Around this time last year I was thinking about how wonderful Christmas movies are. There are about a million of them, and generally they boil down to the idea that Christmas is more than a day – it’s a feeling. It’s about being with the people you love.
Then after all that sweet reflection I took that Christmas love and turned it into a competitive sport. Bring on the Very Merry Christmas Movie Bracket!
A Very Merry 2017
But you know what? Even all the competitive scheming, trash talking, and “I cannot BELIEVE Home Alone lost” shouting in 2017 resulted in a lot of love and happiness.
The inaugural Very Merry Christmas Movie Bracket game made Facebook in December a lot of fun. Virtual friendships were formed over movie alliances. The world got introduced to how wonderfully insane my dear friend and aspiring professional movie critic, Bill, is. And at the end of the day, the winner of last year’s bracket reminded me of my late grandfather, Buddy, who always brought with him the spirit and joy of Christmas.
Sure, a Christmas movie bracket has absolutely nothing to do with managing the chaos of family life or managing your personal career development. On the surface it’s very off blogging niche, which Google might ding me for. But this bracket makes me really happy. Based on last year I know it made a lot of other people happy too. So I’ll argue that the Very Merry Christmas Movie bracket absolutely fits here on this blog. We’re bringing the joy, people. And we’re bringing it hard.
How the Very Merry Christmas Movie Bracket Works
If you are new to the blog this year, here’s how the Very Merry Christmas Movie Bracket works.
There is a field of 32 Christmas movies. This year I’ve put them into four categories Animated, The Classics, The 1980s & 1990s, and The 2000s. Movies will face off head to head using Facebook polls to determine who moves onto the next round.
If you want to make sure your votes are tallied, follow With Love, Becca on Facebook. Polls will go live on the Facebook page according to the schedule below:
Round 1 (Animated): Monday, December 3 8pm ET – Tuesday, December 4 8pm ET
Round 1 (The Classics): Tuesday, December 4 8pm ET – Wednesday, December 5 8pm ET
Round 1 (The 1980s & 1990s): Wednesday, December 5 8pm ET – Thursday, December 6 8pm ET
Round 1 (The 2000s): Thursday, December 6 8pm ET – Friday, December 7 8pm ET
Sweet 16 (Animated and The Classics): Monday, December 10 8pm ET – Tuesday, December 11 8pm ET
Sweet 16 (The 1980s & 1990s and The 2000s): Tuesday, December 11 8pm ET – Wednesday, December 12 8pm ET
Elite 8 (Animated and The Classics): Wednesday, December 12 8pm ET – Thursday, December 13 8pm ET
Elite 8 (The 1980s & 1990s and The 2000s): Thursday, December 14 8pm ET – Friday, December 15 8pm ET
Final 4: Monday, December 18 8pm ET – Tuesday, December 19 8pm ET
Championship: Wednesday, December 20 8pm ET – Thursday, December 21 8pm ET
If you want to fill out your whole bracket in advance, I’ll send you the PDF. Pop your email in below:
Some Very Merry Rules
The first rule of Very Merry Christmas Movie Bracketing is that you absolutely HAVE to talk about Very Merry Christmas Movie Bracketing. You could just place your vote on Facebook for each round, but it’s way more fun if you get super invested, start soliciting for more votes for your favorites, and/or leave gif comments because regular words can’t adequately convey your displeasure about an outcome.
The second rule of Very Merry Christmas Movie Bracketing is that this is all in good fun and while trash talking is encouraged (see above) please remember the spirit of the season.
The last rule is that I reserve the right to make sure Home Alone wins this time. This is a lot of work and honestly I should get something in return. #TheSeasonOfGiving.
Some Very Merry Disclaimers
Die Hard did not make the bracket this year. I’m sorry, cousin Kris.
There are two How the Grinch Stole Christmas movies on here – one the original animated, one the 2000 Jim Carrey version. I have no opinion on the new one so it is not included.
I included A Christmas Prince in hopes that Netflix might decide to advertise on my blog someday.
There are no Hallmark Christmas Movies on here because I’ve never seen one. Come at me, bro.
There are three Christmas Carols on here but they are all different and will be distinguished by appropriate gifs or photos on the Facebook polls.
There isn’t a physical prize for guessing a perfect bracket, but DANG I’d be super impressed.
Let’s Get Ready to Bracket!
Voting kicks off Monday, December 3 at 8pm ET. Make sure to follow on Facebook to get your votes in. Or you can download the PDF to fill in your whole bracket. May the best movie win. (So Home Alone… Home Alone should win.)
With love and Christmas cheer,