You have heard about those non traditional Christmas classics, such as Die Hard, Gremlins, Batman Returns, also Eyes Wide Shut. People continue to debate if these non-obvious vacation classics are really Christmas movies– they’re. It’s time for all those silly debates to end. I’ve seen several other obvious ones that never appear to develop, so I’m staking my claim to these as complete Christmas movies, and I’ll provide you my reasons.

ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS (1995): I’ve never understood how people may state, having a straight face, that this ancient Jim Carrey vehicle is not a Christmas film. Take a look at the facts:

I remember I rented it on VHS December 6th, 1996, and if I watched it was snow everywhere outdoors. Everywhere! I believe the Santa Claus parade was actually the following day. Christmas much? We weren’t away from college yet, but was soon to come; oh, there were decorations up in my 7th-grade classroom also. Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls is totally a Christmas movie, yes.

THIS IS 40 (2013): I got to this delightful, if overlong, Judd Apatow–directed romantic comedy straight from the gate, viewing it at the theater the day it established, December 21st.

Oh, not close enough for you to the most joyous day of the year? My sister had been literally eating a candy cane right alongside me, and what exactly does that tell you? That it’s a summer movie? Funny, I do not remember seeing a great deal of candy canes about on Victoria Day weekend. Just take it this can be a Christmas movie, and that I display it each year during the holidays for the young family.

Also if I recall correctly the guy believes he’s turning to Santa Claus after accidentally killing him. Is that another film? Does that not occur to Paul Rudd in this movie? I feel that’s from That Is 40.

SPEED (1994): I hear a lot of folks stating that this is not a Christmas movie–or perhaps more frequently, not even bothering to deny it, even like they believe it self-evident that this Keanu Reeves vehicle (ha!)) Isn’t a Christmas movie. I expected they’d be pretty speechless after studying that I watched this at my mother’s home on December 24th.

My. Mother. Was. Already. Cooking. The. Turkey.

Speed is a Christmas movie, and that I do not need Tom, Dick, Harry, Roger Ebert, or even Leonard Maltin to agree with me. I know it when I find it. I know it when I smell it. It smells like the turkey my mother was cooking and I would catch pieces of if she wasn’t searching while Dennis Hopper tried to ruin a bus.

No they weren’t fully cooked yet therefore let me have that one, went through a lot seeing that holiday classic.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954): Controversial, but.

HALLOWEEN (1978): On a specially difficult Christmas day, although separated from my young family mostly but not entirely because of my film options, I looked through a box of old keepsakes and found a copy of the John Carpenter slasher classic Halloween.

I need to be honest, I have not thought of this as a Christmas movie, per se. I had usually watched it about Halloween-time, along with the title itself cites that self-same vacation. And yet as I watched it on Christmas, while hammering Bing Crosby in the background along with eating the candy/reading the joke out of a Christmas cracker… something seemed… different. It just goes to show you, sometimes it can take a good deal of searching–along with a temporary basement apartment–until you locate the Christmas in a Christmas classic.

And there’s the listing. I hope you learn to appreciate this vacation evergreens as far as I do, and send me your own hidden Christmas movies, such as Super Park seen while sitting on a sleigh.