Hello and welcome blogosphere to my second instalment of the 12 Days of Blogmas 2014! I don't know about you, but I'm certainly already getting into the Christmas spirit. There's only 11 days to go guys, how did that even happen so quickly? Anyway, to keep us all excited, I've decided today to list some of the best Santas we can find depicted on TV and in movies. I'm super pumped already, so why don't we just go ahead and get started? Without further ado, here are my judgements . . .
Tim Allen, The Santa Clause
There's no doubting Tim Allen is definitely deserving of a spot on this list. Watching his transformation in the first film from a grinchy non-believer to a totally festive Santa was just magical, and from then on, we were totally on board with his character Scott Calvin. In fact, he was such an awesome Santa, the franchise continued with two more films! And boy were they the bomb.
Ed Asner, Elf
We may have started off strong with Tim Allen, but things just keep getting better. 'Elf' really is just one of the ultimate Christmas movies of all time, and just so happens to be my absolute favourite festive flick. Of course part of what makes it great are Will Ferrell's naive, elfish ways, but the icing on the cake would have to be Ed Asner as Santa. He basically embodies everything you look for in good old St Nick. He's kind and fatherly, and of course totally looks the part.
Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street
There are a number of reasons why Mr Gwenn as Kris Kringle made it onto the list. First off, he was one of the first, and has definitely become the quintessential movie Santa, a golden oldie so to speak. You'd think that's justification enough, but wait, there's more. This Kris Kringle is an Oscar winner. That's right, in 1947, Edmund won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in this legendary Christmas flick. Seriously, this guy makes toys all year round, can travel the world in one night, and wins an Oscar in his spare time. Is there anything Santa can't do?
Michael Richards, Seinfeld
So far we've been dealing with some pretty iconic portrayals of Father Christmas, but now, that's about to change. Taking a turn for the comedic is the Kris Kringle we're all privy to in hit show 'Seinfeld'. In the episode 'The Race', Kramer gets a job working as Santa in a shopping centre, however of course, this doesn't exactly go according to plan. When Santa begins to 'spread communist propaganda' to the kids, things take a turn for the worst. Ah, gotta love Kramer, right?
Daniel Franzese, Mean Girls
The movie 'Mean Girls' sure is a cult classic known for a lot of things, but its heavy Christmas themes are not one of them. However, that doesn't mean that the brief look we get at Daniel's character Damian dressed as Santa isn't memorable or spectacularly awesome. The scene actually totally lives up to both of those labels, and just so happens to contain one of the most quotable lines in the entire movie (big call, I know). In it, Damian is seen handing out personally addressed candy canes to members of the class, and upon finding that they've received quite a substantial amount, utters the famous line 'you go Glen Coco!'. And of course, gives absolutely none to mean girl Gretchen Wieners.
Matthew Perry, Friends
Once again we're taken to the world of hit 90's sitcoms, and this time it's Chandler Bing for the win. In the episode 'The One with the Holiday Armadillo', Ross's attempt to teach his son Ben about Hanukkah and replace Santa with the faith-neutral 'Tex Mex Armadillo' goes awry when a badly timed Chandler bursts in dressed as St Nick. Despite the fact that in a showdown between Santa and the part Jewish Armadillo, Chandler loses, his intentions were good and he certainly was jolly. Although, on the down side, he never did get to 'shake his belly like a bowl full of jelly', as he intended to. Maybe next Christmas.
We've now reached the end of my second festive post. See how I managed to catch up so quickly? Two posts in one day, I really am a champion. Hopefully this managed to get you in the Christmas spirit, and perhaps give you some more viewing inspiration. Til' next time . . .