Deck the Halls

Synopsis: Optometrist Steve Finch loves those Christmas traditions he has set up with his family and his town. As such, he has a schedule of activities for his family starting on December 1st, and is the official unofficial consultant for anything Christmas related in his town of Cloverdale, Massachusetts. During the Christmas season, the Halls move in to the house across the street from the Finch's. The Halls in general are different in outlook and temperament than the Finches. Unlike Steve, Buddy Hall scams his way through life and never follows through with anything he starts. While Kelly Finch and Tia Hall - Steve's wife and Buddy's wife respectively - and their children begin friendships based largely on those differences, Steve and Buddy butt heads based on those differences. It begins with Buddy striving to have his house seen from outer space by decorating it as lavishly and brightly as possible. One of the results of Buddy's task his that he becomes the new go to guy for anything Christ
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): John Whitesell
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Better here?

Or better here?

Better here?

Or better here? You don't want to be blind

at Christmas, Mrs Ryor. Help me out.

- I don't need glasses.

- You need binoculars.

We're settling for glasses.

- Better one?

- Glasses will make me look old.

Try these.

I look hot.

- Evening, Father Bruce.

- Hello, Dr Finch.

- Hello, Mrs Patterson.

- Hello, Dr Finch.

- Dr Finch.

- Hello, Gustave, Gerta.

I'd love to chat and so, but you know

how focused Gerta gets on our runs.

You should maybe get that looked at.

And start wearing some padding.

Well, I'm sure

it's more fun your way, Arturo,

but hang the decorations, don'tjust

chuck 'em up and hope they stick.

- Hey, Steve.

- Mayor Young.

- What do you think?

- Looking good.

- Thank you.

- Is that an angel on top?

It should be,

but we couldn't find one big enough.

But my wife has a doll collection,

so she lent us her Marilyn Monroe.

Nice touch. It looks good. Don't go

overboard with the lights, though.

- We don't want to seem tacky.

- As you say. Winterfest is your baby.

Have we got any big surprises this year?

Come on, nobody keeps a secret

better than me. For instance...

I know for a fact

that Sheriff Dave is a cross-dresser.

I never told a soul.

Until today.

Hi, honey. I'm home.

It's the raw quail eggs, isn't it? It's the

texture, right? The grainy, slimy, milky...

- Can you taste the curry?

- Yeah. Yeah.

Gee, I sure hope there's more of that.

You are such a bad liar.

I knew it was awful. It's awful, right?

- Yeah.

- Who wants pizza?

My life just isn't working out

the way I thought it would.

- Excuse me?

- Oh, honey, you don't mean that.

I'm ten and what have I really accomplished?

A half-season of soccer.

Cleared legendary mode of Halo.

A lacklustre stint in the Cub Scouts.


Hey, guess what day it is? Come on, guess.

- Maddy?

- I don't know and I don't care.


It's December 1st.

Time to break out the Christmas calendar.

Yes, this is a busy time of year,

so you have to have a game plan.

OK. December 3rd, we hang the wreath.

- You get so intense about Christmas.

- I'm not intense, just extremely organised.

When talking about caroling,

you shouldn't say "flanking manoeuvre".

Look, I know it's only December 1st, but I

have all the planning to do for the Winterfest.

You have a cookbook to write,

the kids have school.

It all goes by so quickly. Before

you know it, Christmas will be over.

That doesn't mean

we have to plan every second.

Look, my dad dragged me

from one air force base to another.

Christmas was not a priority for him.

We didn't even have a tree.

I want things to be different for my kids.

I want them to have

big family traditions year after year

that they can count on and look forward to.

You're right.

- I'm gonna try to be more supportive.

- Well, you should be.

Madison is a loner.

She has hardly any friends.

Carter's a ten-year-old boy

with a midlife crisis.

Let's face it, our kids are a little weird.

This year they need Christmas

more than ever.

You're right.

I'm sorry. You're right.

Snowmen, eggnog, caroling -

we're gonna do it all, OK?


- And I don't write cookbooks.

- What?

You always say that I write cookbooks,

but I don't.

I just edit other people's recipes and

compile them into cookbooks that nobody buys.

Then write your own.

So the rejection would be more personal?

No, thank you.

- I think you should.

- Really?

- Yeah. I think you could.

- Really?


What is that?

- Is it a truck?

- I don't know.

Looks like we have new neighbours.

Who moves in the middle of the night?

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