The Worst Christmas Specials/Movies EVER

Look, it's just my opinion, and at least one of the flicks on this list is going to tick many - if not MOST - of you off, but, as the kids say, it is what it is. In fact, let's START with that one:

It's A Wonderful Life: It's a wonderful movie, to be sure, but let's be honest: It could take place any time of the year. That's it's only tie to Christmas: It takes place at Christmastime. Angels surely need and get their wings on the daily; Clarence just so happens to score his in late December while the always affable Jimmy Stewart grapples with the meaning of life. I could watch this in June and enjoy it. Some will say that's a testament to it being a great Christmas movie; I say it's a testament simply to it being a great movie. There's a difference.

Die Hard: Please stop. It's not a Christmas movie. Again, it just takes place at Christmastime.

Frosty Returns: I personally apologize to Jackie Vernon (voice of the original Frosty, with stellar narration by the inimitable Jimmy Durante), and to Andy Griffith who narrated the first "Frosty sequel," but this 1992 aberration with John Goodman is so bad it almost succeeds in making me never want to watch that acclaimed first one. Naughty, naughty, naughty!

Rudolph's Shiny New Year: There was - is! - no bigger fan of Rankin/Bass product than yours truly, so you can imagine my delight when I heard, at the ripe old age of eight, that a new special featuring my main reindeer was coming out during the bicentennial year. But, if memory serves, this thing only perplexed me, and left me with tons of questions about hallucinogens. How did it get the greenlight? Why were they calling it a sequel to "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" when it so clearly wasn't? Should I loathe this "Baby New Year" character as much as I do? "Father Time" asking for Rudolph's help before midnight, which he referred to as "the 12th bong", was fitting. There had to be 12 of those getting passed around!

Nestor The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey: Thanks again, Rankin/Bass. You follow up my personal favorite "The Little Drummer Boy" with this? It's SO bad I believe it's why the Top 3 stopped airing "the Little Drummer Boy" during primetime by the end of the 70's.

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