When December rolls around each year, our family pulls out the Christmas movies. We’ve got all the traditional holiday favorites. And we spend a lot of time devouring homemade fudge and caramel corn while lounging on the sofa watching joyous movies that tug at nostalgic heartstrings.

But once a year, we also have to watch “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.”

For some reason my husband loves this movie. Personally, I’m not even sure why they bothered to put it on video, let alone DVD. Seems like a waste of precious resources that could have been allocated toward, I don’t know, toilet bowl cleaners or floss sticks or something more useful.

If you’ve never heard of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” consider yourself lucky. This is seriously the cheesiest movie ever made. The costumes had to be laughable, even back in 1964 when it was made. I still haven’t watched the whole thing because I always fall asleep.

To top it all off, ten-year-old Pia Zadora played a Martian child. Need I say more? And yet, every year the kids and I snuggle up with my husband and laugh at this ridiculous piece of cinematic lameness. I guess you could say it’s one of our gifts to my hubby.

Their gift to me? Watching “Holiday Inn” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Like they even compare! Of course, no arm twisting is necessary when we pull out “A Christmas Story” or “Elf.” And no season is complete unless ALL of these movies have been watched!

What movies does your family enjoy each December? And I’m curious…are there any Hanukkah movies?


It’s the 10th Day of Christmas and up on my shelf, the book stacks are smaller and we’re watching “Elf!” The month-long giveaway is winding down, but a few more lucky people are going to be winners.

The randomly selected name from the 9th Day of Christmas is:

Congratulations, Casey! Email me at solvangsherrie at gmail dot com and let me know which book you’d like me to send from Day 9.

For the 10th Day of Christmas drawing, Choice #1 is The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Choice #2 is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. All followers who leave a comment before 10pm on Sunday and will be entered to win one of these fabulous books.

In the meantime, have yourself a merry little Christmas!