Home for the Holidays with Ksenia from Tor Teen

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Happy Friday everybody! I’m so thrilled to be welcoming the lovely Ksenia from Tor Teen to the blog today. She’s here to tell us all about her favorite Christmas movies and television shows. I absolutely love her list because it’s the perfect mix of classic, fun and quirky. If you haven’t seen any of the suggestions she offers below, do yourself a favor and definitely watch them sometime in the next week! Psst…don’t miss the giveaway from Ksenia below! 🙂


I love Christmas. It is truly my favorite time of year. There’s just something about the lights, the decorations, the Christmas trees, the food, the family and friend gatherings… it just warms my heart.

One of my favorite things to do in December is watch some classic Christmas movies and TV shows! Below is a list of some of the required viewing this month for me (and Josh!).

It’s a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Directed by Frank Capra Shown: (top l to r): Thomas Mitchell, Donna Reed, James Stewart, Karolyn Grimes (ZuZu), Sarah Edwards (Mrs. Hatch), Beulah Bondi - (bottom l to r) Carol Coombs (Janie), Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy), Larry Simms (Peter)

Confession: I hadn’t seen this movie until after Josh and I graduated college. I know it had always played on TV in December, but I just never watched it. So back in 2006, that all changed. And now every year, right before Christmas Day (some years even right on Christmas Day), Josh and I go to the IFC Center here in NYC, to watch it on the big screen with other fans. Actually, we’re seeing it tonight after work! A great way to kick off the weekend too. It’s amazing seeing so many people go to watch this almost-70-year-old movie together every year. And every year, Josh and I bawl our eyes out. Last year, we happened to go to the screening in which Donna Reed’s daughter was there to introduce the movie and share some stories about Donna. For anyone in NYC, I highly recommend going. Plus, the popcorn at the IFC is absolutely delicious!


Muppet Christmas Carol


There have been so many adaptations of this classic Dickens tale, but hands down The Muppets do it best! And it’s wonderfully shocking how faithful it is to the original story and how they use actual lines and dialogue from the story. Gonzo and Rizzo are by far my favorite part of this entire production. And the music! Oh the music!!!! It’s is so infectious and delightful! I mean, look at Sir Michael Caine. Even he can’t resist. I remember seeing this when it first came out in theaters when I was a kid, and have been a fan ever since. Required viewing in our household.



A Muppet Family Christmas

Muppet Family Christmas

I had never seen this as a kid, not until college when one of our friends brought over her VHS tape from the 1980s. She had it recorded, complete with commercials! Nostalgia. Now, the only way to view the complete version of this amazing holiday special, you have to go on YouTube. Where else do you get The Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and a special cameo of Jim Henson at the end, all in one place?!? Everyone gathers at Fozzie Bear’s mom’s house for Christmas, and in true holiday spirit, everyone manages to fit. It’s heartwarming and funny and zany! And it culminates in a wonderful and joyous sing-a-long!



A Solstice Carol (Xena: Warrior Princess, Season 2 Episode 9)

Xena A Solstice Carol

Did you think I would dare write a guest post without mentioning my main gal, Xena? Yes, there is a holiday-themed Xena episode. And that Tumblr picture above basically sums up the entire episode. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s campy and fun and sweet. In the end, there’s a nice moment where Xena gives Gabrielle her gift, and Gabby says she doesn’t have one for her, but Xena says “Gabrielle, you are a gift to me.” Awwwwww!!!!



Xena A Solstice Carol gift to me

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy santas

Over the last couple of years, CBS has released some “colorized” episodes of I Love Lucy to coincide with the holidays. I’ve watched this show since I was a kid, and I still watch it to this day. I know the jokes, and I know the set-ups, but they still make me laugh every time. Lucille Ball was a comedic genius! This year, along with “The Christmas Episode,” they’re showing the classic “Vitameatavegamin” episode. And now, these specials are part of my new holiday viewing tradition.


I could go on and on about the other things we watch at home for Christmas, but I don’t want to finish this post without mentioning some of them ever so briefly:

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Another classic! A wonderful holiday message and beautiful music. We even have own little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that we put in one of our rooms.


The Nightmare Before Christmas

I am obsessed with this soundtrack. The music and songs are so addictive. As I write this post, the soundtrack is actually playing. When I decorate or wrap presents, I mumble to myself, “Making Christmas, making Christmas.”



Oh this movie! It brings out all the childhood feels, as it truly speaks to the idea of believing and never letting go of what you believe.


Die Hard

Josh has been wanting to watch Die Hard during the holidays for years now, and I think this year, I will allow it. Don’t get me wrong. I do love Die Hard. I just keep forgetting it takes place during Christmas!


So that’s it for me! What do you guys watch during the holidays?
Also, I hope you like the giveaway pack!

Ksenia's Headshot CircledAbout Ksenia 

Ksenia Winnicki is a Senior Publicist at Tor Books and Tor Teen. You can usually find her on the internet talking about Xena, books, and medieval werewolves, or hanging out with the squirrels at Madison Square Park. Follow her at: https://twitter.com/KseniaWinnicki


Thanks so much Ksenia for this epic list of holiday viewing, I’m not sure which one to start with! So many perfect choices! As if that wasn’t enough you guys, Ksenia has been generous enough to donate a HUGE Tor Teen giveaway…so may sure you enter below to win some seriously amazing books!

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– A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
– A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
– The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
– The Goddess War Trilogy by Kendare Blake 

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3 comments for “Home for the Holidays with Ksenia from Tor Teen

  1. you got mail and sleepless in seattle

  2. Great guest post! I so envy Ksenia — I would absolutely, positively LOVE to work for Tor Teen!!! My favorite holiday movie is It’s A Wonderful Life. I also love to watch the Nutcracker ballet movie with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland (it’s the BEST version, I promise!). Close runners-up are Elf (love love love) and the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol.

    Yeah, it’s hard to pick just one. 😉

  3. Jenelle Riane

    Yess, definitely agree with Die Hard! Also, Home Alone is one my favorites as well!

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