Avoid berries, since they can be poisonous to young kids and pets.)

If you create something truly fantastic, snap a photo and email to us at!


A Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Experience
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Meet Bryce Baldwin, Carter Thomas, Katie Balen, and Bailey Grey...Four tweens who've left their normal lives behind for a little while in order to perform in the stage musical adaptation of "Mary Poppins" now touring the U.S.

Thumbnail image for marypoppins1.JPGBryce and Carter share the role of Michael Banks while Katie and Bailey split the role of his sister, Jane. That means when Bryce and Katie are performing, Carter and Bailey are backstage, standing by in case of emergencies...and vice versa. With all the time they spend together onstage, offstage, in "tour school," and catching some downtime, it's no wonder that this quartet has become a tight knit group of friends!

When "Mary Poppins" came to Los Angeles, IML got the chance to check out this fantastic show -- which has something for everyone -- and talk to Bryce, Katie, Carter, and Bailey about life on the road as professional stage actors. It was very cool to meet young performers who are getting the chance to do something they love...and audiences across the United States are getting to watch them do it!

IML: Can you tell us how long you've been part of the "Mary Poppins" tour?

Bryce: I joined the tour in March of this year.

Carter: I started the tour just about 3 months ago.

Katie: Bailey and I have been on tour since September in Minneapolis. We're the new kids!

Bailey: It was cool to come in because the other kids could show us what to do. We didn't rehearse with the whole cast, just with the director and the dance captain.

Katie: But we got to hang out with all the kids, who were so nice. We got to see the show a few times and that really helped. We rehearsed for 5 weeks and then started performing.

IML: When you go to the different tour locations, do you get to spend time in the actual cities?

Carter: Every single Monday we have the day off, so that's our tourist day.

Bryce: A lot of times we'll do things together and go out with our families. We like to have game nights on Sundays because we don't have to get up early the next morning.

IML: What's the coolest thing you've seen so far?

Carter: I liked the Mall of America in Minneapolis. It was huge! And then I liked the state fair in Dallas. We went to the state fair a lot because the theatre was right next to it.

Bailey: It's a huge treat to be in every city, but I have to say the state fair in Dallas was my favorite too. Especially all the fried Fried Coca Cola. That was so weird! And Fried Oreos.

Katie: And Fried Butter!

IML: Talk about local flavor! Do you feel the audiences are different from city to city?

Carter: Definitely. For instance, here in L.A., there are certain lines they laugh at more. One of them is, "The best possible nanny at the best possible wage"...normally people don't laugh at that but in L.A. they do, I guess because a lot of people have nannies.

Bailey: And in L.A., during "Step In Time," they were clapping for five minutes. They clapped when Burt first comes out of the chimney. I felt so good when they clapped when the curtain first went up.

IML: So you spend all this time together and you also share a role. Boys, do you feel like you each play Michael differently?

Bryce: I think we really do. We've never actually seen ourselves play the role. It's hard to see the show live because if we're not performing, we're on standby and we have to watch the monitors backstage. The way I do my show would be partially based around how Katie does her show, and Carter's would be partially based on how Bailey does it.

IML: How would you describe Michael?

Bryce: I know that Michael has quite a few funny lines in the show so I'd say he's very witty and sometimes he says things just to put them out there. I think he's also very happy under all his anger.

Carter: He just catches onto Jane a lot. Whenever Jane gets angry he wants to get angry too, he wants that competition. He always wants to be in the loop and know what's going on, and asks so many questions that pop into his mind.

IML: Girls, what about you? Do you each play Jane differently?

Katie: Everyone has their own take on their part. We definitely say the lines differently.

Bailey: We each have our own feel for the role. It's the same with the other characters who are double cast or are understudies. They have different things to do.

IML: Do you talk to each other about the part?

Bailey: If it comes up in conversation, we do. But we have different things to talk about!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Mary Poppins Photo 1(1).jpgIML: What kind of prep did you do before coming to your roles? Did you see the movie or read the books?

Bryce: I went to an audition that was for being in Broadway shows in general. So it wasn't just for "Mary Poppins." When I got a callback for "Mary Poppins," then I ended up watching the movie. I actually think the show's a lot better than the movie for certain reasons. There's more explanation.

Carter: It shows more of the family.

Bryce: In the movie you can't really understand why George [Mr. Banks] is as tight and strict as he is.

Katie: I grew up on the movie. It was my favorite movie when I was little, and I used to sing all the songs.

Bailey: I used to do the Penguin dance!

Katie: When we auditioned, we got music from the show and my voice teacher helped me with that.

Bailey: Katie and I auditioned together and it was really fun. We did all these improv games. We sang songs and did dances. To me it was the funnest audition on the face of the earth!

IML: When we came in, we met one of your teachers. Tell us a bit about how you're managing school while on tour.

Bryce: We can only have 9 hours a day of work including school and rest. In other cities we had school during the show but here in California, it's different because we have to be done with school by 4pm. We have to have 12 hours between finishing the show and starting school the next day. We do have reading homework that we're supposed to do on nights we're not performing, and we can do that backstage.

Carter: At first it was quite an adjustment, because at regular school we have to move at a slower pace because the teacher has to help everyone. But here our teachers can really get into things because it's only the four of us. We have a language teacher and a math teacher, so each teacher only has two students at a time!

Katie: I definitely like tour school better. In my regular school, it's a class of 26 kids. So here we get much, much more attention.

IML: Do you miss hanging out with your friends? Is it weird to be somewhere where there aren't many kids around?

Bryce: It's nice right now because Carter lives here in L.A. so he has all his friends. It's different to be away from all the things I know. But it's worth it! And the theater's being very nice. My sister sang at Carnegie Hall a little while ago and they let me go to that. They're supportive and they know how hard it is to be away from home.

Carter: The four of us have gotten to be good friends. We get to hang out so much because we have lots of down time and we're always together at the theater and school.

Katie: We keep in touch with everyone back home, too. There's a lot of texting and calling!

Bryce: And the cast is amazing. They're like an extra family. I know it would seem that because they're so much older than us that they'd keep to themselves, but they're always really good at including us and a lot of times they'll just start talking to us.

Carter: I've actually had three of the guys from the show come over to my house to play a game on my X Box. And they've still been asking, "Hey, when are we coming over again?"

IML: Do you get nervous before the curtain goes up?

Bailey: Just a little. I get a tingly feeling, like "I'm about to go on stage for 3 hours!"

Katie: When the curtain comes up, you're like, "Okay, this is it, here we go." Once the spotlight comes on you, you're like, "I've got this in the bag." My first show, I was so nervous, but it got easier.

Bailey: You're not thinking about anything else. You're just doing what you love to do.

Katie: I think it's good to be a little nervous because it whips you into shape!

IML: There's so much going on behind the scenes in any show, but it seems like this one in particular has a lot of backstage action.

Bryce: It's neat to see what the crew really does. Most people think that most of the work is done onstage. But the truth is that more is done backstage. There's moving all the sets and they have to make everything perfect.

Carter: We have more choreography offstage than onstage!

IML: Like what, for example?

Carter: Between "Step In Time" and "Gingerbread Stars" we have to do a complete costume change.

Bryce: Yeah, that goes really fast.

Carter: At first that change was really scary but once you get into it, it's really easy. All of our dressers are really nice too.

Katie: That is a quick change so you have to stay on your game. You just get used to it.

Bailey: The hardest change for me is before the kitchen scene we have to get out of our slippers and tie our shoes and it's really quick. Sometimes I can't find my lace because it's stuck in the shoe!

Katie: Bryce and I have a race to see who can get their costume change done first!

IML: How did you each get started performing? What has it added to your life other than having this amazing experience on tour with "Mary Poppins"?

Bryce: I started with my mom doing church plays. But with professional stuff, I have to thank my sister Ashley. She started doing plays with local dinner theatre and ever since then, I've been getting calls to do other shows. I'm very thankful for my family and have their support. I know I'm going to keep continuing.

Carter: I got started because of my sisters too. When they were born they wanted to act so much, once they started acting, I wanted to act too. I was around the age of 3 when I did my first show. I really liked it because once you got done performing you had so many friends backstage, and it was just so much fun backstage.

Katie: My first school play in third grade. I auditioned and just loved it. I followed that and started doing community theatre and eventually did this. I think it's given me more self-confidence, for sure.

Bailey: I started when I was about 4 years old. My dad teaches music at a school and they were doing "The Music Man" and he wanted me to be in it so I was a little town person. I loved it and started going on auditions because I knew that it was something I really wanted to do. And now I feel like it's changed my personality. I've become more responsible with doing these shows.

Katie: It's a lot of work but it's very fun.

Bailey: When you're on stage you get this feeling like, "Wow! I never thought I'd be doing this!"

IML: What's it like to be standing onstage in front of a huge unfamiliar audience like that? It's not like a school play or church play.

Katie: We just warmed up to the cast right away. We have so much fun with them. They're funny and talented and nice. With a school play you're like, "Okay, this is for my class and the parents." But with this you're like, so many people get to see you perform.

Bryce: Surprisingly, it's actually easier to do it in front of people you don't know.

Carter: When you're onstage with people you don't know, it just feels like real life. You forget that you're in a show. You don't get nervous.

Bryce: I just take hold of the rhythm. Even when the audience is clapping, I feel like I am Michael Banks and Mary Poppins is my nanny.

Carter: Yeah. Even when she's flying away, it's really like she's going! And then you're like, Oh wait...she left yesterday too.

IML: Jane and Michael are in pretty much every scene. Doing this several times a week, do you ever get tired?

Carter: You get lost in it. Usually the hardest day is the Sunday night show because it's the end of the week.

Bryce: But Carter never hits a wall, ever. He keeps going!

IML: Yeah, you guys probably all go to bed pretty late.

Bryce: We get home before 12, but you have to wind down. You can't just do this live show and then stop.

IML: Katie and Bailey, what kind of reactions do you get from people who've seen the show?

Katie: It's wonderful. When we go out the stage door there's a crowd asking for our autographs.

IML: We're sure you've inspired a lot of younger kids.

Bailey: I hope so! They should just follow their dreams of what they want to do.

Katie: Chase your dream and tackle it down!

IML: Thanks to the four of you! We wish you all a very bright future doing what you love!

"Mary Poppins" will be playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles through February 7, 2010. You can also catch it on Broadway in New York or possibly on tour in your area; check out the "Mary Poppins" Disney on Broadway website for more information!

Green Holiday Idea #1: Make Your Own Cards
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Did you know that there are enough greeting cards sold in the United States each year to fill a building as long as a football field and at least 10 stories high! That's a lot of paper, and most of it does NOT go into the recycling bin!

We're feeling very green over here at IML, mostly because our brand new section on Green Living is now live! We hope you come check it out, get some good tips, and post your own ideas on our Green Living You Said It page. In honor of that, we thought we'd post a few suggestions that fit with the season.

homemade_card.jpgThere's no better way to save paper (and money!) during the holidays than to make your own cards for family, friends, teachers, and others in your community you want to show some love this season. Start with some plain solid-colored notecards or cardstock and try these ideas with items you probably already have in your house (and are just waiting to get used!):

  • Cut out images from wrapping paper, magazines, personal photos, and even last year's cards (if your family saved them) to make collages.
  • Dig into your stock of stickers for funny images and accents.
  • Fabric, ribbons, and buttons add a great artsy look.
  • Check the kitchen for aluminum foil and cupcake sprinkles.
  • If there's already a stock of craft supplies in your home, look for beads, glitter, pipe cleaners, sequins, felt, yarn, etc.
  • Make a design on the computer and print it out, then glue onto the card.
  • Go old school -- get some markers or crayons and DRAW!

Now you might be thinking, "Well duh, but I never know what to do with this stuff." Using these materials, you could make a:

  • Peace sign
  • Christmas tree
  • Cross
  • Picture of yourself
  • Home
  • Snowflake
  • Snowman
  • Santa
  • Menorah
  • The numbers "2010"
  • Or anything you think your card recipient might like...

Besides helping the planet, remember this: If you don't have the cash to buy someone a gift, a homemade card created from the heart is a great substitute (and often even better!).

If you make a holiday card you're super proud of, scan it and email it to us so we can post it on this blog!


DVD Review: "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" and interview with Jake Cherry
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If you saw "Night at the Museum" and the recent sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," you probably won't think of a museum in quite the same way for a while. For us, now it's hard not to walk past statues, paintings, and exhibits and wonder what the real story is...not to mention what happens when the place is closed! And we think that's a good thing. These movies are jam-packed with action, suspense, adventure, and laughs for sure. But they're also a fun way to meet some history and culture.

battleofthesmithsonian1.jpgNow, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" is out on Blu-ray and DVD so this is a great choice for movie night with friends or your family. There's definitely more going on in this sequel -- including a bit of romance between Larry (Ben Stiller) and legendary aviator Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams). This story line sort of replaces the one from the first movie where Larry is trying to reconnect with his son Nicky (played by Jake Cherry), which was something many young viewers could relate to.

Recently, IML talked to 13-year-old Jake about these films, life as a tween actor, and his plans to make movies of his own!

IML: Can you tell us about your "Night at the Museum" character, Nicky, in your own words?

Jake: Well, in the first movie, I didn't believe my father and I basically thought he was a doofus! I didn't believe him when he said everything in the museum came alive. And then I found out the truth and helped save the day, and now in the second movie, all the things in the museum are being shipped away to the Smithsonian because the Museum of Natural History is getting all these new features. It's basically my job to help Larry to get them all back.

IML: That's something familiar to a lot of us -- thinking our parents are doofuses. How does the relationship between you and your dad in the movie change?

Jake: I guess it changes because although in the first movie I didn't believe him for a while, in this movie I'm his right hand man, right there by his side, on the phone, trying to help him when everything goes wrong.

IML: What was your favorite scene in the sequel?

Jake: I'd have to say my fave scene was when they were in the painting. That was the coolest scene ever! How they did it in black and white was pretty funny, and that's a famous painting too.

IML: What was the hardest scene to film?

image-3.jpgJake: Well...they were all pretty fun and I don't think of them as being hard. Probably working with the animals. Because they were animals! But they were really trained so well, I was just amazed by them.

IML: If you could go back in time to any period, which one would you choose?

Jake: I'd probably go back to the 70's because that's when my mom and dad grew up. Everybody was so free and rebellious. I'd love to see what my mom looked like wearing weird clothes, riding in vans!

IML: What are your own favorite movies?

Jake: "Catch Me If you Can" is actually my favorite movie ever. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors, and of course there's Leonardo DiCaprio. They're both fantastic actors. I also really like "Toy Story"; I grew up with that movie. I can't wait until the third one comes out!

IML: What would be your dream project?

Jake: Basically just working with Tom Hanks. Or a zombie movie. Or a buddy road trip movie, a comedy like that would be fun.

IML: Okay, so in the zombie movie, would you play a zombie or somebody fighting the zombies?

Jake: I'd probably play a human but run away from the zombies. I was actually thinking of making my own movie that's a knockoff of "Home Alone." "Zombie Alone"! Where me and a few other random kids are the only kids and the adults are the zombies, and we have to kill all the adults. I have a video camera and wrote two scripts for it already, like a web series.

IML: It sounds like you're picking up some things from being on the set with directors and producers! You're in 7th grade. How do you manage school and work?

Jake: Well, I'm homeschooled, which is great. I can go to California or work and still keep up with my school. All I have to do is bring my books. It's so easy. I'm working on the exact same things I would in regular school. Actually, some people say you get smarter in homeschool and I'm hoping that's true.

IML: Your brother Andrew is also an actor. Do you guys have any sibling rivalry around that? Or does it make you closer?

Jake: We're far enough apart in age so that I have my things and he has his own things. Sometimes we're lucky and we get to be in the same project. Which is great, because I'm not on my own, I already have my brother there.

IML: Can you tell us a little about your next movie, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

Jake: This kid is thrown into this world of magic that he's never known about before. It's really cool. There are so many special effects and action sequences. I think it's going to be one of the coolest movies of the year.

IML: Sounds like it! What was the best part about shooting that?

Jake: I worked with Nicolas Cage and he's also one of my favorite actors!

IML: It sounds like with each project you get to work with somebody really cool. We hope we get to see you in more movies, and your own movie someday!

Jake: Thanks!


Christmas movies that don't bah humbug
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There's just something about a great Christmas movie.

We're not talking about a Christmas episode of your fave TV show, or those (awesome) oldies like "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." A Christmas movie is, ideally, something you can really settle in to with lots of popcorn along with friends or family. A story that has a lot going on and stays with us, not just through this Christmas but year after year.

It seems like it's hard for Hollywood to come up with these nowadays. Of course, there's the cool new "A Christmas Carol" starring Jim Carrey. But then again, this tale has been told before in many wonderful ways. (Once The Muppets and Barbie have done their versions, you wonder what's next. Lego? Oh wait, that's already on YouTube.)

SantaBuddies.jpgOne new addition is Disney's "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws," recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. If you're a fan of the Buddies movies, or of talking (and singing) dogs in general, then this tale is worth wagging for sure. It's got feel-good messages about kindness and generosity, not to mention some giggly bits. Older IML'ers might find it a little sappy and silly; but as we often say, you might like it more than you'll admit and if you have younger sibs or babysitting charges to entertain, it's a slam dunk. 

At times like this, we turn to the classics. Allow us to present IML's list of the Top Five Christmas Movies for Tweens:

5) "The Santa Clause"
We love movies that take a great "what if" and turn them into a story. What if your dad turned into Santa Claus? This flick touches on issues like divorce and child custody in a way that doesn't seem tacked-on.

4) "Home Alone"
Every kid's fantasy turned nightmare turned fantasy. And lots of empowerment (despite the cartoonish violence).

3) "Elf"
How much does Will Ferrell rock in this movie? We're smiling just thinking about it.  

2) "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? It's mostly just a great story, with great music. And great merchandising. Who knew this dark tale from Tim Burton would become such a phenomenon.

1) "A Christmas Story"
Maybe because TNT airs this for 24 straight hours and we've seen it a thousand times, but this movie (which was not a huge hit when it was first released) has become a true classic. We love the peek into simpler days gone by where issues with friends, bullies, siblings, parents, and school were not all that different than they are now. Plus, it's just hilarious.

Those are just our personal favorites. Did we leave something out? Want to tell us about your own Christmas classics? And what about movies that aren't about Christmas but explore other seasonal holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's? We'd love to hear about them!