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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Travel Buffs: Day 8


by Barracuda Style December 15, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Travel Buffs: Day 8

Quick, name the holiday movie:

  1. “Keep the change, ya filthy animal”
  2. “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings”
  3. “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind”
  4. “Yippee Ki-yay, mother—“

Okay, that last one might is a bit … unconventional.

If you guessed “Home Alone,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and “Miracle on 34th Street” on the first three, you’ve probably done this holiday thing a few times.

Which means you probably recognize that fourth line, too, even if it may cause some cognitive dissonance.

Isn’t that …. from "Die Hard”? Yes, yes it is.

“…'Die Hard' ... is a holiday movie?”

Yes again. Think about it:

  1. It’s the story of an estranged husband named John McClane (Willis), a New York copy who flies to the West Coast in an effort to reconcile with his wife - HOLLY - who has taken a high-profile job and moved to LA with the kids.
  2. The dialogue is stuffed with holiday references, from bad guy Hans (Alan Rickman) (“It’s Christmas, Theo, it’s the time of Miracles") to McClane  (“Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho.")
  3. The soundtrack is packed with holiday music, from “Let it Snow” to “Ode to Joy.” 

Need more? Much to our surprise, it turns out Entertainment Weekly did a whole piece on it, entitled “10 Reasons 'Die Hard' is a Perfect Christmas Movie.”

Still not buying it? You're in good company. The EW piece also cites a poll that finds 62% don’t think it qualifies for holiday fare. But this is our blog, so we’re sticking with it.

In fact, for this installment of our web-curated, thoroughly self-interested Holiday Gift Guide series, we thought we'd present some of our favorite travel-themed holiday movies. Topping our list of DVD or iTunes stocking stuffers:

Die Hard

Fits here, too. McClane’s on Christmas vacation when he travels from New York to visit his estranged wife, who has taken a job and moved the kids to Los Angeles. Of course, if he’d had the Barracuda Carry-on bag’s built-in USB charger, he could have kept his mobile phone powered up instead of deal with getting all that broken glass in his bare feet just to find a walkie-talkie and call for help.

The Holiday

Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jack Black star in a rom-com about an LA based movie industry maven and a London journalist who swap homes for the holiday and discover true love.

Home Alone

Sure, the title belies that. But it’s about the McAllister family’s trip to Paris for the holidays, where they realize they’ve forgotten something very important. Their Barracuda? No, nobody’d forget that. We’re talking about one of their kids.

Roman Holiday

Granted, not the Christmas holiday, but a holiday nonetheless. An American journalist (Gregory Peck) in Rome meets a crown princess (Audrey Hepburn) playing hooky from her overscheduled life. Sparks fly.

Love Actually

Think “New Year’s Eve,” “Valentine’s Day” and all those other ensemble, multi-story movies of late, but set in London, and mostly centering around Heathrow Airport. As “Travel & Leisure” points out, it’ll have you humming The Pogues’ “Love is All Around” for days.

Speaking of "Travel & Leisure," they include an unexpected entry in their own holiday list:

Elf

The story of a boy-man (Will Farrell) raised as one of Santa's elves, who treks to NYC to find his real father, and ends up helping NYC rediscover the magic of Christmas. Plus there's Zooey Deschanel's rendition of "Cold Outside," which has become a holiday standard in its own right. 

Any of these movies make your list of holiday favorites? What movies would you add? Let us know—we'd love to help you spread a little more celluloid holiday cheer. 

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