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Blues List Favorite Holiday Flicks

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

DENVER - When you’re halfway across the country and away from friends and family as the holidays approach, it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit.

Flights, hotels, practices, games - sometimes, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas.

The Blues will wrap up a three-game road trip when they arrive home early in the morning on Christmas Eve, and upon returning, a lot of them might take in a good movie with their families to quickly get into the holiday spirit. As a result, we took a random poll of players in the locker room to find out what their favorite holiday movies are.

We made a list (and checked it twice). Here's what the players are watching during the holiday break:

T.J. Oshie said he prefers "Home Alone." It became an instant classic, he says, because of all the hilarious traps Kevin set for the wet bandits. And he's right, because we all cringed (and laughed) when we saw Marv step on that nail.

Alex Pietrangelo picked "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" without even the slightest hesitation. "It was one of the funniest ones," he says. "We used to watch it when I was growing up as a kid." Who can forget Clark Griswold's failed light display or the visits from Cousin Eddie?

Paul Stastny changed his mind about his favorite movie more times that I could count. His first pick was "It's a Wonderful Life," but then he backpedaled because it was just a little "too sad." His second choice was "Love, Actually." And after hearing his teammates bring up some other choices, he leaned towards "A Christmas Story," "Elf," "The Muppet Christmas Carol" and "Nightmare Before Christmas." Before it was all said and done, he gave up trying to choose just one. "Just put them all down for me," he said.

Now here's an interesting one. Ryan Reaves has the main character from his favorite holiday movie tattooed on his left arm! No joke. Ryan says he watched Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas" every year with his brother, Jordan, who played basketball for the Brandon University Bobcats. Jack Skellington is tattooed on his arm wearing Jordan's No. 10 basketball jersey.

Kevin Shattenkirk
picks "A Christmas Story" as his go-to holiday movie. He says the scene where Ralphie's brother is so bundled up he can't move his arms cracks him up every time.

Alexander Steen thought about his favorite Christmas movies out loud, which is why Stastny couldn't decide on just one. Every time Steen mentioned another one, Stastny changed his favorite. Eventually, Steen settled on "Scrooged" because it stars Bill Murray. The mention of Murray's name led to a conversation about Bill Murray's cameo appearance in "Zombieland," which is a topic for an entirely different blog.

So...what are your favorite holiday movies? Let us know by leaving a comment below

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