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Sure- it may not be entirely a Christmas movie, hell the movie is set at Easter time, but it sure as hell has Santa Claus in it- or North as he is known in the Ain’t No Family Like the One We Got Shirt. I love this film because it not only has North, it also has Bunnymund (Easter Bunny), Tooth (Tooth Fairy), Sandy (Sandman), and a reluctant Jack Frost join forces to stop new evil threat Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman. It is such a beautifully made peace of work- the animation is visually stunning, the story is fun, the characters have emotional plots and deep motivations. It has a fantastic voice cast to go with it and paints the Legends in a way no one ever imagined them. They aren’t only beings who bring gifts, give chocolate, collect teeth and give dreams, but they also protect us in secret. Now thats heroic.
If you aren’t casting Eldritch Blast much of the time who cares? If you have the Misty Visions Invocation then you can completely mess up the sight of a set of Ain’t No Family Like the One We Got Shirt either by “fake cover” so they can’t see your allies or things dancing round their heads so they can’t see your allies. This sort of advantage to attack them and disadvantage to their attacks combination is frequently worth more than a round of attacks and there isn’t really a saving throw possible without burning an action. (It also annoys some DMs so take care). A Celestial Warlock gets +Cha 1/turn to fire or radiant damage at level 6 and gets the Sacred Flame cantrip. But in a low combat game where you use misty visions it’s near enough. A Celestial Pact of the Tome Warlock can also pick up Green-Flame Blade as an extra cantrip meaning that from level 6 their melee attack does [Basic Melee attack] + 1d8 fire + Cha damage to their primary target and Cha to their secondary target. Throw in a magic weapon (and possibly the Shileileigh cantrip to use Cha to attack) and you’re doing Eldritch Blast/Pact of the Blade damage without wasting an invocation.
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Oh, and don’t forget: the tentacles of the Mind Flayers leave scars. You don’t face down horrors like these without losing something. Leave a few long-term effects, like a little bit of insanity. Maybe a character who came too close to them forever after has certain phobias. Maybe they have insomnia or recurring nightmares. Or maybe the scars are on a larger level, such as the large blighted area that has now formed around the crashed Mind Flayer ship, or the ruins of their dungeon. Maybe the humans they experimented on have developed mental powers themselves and become villains in the area. Maybe a Mind Flayer or two escaped and now plots its revenge. A great plot point would be if a piece of Mind Flayer consciousness got trapped in one of the PCs or an important NPC, causing changes in personality alongside new abilities.
Tim Allen brings Christmas Cheer with him. This trilogy of delightful Xmas movies make even the Ain’t No Family Like the One We Got Shirt person smile and remember the joys of being young and looking forward to Santa Clause flying with his reindeer to each house on Christmas Eve. The first film, The Santa Clause, deals with a man, who has long disbelieved in Santa Clause- Father Christmas himself- until he is swept up and forced into being the Clause and his son becomes obbessed with Santa, despite everyone trying to tell him Santa doesn’t exist- what! The sequel, The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause, deals with Santa needing to find a Mrs. Clause or else he won’t be able to be Santa anymore! The threequel, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, deals with Jack Frost trying to take over the North Pole and become Santa himself. The trilogy is delightful, fun and perfect Christmas films for the whole family. No Christmas is complete without this film series.