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December 20, 2012

Here's a list of 10 must-see Christmas movies

I was screwing around on Twitter this week when ... wait, let me rephrase that.

I was doing very important research for my column when I came across a mistake that always happens around this time of the year. Someone mentioned the classic Christmas song “White Christmas” and said that it had its debut in the movie “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. It’s an easy mistake to make, and I can understand why some folks might assume it to be true, but it’s not. The song actually first appeared in the movie “Die Hard.”

Ha! I joke.

No, “White Christmas” was first performed in the movie “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. By the way, I read somewhere — while doing my important research — that the Holiday Inn hotel chain took its name from the movie. I’m not sure if that is true, but since it’s on the Internet I will assume it’s not.

I mention “Holiday Inn” just about every year during the holiday season. It’s my favorite Christmas movie, in part because I like Bing and in part because I first watched it with my grandmother, who visited us during Christmas the year my dad was serving in Vietnam.

Everyone probably has a favorite Christmas movie, and I figure this would be a good time to lay out my top 10 favorites. You don’t have to agree with my list, and if you like you can make your own list and send it to me. Please do. I’m always looking for new holiday films.

Before we get started, I need to say that “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie. It’s a good movie, and it takes place at Christmas, but it’s not a Christmas movie.

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