CWFC 027 – Christmas Lights, Snickerdoodles, & MORE Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

  • Posted on August 25, 2017 at 8:32 am

In this episode you’ll get tips and hints for a safe and successful Christmas light display, we revisit non-traditional Christmas movies, give you a delicious snickerdoodle recipe, and a celebrity weighs in on the great Die Hard Debate.

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00:00 – 01:27 Intro
01:27 – 05:09 We Need a little Christmas now
05:09 – 12:58 Five Golden Things (MORE Non-Traditional Christmas Movies)
12:58 – 15:08 Feedback On Our Last Show
15:08 – 22:30 Christmas Lights Tips and Hints
22:30 – 24:10 Who Sang It Best (Christmas Island – Bonus Round)
24:10 – 29:33 Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie?
29:33 – 31:21 Wrap Up
31:21 – 34:04 Outtakes (They’re Back!)

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” United States Marine Band
“Jingle Bells” Performed by Kristen Nowicki

(The embedded player for the episode is bellow the poll and links)
Christmas Island WSIB Bonus Round Poll

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen Snickerdoodles Recipe

Christmas Lights Safety Tips

UL Marks and Labels

Extension Cord Guide (from Home Depot)

Cord Wrapping Technique from the Can’t Wait For Christmas Instagram

Quentin Tarantino on the Nerdist Podcast

10 Comments on CWFC 027 – Christmas Lights, Snickerdoodles, & MORE Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

  1. Haley says:

    Oh, my goodness. Why isn’t Edward Scissorhands on the list of non-traditional Christmas movies? The film’s culmination takes place at a would-be Christmas party, with the father on the roof (stapling down fake snow, a la Christmas Vacation) singing “I Saw Three Ships.” One of the iconic scenes is Kim dancing in the “snow” Edward is creating while making an ice sculpture of a Christmas angel. One can even postulate the beginning and ending scenes that frame the movie take place at Christmas, because of the snow/red color scheme/fact that Grandma Kim is there to tuck her granddaughter in.
    Dang. Every time I listen to the podcast I think that I should comment about this. Maybe it will make the third list?

  2. Brian Pierce says:

    “Yippie-Kye-inda”. I have been won over by this concept, and have decided to suspend my campaign against “Die Hard As A Christmas Movie” indefinitely 😉

    Let’s face it, we’re all listening to a Christmas podcast in August (or September), and likely have the ability to rationalize ANY movie as a Christmas Flick. Scarface? Look at all that “snow”! RoboCop? That one bad guy said “Feels like Christmas” when he was given the giant gun that can blow holes in cars! Nightmare on Elm Street? Aww they’re all nestled all snug in their beds while visions of goreydeaths dance in their heads! OF COURSE we’re going to accept Die Hard as a Christmas Flick, we’re trained to see the Christmas in EVERYTHING 🙂

  3. Shelley says:

    First, I have to make a confession. I do not like Christmas. Christmas has never had a very good memories for me. But I do love love love this podcast. I first heard you when you were a guest the Mousestalgia podcast. You were so funny I just had to check your podcast out and I am so glad I did. I went back and listened to all of your shows at least twice. So I am a big fan.

    I don’t normally comment on any podcast website but after listening to the diehard debate, I just had to chime in.

    I am a big music lover. So when I think of a movie, I usually think of the soundtrack. What is the first song you think of when you think of the diehard movie? Run DMC Christmas in Hollis! If you check out the soundtrack it also has let it snow let it snow and ode to Joy. So is diehard a Christmas movie? Of course it is!! just listen to the soundtrack.

    PS… Love the outtakes. Never get rid of them. I say bah humbug to the haters..

  4. duane says:

    The discussion on this movie has just gone to a whole new level. The Die Hard children’s book.

  5. Michelle says:

    Duane, my partner has pre-ordered it. Although I don’t particularly enjoy Die Hard as a Christmas film I think if people use it as part of their Christmas traditions year after year en masse then it IS a Christmas film. It’s like new words accepted into the Oxford dictionary, of enough people use it, then its a new word or meaning in the English dictionary. It has to be considered a Christmas film….I don’t need to view it that way, but feel like ‘the people’ have spoken.

  6. Thom Crowe says:

    Tim, we JUST discussed Die Hard in depth on our podcast, Tis the Podcast. If you have time, check out the episode and let us know what you think. I think we definitely settle the Die Hard debate. Also, we use the Linus Test we learned from your show when discussing every movie. Thanks for the show, I’m a big fan!

    • Brian Pierce says:

      OMG my Linus Test is spreading!!! Well, in Podcastville they say – that the podcast listeners small ego grew three sizes that day!

  7. marcia poppins says:

    For crying in the sink!! Why aren’t we talking Christmas cookies?? We need more and Christmas cookie parties need to come back!! Snickerdoodles made easy–1 pkg of Deluxe Yellow Cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup oil, lots of cinnamon & sugar in a shallow bowl, and a nice flat-bottomed glass. Mix those first 3 ingredients together (don’t follow the instructions on the cake mix pkg); put the cinnamon & sugar in that shallow bowl. Shape the dough into 1″ balls and plop them in the cinn/sug mixture. Completely coat the dough ball and put it on a nonstick cookie sheet (don’t have one, put down parchment paper). Take the glass and flatten the balls with the bottom of the glass (you will be amazed at how uniform the cookies look–that’s because they all cook evenly). Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes or until set–I like them kinda chewy, so I go for 7 to 8 min. Cool one minute on the cookie sheet before removing the cookies to a cooling rack. Makes about 3 doz if you don’t “test” the cookies continually (even the batter tastes good).

  8. Glen Warren says:

    Another non-Christmas Christmas movie: Meet me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland. In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. This movie gives us the great song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The movie tries to keep true to the period so the Halloween segment is how they focused more on the tricks than the treats. And there’s a dinner scene where the family pass the platter of celery. In 1904, celery became really popular, especially baked, so it would have been totally fine to see platters of cooked celery being passed at dinner.

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