Easy Au Gratin Potatoes and Day 6 of Zesty Christmas

by zesty on December 12, 2011 · 111 comments

How To Enter the Kitchen Aid Giveaway Today:

For today’s entry – Tell me your favorite holiday movie in the comments below.  And just because it is the holiday season you should tell all your friends about this giveaway ( well at least 10 people)  just joking but feel free to do it if you would like.

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Happy Monday to you!  OK, before reading this recipe, slightly unloosen your pants and don’t start calculating the calories.  Just prepare, bake and eat.  Deal?

This dish is very good to say the least.  Not one to eat 4 days a week but if you are reaching for comfort food that will make you smile I strongly suggest you push a fork of this in your mouth and tell me how it feels.  Super easy to prepare with simple ingredients and instructions but the labor of love on the sauce is really what counts.  Take the 10-15 minutes to make the sauce correctly and all will be rewarded with flavor and texture.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. pepper
  • 2 1/2 Cups milk
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped, or onion powder/flakes
  • 1 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 Cup Bread crumbs

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  3. Gradually stir in milk, 1/2 cup at a time. Heat to boiling. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  4. Arrange potatoes in greased 2 quart casserole in 3 layers, topping each layer with part of the onions and 1/3 of the sauce and 1/3 of the cheese.
  5. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the microwave and incorporate into the dry bread crumbs.
  6. Sprinkle the top with the bread crumbs.
  7. Cover and bake until potatoes are tender, about 60-70 minutes. Let stand 5 to 10 minute before serving.
  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: This scalloped potato recipe goes with so much, from ham, to meat loaf to just about anything you want to pair it with.  Will also work well with a nice side of beef or even something as simple as oven roasted fish.

How to Win the KitchenAid Giveaway Today

Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite HOLIDAY MOVIE  Remember, you can still enter the contest from previous days!

  1. Please “like” the Zesty Cook facebook page and come back and tell me you did it. If you are already a “liker,” leave a comment telling me you are already a fan.
  2. Tell me your favorite holiday tradition and leave a comment telling me.
  3. Tell Zesty your favorite Holiday dish
  4. Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me you have tweeted.
  5. Tell me the first thing you would make with the mixer.

Please be sure to leave separate comments for each entry to increase your chance to win!

Have a super start to your week and i will talk to you all on Wednesday.  If you try these potatoes or make something very similar let me know what you think and your variations.

Take care

zesty

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{ 111 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy

Christmas Vacation is always a great laugh. My dad laughs so hard he starts crying, regardless of how many times we’ve seen it!

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2 Chantal

We have several Christmas movies we enjoy – we enjoy A Christmas Story so much we purchased the leg lamp and have it displayed in our loft window for the holidays. You either ‘get’ the joke or not LOL but it’s a unique decoration!

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3 Cassie Brindza

“It’s a Wonderful Life” wins hands down! I cry everytime I watch it. It shows the true meaning of Christmas spirit.

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4 Glenda H

I can’t pick just one so….
* Christmas Vacation
* Sound of Music
* Elf
* Polar Express on Christmas Eve with my children

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5 Laura

Elf… Saw it on TV last night too!

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6 Natalie

“It’s a wonderful life” is such a wonderful Christmas movie! I grew up watching it, but now enjoy watching a lot of other holiday movies as well!

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7 Gillian

Elf

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8 Kelly

Love Actually is a new favorite. Gotta have love during the holidays.

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9 MargaritaPan

All the Home Alone movies are great during the holidays!

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10 Sharon

I have two: A Christmas Story and Prancer :)

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11 Jamie F.

Elf!

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12 Laura

ELF!!!! i watch it every year! i cant get enough, its hilarious

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13 Dynamics

I love the Original Miracle on 34th Street. Not sure when or how, but I have to watch it a couple of times every year. And to make sure I do not miss it, I have it on VCR and DVD.

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14 Marianne

The Santa Claus with Tim Allen, or The Polar Express and the old standby Christmas Carol with George C. Scott.

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15 hilda

Hi Zesty; hoping I can leave the comments with regards to the mixer here as when I click i’m still having issues trying to get through; I love it’s A Wonderful life! such a classic
a) am a facebook subscriber :)
b) my favourite tradition is gathering on christmas eve eating, eating eating, opening gifts and eating shrimp/crab (seafood) afterwards we had this tradition for many many years
c) my favourite holiday dish is turkey and my moms famous stuffing! there is never enough to go around
d) can’t tweet, not a tweeter
e) if I got this before the holidays were over I would make the amazing “Kris Kringle big box cookies” made with cranberries, and white and dark chocolate chunks! yum!

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16 Laurie

The Holiday or Love Actually are must sees every season. But then we go back to the classics of Holday Inn and White Christmas.

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17 Julie

Elf!

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18 Andrew Deveaux

I do enjoy a good carrot cake

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19 Carla Skiles

There are sooo many to chose from but my number one would probably have to be Elf, then the Grinch (with Jim Carey), then National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, then A Christmas Story and then White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kay! Love them all!!!

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20 Cheryl

My favorites would be A Christmas Story and Home Alone! :)

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21 Katie

I love the Muppet Family Christmas special but haven’t seen it on tv in years.

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22 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

ELF!!!! I love that movie

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23 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

I am a FB fan!

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24 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

we open presents on Christmas Eve! I love doing that.

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25 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

favorite holiday dish… hmm… I love when my mom makes clam casino. yum!

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26 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
27 Kim Roach

My favorite is a popular one, Its Elf. I love it.

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28 Valerie Hildebrand

Good Morning! thanks for the fab. giveaway! My most fav. movie is *Miracle on 34th Street*. Cheers, sincerely, Valerie.

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29 Marion MacDonald

I could never pick just one, but Rudolph the red nose reindeer, Frosty the snowman, how the grinch stole Christmas (cartoon version) and Christmas Story top my list of must watch EVERY year:)

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30 Kim D.

My favorite is “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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31 Kathleen Richardson

Miracle on 34th Street!

That is a simple recipe for you! But then, sometimes simple is better (or at least, just as good)…

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32 Courtney

Looks delicious!

My favorite is definitely the claymation rudolph! We’ve watched it twice already

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33 Angharad

My fave holiday movie is a tie. Can it be a tie?! I can’t choose between Home Alone and Love Actually!

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34 Angharad

Favourite holiday dish is cauliflower cheese – richest, most delightful thing EVER.

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35 Angharad

I tweeted too! @Eating4England :)

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36 Angharad

The first thing I’d make is a crazy-big batch of cookies. I do all my baking by hand and by gosh, I am ready for a mixer!!

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37 Amy

My favorite is definitely A Christmas Story. I love Ralphie.

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38 Sara

My new-classic favorite is ELF!!!

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39 Jenne

My favorite holiday movie is Love Actually and The Polar Express. It could never be just one or the other. It’s my thing!

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40 Jenne

I have Zesty Cook liked on Facebook

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41 Kara

I absolutely would have to say “Love, Actually” is my favorite holiday movie!

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42 Kara

I am a fan on Facebook!

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43 Nikki

The Grinch cartoon for sure!!!

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44 Meme

hard to say but probably White Christmas

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45 Kylie

That looks delicious!

My favorite holiday movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

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46 Micaela P.

Favorite Christmas holiday movies (it’s a tie): the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street, and Elf.

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47 Micaela P.

favorite tradition is celebrating Three Kings’ Day on January 6th like I used to as a child in Puerto Rico. Having another special day of presents & food is awesome!

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48 Micaela P.

I liked Zesty on Facebook

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49 Micaela P.

favorite holiday food? COOKIES!!! I’m in heaven with all these cookies everywhere, especially because everyone else is eating them too, so I don’t have to hold back ;) Were you looking for a savory dish? That’d be Puerto Rican pasteles, which resemble Mexican tamales but are made with grated plantain (or yuca) and wrapped in Plantain leaves before cooking.

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50 Micaela P.

the first thing I would make with the mixer? Sour Cream Chocolate cake with Peanut Butter buttercream and peanut butter-chocolate ganache :) Or maybe pizza dough! ;)

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51 Jamie F.

Favorite holiday tradition: eating out at a restaurant on Christmas Eve

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52 Jamie F.

Favorite Holiday dish: dessert/gingerbread cookies!

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53 Jamie F.

First thing you would make with the mixer: French macarons!

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54 Darci P

I love to watch the Polar Express..we haven’t had much snow here but I enjoy the songs and the colors!!
Love your recipes…keep them coming!!!

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55 Heather

Love Actually is my absolute favorite holiday movie!

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56 Kim

I have to watch both of these movies: It’s a Wonderful Life and The Polar Express

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57 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen

A Christmas Story! It’s tradition :)

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58 Lori Z.

Elf!

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59 Jill Lombardo

Polar Express and Elf!

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60 LA Howe

My absolute favorite Christmas movie of all time is Prancer. I love it all over again every year when I watch it–the relationship that develops between the father (Sam Elliott) and his little daughter, the one that develops between the daughter and the injured reindeer (Prancer), and the other relationships that develop among the community because of the reindeer. Restores my faith in Christmas magic a little bit every time I watch it.

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61 vann benson

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION!! :)

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62 Christine M

My 3 favorite holiday movies are National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf and Christmas Story. . .I know you asked for 1 but I couldn’t help but share 3 =)

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63 Carmen

My favorite is Miracle on 34th Street (the one with Maureen O’Hara)

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64 Cindy

The original cartoon version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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65 Karen Lynch

Wow can’t believe all the Elf fans and Love Actually. Our favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas Carol and original Christmas in Connecticut. Though we enjoy many other listed as well

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66 Jessie

A Christmas Story!

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67 Melodie

My favorite holiday movies are Mr. Kreuger’s Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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68 Tammy

Elf!

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69 Tammy

And I am a FB fan

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70 jules p

My favorite movie is Elf.

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71 Ashleigh @ simplehonestreal.com

Hands down, Christmas Vacation!

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72 Susan Stahley

My favorite holiday movie is Elf. That is a hilarious movie for all ages! It shows that Santa is real.

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73 Sam

The home alone series..good fun!

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74 Jena L

Love, Actually–probably not technically a holiday movie, but set during the season. Also love White Christmas.

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75 Anne

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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76 Marian

MIracle on 34th Street always makes the hoidays a wonderful time! Do you believe???

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77 Matt

Gotta love White Christmas! It’s a classic!

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78 Mehgan Drake

We love watching “Elf” with the kids. And I also feel like I have to watch “The Preacher’s Wife” and “Sleepless in Seattle” around Christmas time!

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79 SusieQ from LifesLessonsLearnedBlog

I love the classic “White Christmas” movie – and love to hear Bing Crosby croon that title song. I’ve been searching for it and have not found it in the listings yet this year! Have you noticed how THIN everyone was a few decades ago??!!

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80 Debbie C

My favorite Christmas movie is The Christmas Shoes.
Love the new recipe. It will be on the menu tomorrow.
Debbie

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81 Nichole McDowell

I liked you on FB. However, I hate you for real.

And you know why.

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82 Nichole McDowell

Also, my favorite holiday is Mickey’s Christmas Carol. I love watching that show with my kiddos now that I am older.

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83 Lindsay

Elf! “Did you hear that?!”

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84 Lindsay

I liked you on facebook!

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85 Megan's Cookin'

I like all the romantic Christmas movies on Lifetime and the Hallmark channel but when the hubbys around, it’s Christmas Vacation or The Santa Claus

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86 Judy

My favourite Christmas movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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87 Amy

Home Alone. Hands down, no competition there. The scene with the older man in the church talking about the sweater? PRICELESS!

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88 Theresa J

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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89 nadine

I love White Christmas and the Bells of st Mary.
Oldies but Goodies:)

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90 SharonF

Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer. An oldie, but a goodie!

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91 lois

We love It’s a wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street (both versions old and new) and watch all three movies every year.
Lois

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92 Sara

pound cake is thing #1 to make

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93 Sara

I *love* gluing red noses to deer crossing signs this time of year

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94 Sara

roasted chestnuts!! Yummy!

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95 kasey

The Rudolph and Charlie Brown movies (and love the recipe, craving those now!)

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96 Janice

Home Alone :)

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97 Stacey

I love some of the oldies, like “White Christmas” (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) and the original “Miracle on 34th Street”.

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98 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run

HOME ALONE!!! The original…and the second is cool, too.

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99 karen

I have a few favorite holiday movies! Elf (only cuz of the scene where they sing “baby its cold outside). A Christmas Carol (used to like to old traditional one, but love love love the Jim Carey version!), and of course Miracle on 34th street (old or new doesn’t matter).

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100 Erin from Long Island

Original Miracle on 34th Street is the best as it gets as far as i am concerned!

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101 Miranda Couse

The Grinch who stole Christmas with Jim Carrey is my favorite holiday movie.

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102 Elyssa

love actually and elf

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103 Lindsay

Home for the Holidays. The movie is hilarious and it makes us all appreciate our crazy families a little more :)

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104 Jennifer

National Lampoons Christmas vacation, so funny!

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105 Doris

I’m a facebook fan

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106 Doris

love the recipes on this site

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107 Doris

Miracle on 34th St with Maureen O’Hara

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108 Katrina

Favorite holiday movie is probably Christmas Vacation or Rudolph–I could almost quote Rudolph word for word. ;)

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109 jinkatya

Favorite holiday movie: White Christmas.

Let’s face it, ladies, Bing Crosby is WAY cute. ;)

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110 Lisa

any of the claymation movies- brings back childhood memories

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111 Linda Barnhill

It’s a wonderful Life.

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