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Who’s Your Santa?

Tis the season for my favorite of movie genres, the Christmas movie. A staple of the Christmas movie is Santa. Now, he’s been portrayed by many over the years but few have truly captured the essence of the real man in red. Here are the one’s that make the top of the list, both the naughty and the nice.

Elf (2003) – Ed Asner
This may be Will Ferrel’s movie but Asner’s Santa is the perfect surly old man to counter the youthful optimism and naivety of Ferrel’s Buddy. He’s gruff, but lovable. Everything you want in an old St. Nick.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – Richard Attenborough
Some may argue Edmund Gwenn’s Kris Kringle from the 1947 original is better but he’s not. Attenborough’s Kringle is how every child imagines him, looks, mannerisms, personality, dialog, he’s it.

The Santa Clause (1994) – Tim Allen
Allen is perfectly cast as an ordinary man who falls into gift-giving profession after Santa falls off his roof. Though reluctant at first, he masters the job the only way Allen knows how – with sarcasm and witty quips.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – voice by Chris Sarandon
Unconventional? Yes, but Jack Skellington’s heart is in the right place when he wanders into Christmas Town and decides to give up his thrown as king of Halloweentown to try his hand at being Santa.

Bad Santa (2003) – Billy Bob Thornton
Who in their right mind would hire an alcoholic conman as a mall Santa? More importantly, who would let their kids sit on his lap? Thornton is cantankerous old curmudgeon and that’s why he’s great. This Santa is not for children.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) – Richard Riehle
Though not a prominent character in this latest “Harold & Kumar” installment he is a key player. In true Santa fashion he swoops in and saves the day. Although it is after Harold, or maybe Kumar, shoots him in the head and he falls out of his sleigh.

Santa Clause Conquers the Martians (1964) – John Call
The title of this movie is “Santa Clause Conquers the Martians.” Do you really need more explanation than that?

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