Every family has certain traditions for the holidays and the Bennett family isn't any different. We have certain dishes that have to be served, a certain type of ham we like (smoked ham from Grayson's Barbecue in the tiny little town of Clarence, La. is the best in the world), and at some point during the holidays there are always certain movies we watch. Our movie list will contain many of your favorites but probably one or two others.

A Christmas Story – we've been watching little Ralphie's pursuit of a Red Ryder BB gun since well before it became a cult classic and no Christmas season would be the same without it.

Christmas Vacation – perhaps the best of the National Lampoon vacation movies, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid are at their Christmas finest. This may be my favorite Christmas movie ever.

It's a Wonderful Life – actually, this isn't one that we watch. I just thought I'd stick it on here so that it really would be on every Christmas movie list ever made.

Scrooged – Bill Murray in probably his best role since Caddyshack. This movie is phenomenal and I'm surprised at the number of people who have never seen it. 

Shaun of the Dead – Yes, I know it isn't really a Christmas movie but for us it s tied to Christmas. I was looking forward to the release of this movie and it never played anywhere close to us. However, when we were in Houston one year for Christmas it was playing on pay per view at the Wyndham Hotel where we were staying. I remember that it was snowing that year when Anthony and I walked across to Greenspoint Mall from the hotel to d a little shopping and grab some lunch. That was the year it snowed at Galveston for the first time in a gazillion year too. Anyway, that night we sat around the television in the hotel and watched this while we ate fast food. I've seen it a couple of dozen times since then but it always reminds me of Christmas.

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown – who doesn't love this one?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The cartoon, not the movie.

We have some others but this will do to start.