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The other day I was electronically chatting with a group of friends, and the subject of “seasonal movies” came up. We weren’t discussing Christmas movies so much -- we were talking about movies that we tend to only watch at certain times of the year, either because the movie is set on a particular date or it has a strong connection to some holiday.

Like many of you, I grew up long before the advent of video tape (and later DVDs) so we had to keep an eye on the TV listings to be sure we caught our favorites when they came on that (usually) one time. This tended to make certain holiday specials more of an “event” than they are now, when we can watch them any time the mood strikes. Since we can pop in a disc anytime we want, those old movies and animated specials are less of a "treat", now.

However, I have noticed that both my wife and I tend to only watch certain shows at specific times of the year, even though we have our own copies of most of our favorites on DVD. Perhaps we are subconsciously trying to turn back the clock and make those shows special again.

Anyway, here is a listing of movies we watch only on certain holidays or dates. The titles in parentheses are (optional).

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February 1st
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Valentine’s Day
“The Princess Bride”
(“You’ve Got Mail”)

St. Patrick’s Day
“Darby O’Gill and the Little People”
“The Quiet Man”

Easter
Either “The Ten Commandments” OR “Ben-Hur” OR “The Robe”
(“The Passion of the Christ” -- me only)

Memorial Day
(“Sergeant York”)

June 6th -- all of these are me only
“The Longest Day”
(“D-Day, the 6th of June”, a few episodes of “Band of Brothers”)

July 1st
“Gettysburg”

July 4th
(“Yankee Doodle Dandy”)

September 19th, International ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’
At least one of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies

Halloween
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
“Corpse Bride”
“Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit”
“Alice in Wonderland” -- the Tim Burton version
(“Labyrinth”, “Monster House”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Beetlejuice”)

November 11th, Veteran’s Day
“Twelve O’clock High”
“Saving Private Ryan” -- me only
(“In Harm’s Way”, “Flying Leathernecks”, “Sands of Iwo Jima”, etc. (What can I say -- nobody makes a war picture like John Wayne))

Thanksgiving
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

Christmas
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Multiple versions of “A Christmas Carol”, favorites being Alistair Sim, George C. Scott, and the Muppets.
At least one of the “Santa Clause” trilogy with Tim Allen.
“The Shop Around the Corner”
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
“Miracle on 34th Street”
“The Polar Express”
(“Santa Clause Conquers the Martians”)

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Do you have any seasonal movies or shows you and your family watch, but only around that particular holiday or date?
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I assume that the only reason you didn't include A Christmas Story is that you watch it year-round. As it should be.
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What about King of Kings and The Wizard of Oz?

I can't remember when those were shown, but they were shown once a year around the same time each year. Maybe someone a bit older than me?
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White Christmas

EDIT: Also, Home Alone.
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You are missing Die Hard 1 and 2 and A Nightmare Before Christmas. zombie
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation must be watched.

Apart from that, any holiday-specific horror movies are always a plus.
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There's also Groundhog Day in Feb.
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Redward wrote:
You are missing Die Hard 1 and 2 and A Nightmare Before Christmas. zombie


Agree. Die Hard 1 is the single greatest X-mas time movie of all time.
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I think I tend to re-watch various war movies on Veterans Day / Memorial Day only because TV stations play them in marathons then. I myself don't tend to try and watch them then, I just do it as the mood strikes all year round.

But yeah, I think Halloween is my #2 holiday for themed movies now - thank you, Tim Burton.

Other than that, Groundhog Day.
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What? No "Independence Day"?

Actually I enjoy "1776". Great musical.

And I second "White Christmas".

For Chinese New Year, we always watch "Flower Drum Song". Of course, that's assuming you would care to celebrate Chinese New Year.

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Christmas: Gremlins.
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