Students are often curious about me and my life, and every December the students eventually ask me about my favorite Christmas movies when I show a film while we work during the final week of classes before the holiday break. The conversation goes something like this:
Student: Dr Pezz, what’s your favorite Christmas movie?
Me: See if you can guess.
Students (one after the other): A Christmas Story, Scrooged, A Christmas Carol, A Muppet Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Elf, Home Alone, Prancer, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street
Me (after each response): Nope
30 seconds of silence
Student (with a sigh): Ok, tell us.
Me: Die Hard
Student: That’s not a Christmas movie!
Me: Sure, it is. It takes place at Christmas. Ok, then tell me my second favorite.
Wise Student in the Back: Die Hard 2
Me: Excellent! And my third favorite?
Student: Die Hard 3
Me: Nope. That didn’t take place during Christmas time.
Student: What is it?
Sighs all around
Me: But…I brought my fourth favorite for you to watch.
P.S. The students all seem to know the Die Hard movies, but I feel old mentioning Gremlins since rarely has one of the students seen it.