#211: Must-Watch Christmas Movies—Anthony Esolen


#211: Must-Watch Christmas Movies—Anthony Esolen

Magdalen College Professor Anthony Esolen is not only an eminent man of literature, he is also a walking encyclopedia of cinema. That definitely included movies set against or directly about, Christmas. In this free-wheeling conversation featuring brushes with fame and interconnectivity of actors who worked with the same directors, we hit many favorites and also some lesser-known Christmas movie nuggets.

In this episode, you will learn

  • Reasonable criteria for what makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie
  • How everybody seems to miss the non-stop blasphemous swearing in Die Hard (1988)
  • The culture degradation as manifest in the way Christmas was treated by Hollywood in years gone by
  • Why many Christmas moves seem to include notes of sorrow and grief
  • Reasons why the Golden Age (1934-1966) produced the great movies about or set against, Christmas

Resources mentioned in this episode


  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue 
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner 
  • Penny Serenade 
  • The Shop Around the Corner 
  • Remember the Night
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • An Affair to Remember
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek 
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • Meet John Doe
  • White Christmas
  • Holiday Inn
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Die Hard
  • Love, Actually
  • Joyeux Noel
  • The Apartment
  • And course: It’s a Wonderful Life!


Our Sponsors 

Glory and Shine: Catholic personal care handmade products for Catholic men. Their products are “good for the Body, Mind, and Soul.” I personally love them! Use coupon COFFIN and get a discount. Shop HERE.

MyPillow.com: *NEW DEAL*: You can get a standard/queen Premium MyPillow for $29.98.  Originally $69.98.  That’s a $40 Savings!  Kings are only $5 more. Not only are you getting the lowest price ever! $29.98 for a standard/queen Premium but Mike is extending his 60-day money-back guarantee to March 1st 2021.

Just go to the “radio listener specials” page at and use promo code PATRICK or call: 800-794-9652 and mention coupon code PATRICK.

Covenant Eyes: It’s an accountability software designed to help you and those you love live a life free from pornography. Use code PATRICK and try it out for Free for 30 days. Click HERE.


Join the Conversation below!


Connect with me on social media:

Tweet to Patrick HERE

Follow Patrick on Facebook HERE

Subscribe to the Podcast and the YouTube Channel

(Click on the images and then click on the Subscribe icon)

       Apple/Mac Users podcast:    

Android Users podcast:

Listen in Spotify:

Subscribe to the YouTube Channel:

     While you are there, please leave an honest review.

             Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!