It's cold outside, food's gettin' shoved into your pockets everywhere you go and you can barely flip the channels without landing on a movie featuring Santa, a couple of filthy, adorable street urchins, and an extra gooshy love story.

You know what time it is. (No, darlings, it's not Hammertime.) It's time to strap on the feedbag and make a dent in the couch so deep the cushions won't recover till spring.

Here, for your reading pleasure, is our annual list of holiday film and food pairings.

Thirsty? Glogg, a nutty stout, or eggnog goes great with any holiday flick for which you might have a hankerin'. (Editor's Note: If a Marty Moose mug isn't handy, eggnog must be imbibed directly from the carton whilst no one is looking.) We wish you all a happy, safe, and fun holiday season.

"Bad Santa" R, Comedy (2003)

Sometimes the built-in sentimentality of the season gets to a girl. Sometimes she needs to cleanse the emotional palate, soak in a little black comedy and watch a drunk, for-hire Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) get into a kicking-and-punching fight with an elf (Tony Cox). Director Terry Zwigoff's flick about an existentially miserable con man and his desperately self-involved sidekick posing as Santa and his Little Helper hit the theaters a decade ago and instantly became a holiday classic. It's a weird, darkly hilarious film with a solid cast (Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, Brett Kelly, John Ritter and Ajay Naidu.)


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Accompaniment: Lots of whiskey -- Willie, the con man, is an alcoholic, after all -- with Christmas cookies, preferably stolen from someone's grandma, for dunking.

"A Christmas Carol" PG, Drama (1938)

No, not the 2009 version with Jim Carrey, pet detective. Not the 1999 version with Patrick Stewart, space captain. Not the 1984 version with George C. Scott, bomb-lovin' general from "Dr. Strangelove." No, no, no, my darlings, this flick is the first screen adaptation of Dickens' novel about a lowly clerk, a sonuva-boss and the three ghosts who display the horrors of the past, present and future until Mr. Scrooge realizes there are people in the world less fortunate and more purehearted than he. This is the original 1938 picture starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart, a big-time, old school Christmas movie, black-and-white picture, sweeping orchestral arrangements, cheeseball child actors, doe-eyed ladies, and Barrymores abound. Yes, it is a "talkie."

Accompaniment Stick with the supernatural theme. A few drops of ghost pepper sauce would go quite nicely in your Bloody Mary. This kind of movie is best watched with a hangover, anyway.

"Christmas Vacation" PG-13, Comedy (1989)

Ralphie and his "Christmas Story" can run 24 hours a day on television for the entirety of December; we're all for it. "Christmas Vacation," on the other hand, needs to be watched unedited, uncensored and totally pure. Otherwise, how will you ever know what Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) dumps in the street in front of the house? How will you hear Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) give the rousing speech about nobody giving up on Christmas? How will you practice the epic rant given to a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, lowlife, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, (censored), hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey (censored) boss? Where's the Tylenol?!

Accompaniment: Serve yourself (and your boss -- if you have decided to abduct him/her) some nice pepper jelly with goat cheese and crackers. Although, the jelly is tasty enough that it might convince your boss he was right to give you a gift of Jelly of the Month instead of your Christmas bonus.

"In Bruges" R, Crime (2008)

Not a lot of folks saw Martin McDonagh's first feature film, even though it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and despite starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. Farrell and Gleeson play a couple of Irish thugs hiding in Bruges over Christmas at the behest of their gangster boss (Fiennes.) Farrell's character has made a tragic, seemingly unforgivable mistake, utterly screwing up his first job and leaving the miserable suck wracked with guilt. The plot continually zigs and zags, the characters are rich and human, and the entire film vibrates with life and dun humor. If you're not feeling all that Christmas-y, this might be just the ticket.

Accompaniment: Lots of Belgian beer.

"Jack Frost" R, Horror (1997)

Remember when you were little and you'd imagine the best kinds of crashes possible? A chip truck crashing into a cheese truck maybe, or a Pop Rocks truck crashing into a Coca-Cola truck. No? Just us? Okey-dokey. This film features one of the worst crashes possible: a prison truck carrying a serial killer (Scott MacDonald) and a commercial truck carrying gene-mutating chemicals. They collide during a snowstorm, so naturally the psychopath turns into a murderous snowman. As the tagline says, "He's giving cold-blooded a whole new meaning."

Accompaniment: There's generally a truck, some snow-like material and plenty of chemicals and colorful ones at that. We're talking snow cones.

"Love Actually" R, Romance (2003)

Ten different love stories blossom, sometimes intertwining, in this British rom-com narrated by David (Hugh Grant), a newly elected prime minister who staves off winter blues by focusing on the straight-forward love he witnesses at the airport. The much-beloved, gooshy lovefest stars Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Lulu Popplewell, Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley and loads of other pretty British people.

Accompaniment: Figgy pudding would seem to be just the thing to go with this oh-so-British film. The problem? In case you didn't know, figgy pudding, aka plum pudding, is fruitcake.

However, here's a solution: Google slate.com fruitcake for a recipe that eschews the neon-colored horror of candied fruit and uses dried cherries and dried pears instead, along with marzipan, almonds and amaretto. Alternatively, look up a recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding, which is a British thing, too, only modern. The Kitchen makes an excellent version -- a little Googling will find a recipe. It's something you could actually fall in love with.

"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" G, Animation (1964)

It doesn't feel like Christmas in our house if we haven't heard Hermey the Elf say, "I want to be a dentist!" Despite the plethora of great animated holiday movies out there, this 1964 classic is still going strong. The timeless allure of the Island of Misfit Toys, where Rudolph, Hermey, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster run away together, springs from that magical place where being different and being awesome are the same thing.

Accompaniment: It's just too much to contemplate eating Rudolph or even his buddies, despite the fact they wouldn't let him join in any reindeer games. So no venison chili, please. Let's concentrate on Hermey and his dental dream. Caramels should be sticky enough to dislodge some of your dental work.

Scrooged PG-13 Comedy (1988)

You might not know director Richard Donner, but you know his movies: "Goonies," "The Omen," "Lethal Weapon" and this deeply funny version of the classic "A Christmas Carol" story, starring Bill Murray as the Scrooge character and Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present. If you haven't seen Kane, dressed as a glittery, unhinged fairy, bean Murray with a toaster, well maybe there isn't a Santy Claus, Virginia.

Accompaniment: Let's have some toasted bread with an '80s twist. Bruschetta with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese ought to do it.