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The Nerdiest of Holiday Film Picks

Us Designerds are a funny bunch. There's almost nothing we won't "nerd out" on, film being top of the list. So, you know as the holidays draw near and we get ready to take a winter break, this squad of film fanatics had to share our favorite flicks for that ole yuletide feeling.

They don't have to be Christmassy, but they all have a place in our hearts and memories... Enjoy the read and watch a few with a cup of hot cocoa. They may or may not hold up to the test of time. We can't promise anything.

And for those who are wondering... YES! Unequivocally, Die Hard is a Christmas film.

Mean Girls

Nicolette — Business Admin

"Mean Girls is full of quotable one-liners and tons of memorable scenes. I still catch myself quoting the movie at least once a month and definitely on October 3rd!"

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Peter — Founder/CEO

"I could watch this movie on repeat all year round. Chevy Chase is a genius and literally every line of the script has a joke in it. It’s absurd, hilarious and heartfelt all simultaneously. There’s truth about family, the holidays, work and so much more in it."

Bad Santa

Britton — Project Manager

"I like to watch this movie after my family goes to sleep on X-mas Eve. In the past couple of years, one of my nephews has joined me in this tradition.

Billy Bob Thornton's character is an all-time classic and really resonates with me during the holiday season. John Ritter and Bernie Mac (RIP to both 😢) add extra comedic relief that keeps me laughing year after year."

Santa Clause the Movie

Kelly — Digital Marketing Director

"Starring Dudley Moore and an amazing appearance by John Lithgow as the villain who is famous for his use of the tagline, “Fah-fah-free????” We are a family obsessed with the comedy of Lithgow.

I love the organic look of Santa's workshop and the fun, lighthearted Santa origin story that gets ruined by an overzealous elf that wants to modernize things. A lesson in there somewhere, I'm sure."

The Muppet's Christmas Carol

Barbi — Visual Designer

"My favorite Christmas movie since I was little. Reasons why I love it:

  1. Super funny script ✍️ "Whoa. That's scary stuff. Hey, should we be worried about the kids in the audience? - Nah, it's all right. This is culture"

  2. 90's nostalgia 🥲

  3. The songs 🎩

  4. Costume and production design is 🤌

  5. Tiny Tim is too precious 🫰

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Valerie — Design Lead

"When the movie came out I was a high school sophomore and my sister was in 7th grade and we thought it was the funniest movie of all time. We loved it so much that we convinced our uncle to dress up with us in proper "Whoville Style". I've seen it every year since."

The Polar Express

Mariana — Visual Designer

"Can you go wrong with a Tom Hanks Christmas Movie? I don’t think so! For me this movie is so magical, first of all, can we talk about animation? It's just perfect as well as the script. It’s become a Christmas tradition because it’s our way to keep believing in Santa and still hear that bell ringing as we get older."

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Dave — Creative Director

"The standout, for better or worse, on a homemade Christmas Special Anthology my dad compiled by recording from TV with his newish VCR, this fever dream is the last stop-motion special created by Rankin-Bass (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa Claus, etc.)

Based on a story by L. Frank Baum (so technically part of the Oz Expanded Universe, which I don't think is really a thing) it's arguably the secret untold origin of Santa Claus, told in flashbacks as Santa lays on his deathbed and a council of insane mystical creatures debate the merits of his life and whether or not he is worthy of being granted immortality.

SPOILER ALERT: He is!!! Also, I have forced my family to watch it and they hate it. 🙃"


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