Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched a lot of Christmas movies. Some good, some bad, some horrible! I realize it’s a bit sacrilegious to suggest that a Christmas movie isn’t up to snuff; but the acting in some of these films is pretty bad.

One of my students asked me to watch Let It Snow. Although I enjoyed it, it’s target audience is definitely on the younger side. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s about a 7.

My favorite so far is The Christmas Chronicles, starring Kurt Russell. He plays an affable and likeable Santa. My son and I have watched it several times. It’s a fun movie for the entire family. On a scale of 10, it’s a solid 9.

I still enjoy the old holiday movies like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (1964), Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970), and especially The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), which showcases two unforgettable songs by the Heat- and Snow Misers:

They call me Heat Miser
Whatever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
He’s too much…

Friends call me Snow Miser
Whatever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch!
I’m too much

These classics will always be 10s in my book.

Two nights ago I watched a movie starring a 10: Bo Derek.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with her background, I’ll explain.

In 1979, twenty-two year old, Derek, starred in the movie 10 — about a well-known composer, played by the late, great, Dudley Moore, who becomes obsessed with a much younger woman. The film was box office hit, grossing over ten times its budget. At the time, Derek was considered a 10, perfect on a scale used to rate beauty. (In the film, Moore’s character actually rates her an 11.)

While 10 isn’t a holiday film, I remember watching it around Christmastime at my friend’s uncle’s house. During the famous beach scene, I recall asking my buddy’s uncle if Derek was indeed a 10. His response, “Ain’t no woman, with no booty, a 10!”


Fast forward to 2017, and Derek, now 63, plays an unlikeable and pretentious wife in Christmas in the Heartland, a film about two girls forced to spend the holidays with relatives that they’ve never met. The two devise a plan to switch places, and eventually, the scheme unravels. The film also stars Rascal Flatt’s Joe Don Rooney, whose performance is about what you’d expect.

The movie paired pretty good actors with pretty bad ones. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 6. Sorry, Bo.

I don’t know how many films I’ll watch in the next 17 days, but my hope is that at least one will be a 10.

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