Maybe, deep down a lot of us really do want a Red Ryder B.B. Gun (warnings of shooting our eyes out can't stop us from dreaming!). More than a few of us can't get through the holidays without A Christmas Story.
"I've seen it an obnoxious amount of times but will usually leave it on if I'm flipping through the channels. I can totally relate to trying to subliminally send my parents hints at what I wanted for Christmas," said anchor/reporter Charles Gonzalez.
"Christmas is not Christmas without A Christmas Story – who can forget the scene where the kid gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole? (An aside - that happened to me when I was a kid, but it wasn’t a flagpole, it was the top of the homemade ice cream cylinder, and that was among the most painful moments of my life when I yanked that thing off my tongue – ouch!)," said Executive Producer Bernice Kearney.
Bernice also loves some classics. "Holiday Inn is just a fantastic musical (even if there are some scenes that would be considered racially insensitive these days). Ditto White Christmas. I always puddle up when it starts snowing during the final number saluting the General," she said.
Chief Meteorologist Steve Browne's favorite is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. That's also a favorite of producer Chris Guillory. He lists two favorite scenes:
- When Clark is out on the ladder stapling Christmas lights to his house. My wife jokes that this scene reminds her of me when I'm out putting lights on the house each year!
- When Clark is stuck in the attic watching old family Christmas films. This reminds me of the good times I'd have as a kid with my family at Christmas and just how much those memories should be cherished.
KSAT.com Editor Van Darden said it's a tie in his book between"Christmas Vacation" and "Die Hard."
Producer Kristin Dean's favorite holiday movie is Love Actually.
"My favorite part is when the aging, has-been pop star gets the chance to party with Elton John, but chooses to spend Christmas with his long-time manger who was there for him through thick and thin. It just represents the spiritt of Christmas so well! Also the guy who holds up to the cards declaring his love for the woman married to his best friend and he decides then that he can now move on with his life," Kristin said.
Producer Joseph Lopez likes some even newer movies.
"I’m a child of the late 90s, so I include Home Alone 3, even though everyone else seems to have a strong hatred for the movie. I think David Thornton is absolutely hilarious, and the kid - Alex Linz - is so cute! No matter how many times I watch either of the movies, I cannot stop laughing. Oh, and Jingle All The Way. Yes, I said it," Joseph said.
Anchor/Reporter Isis Romero chose a classic.
"The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. As a kid, I watched it several times a year. I have the entire movie memorized!" she said.
Steve Spriester's favorite is "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."
"I think that's the one with "Heat Mizer" and "Freeze Mizer." My favorite scene is where they sing together. "I'm Mr. Heat Mizer, I'm Mr. Sun, I'm Mr. No Christmas, I'm Mr. Hundred and One." I think Heat Mizer lives in San Antonio by the way," Steve said.
Those are all great, but I cannot get through the holidays without watching Elf at least once!