What are TCP staffers watching this Christmas Eve?

The Santa Clause (1994), starring the hilarious Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, and Eric Loyd as his adorable son Charlie. Even though the movie only got a 6.1/10 on IMBD, I watch it with my brother every year on Christmas Eve. The visuals are every kid’s dream come true, the characters are a riot and the story is sweet, creative, and funny. After Calvin, an overworked business man and an imperfect dad accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he puts on Santa’s suit to save Christmas. To his son Charlie’s delight, Calvin forgets to read the fine print and unknowingly signs on to become the real deal. Only problem? When he tries to explain that he’s Santa to Charlie’s mother, his ex-wife, she and her boyfriend think he’s legitimately insane. There are hundred year old elves that look no older than sixteen, a North Pole with polar bears outside, reindeer, a hot chocolate and cookie dispensing sleigh, and a round bellied, rosy cheeked, white bearded Tim Allen. It’s kind of awesome.” – Sophia Loffreda

“Every Christmas Eve CBS plays It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), starring Jimmy Stewart, and every year I manage to tune in at the exact same point in the movie. George Bailey, played by Stewart, and Mary Hatch, brought to life by Donna Reed, have just left the dance where they have fallen into the pool and George professes his love for Mary. “You want the moon?” he asks, “Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” I’ve always wanted to marry a man like George Bailey. Though George is a man constantly struggling to help out his family and community, he is down on his luck and ready to give up. That is, until a guardian angel comes to him and shows him what life would be like if he never existed. Suddenly life doesn’t seem so bad.” – Bianca Puorto

White Christmas (1954) starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. It’s the straight man’s musical and one I don’t have to be embarrassed about admitting my love for. Musical big shots Wallace and Davis (Crosby and Kaye) enlist the help of a sister act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to help their former commanding general’s struggling Vermont inn stay open. Hilarious, grandiose, sweet and heartwarming, White Christmas is one of my family’s favourites.” – Chris Hanna 

Home Alone is by far my favourite Christmas movie. I used to watch it all the time, even in the middle of the summer. Starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the bad guys who try to rob his house while his family is away in France, Home Alone is hilarious, yet touching. Mrs. McCallister, played by the always entertaining Catherine O’Hara, is trying desperately to get back home to her son, whom they forgot in the attic. While they’re away, Kevin protects the family home from Harry and Marv, who are relentless in their attempts to rob them blind. How they make it out alive from that booby-trapped home is beyond me, but one thing’s for sure is that Home Alone is holiday entertainment for the entire family.” – Owen Nagels

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis and Beverly D’Angelo. My family has watched it every Christmas since I can remember (it is from 1989 after all). It may not be the greatest piece of cinematic effort dedicated to Christmas, but it’s hilarious. The Griswold family is on the hunt for the perfect postcard-kind-of Christmas (they find their perfect tree near the highway).  They decide to have their whole family over for the holidays (the idea itself is a disaster) but they are surprised by the visit of Clark Griswold’s (Chevy Chase) estranged cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid).  The holidays turn into a series of hilarious disasters that will definitely have you rolled over in a laughing fit.” – Radina Papukchieva

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"The Cafe Phenomenon" refers to a situation, specifically in a cafe, where you are sitting with a friend and engaging in conversation with them, but you suddenly find yourself unable to listen because the background noise of the cafe distracts you from what they are saying (the background noise could be any thing: the gossip at the next table for example). It happens that, from time to time, in certain contexts the background noise is stronger and more defined than our personal and private one on one conversations. Our blog, made up of a group of friends from Concordia's journalism program, can serve as the background noise penetrating the intimate discussions of our virtual cafe dwellers (hopefully adding insight, relevant coverage, and interesting ideas). Or it can be the friend with whom you are deep in conversation. This, our dear readers, we leave to you.

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